(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Jan. 23, 2004)
10 YEARS AGO
Washington County will have to wait another week to hear an estimate from its proposed jail designers on how many jailers it will take to staff a 42-bed expandable jail.
The Washington County Board of Supervisors blocked a Washington County Mini Bus application for $88,000 in federal gas tax money, this morning.
Habitat for Humanity of Washington celebrated their 10th anniversary well, Saturday, with the blessing of the 10th home provided to Washington County residents.
The Journal Carrier of the Year and Gold Watch Award winner for 2003 is Michael Cavin of Washington.
KAHOKA, Mo. — According to The Media weekly newspaper in Kahoka, Mo., the two men captured in Washington County last week escaped from the Clark County jail after a jailer there let them out of their cells to cut each other’s hair.
Washington residents who want to keep streetlights currently marked for removal can now pay $135 per light to do so.
20 YEARS AGO
WELLMAN — Good news for Mid-Prairie School District’s junior high science teacher, Chris Soldat. The Grant Wood Area Education Association has selected Soldat to share his unique teaching methods with other science teachers in the Grant Wood area.
Craig Arbuckle, whose re-election as city attorney was tabled two weeks ago by the Washington City Council, was unanimously re-elected to a new two-year term, Tuesday night.
Beloit College junior Michael Brechler, son of Washington football coach Bill Brechler, has been nominated for ESPN’s ESPY Award, given to the top sports plays of the year. His nomination is based on an amazing 65-yard pass return against Lawrence University on Oct. 23.
30 YEARS AGO
Joe Goodell’s work routine took an unusual twist last weekend when he was making a service call for a gasoline station in the Wellman area. He wound up shooting a timber wolf when an elderly farmer, who had been losing sheep to the critter, spotted it in a river bottom and asked Goodell, 20, to shoot it. Goodell bagged the 60-pound, 65 ½-inch animal.
Ethel Hanze and Bessie Edwards of Brighton and Bonnie Edwards and Hazel Nebel of Wayland returned Jan. 2 from an Iowa Travelers bus tour to Jacksonville, Fla., where they attended the Gator Bowl.
COLUMBUS JUNCTION – The Columbus Junction City Council has decided to install a new water well at an estimated cost of $43,000.
40 YEARS AGO
The newest federally chartered credit union in the nation, involving workers from four plants, has been organized in Washington. The Washington Industrial Park Federal Credit Union will open to employees of McQuay-Perfex, Crane Co., Northrup King and Washington Manufacturing.
Homemaker Service will be available to Washington County residents starting Monday. Four women have completed training sessions in preparation for the program which is under the direction of the Public Health Nurse’s office. They are Lucille Eicher, Opal Goodwin, Linda Dawson and Oletha Waterhouse.
Monday, Feb. 11, has been tentatively set for the day construction will begin on a new administration-public safety building in Washington.
50 YEARS AGO
Phil Myers, son of Dutch Myers, is the new assistant barber at Dutch’s barber shop. He is also the 11th barber in the Myers family.
State representative Keith L. Vetter of Washington has been named a member of Gov. Harold Hughes’ commission on state and local government in Iowa.
Virgil Norton began work today in East Hall at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, as an IBM operator.