Glance Back

Glance Back (From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, June 6, 2008)


[Phil] Ahrens and 25 other members of the Washington United Presbyterian Church traveled to Parkersburg last Saturday to help Derrick and Natalie Rogers clear the remains of their home from its foundation and stack the debris on the street for curbside pickup. Rogers, a University of Northern Iowa intern with AEGON in Cedar Rapids, called 1993 Washington High School graduate Jeff Cuddeback, who works in AEGON?s Investment Division, after the tornado struck the town on May 25 ? saying he wouldn?t be in to work.

On Sunday, 10-year-old Benjamin Schneider got to take a ride in David Miles? Cessna 132 single engine plane during the annual Fly-In Breakfast at the Washington Airport.

As the Washington Municipal Band gathered Monday night in the United Presbyterian Church for the last rehearsal before the debut concert of the season, 16-year-old Jordan Smith tuned up his trombone and took his seat with the other musicians.

After getting his start playing an instrument in the way many musicians do ? fifth-grade band, Smith said the ability to express emotion in the form of sound has formed a love of music.


The Demons placed in five of the final six events Saturday afternoon, coming from behind to capture their first-ever state track and field championship.

In the county?s lone contested race, Raymond Lasek, who is seeking his second term as a county supervisor, turned back a challenge by Curt Mineart, county auditor, in the GOP primary. Lasek, a rural Ainsworth farmer, garnered 763 votes to Mineart?s 614 or a percentage differential of 55.4 ? 44.6.

The Washington City Council Tuesday night heard about some of the rebuilding efforts currently taking place after a tornado hit the community nearly three weeks ago.

People walking into the Disaster Relief Center are overwhelmed at the amount of goods donated for victims of the May 15 tornado. All the items are free to the people who need them.

WASHINGTON COUNTY ? The problem of bad checks being written in area businesses has gotten so bad that more county officials may be hired to help fight the problem.

It happens only once ? a 50th anniversary, and the Ridiculous Day committee (a branch of the Washington Chamber of Commerce?s Retail Committee) is making sure that Saturday?s milestone is remembered.

Quinn Johnson?s opposite field single with one out in the eighth inning lifted the Washington High School baseball team to a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over Fort Madison and a sweep of last night?s Southeast Seven Conference doubleheader.


Matthew Berst and Martin Berst tied for the top academic spots in the Class of 1988 at Washington High School and were named the valedictorians during commencement at the high school on Sunday. Their parents are Mr. and Mrs. Carl Berst. Angela Mouser, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Mouser, was named salutatorian.

Washington Federal Savings and Loan has announced that James Kauffman has been named manager of Washington Federal?s new financial service corporation, Washington Financial Services Inc.

Though it isn?t news to anyone that the county is in the midst of a drought, Washington County Extension director, Jim Frier, revealed that the past April-May combined rain total was the lowest tally in the past 114 years. During the two months, Washington County received 1.99 inches of rain, and one has to go back to the middle of the Depression to find the second-driest year in the last 11 decades. Rainfall in 1936 was just 2.40 inches.


The sixth annual Festival of Talent Show will be a feature of the Washington County 4-H and FFA Fair again this year, and the search for entries has been started by Jan Rosien and Cathy Lloyd who have served as organizers of the show since it was first started here.

The Iowa Bureau of Labor is investigating an apparently recurring problem of excessive levels of the element cadmium at the Perfex Division of McQuay-Perfex Inc. in Washington.


Workmen made short work of the task of razing a house on Madison Street in Washington to make way for a new service station. The house torn down was located across the street east from the Captain?s Table. Work on the new station is expected to start immediately.

There was standing room only as members of the Class of 1968 were honored at the 98th annual commencement at Washington High School.