(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Jan. 31, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
Late last year, rural Washington farmer Rob Stout went to Japan, to try to sell Iowa soybeans to the Japanese.
And though he and his partners didn’t get the Japanese buyers to sign a firm contract right away, a business relationship-building process is now under way between men of Tokyo, and men of Washington County, which is important to the Japanese.
Should Washington County provide a place for a private business to make a profit?
When it comes to ResCare services at Orchard Hill, the Washington County supervisors decided that the answer is yes.
You can tell which three elk are the friendliest ones almost immediately. Exotic animal farmer LeRoy Kaufman of rural Wayland has about 50 head of elk, and of those, maybe 20 stand just on the other side of a big, red cattle gate. When Kaufman swings it open and we go into the elks’ acreage, the big bull eyes us suspiciously, but keeps to himself, surrounded by a small herd of cow elk. Three of the cows, though, are straight out of Disney; they amble up on their gangly legs, rubbery necks stretching and twisting to taste hands, boots, hats, and a camera.
20 YEARS AGO
A new computer system in Washington High School’s media center is a hit with students according to media specialist, Al Olson. Equipped with a compact disc drive, high resolution screen and an inkjet printer, the IBM-compatible computer features an electronic encyclopedia and a system called “Infotrac,” which serves as a replacement for the Reader’s Guide books full of magazine listings. By typing a key word, students are referred to magazine articles, which they are then able to obtain from microfiche.
After more than 35 years at the helm, Fort Madison coach Mick Pickford thought he had seen it all. Until Friday. “This was a heck of a match,” said Pickford after his grapplers beat Washington, 36-22. “Four overtimes is the most I’ve ever seen in a dual meet. I’ve never seen anything like it before.”
Tougher security measures are being implemented at the Washington County jail in the wake of the December escape of two inmates.
30 YEARS AGO
Norman Jensen, who guided Washington County Hospital through nearly a quarter of a century of challenge and progress, retired Thursday on his 62nd birthday. He was associate hospital administrator. Jensen and wife Isobel were honored Sunday at a public farewell dinner and reception at Washington Club House.
WELLMAN — City officials here have issued an ultimatum to owners of abandoned vehicles which are clogging city streets. The council has ordered that all abandoned and inoperable vehicles parked in city streets be removed by Saturday, or authorities will tow the vehicles away at the expense of their owners.
Disgruntled teachers Wednesday night criticized the Washington School District’s all-day, every-other-day kindergarten program, saying that it appears to have a negative influence on the children.
40 YEARS AGO
Navy Lt. Joe Scranton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Scranton of Washington, has been assigned as an escort officer for the first returning Vietnam prisoners of war, his parents were informed today.
A student from rural Keota is editor of the weekly newspaper at Kirkwood Community College. Mike Vincent said he became editor of the Kirkwood Communiqué by accident, but since then he has developed an interest in journalism as a career.
WEST CHESTER — It took an hour and a half for a fire to level the Everet Sangr home this morning. The one-and-a-half story residence had housed the Sangr family and five of their six children.
50 YEARS AGO
Mrs. John Winga and Mrs. Vince Elgin of the Marion Avenue United Presbyterian Church and Mrs. Vernon Wittrig of the First Presbyterian Church, were at the Cotter church Saturday, attending the Southeast Iowa Presbytery Observation for church school teachers.
Mr. and Mrs. Duane Griggs and daughter Cheryl of New London called briefly Sunday in the parental Bryan Snyder home.