(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, April 16, 2004)
10 YEARS AGO
County payments to impoverished residents for rent assistance have doubled, and utility assistance has nearly tripled in the third quarter of fiscal 2003, the Washington County General Assistance quarterly report shows.
Sue Rich of Washington Community Services says the dramatic increase in rent and utility assistance is due to the closure of the Crane Valve foundry and the Norwood Promotions calendar factory in Washington.
The man who built the machine never finished high school, but Dean Pederson thinks it’s a genius of a mechanism.
Friday, Pederson and his son, Zach Pederson, of Pederson Waterway of West Liberty, shaved a ditch on the farm of Ed Jarrard, 2258 Riverside Road in Washington, south of G36.
The Department of Human Services is turning up the heat on parents delinquent in child support payments, and the efforts are working, DHS Child Support Recovery Unit employee Gina Moses told the county supervisors.
20 YEARS AGO
WELLMAN — The Rev. Charles Klink, pastor of the Asbury United Methodist Church in Wellman, has been chosen as the 1994 recipient of the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary’s “Manning Award Winner in Parish Ministry.” He received the award April 4.
Washington School Board members granted a request Wednesday night, but not without placing some restrictions on it. Marty Beenblossom and Dick Sojka of the Washington Area Baseball Council asked the board for permission to sell advertising billboards for the outfield fence. The advertising revenue garnered by WABC from the billboards would be plugged back into field improvement, they said.
BRIGHTON — It seems the building refuses to die. Twice now, the City of Brighton has tried to contract for the demolition of Carroll Hall, and twice it has escaped its fate. The downtown Brighton building was once THE place to be on a Saturday night. Local author Cecil Chuck remembers movies downstairs and dances upstairs when she moved back to Brighton in the early ‘40s.
30 YEARS AGO
Two Washington families are hosting German visitors this week as reciprocal goodwill ambassadors with the Friendship Force. Walter and Helen Doak will have Wilhelm and Lieselotte Gillman in their home through Sunday. John and Wilma Butler have welcomed Ewalk and Gisela Bohm for the week.
WELLMAN — Mid-Prairie math teacher Charles Gustafson is a nominee for the 1984 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching, one of 87 Iowa math teachers nominated for the honor. Teachers with at least five years’ experience at the junior and senior high levels were eligible for nominations by colleagues, administrators, students and parents.
40 YEARS AGO
The Washington County Board of Supervisors has created a new position of county defense attorney and has named Kalona attorney Earl O. Wright to fill it for a one-year term which began April 1.
KEOTA — A shooting incident here a little more than a week ago has reportedly shocked even the most complacent townspeople, but still no arrests have been made. Officials say that the State Bureau of Criminal Investigation is looking into the incident, which caused no injuries but left bullet holes in the home of Town Marshal Keith Wallerich and in one of the town’s police cars.
50 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Paul Horak was elected to the National Camp Fire Board for the year 1964-65 at the Region VII Camp Fire Girls Conference held in the Blackhawk Hotel in Davenport, Monday. Mrs. Horak will attend the national board meeting in Dallas, Texas, in November.
Guy Stacy of Brighton was elected district soil commissioner at the biennial board meeting of the Washington County Soil Conservation Service, held in the community room of the YMCA, Thursday evening.