(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Dec. 12, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
Both the Washington Community Schools Board of Education and the district’s Facilities Needs Committee expressed the need to create a long-term facilities committee, last night during a work session.
Music from the 12th to 21st centuries will delight those who attend the Washington Choral Society’s “Christmas Through the Ages” concerts, this weekend at the Washington Community Center.
The Timber Ridge Subdivision project received the attention of the Washington City Council, last week, concerning several facets of Phase II.
WELLMAN — Repairs to the broken water line that shut down water service in Wellman, Friday night, continued Monday and officials said they expected full service to be back soon, possibly by late Tuesday.
20 YEARS AGO
Washington County Sheriff Yale Jarvis was voted Sheriff of the year at the Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association’s winter conference in Des Moines yesterday. It is one of the highest honors in the law enforcement field. Jarvis was presented with the honor by the association’s president, JoAnn McBride.
Steve Berger of Wellman accepted personal and county honors at the Dec. 1 annual meeting of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation in Des Moines.
Two local antique tractor fans will be pinups this year when featured in the 1994 DuPont Classic Tractors Calendar. Richard Stout of Washington is Mr. November. Richard Sleichter of Riverside is Mr. May.
30 YEARS AGO
Skateway, the ambitious business venture of a local schoolteaching couple and backed, in part, with public funding, is scheduled to open this weekend. The rink is seen as a dream come true for citizens who have clamored for more recreational activities for the young.
Yuletide scenes will literally light up the sky when Paul and Pauline Tonkinson of Yarmouth electrify 50,000 Christmas bulbs, Dec. 10. For the past month, the Tonkinsons have been arranging, anchoring and testing the ¼-mile-long display of Christmas scenes which will be turned on at dusk.
40 YEARS AGO
Competition for The Journal watch of 1973 resulted in a tie between two young men with superior records. Two watches were awarded this year at the annual Carrier’s Christmas party at The Captain’s Table, Saturday in a competition going back to 1909. Winners were John Cady, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marion Cady and John Gugel, son of the Ezra Gugels.
Dan Dickel of Kalona, defensive end on the Iowa Hawkeye football team, is one of two members chosen to participate in the All-American postseason game at Tampa, Fla. The other Hawkeye chosen is kicker Harry Kokolos of Chicago.
50 YEARS AGO
Paul Ropp of Kalona will drive a car with the license number 92-1 during 1964. Ropp started his wait in front of the Washington County Courthouse, Sunday at 4 p.m. to be sure he was first in line when the 1964 vehicle license plates went on sale at 8 a.m. today in the treasurer’s office.
Bob and Connie Greene of Ainsworth had the reserve grand champion barrow carcass at the International Livestock Exposition in Chicago.
A children’s craft submitted by Mrs. Ellen Rebecca Fenn of Washington appears in the January “Small Fry” section of “Together,” a Methodist family magazine.