(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Jan. 30, 2004)
10 YEARS AGO
An invitation to the unveiling of the National World War II monument in Washington, D.C., arrived in Easy Jones’ mailbox last week. He’s not sure why he was invited, but he thinks it may be because he contributed to the monument project.
KALONA — While a municipally owned electric utility could drop rates by as much as 35 percent, it is “not a process for the timid,” Robert Haug, executive director o the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU) told Kalona Chamber of Commerce members Monday.
Washington County Pork Queen Courtney Knupp was crowned the Iowa Pork Queen during last night’s Iowa Pork Congress Banquet in Des Moines.
20 YEARS AGO
Chuck Hotle was named chairman of the Washington Federal Savings and Loan Association Board of Trustees at its January meeting.
WELLMAN — The Mid-Prairie School District’s superintendent search is picking up momentum, according to the directors’ report, delivered Monday night. Dr. George Chambers, professor of education administration at the University of Iowa who is assisting the district in its search, said that 39 applications for the position have been received and more are expected.
BRIGHTON — Rebecca Mullikin of Brighton recently scored her 100th point of her varsity basketball career at WACO High School in Wayland. She reached the 100-point mark at WACO’s Jan. 15 game against Van Buren in a 3-point performance.
30 YEARS AGO
Delivery of replacement vans for the county Mini Bus transportation system has been delayed for several months due to government “red tape,” coordinator Margaret Tuttle reported during the regular board meeting last week. Tuttle attributed the delay to a Congressional “buy America” policy, a ruling that requires agencies that receive federal funds to purchase goods made in the United States.
Kelly Schlapkohl, 53, superintendent of the Washington Community Schools District, formally tendered his resignation at a special school board meeting to accept a position as executive secretary of the Iowa Association of School Administrators in Des Moines. His quarter-century career with the Washington Schools Administration began in 1959 as principal of Lincoln Elementary School.
40 YEARS AGO
Harold Hall of Crawfordsville was re-elected chairman of Washington County Conservation Board at its annual meeting recently. Carroll Steinbeck of Rubio was again chosen secretary.
George W. Dare of Washington has been selected chairman of the Washington County SEATS Committee. The State’s Elderly Area Transportation System is planning a minibus system for the benefit of persons over 60 in the county.
The Washington County Community Action Committee discussed local problems related to the energy crisis and the high cost of fuel, Monday. Plans were made to administer an emergency program in anticipation of funds becoming available.
50 YEARS AGO
Paul Gebhardt, owner and operator of Geb Chevrolet, has been named president of the Washington Chamber of Commerce for 1964. Charles Goodell, manager of the Montgomery Ward store, is vice president.
Monday evening was “get acquainted” at the Washington City Council meeting. Introductions were made by Glenn Yoder, city water department; Orville Long, city streets commissioner; and Raymond Miller, city sanitation department.