(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Jan. 9, 2004)
10 YEARS AGO
The Washington County Board of Supervisors made their 2004 appointments to various boards and commissions, this morning.
Michael P. Murphy of Brighton was appointed an alternate to represent Washington County on the East Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG) voting board of directors, as a member of the private sector. Washington Economic Development Group (WEDG) director Ed Raber was re-appointed to be regular representative.
Mayor Ed Brown and City Administrator Dave Plyman briefed the Washington City Council about discussions they have had with the Washington Volunteer Fire Department.
After adjourning last night’s regular council meeting, the council and city officials conducted a work session to exchange information and offer opinions.
The downtown temperature gauge read 12 below zero this morning. Humans and machines alike felt it.
20 YEARS AGO
The average price of a home sold in the county and the city last year was up an identical 14.6 percent, according to figures released Friday by Washington County Assessor Lil Perry. But the number of residential sales transactions dropped as 1993 came to a close. The average price of a home sold in the city of Washington was $49,641.
FAIRFIELD – A Fairfield man, one of three persons found shot to death Friday in a Nebraska farmhouse near Humboldt, was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Phillip DeVine, 22, of rural Jefferson County was said to have been visiting friends and had been expected home Saturday.
Washington Mayor Harvey Holden “taught” the City Council a “fifth-grade civics lesson” Tuesday night. Incensed by what he called “the tumult of the past year,” the mayor reminded the council that it was the legislative, not the executive, branch of city government and its duties are not enforcing city policies.
30 YEARS AGO
KALONA — C.C. Shimon retired as chief of the Kalona Volunteer Fire Department, a position he held for 33 years. When he and his wife moved to this small, southern town, it was the beginning of the Great Depression and Shimon recalled, “I came here because I needed a full-time job.”
Governor Terry Branstad, Tuesday, congratulated a Washington County farmer for receiving Iowa’s first no-interest loan for soil conservation. Branstad announced the event during his regular press conference in Des Moines. He congratulated Robert Romoser of rural Keota who had received the loan to pay for the installation of 2,500 feet of tile outlet terraces on his farm.
40 YEARS AGO
Ralph E. Marshall of Washington was chosen by a special appointment commission to succeed the late Willis Richards on the Washington County Board of Supervisors, Wednesday. Dick Ballard has been named manager of Everetts Music Co. in Washington effective immediately, Marshall announced.
The Dick Rosses and the Carl Dallmeyers have been getting together for years for Christmas breakfast in the Dallmeyers’ house. This year, they kept up the tradition with an added touch: They marked the Hungarian coffee cake with the number 25, noting their anniversary.
Larry Whetstine of Lime Creek Township was elected chairman of the Washington County Extension Council for 1974 at the organizational meeting, Tuesday evening.
50 YEARS AGO
About 350 friends from the congregation and community greeted the Rev. and Mrs. Lloyd Latta and family at a farewell reception in the Methodist Church parlor, Sunday afternoon.
Four Washington High School students celebrated the New Year by playing an abbreviated match on the local golf course, Wednesday. The quartet of hardy golfers played only three holes and used red balls to make it easier to find them in the snow. Tom Lowe, Frank Sanders, Bob Bower and Jim Logan said nothing about who won — nor were scores mentioned.