(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, April 2, 2004)
10 YEARS AGO
Washington County offices will see at least two new faces following elections this fall, as one incumbent County Supervisor and the incumbent County Sheriff won’t run for re-election.
Washington County will pay Washington County Ambulance Inc. an additional $2,000 per month over the course of a new three-year contract, and will recoup the cost of the increase in payments by purchasing new ambulances in three-year intervals instead of two.
Auctioneer Dwight Duwa of Wellman donated his services to Habitat for Humanity’s live auction last night. Donated gift baskets, sweets, dinner parties and wood and art work garnered a number of bids.
Two Washington churches want to make sure their congregations have the opportunity to see “The Passion of the Christ” when it comes to Washington at the end of this week.
Pastor Jim Cluney of the First Assembly of God Church and Pastor Rich Boyd of First Christian Church are working together for a special showing of the movie at 4 p.m., Saturday, April 3, at the State Theater in Washington. Their churches have purchased a block of tickets for that showing.
20 YEARS AGO
Bill and Hazel Sitler of Washington were honored by Rotary International for their many years of service to the organization and to Washington Rotary Club.
The Washington boys’ track and field team surprised even its coach with a better-than-expected third-place finish at its own relays, last night at cold Case Field.
Last year’s rains washed out a section of John Kleese’s field one too many times. When his son, Tim, president of the WHS FFA program, came home with information on Operation Green Stripe, it sounded like just the right erosion control measure. Washington’s is one of several chapters participating.
30 YEARS AGO
Bob Vanderlinden, executive vice president and treasurer of Seifert’s, was honored Thursday by employees of the company’s central accounting office in Washington, on his 25th anniversary with the company. During his 25 years with the company, it has grown from six stores to 106 stores in 15 states.
City Parks Superintendent Royden Boshart was recognized by the Washington Chamber of Commerce, Tuesday for his ongoing parks beautification efforts. Boshart received the Chamber’s community service award during the organization’s annual banquet.
KALONA — The wraps come off the town’s new community recreation center, Sunday and Mayor Cleo Troyer said the event should burst a few buttons. “It is something we scan be proud of,” Troyer says of the complex, which could be likened to a combination of city hall and YMCA.
40 YEARS AGO
A Salute to Industry banquet that may have been the first of its kind in Washington was held Friday night at the Captain’s Table to specifically honor four local industrial concerns which have shown strong growth in the past two years. An estimated 200 persons turned out for the affair and watched as Industry “Orchid” Awards were presented to officials of Crane Co., McCleery-Cumming Co., Perfex Division of McQuay-Perfex Inc. and Washington Manufacturing Co.
Vernon Wittrig, a Washington businessman who was very active in the IOOF Grand Lodge of Iowa prior to his death, has been memorialized by having a new junior lodge named in his honor.
50 YEARS AGO
Lars Sjoberg, AFS exchange student from Sweden, was the speaker at the Veterans of World War I meeting, Tuesday evening.
The Rev. Richard Peterson, pastor of the local Baptist church, will be speaker at the Easter sunrise service held at the YMCA, Easter morning.