50 Years Ago

Jan. 18, 1968

Mrs. Hattie Strahota and Miss May Metzger, who have handled the food for banquets and dinners at the Elks Club for many years, were honored Saturday night by the lodge. Only Hattie was present in person. May was ill. Pat Downing, past exalted ruler of the lodge, served as master of ceremonies. He and other members who appeared on the program had words of praise for both Hattie and May. Others who talked were Richard Hoge, Robert Hargraves and Russell Twesme, present exalted ruler of the lodge.

25 Years Ago

Jan. 18, 1993

JEFFERSON -- The state Legislature will be asked to add a fourth circuit court judge position in Jefferson County in 1995. The Jefferson County Board gave the go-ahead to the plan this morning at its regular monthly session The resolution, however, did not pass without substantial discussion and two dissenters. According to the resolution information, 14,000 cases are being filed in the circuit courts in the county on an annual basis.

The need for an additional judge was based on statistics gathered for the Director of State Courts J. Dennis Moran. The facts indicate that, based on the continuing increase in case filings per year, there will be a need for a fourth circuit court branch in Jefferson by 1995.

10 Years Ago

Jan. 18, 2008

Watertown Water Department employee Mike English has retired after serving the city for almost 24 years. English started working with the city's water department in July 1984 as a member of the distribution crew, and after eight years he was promoted to plant operator, a position he held until his retirement today. Born in Albert Lea, Minn., English graduated from Jefferson High School in 1964 and spent six years in the Navy as a radio communicator. He has lived in Watertown for 32 years.

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