(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, March 26, 2004)
10 YEARS AGO
A 16-year-old Eagle Scout candidate is seeking funds to offset the cost of constructing an all-weather outdoor map of Elm Grove Cemetery.
Adam Grubb, a Boy Scout with Washington Troop 242, plans to build a wooden structure at Elm Grove Cemetery on which to mount a 24-inch by 36-inch map of the cemetery sections and plots.
In its work session last night, the Washington Schools Board of Education set dates to give the public a voice in block scheduling evaluation and the School Infrastructure Local Option (SILO) sales and service tax.
Washington County Sheriff Yale Jarvis’s proposal to solve a conflict between city and county governments over a joint law enforcement contract includes a series of work sessions that would rewrite how the county contracts with cities for law enforcement and communications by Nov. 1.
20 YEARS AGO
Farmland values released last week show prime southeast Iowa land edging close to $2,000 an acre. Two auctions next week, both in the hands of Kalona’s Chester Miller, are expected to test those limits. At least one of two parcels of the Marie Wulf estate in Highland and Oregon Township could top the $3,000 mark, Miller estimates.
KALONA — It’s been nearly 24 years, but hackney ponies are back in Kalona. They train like athletes – these high dollar, toned-up, scaled-down horses — sharing the streets with the Percherons almost twice their size that draw Amish carriages. “This barn started with hackneys,” Roger Lucas said. The barn in Grandview Acres up on the north edge of town.
RIVERSIDE — Many patrons of the Highland Community School District were feeling relief and jubilation, Tuesday night, when the bond issue for the new elementary school in Riverside finally passed on the sixth attempt.
30 YEARS AGO
Nearly 700 persons toured the expanded YMCA and YWCA facilities; viewed physical fitness presentations; and watched demonstrations of racquetball, Tae Kwon Do and aerobic dancing during the Y open house.
A Washington group, Shirts and Skirts, has been do-si-doing and promenading for over 25 years. Originating in 1955, the square dancing club celebrated its 25th Sweetheart Dance, recently.
Highland High School will be hosting an experimental five-on-five girls’ basketball tournament, Saturday. Other teams competing are WACO, Columbus Community and Lone Tree. Iowa is one of the last bastions of six-player girls’ basketball squads.
40 YEARS AGO
Mary Jo Redlinger, sophomore guard on this year’s Washington High School girls’ basketball team, finished the year with 318 rebounds in 23 games, for an average of 13.8 per game.
Larry Shalla has been named director of Region 7 for the Iowa Association of Soil Conservation District Commissioners. Shalla has served as a district commissioner for the Washington Soil Conservation district for the past eight years.
Public Works director Jim Reschly’s report of a study of a sewer line extension up North Sixth Avenue triggered another lengthy discussion of drainage problems in north Washington, Monday night, during the city council meeting. Poor sewers in the fast-growing section of the city have been a thorn in the side of the council which is aware of the problem, but apparently lacks the funds needed for improvement.
50 YEARS AGO
Herbert Osincup was elected president of the Washington Y’s Men’s Club at the annual election meeting, Tuesday night. John Myers is the new vice president; Dale Connelly, treasurer; and Robert Bates, secretary.
Twenty-nine charters have been issued to separate chapters of the Brothers of the Brush, Washington’s whisker-growing men who are cooperating in the 125th anniversary celebration to be held here in June.
The employees of the Tom Duncan Store were entertained at a coffee this morning before work, honoring Mrs. Don Kiesey, who will move to Mt. Pleasant soon, and Mrs. Lillian Lewis, a former store employee.