Glance Back

Glance Back (From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Sept. 12, 2008)


10 Years Ago

Construction crews worked into the night Wednesday to prevent the collapse of the Central Park Center at 107 Washington Street.

The possibility of losing the building, which primarily serves as an activity center for senior citizens, was determined after a void developed during work on the foundation of the new library, being constructed next to the center.

According to Dave Plyman, city administrator, a crack in the limestone foundation of the center developed early in in the afternoon on Wednesday.

Washington School District voters will decide the fate of a proposal for a new high school to be built onto the existing Washington Junior High School during a special election on Dec. 16.

During its regular meeting Wednesday, the Washington School Board unanimously accepted a petition with 162 signatures calling for a special election to determine if the district should bond for $12.1 million to build the new school.

20 Years Ago

Floyd and Oma Prescott will be celebrating their 68th anniversary with an open house Sept. 13 from 2-4 p.m. at the Farm Bureau Building, Washington.

What if they had an election and no one showed up?

Don?t laugh. It nearly happened Tuesday as the three Washington School Board winners all received less than 15 votes in 1.13 percent voter turnout.

PELLA ? Most people expected a defensive struggle when the Washington High School football team hooked up with Pella Friday night. Few, however, expected a battle of these proportions as Pella used a long third- and fourth-quarter drive to pull out a 9-6 victory at Pella High School field.

When Duane and Vicky Fisher look over their farmland north of West Chester these days, they?re not just looking at crops almost ready for harvesting; they?re looking at the wildlife.

In recent days, dozens of ducks, geese and other animals have been visiting the farm.

The visits have been coming because the Fishers just completed converting about five acres of their land into wetlands. And almost immediately after the wetlands were created, the wildlife started to show up.

30 Years Ago

In a story that could gain top billing in ?Ripley?s Believe It or Not,? Washington officials have learned that the drought-stricken local economy will be the recipient of a benefit concert, patterned after recent Farm Aid and Live Aid concerts, on Sept. 17, in Jacksonville Beach, Fla.

Homespun Craftique is new to Washington, but its owner, Charlene Roth, is a seven-year veteran in the craft business. She just closed her shop in Brighton and opened a larger store at 201 S. Marion Ave., today.

Brian Corpman, 4-H?er from Washington County, came away from the Iowa State Fair with a blue ribbon in the automotive division.

40 Years Ago

The Perfex Division of McQuay-Perfex Inc. has announced two management-level appointments at its Washington plant.

Douglas Matheny has been named manager of manufacturing engineering and Ken Mulholland has been elevated to plant superintendent.

Happy Joe Whitty certainly discovered the perfect formula for celebrating the fact he has reached the century mark in the number of pizza parlors which bear his name.

Large crowds flocked to the downtown area, then lined West Washington Street while a surprisingly long parade passed by, before flocking to Sunset Park where they were entertained by three parachutists and Happy Joe personnel who used about 200 gallons of ice cream to build a sundae later offered as a treat to all comers.

50 Years Ago

Attorney James E. Lloyd was named to the Washington Community school board Monday. Lloyd received 114 of the 118 votes cast.

The old Washington County Hospital building will be activated as a unit of the new building opened this year, and will be used for the care of long-term geriatric patients.

The harvesting Friday of approximately one-third of an acre of corn at the Jerry Forinash farm 1 mile east of West Chester on Highway 92 brought an end to an experimental test of 68-day corn in Washington County.