Back in the Day–Sept. 21, 2016

Sept. 19, 2006

Sweet memories are usually associated with high school homecomings, and with “Candyland” serving as the theme for the 2006 TCHS Homecoming it was almost guaranteed. The student council had made several changes to the activity-filled week with hopes of having the Tuscola community more involved in the celebration. The opponent for the homecoming football game was set to be Sangamon Valley.

Members of the First Christian Church gathered to literally “raise the roof” on the congregation’s new church, which was under construction. Mike Otto, Tom Nation, Russ Brown, David Meyer, Ron Winn, and Todd Martin were on hand to help with the task.

Warriors Joe Vandeventer, Wil Maxey, and Tyler Carter recorded interceptions during the 14-7 win over the Arthur-Lovington Knights.

The TCHS Classes of 1946, 1947, and 1948 gathered at the Douglas County Museum for a multi-class reunion.

Sept. 17, 1996

Nine-year-old Matt Rhodes of Tuscola had one of his drawings chosen as a winner for a design to be featured on all 40,000 University of Illinois football tickets sold for the Oct. 5 Illinois-Indiana game.

The current North Ward site went from the first choice to a last resort on the list of possible sites to build a new grade school, at a special Tuscola board of education meeting.

Tuscola residents Rev. Mike Eischen and Jeri Lake participated in the Habitat For Humanity 500-mile bike trek to raise money for the charity, cycling from Louisville, Ky., to Atlanta, Ga. BETHS Place in Tuscola would also be a beneficiary of their fundraising.

The Tuscola Warrior scoring machine, which averaged 41 points in its first two victories, revved up to defeat Illiopolis 33-12 this week, moving to 3-0 on the season.

Sept. 30, 1986

October 17 would be Gene Williams’ last day as city superintendent, but not his last day of work. He would be retiring from the city, but would be starting a whole new career in woodworking.

Rachel McCollough of First National Bank & Trust in Tuscola was rewarded recently for her alertness and efforts that resulted in the arrest of an Arkansas man on attempted forgery charges.

Construction began Thursday for one of three planned coal mines near Oakland that would be owned by Energy Resource Development Corp. The first mine would be just outside the southeast corner of Douglas County, in Coles County.

The TCHS cross country team walked away victorious from a triangular meet between Tuscola, Villa Grove and Unity. Freshman Eric Alexander tied for first place with Unity’s Robbie Biehl to boost the Warrior score.

Tuscola had two touchdowns nullified and still defeated Paxton 20-0 for their third consecutive win. Fritz Cross opened play by returning the kickoff 85 yards down the right sideline to the end zone. The TD was called back by a clipping penalty.

Sept. 16, 1976

Illinois State Police Lieutenant Gordon Cleland, operations officer of the Pesotum district, was promoted to the rank of captain in ceremonies held recently in Springfield.

Ted Cox, a 32-year veteran of the U.S. Postal Service, retired from his position as distribution and window clerk Friday, Sept. 10. He was looking forward to devoting more time to his musical pursuits.

New teachers in the Tuscola school district who were recent luncheons guests of the Tuscola Rotary Club included Patricia Beeson, Tim Burk, Larry Kirby, Margaret Evangelista, Janet Chappell, Julia Payne, and Debbie Johnson.

Incredible scenery and exciting adventures hallmarked Greg Albritton’s recent 84-day, 4,250-mile bike trip. The bike-a-thon began in Oregon on May 16 and stretched diagonally across the U.S., concluding on Aug. 3 at Yorktown, Virginia.

The first employees for Littelfuse, a plant going on-stream in Tuscola, reported for work today, according to Ernie Anderson, company buildings and grounds manager.

Sept. 15, 1966

Mike Weber, son of Mr. and Mrs. Al Weber of Tuscola, would be returning to Colombia for another tour of duty with the Peace Corps.

New high school teachers in the Tuscola school system this year included Dennis Collier, Sue Loman, Sandra Engdahl, Carol McCormick, Kay Boyer, and Dan Simone.

Auctioneers Dale Hanna, Leroy Van Dyke, Chuck Gorrell, and Bill Huber were about as busy as four people could be last week, during the annual Huber & Sloan farm machinery auction. They provided the vocal entertainment for the more than 800 people who attended the event.

The Tuscola Warriors came through their first night inter-squad scrimmage with only minor injuries and appeared to be ready for the season opener with Paris this week.