(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, May 2, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
Bob Shepherd, manager of Washington’s farmers market since 1988, was elected by his peers to serve as the Iowa Farmers Market Association vice chair partly because he’s a vocal proponent of farmers markets, and partly because the one here in town is so successful in its unique endeavors.
The intent of the sale of a roughly three-acre property in the 1400 block of West Fifth Street in Washington, adjacent to WCDC Inc., is to keep from hoarding the unused land, and to earn some tax dollars on it, Washington County supervisor Larry DeLong said this morning.
More than a year after a stray Walker coonhound treed a cat east of Brighton, then chased nearly two stories up the tree in pursuit, another Washington County dog has decided to take up tree-climbing as a pastime.
This time, the dog — a Brittany spaniel — was after birds.
With crochet hook in hand, and skeins of red, white and blue yarn, Bertie Miller of Washington has created heirlooms for her children, grandchildren and sisters.
20 YEARS AGO
According to owner/manager Rodney Stogdill, “Don’t forget to have fun” is more than the motto printed on his business cards for Rider Sales, Washington’s new bike shop. “I try to live by that motto,” Stogdill said. “You can’t have fun 100 percent of the time, but I try to.”
KEOKUK — Another week, another record for Heather Garrity. After breaking her own record in the 3,000-meter run last week, the Washington senior bettered it Tuesday in the Keosippi Relays. Garrity posted a 12:02.28 and finished first to better the mark of 12:15.68 she set a week earlier.
At a recognition program and lunch at Kirkwood Center, Myra Schroeder was presented an award for the 1993 Outstanding Senior Citizen for Washington County. Alice Winslow also was named the area’s Outstanding Care Review Group Member.
30 YEARS AGO
Greg Wiley, son of Dick and Kathy Wiley of Washington, will portray “Sid,” a major character in the Iowa State University student production of “Pajama Game.” The Stars Over Veisha will be the highlight of the Veisha celebration and will be presented May 5-8 on the campus.
Prodded by strong public opinion, the Washington City Council, Tuesday night adopted the concepts of transforming the former Fareway grocery store building into a roller skating rink.
A new business has opened in the southwest corner of the Washington square. The Cloth Corner, owned by Kathy Schreiber, will carry a full line of fabrics, notions and craft items. Schreiber, a native of the Riverside area, resides with husband Bob near Columbus Junction.
40 YEARS AGO
Susan Vacha was named president of the student body of Washington High School today, following tabulation of the annual student voting. Other officers are: Mike Schooley, vice president; Nancy Rae, secretary; and Jolisa Rich, treasurer.
Dave Green of Washington tossed the discus 165 feet, 6 inches to win the high school division of that event at Saturday’s Drake Relays in Des Moines. Green remains undefeated in competition this year.
United Presbyterian of Washington moved to a new church building on Second Avenue. The new building had its start three years ago in May 1970, when the merger of the two Presbyterian congregations was accomplished, and the new congregation was formed. The groups will now be referred to jointly as the United Presbyterian Church of Washington.
50 YEARS AGO
Nearly 10,000 tiny pine trees have been planted in Washington County this spring, and the latest planting was on the Alvin Horak farm near Ainsworth, Friday and Saturday. Most of the plantings were begun under the general supervision of Bruce Plum, district forester from Fairfield.
Consolidation of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Washington and St. John’s Lutheran Church of Wellman was approved at a special voters assembly Sunday.
Oneita Fisher of West Chester was awarded the Members Only Prize in the Iowa Poetry Association’s 1963 contest.