(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Dec. 19, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
The next step for Kalona’s new $1.4 million library came Monday when the council approved two contracts with Engberg-Anderson Design Partnership, totaling $91,140.
Fourth-grade students at Lincoln Elementary School and the local American Legion post in Washington will be sending some 120 letters and phone cards to Iowa troops serving with the 134th Medical Company of the Iowa National Guard who are stationed in the Middle East.
AMES (AP) — The value of Iowa farmland has climbed to record levels, according to an annual study released Wednesday by Iowa State University.
The average value of an acre of farmland reached $2,275 in 2003, the highest figure reported since ISU began conducting the survey in 1941.
Under pressure from an insurer and at the advice of a workplace safety consultant, the Washington County Board of Supervisors agreed today to pursue implementing a countywide safety plan that within a year would bring it up to the newest Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards.
20 YEARS AGO
Ruth Meth, WACO school board member, was honored by the Iowa Association of School Boards with a Better Boardsmanship Award, the association’s highest honor for an individual board member.
AINSWORTH — A friend called it a “miniature Disneyland,” but Marsha Robertson calls it “the best part of Christmas.” For the past 20 years, Kenny and Marsha Robertson have added strands of Christmas lights, totaling more than 1,800, to their farm home, mailbox, satellite dish and windmill to celebrate the season.
MOUNT PLEASANT — The Iowa Attorney General’s Office is looking into possible collusion among gasoline retailers in the Mount Pleasant area.
30 YEARS AGO
Paul Swinton, formerly of Tipton and Iowa City, is manager of the newly expanded Kum & Go convenience store, located at 304 East Washington Street. The expansion more than doubled the store, which is one of 47 in Iowa owned by Krause-Gentle Oil Corporation of Hampton.
Kurt Hora won an individual title leading the Demons to fourth place in the Muscatine Invitational wrestling tournament.
Nearly all employees at Washington County Hospital will receive 20-cent per hour pay increases, effective Dec. 19.
KALONA — Build a better mousetrap and it will beat the mouse to its door. At least, that’s how the situation appeared at Iowa Mennonite School when the first mousetrap-powered car contest took place.
40 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Glen Williams and daughter Elaine of Washington earned first place in the talent competition sponsored by the Wayland Lions Cub, Saturday evening. They presented a flute and voice duet. Mike Schooley of Brighton finished second in the event.
The 134th Medical Company (Ambulance), Iowa National Guard unit stationed in Washington, has been commended for its high morale and overall excellence following a command inspection conducted here recently. The unit earned the Superior Unit award and received honorable mention in the Eisenhower Award Program.
In an effort to conserve fuel, the Christmas vacation at St. James School in Washington will be extended a couple of days longer than originally planned.
50 YEARS AGO
Nancy Osincup, daughter of the Herb Osincups of Washington and a member of the Drake University Choir, will perform in Drake’s traditional Christmas convocation Friday at the University Christian Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Surface and children, formerly of Springfield, Ill., have moved to Des Moines where he is with McKesson-Robbins in the chemical division. Mr. Surface was formerly of Washington and his wife is the former Pat Yoder of Keota.
Mr. and Mrs. Jay Brewer plan to leave this weekend for Minden, Neb., to spend a week visiting their son and family, the Rev. and Mrs. William Brewer, Dennis and Marilyn.