(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, March 5, 2004)
10 YEARS AGO
KALONA — Grandview Stables, sold last week to Statler Construction Inc. who initially said it would use the site for a six-lot development, may remain as it is.
“We have been approached by someone who is interested in buying the stables,” said Jeremy Statler, who with his father, George, runs Statler Construction.
Jeremy confirmed that the sale of the slightly more than three acres is still in progress, that “we have signed a purchase agreement,” but that rather than build on the site, it may be sold.
Every student in Maria Haberer’s second-grade class lined up, yesterday morning, to hand Washington Public Library director Patrick Finney and Parents as Teachers coordinator Karen Arbuckle a $20 bill.
The class collected cans for two months to be able to donate $450 to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program of Washington County. The amount is triple their original goal.
Because of their efforts, 15 children in Washington County will receive a book every month for one year.
20 YEARS AGO
There’s a picture of it now; videos have been shot and it’s official. Yes, it’s a moose. First sighted in northern Washington County in December, the idea of a moose this far out of its native habitat had those who know doubting the veracity of the reports. Then an Alaska transplant spotted the animal down near Columbus Junction, someone who had seen moose before, and the moose watch was officially on.
With the lighting retrofit program completed, the Washington Community School District is turning its attention to a revamp of the heating systems in its four buildings.
30 YEARS AGO
Junior forward Kim Stout and sophomore Ann Hennigan of Washington were named to the Southeast Seven girls’ all-conference second team as selected by the league coaches. Stout was the Washington scoring leader on the season with a 15.4 average and Hennigan led the Demon backcourt with seven rebounds and three steals a contest.
The Washington County Board of Supervisors announced that needed repairs to the malfunctioning courthouse clock are apparently more serious than earlier anticipated and that a serviceman for the Cincinnati, Ohio, company that manufactured the clock is to make an on-site inspection within the next couple of weeks.
40 YEARS AGO
County Attorney Tracy Anderson and the County Board of Supervisors agreed Friday afternoon to a temporary compromise on retaining Anderson’s assistant, Craig Arbuckle. Arbuckle will continue his part-time role as a local child support recovery officer on a month-to-month basis while local officials petition the state Legislature for funding help.
A change of ownership of the Ainsworth State Bank was officially announced today by four individuals who have purchased controlling interest from 93 stockholders. They were W.A. Krause of Hampton, Jack C. Pester of Des Moines, John Goodenow of Wall Lake and T.S. Gentle of Iowa Falls.
50 YEARS AGO
John Winga Jr. of Winga’s Café, in addition to serving as state chairman, will function as official chairman of Washington County to coordinate local planning for “Coffee Day” on Friday, March 6.
Richard Higgins has announced his resignation as plant manager of Advance Ross Electronics in Washington. Robert Riley has been named the new manager.