(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Oct. 25, 2002)
10 YEARS AGO
If the Washington District School Board, administrators, and petition committee can get area residents to force a referendum to the election booth, then vote for a bond issue that is intended for the construction of a new high school building, the federal government says it will pitch in $1 million to the cause.
For the sixth time in 12 years, Washington County voters will see a public measure concerning an E-911 fee on the ballots. This year, the ballots for the Nov. 5 election will ask county voters to extend the $1.50 monthly rate another two years.
Washington County Attorney Barb Edmondson said she expects the Iowa Supreme Court to issue its ruling in the Sockum Ridge case by the end of the year.
The Washington County Courthouse was one of several courthouses in Iowa to receive word of bomb threats yesterday from the Iowa Department of Public Safety in Des Moines.
20 YEARS AGO
Myron Graber of Washington was elected to the board of directors of Washington Federal Savings and Loan Association at the board’s recent meeting.
Washington County supervisors, on a split vote, tabled a discussion of whether to issue a proclamation in favor of the Equal Rights Amendment which will be presented to voters. Supervisor Virginia Bordwell presented the proposed proclamation which she said had been passed by the Linn County supervisors. Bordwell received no second for her motion to adopt the proclamation.
Four Washington industries were recognized by Governor Terry E. Branstad at an awards luncheon recently in Des Moines. Receiving certificates were representatives from McCleery Cumming Co., Modine, Wilson Concrete and Mose Levy.
30 YEARS AGO
Washington Toastmasters hosted the Area VIII Humorous Speech Contest, Saturday at the Captain’s Table restaurant, with John Gamon serving as the emcee. The 30th anniversary of the local club was also observed.
Riding a wave of support in his home territory, Republican Virgil Corey of Morning Sun won re-election Tuesday to the Iowa House of Representatives. Corey defeated challenger Jim Kauffman, a Washington area Democrat, by four percentage points.
Margaret Quigley, veteran Columbus Community School teacher, will be honored at a retirement reception, Sunday. The open house will be at the People’s National Bank in Columbus Junction.
The Wayland Volunteer Firemen were called to a cornfield fire west of Coppock shortly after noon Saturday. The field was being harvested by Randy Roth.
40 YEARS AGO
Skip Spencer, head basketball coach at Washington High School, attended the fourth annual Fall Clinic of the Iowa Basketball Coaches at Ames over the weekend. Cal Hickman, Mid-Prairie coach, is president of the association.
Contracts are scheduled to be let this week for expansion of the Crane Company plant here, according to plant manager Keith G. Shaffer. A 26,000 square-foot storage area and more than 7,000 square feet of manufacturing area are to be added to the south side of the plant, he said.
Martha Canott, student at WACO High School, has been named president of the southeast district of the Future Teachers of America.
50 YEARS AGO
Eighty-eight young people of the Christian Tabernacle attended the Black Hills Passion Play staged in Ottumwa last week at the Civic Auditorium. Some of the youth were extras in the play.
Mr. and Mrs. Vernon G. Elgin and sons were hosts Sunday to Dr. Ernest Frei of the Philippines who was the guest speaker at the annual Thanksgiving services at the Marion Avenue church.
Bob Krotz, son of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Krotz, has pledged Delta Phi social fraternity at Iowa State University, Ames. He will represent his pledge class as a voting delegate at Iowa State’s Freshmen Government Convention.