(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, May 28, 2004)
10 YEARS AGO
WELLMAN — Being wheelchair-bound did not stop Zach Tuma from joining his fifth-grade classmates in washing windows and sweeping streets in downtown Wellman on Friday.
The class turned out to provide a hands-on “thank you” to the local businesses whose donations helped raise the estimated $1,800 needed for a modified bicycle for Tuma.
Patience Dennis has been chosen to attend Upward Bound Math and Science Camp at the University of Northern Iowa for six weeks this summer.
Dennis was one of six students who applied for attendance from the Washington Community School District.
Megan Jones-Schiebel of Washington was recently initiated into the Theta Chapter of the Pi Lambda Theta International Honor Society and Professional Association at the University of Iowa. She was one of 31 UI students accepted into the education honorary organization during a special ceremony May 1 in Iowa City.
20 YEARS AGO
Drs. Paul Towner and Lynette Isles, a husband and wife medical team, will be joining Family Practice of Washington this fall. The pair are board certified family practitioners and will begin seeing patients in November.
KEOTA — For the first time since 1986, the Keota boys’ golf team will play in the state golf tournament. Keota came from behind in the second round to gain a spot in the tournament to be held in Iowa City this weekend.
RIVERSIDE — During a recent special meeting, Highland High School board members approved a resolution authorizing the issuance of $1,893,000 in school bonds to finance construction of a new elementary school in Riverside.
30 YEARS AGO
A new “digger-derrick” truck owned by Eastern Iowa Electric Light and Power received an estimated $30,000 in damages Friday when its brakes reportedly failed at a T-intersection a mile south of Riverside on W61. According to sheriff’s deputies, Kenneth L. Barton of rural Lone Tree was driving the truck when it failed to negotiate a curve and went into the ditch.
Sixth-grade students at St. James School were honored Friday at a special awards Mass celebrated by the Rev. John J. Whalen. “Graduates” who were recognized were Mark Blum, Patrick Horak, Jon Isley, Heath Peiffer, Jane Peiffer, Joseph Sherman and Christy Wehr.
With contracts in hand, the Washington County Board of Supervisors announced Tuesday that construction on a new local care facility for the poor and handicapped could begin as early as next week.
40 YEARS AGO
Assistant County Assessor Dave Siefkas will be riding his motorcycle up and down the roads and back roads of Washington County, beginning Monday, in a farm-by-farm buildings audit. Siefkas said the audit will be of outbuildings — all buildings except homes and garages, to note any changes that have not been recorded.
For the first time in history, the Washington County Fair will not have a full-fledged carnival this year. Fair Association members are scouring the area in search of replacement attractions.
Mary Stransky of Wellman is president of the newly organized Washington County Cow Belles, resulting from an election held Monday night in the Farm Bureau building.
50 YEARS AGO
The Charles McConnell, Will McConnell and Francis McConnell families were hosts Sunday to Major Douglas Dowell at Ames and his mother, Mrs. Edna Slagle of Vista, Calif., at a picnic at Sunset Park.
Susan Ellen Bruty, daughter of Mrs. Collette Bruty, will complete work on a degree in elementary education at Marycrest College in Davenport and will receive her degree at commencement exercises there, May 31.
Ed Simmering and Joe Cochran of Washington and Leland Horton of Brighton are serving on the federal jury at Davenport.