(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Feb. 6, 2004)
10 YEARS AGO
Washington Community Schools board members will decide whether or not a 1-cent school infrastructure local option (SILO) sales tax is right for the district at their next meeting, Feb. 11.
Washington Police Office Ron See is the new Washington-Louisa County Narcotics Task Force agent.
Washington County property taxpayers will not see a Washington County Hospital and Clinics (WCHP) tax levy increase next year. The trustees will likely adopt a county budget based on a levy of $1 per $1,000 of assessed value, as they did a year ago.
FAIRFIELD — Most people who have run off a road into a ditch would be happy to see a friendly motorist coming to their aid.
But when the occupants of a 1990 Olds Cutlass Ciera that had gone off at Pleasant Plain Road just north of the No. 2 Reservoir, Thursday morning, saw a driver pass them and then turn around to come back, they abandoned the car and fled on foot.
One of the people is now in Jefferson County Jail on charges of possessing precursors to the manufacture of methamphetamine and transporting anhydrous ammonia in an unauthorized container. The other has not yet been caught.
20 YEARS AGO
The Washington High School 1993 yearbook, which was distributed in September, has been awarded 10 national awards in the Quill and Scroll Yearbook Excellence Contest.
Washington’s Incentive Fund committee has reached nearly two-thirds of its original $1 million goal, according to committee members. Nearly $600,000 in loans to businesses have been approved and are pending from the low-interest loan pool created by the three Washington financial institutions.
When Washington Community Chest had its annual dinner, Tuesday, Harold Johnson was gifted with the Gold Feather Award in what turned into an impromptu roast of the former mayor/merchant.
30 YEARS AGO
With the backcourt tandem of Larry Fishback and Todd Smothers providing the spark, Washington burned a 13-year-old boys’ basketball jinx Tuesday night with a 71-59 victory over Muscatine in the WHS gym.
Walter Friese, a former Washington resident now living in Hayes, S.D., was stranded in his car Dec. 23, for 18 hours and suffered severe frostbite to his feet. His mother, Mrs. Charles Friese, and sisters Mrs. Warren Eicher and Mrs. Bernard Moeller, traveled to South Dakota to visit him last week. He is expected to remain hospitalized for several months.
On Jan. 29, Mile and Doris Steele observed their 63rd wedding anniversary. To honor their parents’ milestone and in appreciation of their musical heritage, the Steeles’ five children sang “Amazing Grace,” as arranged by Robert Steele, during the morning worship service at the local United Methodist Church.
40 YEARS AGO
William Perdock of Washington has been appointed chairman of the Washington County Committee on the Future of Iowa to the Year 2000. In making the announcement, Douglas Grant and Nan Waterman, regional co-chairs of Iowa 2000, said the program is a grassroots effort to set goals for the state of Iowa to that year.
At the Specialty Advertising Association International trade show in Chicago last week, the McCleery-Cumming Co. was voted the top industry award, “Supplier of the Year.” Votes were cast by mailed ballot for the manufacturer who, in the participating distributors’ opinion, delivered the best quality products and services in 1973.
Washington County, as part of Region II tourism efforts, is seeking funds which will allow the county to qualify for state matching funds to help develop brochures and other efforts to demonstrate the county’s many things of interest.
50 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Mills returned this morning from a trip to Portugal and Spain. They report a very enjoyable trip, having traveled over 8,000 miles by jet. They were in the company of 130 other Rambler dealers from all over the country.
Staff Sgt. and Mrs. Lawrence M. Simpson, and children, left Saturday morning to drive to Charlotte, S.C. From there they will fly to Puerto Rico where they will live for the next three years.
Mr. and Mrs. Don Hayes entertained 40 guests at a wild game dinner, Saturday evening. Among the guests were several men who enjoy hunting together.