Glance Back

Glance Back (From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Sept. 5, 2008)

10 Years Ago

With 162 petition signatures submitted, the Washington School District will take the issue of whether to bond to build a new high school to the voters. The question left to be decided is when the special election will be held.

The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial exhibit that opens this month at the Kalona Historical Village is a first for the state.

?We will have the first showing of the items before they go on to be shown at the Hoover Museum and other places,? said Village curator Marilyn Woodin.

A past Washington City Council discussion on the possibility of four-way stop signs at the intersection of South Ninth Avenue and East Van Buren Street has generated a compromise proposal at Wednesday?s council meeting for removable stop signs to be put in place during football games and other events that create high pedestrian traffic in the area.

Mike Roth, council member, said that he had conducted an unscientific poll of people in the area and found that several were in favor of stop signs and several were opposed.

?The majority were opposed,? he said.

20 Years Ago

City of Washington and Washington County officials remain at odds on who should be responsible for landfill tipping fees incurred from a storm burn site cleanup.

The Washington High School football team has high expectations for 1998 and apparently they are not alone in thinking they could do well. The first Des Moines Register football poll, announced in Sunday?s paper, has the Demons ranked No. 4 in Class 3A.

The community of Wellman remembered the people and events surrounding the June 29 windstorm that hit the area, with a picnic celebration at the town?s North Park.

Meals for Washington?s senior citizens will be served at the Community Y until at least Aug. 1, 1999.

Mary ?Meg? Healey, RN, PA-C, has joined Keota Community Clinic as the new physician assistant.

30 Years Ago

Bill Burns, executive director of Washington Chamber of Commerce, recently learned that he has been accepted in the Leadership Iowa program for 1988-89.

Sponsored by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, Leadership Iowa was established in 1982 to create an awareness among class members of the major challenges facing Iowans in the future. Burns will join approximately 25 other Iowans in the Class of 1988-89.

The Oddfellows met for breakfast this morning at Grandma?s House. Members in attendance included Henry C. Wagenknecht, Russell Williams, Carl Phillips, Lloyd Robertson, Charles Walker, Doyle Jarrard and Gilbert Mills.

It took longer than expected, but the Washington Demon volleyball team won a five-game match over county rival Mid-Prairie, three games to two, Tuesday night in the season opener for both teams at the WHS gymnasium.

40 Years Ago

The opening of Happy Joe?s Pizza and Ice Cream Parlor in Washington Sunday will be marked with a ?grand opening? party. This is the 100th store to be opened by the firm, and it also has strong hometown connections for Don Orr, who is one of three area men connected with the local store, and for his sons ? Jim Orr, vice president of Happy Joe?s Incorporated, and John Orr, a resident of Moline, Illinois, who is the owner of the store there.

Opening-day enrollment in Highland Community Schools dropped this year to 742 students.

Washington County will be visited by Gov. Robert Ray on Saturday. Ray?s plans call for him to arrive at the local airport about 2 p.m. and spend at least a short time visiting here with voters and local Republican officials.

50 Years Ago

Washington residents were going to the polls in comparatively large numbers today, casting ballots in the primary election.

Twenty-three members attended the annual picnic of the Washington Municipal Band held in Sunset Park on Thursday.

A representative of the Virden Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, is in Washington today taking final measurements for the installation of the new town clock which is under construction at the company?s plant.