(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, May 21, 2004)
10 YEARS AGO
The Washington City Council witnessed in real time the emergency communications system between the Washington County Public Safety Center and the Washington Volunteer Fire Department, last night.
RIVERSIDE — Approval of the voluntary annexation of 18 acres of land by the Riverside City Council, Monday, opens the way for major commercial development in the area.
Washington County will wait at least another week to join a group of law enforcement agencies who have formed an eastern Iowa clandestine law enforcement task force, fearing that without representation on the advisory board which controls the task force, the county could be forced into unplanned budgetary concessions.
The task force, which is comprised of government agencies from Manchester to Tipton, was established to assist local law enforcement to clean up discovered meth labs and meth lab dump sites.
WELLMAN — There were 67 residents at the Wellman City Council meeting, Monday, most of them residents of Ninth Avenue, who came to oppose the city’s plan for the street that would create individual property assessments of $2,500 to $3,500.
20 YEARS AGO
WAYLAND — A large barn on the Bruce Eichelberger property, a Wayland landmark, was destroyed by fire, May 3. Lost in the fire were shop tools, and lawn and garden equipment. First on the scene, a close neighbor, Larry Graber, with daughter Heidi, cut power to the barn and sprayed down the house, which was already very warm when they arrived.
Geraldine Schulty received recognition for individual volunteer service and was named the Heritage Area Agency on Aging “Outstanding Senior Citizen” after first being named outstanding senior for the county, last evening.
Pepper Kerr of Washington has received the George Baalson Memorial Scholarship from Luther College in Decorah. The scholarship provides financial aid for the 1993-94 year. She is the daughter of Thomas and Virginia Kerr.
30 YEARS AGO
Ruth Fletcher returned home Wednesday from a postal convention in Naperville, Ill. Sidelights included a tour of the Mississippi Belle riverboat, a dinner at Circa 21, and tours of the John Deere facilities and the Arsenal. Among others attending were Elsie and Stanley Burkholder, and Evelyn Jackson.
Five Washington Junior High School students had art projects selected for a state traveling exhibit sponsored by Art Educators of Iowa. They were Tina Walton, two pencil drawings; Tim Arnold, ink drawing; Steve Ferguson, chalk drawing; Lisa Todd, pencil drawing; and Sean Miller, pencil drawing.
40 YEARS AGO
Mildred Bordwell, daughter of the Richard Bordwells of Washington, shared the Crawford Music prize at Coe College. The prize is given to seniors with the highest grade point average in music theory courses.
Only the Demons’ Craig Paul will advance to district golf competition as a result of a disappointing Washington performance in the sectional tournament played on the country club course here.
This was a big day on the Dwaine Johnson farm near Crawfordsville, as a purebred Chester White sow gave birth to a litter of 22 pigs. Johnson reported this afternoon that 20 were still alive and scrappy.
Michael Lord has been offered a full undergraduate scholarship to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a senior at Highland High School and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bryce Lord of Ainsworth.
50 YEARS AGO
The Bill Craynes were in Ames for the Veisha celebration during the past weekend as guests of their daughter, Rosann, whose sorority won the sweepstakes award for their float in the parade, Saturday.