(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Feb. 27, 2004)
10 YEARS AGO
Washington mayor and Washington Economic Development Group member Ed Brown told the county supervisors this morning that his organization is ready and waiting for a firm plan on a proposed county jail, so it can compile facts and figures to take to the public.
KALONA — If it all comes together as hoped, Kalona’s 125th anniversary will be two days to remember.
Monday, committee member Scott Allen outlined plans for the June 18 and 19 quasquicentennial observances that include everything from opening with a tractor/truck pull on Friday to a horse show, Saturday.
Washington County’s representatives in the Iowa House and Senate chose not to include education funding in their opening remarks during Saturday morning’s Legislative Briefing in Washington.
20 YEARS AGO
KALONA — Adding a city administrator to the city leader board once again surfaced during Monday night’s Kalona City Council meeting.
Once every 10 years, the Washington County Board of Supervisors has a chance to change its election precincts and Tuesday morning the Washington board took that opportunity. The move, expected to save the county a substantial amount of money during elections, reduced the number of voting precincts from 19 to 14.
After almost 16 years as owner of Washington Lawn and Leisure, Don Wells is handing over the reins. Mike Maxted, former district manager for Crow’s Hybrid, has bought the business.
30 YEARS AGO
Seniors named DAR Good Citizens for 1984 were Jackie Hesseltine of Washington, daughter of Lyle and Carol Hesseltine; Paul Thomas of Mid-Prairie, son of Tom and Sue Thomas of West Chester; and Paula Rummelhart, a Highland student and daughter of Paul and Marilyn Rummelhart of Riverside.
Washington wrestlers Shaun Greenlee (145) and Terry Evans (Super Heavyweight) both qualified for state tournament berths, Saturday in the Class 2A District tournament at Wilton.
Former Vice President Walter Mondale was the favorite among local Democrats for the party’s 1984 presidential nomination in the caucuses. But his margin of victory here was surprisingly slim, due to a strong showing by Gary Hart.
40 YEARS AGO
Sara Megchelson of Ainsworth, a sixth-grader under the instruction of Mary Curley, was named winner of this year’s history essay contest sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution. She is the daughter of the Gerald Megchelsons.
City policemen will shorten their work week by eight hours, dropping to a 40-hour week, and will be paid time and a half for the holidays they work beginning March 1. These proposals were contained in a safety committee package adopted by the Washington City Council, Monday night.
The SEATS mini-bus was introduced to Washington area residents this morning, as members of the county committee in charge of the project gathered in front of The Journal where the first vehicle was placed on display.
50 YEARS AGO
Bob Krotz, a sophomore in journalism at Iowa State University in Ames, has been named sports editor of The Iowa State Daily. The Daily is an eight-page campus publication with a circulation of over 14,000 readers.
Robert C. Thomas of Evanston, Ill., Midwest representative of the Coffee Brewing Institute Inc. of New York, was in Washington a short time this week and was elected president of the local Coffee Club at Winga’s Café, Tuesday morning.
Mrs. Wayne Gamon has returned home from Trinidad where she visited her parents.