(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Jan. 16, 2004)
10 YEARS AGO
The late December BSE, or “mad cow disease,” case in Washington state has had the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and other beef-related organizations scrambling to keep up with the latest information coming from the USDA, so that it can relay that information to county producers.
The man who jumped off the roof of a two-story house in Washington, yesterday afternoon, was one of two fugitives wanted by Missouri State Police.
The Washington Community Schools Board last night discussed a Local Option Sales and Service Tax, voted on the Instructional Support Levy, and heard from teachers and school principals.
20 YEARS AGO
Tiffany Leever, a senior at Washington High School, appeared on Iowa Public Television’s “Student Voices” program yesterday.
West Chester’s Casey TeBockhorst is one of more than 20 young women competing for the title of 1994 Iowa Pork Queen at next week’s Pork Congress. The new queen will be crowned at the Queen Banquet on Jan. 19 in Des Moines.
Washington Community Schools District’s four buildings will gain a free, no-strings-attached, comprehensive energy audit. However, that audit will eventually lead to some fine-tuning and major repair of the heating systems in all four buildings.
30 YEARS AGO
Nancy Kelso rifled in 40 points to lead Iowa Mennonite to a 69-42 win over Deep River-Millersburg, Saturday at Deep River.
Lain Messer, a Washington businessman, has opened a new convenience store on Highway 92 East, called MOCO’s One Trip. Opening Dec. 24, the store carries the usual convenience fare and has a fast-food counter with microwave sandwiches and soup and fountain drinks.
CRAWFORDSVILLE — An empty flatbed semitrailer truck skidded off Highway 218 at the north end of Crawfordsville, Friday and slammed into the Chester Cherryholmes’ small, one-story house, ripping off the front porch and moving the house 6 inches. It will cost several thousand dollars to put the house back together, but the property damage is playing second fiddle to the more noteworthy point that Chester and Talma are alive.
40 YEARS AGO
A 100-year-old farm owned by the Harriet Conklin estate was sold for $135,000 in a sale conducted Thursday at the courtroom in the Washington County Courthouse. Robert R. Bell was the purchaser. The price of $1,350 per acre may be a new high for farmland in this area. The Conklin farm is in 76 Township.
Local motorists may find themselves sitting behind a school bus someday soon. The Board of Education for the Washington School District, Wednesday night, authorized Transportation Director Don Zwicki to begin filling school vehicles at private stations.
Craig Warner returned home last month from a 26-month stint with the Peace Corps in the tiny, underdeveloped African nation of Lesotho. He is readjusting to the “luxuries” of American living, things like running water and electricity.
50 YEARS AGO
Guy Montgomery returned to classes today as a junior medical student at the University of Iowa after a holiday visit with friends in and around Los Angeles, Calif. He enjoyed visits with Gordon Morris, Bill Moore and the Havel boys.
Herb Campbell has been named secretary and Chuck Hotle was re-elected president of the County Conservation Board. The group held its first meeting of 1964 at the courthouse Wednesday.
Mrs. Grethel Marshall, Washington County Welfare director, has been invited to participate in a workshop seminar in the newly established center for continuing education in Chicago.