(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, July 2, 2004)
10 YEARS AGO
Washington Public Library administrators could decide to move the library to the south side of the square in 60 days or less.
Library board chairman Jim Gorham said the library is roughly 30 days into a 90-day option to purchase three buildings on the Washington square — the two Seifert’s buildings formerly housing The Hall Tree and the World of Fitness building.
AINSWORTH — Canada geese normally do their traveling by air, but earlier this week, several dozen of the birds hitched a ride and headed north in the backs of trucks.
Over 80 Canada geese who had made their home in Washington County were relocated on Monday, as workers from the Department of Natural Resources and local conservationists helped tag and move the waterfowl from four different sites in the county.
HILLS — The Washington K-9 unit located a bank robbery suspect in southern Johnson County, Friday afternoon, in tall corn, as many law enforcement personnel — including the Cedar Rapids Police helicopter team — took part in the manhunt.
20 YEARS AGO
Highland’s Molly Rees had what would be considered a career day against IMS on Friday. Rees led the Huskies to a pair of victories over winless Iowa Mennonite, striking out 27 in two games while walking just seven. In the two games, she allowed just two scratch hits.
CEDAR RAPIDS — The sculpture, “Stele,” created and designed by Mark Stevenson, son of Bob and Bonnie Stevenson of Washington, was chosen from 32 entries to be displayed in Cedar Rapids’ new outdoor sculpture gallery.
Even anticipating higher market prices than last year, ISU Extension farm management specialist Harry Tucker isn’t painting a pretty financial picture for Iowa farmers. While fewer farms are considered financially stressed than during the bust years of the late ‘80s, the number is climbing again, Tucker said at a recent economic outlook breakfast in Washington.
30 YEARS AGO
Damage estimates are running as high as $50,000 from the collision Tuesday of a freight train and a city water department tractor at a railroad crossing on North Marion Avenue in Washington. No one was injured. The accident demolished the endloader-backhoe tractor, severely damaged the train’s front locomotive, ripped out a crossing signal and tore up four rail crossings from Marion to F avenues. At least one city councilman is calling for disciplinary action against municipal employees involved.
AINSWORTH — Robert Megchelsen, rural mail carrier on Route 1 out of Ainsworth, will retire June 29.
Larrette Sexton of Ainsworth and Tammy Plecker of Columbus Junction are two of the 45 students whose photographic work has been scheduled for showing in the 1984 “Faces of Iowa” touring exhibition.
40 YEARS AGO
The United Presbyterian Church of Columbus Junction will celebrate its 100th anniversary of the incorporation of Central Presbyterian Church of Columbus Junction with a two-day program, quilt and antique display, beginning June 29. On Sunday, a locally produced film depicting the growth and spread of Christianity and the history of the local church will be shown.
Music students attending the annual All-State Music Camp at the University of Iowa the past two weeks included Jim Dayton and Alan Van Houten of Washington, and Lisa Hennon, Ann Kirchner, Carol Schneider, Doug Schnoebelen and Janice Schnoebelen of Riverside.
Beth Larsen is spending the summer in Calexico, Calif., in volunteer mission work with the United Presbyterian Church. She is one of six volunteers who will be working with physically handicapped young people.
50 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Hennigan returned Thursday from a tour of the World’s Fair and New York City.
Andy Lee, son of Mrs. Porter Lee of Wellesley, Mass., and his friend, Richard Brown, stopped in Washington for a weekend visit in the Raymond Whisler home. The young men, both students at Harvard University this past year, were en route to the West.