(From The Washington Evening Journal, week ending Friday, June 11, 2004)
10 YEARS AGO
Hunter McGee, an eighth-grade student at Washington Junior High School, recently participated in the State Geography Bee. He was the seventh WJHS student to participate in the state level bee.
He won the school bee and finished in the top 100 in Iowa on an objective test to advance to the state bee at Drake University in Des Moines.
At state, McGee answered oral questions about world geography and events. He was one answer away from being in the final round.
Some 400 people turned out to help celebrate Holy Trinity Catholic Church’s 150th birthday, Sunday, in Richmond. Established as an official parish in 1855, Holy Trinity Catholic Church dates to 1854 when the first Mass was said in the modest Joseph Baumgartner log cabin. The brick church was started in August 1868, and was completed six years later.
Soybean aphids were found in several places in eastern Iowa on June 8, according to Marlin Rice, Iowa State University Extension entomologist.
20 YEARS AGO
Rochelle Bush, daughter of Richard and Rebecca Bush, won the talent show at Mt. Pleasant’s Springfest on May 22. She performed the tumbling number: “In a Persian Market.” The group of Bush, Kayla Crossett, Jennifer Goedken and Deanne Martin finished second with a tumbling routine, “Journey Through America.”
Amy Schafer, daughter of Lee and Karen Schafer, Brighton, has been accepted into the interior design program at Iowa State University, Ames. Only 36 students are admitted based on cumulative grade-point average in art, design and interior design, essay and portfolio review. She will be a junior in the fall.
Cari Lyle, Keota, and Peter Balvanz, Washington, are winners of presidential scholarships at Wartburg College, Waverly. These students have achieved outstanding academic records and have demonstrated leadership potential.
30 YEARS AGO
Kelly Schlapkohl was honored Saturday night with a farewell “roast” in honor of his 25 years as a Washington school administrator. About 400 persons attended the event, which was held at Washington Club House.
Schlapkohl, superintendent of the local school system for the past 18 years, and wife Mary are leaving Washington this month for Des Moines, where he will become executive secretary of the Iowa Association of School Administrators.
WELLMAN — A rural Wellman family lost most of their personal belongings Friday when fire destroyed their home in the southeast corner of Lime Creek Township near the landmark Pilotsburg Church.
The house was occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Jim Davis and their infant son, but no one was in the house at the time of the blaze.
Washington State Bank announced Friday its entrance into the electronic banking field with the unveiling of the local bank’s first automatic teller machine.
Officials said the State Bank will have two instant-access machines, nicknamed “George” and “Martha.” George will be located at the bank’s main office at 121 S. Marion Ave. and Martha will be located at the Fareway Store at 301 N. Marion Ave.
40 YEARS AGO
More jobs and applicants are needed at the Youth Employment Service here, according to director Cheryl Pfeiffer.
Linda Eash and Laurel Griffin are attending 1000 Hills Summer Youth Band Camp at Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville this week. Linda was chosen first chair saxophone in the first band which appeared in concert Friday evening.
Another 0.70 inches of rain fell on the Washington area this weekend. The additional precipitation boosted the first 10-day June total to well over 2 inches. The Skunk River is now expected to crest 4 feet above the 14-foot level at Brighton on Saturday, June 15. Civil Defense authorities report the English River is out of its banks in the northern reaches of the county.
50 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Artemus Brown and daughter Peggy of Hastings, Neb., left Sunday after visiting friends here. They were house guests of the Robert Days.