(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Dec. 26, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
Members of five Washington County school districts put a toe in the water at a school infrastructure local option (SILO) sales tax informational session last night, as they began a process to determine whether the special half-cent or 1-cent tax would be appropriate for Washington County.
Longtime real estate broker Jean Swift is retiring after a 27-year career in Washington.
Swift’s career has seen many changes in the real estate business — the first of which was entering a business with few women.
A motion to send the proposed Washington County subdivision ordinance back to the Land Use and Planning Commission for a round of heavy deleting died on the floor this morning, at the Board of Supervisors meeting, for lack of a second.
20 YEARS AGO
Tired of the daily on-her-toes, bump-and-grind world of teaching dance, JaNeal Coble decided this summer to open a discount mail-order dance supply business. She sent out 30 letters to dance studios in five states to test the waters for Iowa Dance Supply. In a week she had a phenomenal 50 percent response.
Bonnie Wass of Columbus Junction won first place in the “Santa for the Wall” category of the whimsical Santa Division in the Better Homes and Gardens Decorative Woodcrafts magazine Paint-A-Santa contest.
WELLMAN — Jay Patterson, part owner and operator of Chat and Chew, a downtown food and liquor establishment, asked the city council to amend an ordinance regulating young persons’ curfew and access to liquor establishments in order to give kids something to do after dark.
30 YEARS AGO
FAIRFIELD — Transcendental meditators from around the world converged in the hopes of filling a Christmas list of peace and harmony. Warm temperatures are listed as the possible reason upward of 7,000 meditators are expected to converge in Fairfield to tap “the universal field of consciousness” during their “Taste of Utopia,” which began Monday and is scheduled to run through Jan. 6.
Gov. Terry Branstad took a fast-paced tour of the world’s largest calendar manufacturing plant and said he liked what he saw. “We appreciate being the largest of anything in Iowa. You really know how to put together calendars,” the governor said.
A 20-year tradition will continue this year on Highway 218 at Crawfordsville when the Youth Fellowship of the United Church of Crawfordsville present a living nativity scene. The scene may be viewed across from the town fire station.
40 YEARS AGO
Leonard DeHoet has been named manager of the northeastern district for Iowa Southern Utilities Co. and will be headquartered in Washington. He succeeds the late Russell C. Argo here.
A state motor vehicle investigator for the Washington area is serving notice that he will begin enforcing to the letter Iowa’s 2-year-old inspection law. Investigator Dean Cox, who checks registration and inspection complaints in five counties, advises vehicle owners that they must have their vehicles inspected before making a private sale.
Washington County Hospital has established a Long-term Care Memorial Fund at Washington State Bank.
50 YEARS AGO
Finley Mondis, who left for service with the Marines this past June, had expected to have a leave before this, or at least for Christmas. But he will not be able to come home at this time, according to a letter received by his mother, Mrs. Clara Mondis.
Miss Charlotte Earll is expected from Akron, Ohio, early Sunday morning for a holiday visit with her parents, the Virgil Earlls, and other relatives.