Glance back

Glance Back (From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Aug. 29, 2008)

10 Years Ago

About 45 people turned out Saturday morning at the corner of Marion Avenue and Washington Street to participate in the Main Street Washington Clean Sweep, a celebration that construction on the southwest side of the square is almost done.

The Washington school board is giving interim Superintendent David Sextro a list of three items for him to accomplish over the next 10 months ? to have a good look at the budget, to bring board policies up to date and a third that will be decided later.

While there is no name on the upcoming school election ballot for Washington?s school board director District 1, a candidate has stepped forward to represent that district. Stephanie Ellingson is running for the vacancy as a write-in candidate.

After two years in the making, hundreds of donations, countless man-hours of volunteer work and the support of the community, five scissors snips on a red ribbon marked the official opening of the four seasons lodge in Lake Darling State Park.


20 Years Ago

County voters, Tuesday emphatically told county and city government officials that a local option sales/service tax (LOST) would not be a financing mechanism for the project.

In a surprisingly light turnout, the measure was defeated by a collective 77.7 ? 22.3 percent vote in the county.

WEST LIBERTY ? This one has been a long time coming. Ainsworth?s Kurt Stewart picked up his first-ever victory at the West Liberty Raceway and his first NASCAR late model victory in several seasons Saturday night.


Lamont and Wilma Kelley will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house Sept. 6, 2-4 p.m. at the St. James School, Washington.

30 Years Ago

Brian C. Peterson, of Williamsburg, has been appointed administrator of Halcyon House Retirement Community in Washington.

Washington golfer Craig Paul tied the Washington Golf and Country Club record Friday by shooting a six-under-par 29. Paul, who played with Tom Doughty and Bill Burns, birdied the first four holes of his round along with nos. 6 and 7. He missed a chance to own the course record outright when his putt on the ninth hole fell in and out. Paul now shares the record with Joe Gebhardt, Frankie Sanders and Jim Lloyd.

A pair of program directors has been named at the Washington YMCA, according to Dave Snow, YMCA executive director. Judy Moore, Washington, and Darren Naaktgeboren, Pella, will assume directorships of aquatics and Y programs, respectively.

40 Years Ago

The Riverside Chamber of Commerce float won third place in the organization?s division in the Lone Tree Fall Festival parade, Aug. 13.

A Wellman girl is still in the running for the top prize in the talent show at the Iowa State Fair. Tracy Murphy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Murphy, won the preliminary competition of the sprouts division of the Bill Riley Talent Show Wednesday. She will compete in the finals on Saturday on the Plaza Stage at the state fairgrounds. Tracy is a jazz acrobatic dancer.

50 Years Ago

Opening-day enrollment in the Washington Community school district was up 49 from last year to a total of 2,216 students, according to a report from the office.

of Kelly Schlapkohl, superintendent.


Seventy-six Cedar, Franklin and Crawford Township farmers topped 100 bushels per acre average corn yield in Washington County in 1967, reports Jim Frier, county Extension director.


Sharon Paul, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dick Paul, celebrated her 10th birthday Saturday by entertaining eight friends for lunch.