(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, April 18, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
No charges were filed in a case of vandalism that left a window knocked out of a classroom at Lincoln Elementary, Tuesday morning.
The culprit? A wild turkey hen.
A letter from a man who has been in a wheelchair for more than 21 years may result in the designation of more handicapped parking spaces around the Washington square.
Expecting greater-than-average voter turnout at the polls Tuesday for the Washington Community School District’s $17.5 million new-high-school bond issue, the Washington County Auditor’s office has an above-average run of ballots.
Auditor Bill Fredrick and deputy auditor Phyllis Hofer ordered 3,500 ballots for the April 22 special referendum, enough for 50 percent of the county’s registered voters.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Chuck Grassley announced today that Cedar Rapids, Clinton, Estherville and Washington will receive a total of $6,047,064 from the Federal Aviation Administration to improve area airports. This funding comes through the Airport Improvement Program.
The Washington Municipal Airport will receive $374,216 to expand an apron and extend a taxiway.
20 YEARS AGO
BRIGHTON — Heirloom Baskets is a tightly woven business. Its creator, Rebecca Seaba, started the handmade basket business in the fall of 1989 in her Brighton home. After the business outgrew her home, she and her husband, Gordon, leased a store in Brighton before buying and reconstructing their current workshop at 106 East Washington Street.
Charla Dickinson of Washington has been named classified advertising manager at The Washington Evening Journal, according to Arnold Smith, general manager and advertising director.
The Washington County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday approved the appointment of two city police officers and deputy sheriffs. Jerry Dunbar and Steve German were approved to have jurisdiction outside the city limits.
30 YEARS AGO
Janette Waterhouse of Keota placed fourth and Greg Weber of the Keota-Harper School placed ninth in the Southeast Prairie AEA eighth-grade math bee held April 15 in Ottumwa. Each received a medal and a certificate.
The Washington County employment rate climbed four-tenths of 1 percent in March, according to Job Service of Iowa reports issued today.
Three charter members of the Washington VFW post were honored Saturday afternoon, marking the post’s 50th anniversary. Those honored were Marty L. Whittaker, Cleo Schooley and Jesse Radda.
40 YEARS AGO
Neighbors and members of the Mennonite Disaster Service from the Kalona and Wellman areas are helping Myron Krotz clean up the mangled remains of his barn today. The barn was the biggest loss in the path of a destructive tornado that skimmed that area about noon Friday. His residence is about seven miles north of Washington.
Jerome Vittetoe was named winner of the corn production contest held in 1972 by the county 4-H’ers. His yield was 169.38 bushels per acre.
James Young, Wayne Williams and Max Mitchell were named as trustees this morning in the Crawford Township Fire District, formed recently following a 139-6 vote.
50 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Marie, Mrs. Robert Marie, Mrs. Lee Long and Virginia Marie, the latter two from Iowa City, were in Davenport, Sunday evening to attend the performance of “The Music Man,” put on by Marycrest and St. Ambrose college choruses. Margaret Marie and Pat McClure were members of the cast.
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Garrett left today for a leisurely trip by auto to Almeda, Calif., where they will visit Garrett’s daughter, Joyce Widmer.
Mrs. Don Maxwell was elected recording secretary of the south Iowa Methodist Women’s Society of Christian Service at the group.