From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Nov. 14, 2008

10 Years Ago

When the discussion of a memorial for veterans came up, Marine World War II veteran Milo Steele told All Veterans Memorial Association President Dan McClure he thought the memorials in Washington, D.C., were wonderful, but he was too sick to travel to see the display.

Washington has a chance to add 185 good-paying jobs with the possible expansion of the local Modine Mfg. plant, according to Ed Raber, director of the Washington Economic Development Group (WEDG).

“This would be a highly positive development for the community,” Raber said.

Washington High School yearbook adviser Holly Soboroff said the goal of the yearbook staff is to create a yearbook that will be loved by the students – winning awards comes second. This didn’t stop the 2008 yearbook staff from receiving 12 honors from the Iowa High School Press Association.

20 Years Ago

The musical group “The Footnotes” – a popular quartet from Decorah that plays old-time Norwegian-American dance music – gave a concert at the Ainsworth Opera House on Sunday afternoon. Sunday’s event was the first concert at the restored opera house. Officials said they believe it is the first concert held at the Ainsworth facility since about 1920.

Mother Nature produced the first lightning, suspending play of the Sigourney-Keota/Mount Vernon high school playoff football game Monday night. But when the teams returned to the field, Sigourney-Keota provided the lightning, rolling up 35 straight points to crush the host Mustangs, 41-14. The win moves the Savage Cobras into a Monday 2A semifinal round clash against Dike-New Hartford at the UNI-Dome.

30 Years Ago

OTTUMWA – Marilyn Bordwell, Washington’s Junior Miss, was crowned Iowa’s Junior Miss for 1989 following a week of competition in Ottumwa. Bordwell, 17, earned the right to represent the state at the America’s Junior Miss pageant next summer in Mobile, Ala.

Seven members of the Washington Junior High School Chorus were recently selected to participate in the Iowa Choral Directors Association Honor Choir. The students are: Alison Fish, Greg Sojka, Kerry Patrick, Katy Macenski, Sara Cunningham, Rick Brown and Denise Leazenby. They will perform in concert Nov. 18, in Des Moines.

Unofficial results from the Nov. 8 general election in Washington County showed the George Bush-Dan Quayle team winning Washington County by a slim nine-vote margin, 3,733 to 3,724. However, a canvass of the vote conducted Monday by the Washington County Supervisors revealed a 50-vote error in Iowa Township which put Washington County in the win column for the Democratic Party.

40 Years Ago

Mrs. P.L. Fenn, of Washington, is the author of a book, “Cornbread and Calico,” recently released by the Graphic Press of Lake Mills.

Ten more Washington shoppers took home free turkeys Saturday thanks to Lady Luck and Washington merchants who are providing 30 free birds during the pre-Thanksgiving period. Ten more turkeys will be given away next Saturday to shoppers who register in participating businesses this week.

Mayor Raymond Minick of Washington signed a proclamation setting the second week of November “Youth Appreciation Week” in Washington.

50 Years Ago

Mrs. Betty Hamil, RN, has been appointed as supervisor of the long term care unit to be located in the old Washington County Hospital.

Washington city workmen were busy installing more business holiday decorations this week. Garlands and bells were being hoisted into place at the corners of City Park. Other decorations have been installed and the town will be ready for the arrival of Santa Claus.