(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, March 28, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
The U.S. Army Reserve vehicle parking lot on Highway 92 East in Washington has been sitting empty for the last few days, where normally it is crowded with military vehicles. The departure of those trucks from the Reserve lot is due to the deployment last week of the 389th Engineers Battalion of Dubuque, whose vehicles had been stationed in Washington for work.
The Washington County Board of Supervisors met today to again address the issues surrounding tax increment financing (TIF) agreements.
In further discussions regarding TIFs, a motion was made for Simmering to move ahead as representative of the county under a new Urban Renewal Plan which includes a TIF agreement with land developer Mark Goodwin.
The county budget conversion was approved in compliance with the revised state chart of accounts. Accounts have been regrouped and numbered so that revenue and expenditure account numbers correlate.
20 YEARS AGO
The first Iowa flag is displayed in the Washington Public Library reading room thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Day. The flag, made of three cloth red, white and blue panels, features an eagle and motto printed on the middle section.
The Washington County Public Safety Center is one step ahead of a bill currently moving through the Iowa Legislature. The bill would require county sheriffs and city councils to adopt weapons policies for off-duty officers who are drinking alcohol or visiting an establishment that serves alcohol. According to the Safety Center firearms policy, off-duty officers are not required to carry weapons but they will be armed when using a county or city patrol vehicle.
If you reside in the Washington Community School District, expect to see an increase in your tax bill next year. During a special meeting Monday night, school directors approved a $9.15 million budget which calls for a 50-cent increase in millage rate.
30 YEARS AGO
Weather conditions in Washington County have been “nasty,” according to the city’s official weather observer. Almost 2 inches of rain fell during the past week. Muddy conditions have all but halted spring field work, as the number of suitable work days was severely limited.
Chris Lowry of Albert Lea, Minn., and grandson of Werner and Bonnie Lowry of Washington, has been named a finalist in the national merit scholarship competition.
Kathryn Jarvis became Washington’s newest centenarian, Saturday in a celebration at the Washington Care Center. Her sons, Harold of Washington and Carl of Brighton, hosted the reception which was attended by about 300 persons. Special guests were her brother, 88-year-old Jim Morton of Spencer, and sisters, Vallie Whitney, 98, of Dallas, Texas, and Harriet Porter, 90, of Washington.
40 YEARS AGO
The Washington Hustlers 4-H Club, 55 strong this year, was stretching the seams of the 4-H building on the fairgrounds where the meetings were held. To ease the situation, the junior members now have different leaders and officers, and they meet on a different night.
Don Sheets, who farms near here and is a director on the National Meat Board, said the national meat boycott may cause more harm than good and “the housewife has got to get used to paying more for food.” He said the average consumer spends only 15 percent of their income dollar on food.
Winnie Beiter, executive secretary of the Washington County chapter of the American Red Cross, announced plans to retire from that post which she has served since January 1949.
50 YEARS AGO
Tim Dougall, who placed first in the 100-yard breaststroke, was one of the 10 Washington YMCA swimmers competing in the North Central Area swim meet in Waterloo, March 29-30.
One of the oldest business establishments in Washington now has a new name. Lemmon Jewelry now will be known as Logan Jewelry, according to owner John Logan.
Last week, 65 Catholic young people met to organize a Catholic youth organization. Nancy Waters was elected president; Joe Scranton, secretary; Bob Lintz, vice president; and Marilyn Merz, treasurer.