Glance Back

Glance Back (From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, June 27, 2008)

By Nan Stark



KALONA ? Harold E. ?Short? Peterseim was the consummate storyteller, his son Locke Peterseim remembers, and during the last seven years he became known as the town historian.

The flood of 2008 seems to have moved on, but the aftermath has just begun ? with many roads, streets, buildings, crops and other facilities damaged or ruined from floodwaters.

BRIGHTON ? Over 300 people turned out Sunday to get a sneak peek at the new four-seasons lodge that, due to a partnership of many federal, state and local entities as well as private citizens, now sits beside the Lake Darling beach.


Jade Wells, daughter of Dick and Julie Wells, West Chester, and the current Miss Washington, along with 14 other contestants will be competing for the crown of Miss Iowa, 1998.

Paul Reynolds will be honored this week for his 30 years in the banking industry in this area.

CRAWFORDSVILLE ? Mindy Davis, of Crawfordsville, has been selected to represent Washington County as the Lamb and Wool Producers Princess.

The Washington High School baseball team found its way back into the win column last night, getting outstanding pitching performances from senior Nathan Miller and sophomore Jake Quinn as it swept a Southeast Seven Conference doubleheader from Fairfield, 4-9 and 8-2, at the Washington Junior High School Field of Dreams complex.

Kati Roth and Jenny Pearson slugged two-out extra-base hits in the first two innings Saturday, lifting the Washington softball team to a 5-1 victory over Williamsburg and the Washington Invitational championship.

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- When the new fiscal year begins July 1, Washington County government employees will be receiving some degree of pay raise.


Local residents, Donna Walker and Katrina Altenhofen, received their chance for stardom as the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics filmed a drama on the square in Washington. The drama, which will be released Aug. 1 across the United States and in several European locations, is a promotional film urging small cities to consider purchasing a defibrillator.

Temps that sent the mercury soaring well into three digits were accompanied by high humidity, making for a miserable day for anyone outdoors, and weather guessers are predicting more of the same today. The official high was 100 degrees, but unofficial reports skied upward to 109 as reported by one Cedar Rapids TV station.

Eighteen members of a local bicycle club came out in the heat on Tuesday to have a short business meeting and ride. Members voted on the name ?Spokesbusters? from among two other nominees, ?The Wash Cycles? and ?The Washington Bike Club.?


High winds or a small twister destroyed a barn on a farm owned by Bob Redlinger about 6 miles south of Washington Saturday night. Dave Williams lives in the residence nearby, but the house was not damaged.

Half of Washington County park ponds suffered heavy winter fish kill and will be restocked this fall and next spring, according to Don Kline, area fisheries management biologist for the Iowa Conservation Commission.

The Burlington Northern Railroad today published a legal notice that keeps open its option to abandon a track that the company operates between Washington and Burlington.


The weatherman served up one of the finest days of the summer today as literally hundreds of Washington area residents thronged the streets of the business district here for the annual renewal of Ridiculous Day.

The National Bank of Washington announced the hiring of Paul G. Reynolds as an auditor and teller.

William Perdock, of Washington, has been elected chairman of the Washington County Republican Central Committee to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Joe H. Jones.