(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Jan. 2, 2004)
10 YEARS AGO
It has been a year of firsts for Washington County Hospital and Clinics. This summer, it welcomed the first specialist of obstetrics and gynecology in the county, Dr. Randy Sisam. Dec. 17, Dr. Sisam welcomed into the world the first twins delivered at Washington County Hospital in 20 years.
Chloe and A.J. Staley were born at 12:36 and 12:37 p.m., respectively, to Lawrence and Angie Staley of Washington.
CRAWFORDSVILLE — A young Washington County family was left without a home, following a Friday night house fire in the 2900 block of 330th Street in rural Crawfordsville.
A fire chief called the cause a chimney fire.
DES MOINES — The number of new teachers in Iowa fell for the second straight year and educators say budget cuts and low pay are to blame.
20 YEARS AGO
A team from the Lakeside Recreation Centre in Perth, Australia, proved to be too much for the Washington boys’ basketball team last night, downing the Demons, 82-75.
Washington police are warning residents not to leave their keys in the car, following a rash of auto thefts that began Dec. 14. Five cars have been stolen.
COLUMBUS JUNCTION — Mayor Don Orr ended 14 years on the job Monday night by handing over the gavel to Mayor-elect Dan Wilson.
30 YEARS AGO
The Iowa Department of Transportation has announced plans to spend an estimated $9 million in 1984 on highway improvements in Washington County. Much of the outlay is earmarked for construction of new Highway 218 in the northeast part of the county, but it also includes $2 million for projects including “preservation” work on Highway 92 through Washington.
Washington Community School District has been selected by the Iowa Arts Council to participate in the Artist-in-Schools Program for 1984. Preston Love, a professional jazz specialist and noted saxophone and woodwind player, will be the guest artist in the Washington school system from Feb. 28 to March 3. Professional artists are placed in elementary and secondary learning centers through the program which is mostly financed by the Arts Council.
40 YEARS AGO
WELLMAN — Town Marshal H. Max Thompson, involved in a dispute with town officials over his accessibility while on the job, resigned today, and the mayor and council began an immediate search to find a successor.
Washington City Council today took a giant step toward correcting storm sewer deficiencies for several areas of the city by authorizing a construction contract with a Burlington company.
The Washington County ambulance service will change hands at midnight, Dec. 31, and the new operators, Karl Jones and Richard Burns, announced the new ambulance number.
50 YEARS AGO
Ron and Kathy Fisher, son and daughter of the Richard Fishers of West Chester, will return Sunday morning by plane from Cedar Rapids to Washington, D.C., after spending the Christmas holiday with their parents. Ronnie is a coordinator at the National Geographic Society and Kathy is in the office of security, Department of State.
Mr. and Mrs. John Krotz, Marilyn and Robert, arrived home Friday evening from Dallas, Texas, where they spent the Christmas week with their son and brother, Ronald Finley.