(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, June 18, 2004)
10 YEARS AGO
WELLMAN — Thanks to the generosity of a late Wellman livestock producer, Mid-Prairie and Washington high school students and the Kalona Historical Village will receive financial assistance.
Under the terms of the will of the late Boyd Emde, who died May 14, the Mid-Prairie School District Foundation, the Washington School District Foundation and the Kalona Historical Society each will receive one-third of the net proceeds of the Boyd and Wilma Emde Charitable Trust.
BRIGHTON — Larry Cuddeback’s interest in making agriculture environmentally friendly has earned him a nomination for the Lawrence and Eula Hagie Award. … According to nominator Caryl Leopold Smith of the Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District, Cuddeback is the model farmer, restoring wetlands in the 1980s, before most people knew it was important.
20 YEARS AGO
After years of collecting art prints and framing them to suit his style, Duane Gibbs has pursued his dream of commercial work and succeeded. Appleblossom Art & Frame, 104 West Main, opened April 2, hosting art prints from national artists, a gallery of local talent and custom framing.
Verna Brown, of Washington, has come a long way since her grandmother, Catherine (Jones) Hughes, signed her name with an “X” when she married in Wales because only the males of the family received an education at that time. Now, almost a century later, Verna Brown witnessed her 70th class reunion at Iowa State University.
30 YEARS AGO
Robert Schultz of rural Columbus Junction and Dale Schultz of Grandview, area Kentucky Fried Chicken franchisees, have received their second Five-Star award for meeting KFC’s highest standards for store management, operations and customer satisfaction. They opened 14 stores in Illinois and Iowa, including the KFC in Washington.
Trent Dossett of Wapello won the 41st annual Southeast Iowa Men’s Amateur Golf Tournament, Sunday at the Washington Golf and Country Club.
The Senior Center is now enjoying air conditioning and a debt of gratitude is owed to Sara Lu Morrison for being instrumental in this project.
40 YEARS AGO
WELLMAN — Fire on the Don Hochstedler farm about eight miles north of here destroyed two buildings and killed a sow and about 12 pigs, Monday morning. The fire apparently started in a hog shed and reached a nearby machine shed. A chisel plow in the shed also was damaged.
A 10,000 gallon emergency fuel oil supply for Washington County Hospital apparently won’t have to be moved from its rented storage tank, at least for several months. The hospital bought the added supply last winter from the federal government when oil sources were scarce and stored it at Wayne’s Oil and Tire Co.
Several Washington residents reported feeling tremors of an explosion or a quake of some kind this morning, but there has been no official explanation for the phenomenon. There is some speculation the rumblings were caused by dynamiting somewhere near the city.
50 YEARS AGO
Tanya Trotman has gone to Flagg Ranch near Moran, Wyo., where she will be employed for the summer months.