(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, June 25, 2004)
10 YEARS AGO
A week after rural Riverside residents requested the county install additional stop signs at the intersection of 135th Street and Tulip Avenue, just east of Riverside Road, the county supervisors approved the additional traffic control signs and the County Engineer expressed his plans to straighten the intersection for safety reasons as soon as this fall.
The citizens of Washington County might be asked to roll the dice on gambling this summer as a southeast Iowa riverboat casino operator eyes the northeast corner of the county for a possible gambling site.
KALONA — If plans proceed as expected, Kalona will see two housing developments get under way this year, providing a possible total of 72 housing plots and three commercial plots.
William Young, developer and real estate agent, plans to develop 44 lots on a 24-acre area immediately north of the city’s old water tower adjacent to Sixth Street. The land, owned by Duane Yoder, is north of J Avenue, near Sharon Hill Cemetery.
20 YEARS AGO
Co-workers chose Ruth Pierce as Halcyon House Outstanding Employee of the quarter, saying, “She loves her work, is dedicated and is kind to residents. She is very helpful and patient with residents, a person who goes out of her way to help others.”
At the suggestion of the Iowa State Association of Counties and Washington County Social Welfare Director Kelly Yeggy, the Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution which specifies that a client’s IQ be 75 or below to be considered for county-funded services for the mentally retarded.
What Nick Reed doesn’t know about mules probably isn’t worth knowing. Raising mules has gone from hobby to business for the Reed family. “If I won the lottery that’s all I’d have … mules,” Reed said. And while they aren’t making him rich, they are gaining him an international reputation as a breeder.
30 YEARS AGO
Brighton has a new playground — horseshoe-pitching courts in the northeast corner of the town ballpark. Time and labor was donated to install the six courts so that a tournament could be held during June Whoopee Days.
Derek Cousins went three-for-three at the plate in the first game of a Southeast Seven conference doubleheader at Keokuk, Thursday night.
A soybean disease, damping off, has forced some Washington County farmers to replant beans at least once, and in some cases, twice. Up to 15 percent of the soybean acreage in the county has been affected, according to Extension director Jim Frier.
40 YEARS AGO
The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter of Washington High School received a Gold Seal Award for excellence at the National FBLA Leadership Conference in San Francisco this week. Students Norlene Gegner, Jean Marie, Tootie Dougall, Debbie Tisor, Kathy Schantz, Chris Hesseltine and Joan Vittetoe were accompanied to the conference by chapter adviser T.J. Berdo.
An official organization to promote Washington County participation in the American Revolution Bicentennial in 1976 was established at a meeting Tuesday night at the fairgrounds. Nine members were appointed to the commission with other representatives from various parts of the county to be added in the coming months.
50 YEARS AGO
Washington’s weeklong 125th anniversary celebration ended Saturday evening, but echoes were still being heard today. Almost without dissent, comments heard from those who participated and those who merely watched were in praise of the effort.
Jane Peterson, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. A.C. Peterson, and Pam Nuckols, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. M.N. Nuckols of Oskaloosa, have arrived in Mexico City where they have enrolled in a six-week summer school at Universidad Ibero-Americana.