(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, April 30, 2004)
10 YEARS AGO
WELLMAN — The Mid-Prairie Board of Education, Monday, approved an agreement with the Mid-Prairie Education Association that carries a total increase of 4.3 percent for teacher salaries and benefits.
Bankers and real estate agents are saying the housing market in Washington County is strong, fed by low interest rates and a growing community. Most speculate things are only going to get better.
Dick Gallagher of Washington and Merle Unkrich of Winfield are candidates for election to the Iowa Corn Promotional Board of Directors to represent USDA Crop Reporting District No. 9, comprised of 11 southeast Iowa counties, including Washington County.
20 YEARS AGO
Iowa farmers are off to a record start this spring with 22 percent of the corn acres and 2 percent of the soybean fields planted as this week began, the government reports. Locally, figures are even better. Friday, ISU Extension crop specialist Jim Jensen said he expected about a third of all corn was in around southeast Iowa.
Washington County’s Conference Board, comprised of county mayors and school directors, has approved a 22 percent increase in the county assessor’s budget for fiscal 1995.
High winds contributed to three fires in the county, yesterday, one of which destroyed a Brighton barn and a second which sent a Washington firefighter to the hospital.
30 YEARS AGO
A new record in generosity was set April 13 when participating Washington County restaurants raised more than $1,300 in their annual Restaurant Day event to aid mentally retarded Iowans.
Chamber Currency, a system of exchange aimed at bolstering Washington businesses and offering consumers a new form of gift certificates, will be initiated this week. The first issuance of the currency, which is sponsored by the Washington Chamber of Commerce, is set for Saturday night when it is to be used as door prizes at a “Salute to Industry” dance in the KC Hall.
Washington Community Schools District has a new superintendent. Dr. Thomas D. Engler, superintendent of Parkersburg Community Schools, has accepted the position, beginning July 1.
40 YEARS AGO
Washington High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club has won permanent possession of the Lloyd V. Douglas trophy for being named the outstanding FBLA club in Iowa for six consecutive years. T.J. Berdo is faculty adviser here.
Eleven Washington County 4-H clubs have joined in a unique program called the 4-H Crop and Weather Reporter, which will provide weekly summaries on rainfall, insect and disease problems, crop progress and general weather conditions in each community.
Army Reserve officials met with community leaders today in a search for ways to boost enlistment in the local unit, the 872nd Maintenance Company.
50 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Neal Lampkin was named president of the Washington Junior High School Parent-Teacher Group at the meeting Monday at the school.
The Charles Kennedys finished in the top spot in the Y’s Men’s pinochle marathon with a total of 11,750 points.
A crowd of approximately 200 attended the annual community Mother-Daughter program at the YWCA, Friday evening.