(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, April 23, 2004)
10 YEARS AGO
Soldiers who remained in Kuwait from the Headquarters and Support Company, and Company A of the Iowa Army National Guard’s 109th Area Support Medical Battalion (ASMB) based in Iowa City are completing their demobilization processing from federal active duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and are scheduled to return to the Iowa City area on Tuesday, April 20.
Ryan Donkersloot of rural Wayland is among them.
Washington County entered into an architectural contract with Durrant Group of Dubuque for a proposed county jail, and bought a new tractor for the Conservation Board, this morning.
The Durrant Group contract will cost the county at least $23,300 for drafting services that would give the county a set of drawings to take to the public before a bond vote is called for on the estimated $4.5 million jail bond issue.
The Washington County Fair Board’s desire to run a beer tent during the Washington County Fair collided with opposition from a broad base of citizens during last night’s Washington City Council meeting.
The request for a beer permit was denied by the council’s unanimous decision.
20 YEARS AGO
BRIGHTON – Keegan Buckingham, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Buckingham of Brighton, won first place in the fifth- and sixth-grade division of the Iowa City Christian School spelling bee. He is a fifth-grader at St. James. Zachary Harris, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Harris, placed second in the second- and third-grade division. He is a third-grade student at St. James. Other students representing St. James were Danny Marie, George Marie, Rachel Vittetoe and Robert Greiner.
They’re bringing the trucks and bulldozers to town next week and the long-awaited Highway 92 widening project will begin soon. Shipley Construction Co. of Burlington, the general contractor for the project, is scheduled to begin work Monday, May 2.
Washington’s firetruck fleet is aging and a replacement plan is needed. That’s what firemen told the Washington City Council, Tuesday night before leading them through a tour of the fleet.
30 YEARS AGO
Expansion of Garst Seed Company of Coon Rapids will bring a couple hundred seasonal jobs to the Washington area beginning this summer. Carl Kolars, detassling coordinator for the company, reports that the company expects to hire approximately 200 seasonal workers.
Beginning Monday, junk cars will not be safe in Washington. Police Chief Gene Bienke said his department will begin a concentrated effort to rid the city of junk cars. Each police officer will be assigned a section of the city to patrol streets and alleys looking for junk, salvage or unlicensed vehicles.
BRIGHTON — Paintings by Donna Guy entered in the Iowa Amateur Artists regional show received the Viewers’ Choice Award. The show, sponsored by the Mt. Pleasant Art Association, was held at the National Guard Armory in Mt. Pleasant, April 14.
40 YEARS AGO
WAYLAND — David Allen Graber purchased the former Alliman Locker building at public auction, Saturday for $2,100.
Tom Sheetz, son of the Dale Sheetzes of Washington, has been selected as a member of the 1974-75 cheerleading squad at the University of Iowa. Among the judges were Bob Cummings and Luther “Lute” Olson, head football and basketball coaches.
The Washington Public Library will coincidentally observe National Library Week, next week, by completing another phase in an extensive remodeling project. Most of the main floor will be carpeted and new drapes will be installed.
50 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Herb Osincup and Mrs. Wayne Gamon of the local Fortnightly Club are in Waterloo today attending the biennial convention of the Federated Women’s clubs.
Robert Scranton, accountant for Mace Motor Company of Washington, a Ford dealership, has received Ford Division’s 1963 Dealer Accountants Award for Excellence.
Mrs. Lloyd Marek was elected president of the Lincoln Parent-Teacher Association at a meeting Thursday afternoon at the school.