Back in the Day–May 24, 2017

10 YEARS AGO
May 22, 2007

East Prairie teachers Bill Hill and Kay Moser were awarded the Illinois History Expo Governor’s Award for excellence in historical scholarship. The state accolade recognized the East Prairie Illinois History Program and the teachers’ contributions to the efforts of bringing Illinois history to life for students.

A group of about 80 students gathered on the front lawn of the high school after riding bicycles to school as a protest against climbing gas prices.

Davey the Math Dog was a big hit with Tuscola Health Care residents while showing off his mathematical skills, with a little help from his owners. Davey was at the nursing home for National Nursing Home Week festivities.

BETHS Place executive director Barb Utterback was delighted to receive a $1,000 check from the TCHS National Honor Society, representing proceeds from a Jazz Night the group hosted. Those presenting the check included Kaci Ogden, Erin Riley, Alyssa Gordon, Hannah Williams, Matt Whittington, Colin Mosely, Clayton Meyer, Katie Bosch, Matthew Best, Linda Romine, Kaela Kroenung, Ashley Wikoff, and Allie Oye.

20 YEAR AGO
May 27, 1997

VFW Post 10009 members Leo Plaszczynkski, Glenn Stumeier, Ron Stabler, Bill Waggle, Gale Hoel, Tommy Martin, Micahel Kirchner, and Harland Conner stood at attention during Memorial Day ceremonies at Tuscola Township Cemetery.

A luncheon and ribbon cutting prefaced the start of play at the invitational golf outing at Ironhorse Golf Course. Tuscola National Bank president Lloyd Murphy, developer John Kenny, and Mayor Dan Kleiss did the honors of cutting the ribbon.

The 1997 Confirmation Class of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Tuscola, included Andrew Hagler, Tracy Rahn, Micah Kleinschmidt, Tom Sluder, Rachael Osborne, Christine Danielson, and Ashley Rahn.

Tuscola Warriors qualifying for the state track and field meet were Dusty Burk, Ryan Hornaday, Nathan Chaplin, Brett Lehmann, Justin Snider, Brian McDaniel, Doug Anderson, and Joe Sutherland.

30 YEARS AGO
May 26, 1987

Hop Conner of the Tuscola American Legion Post No. 27 addressed the public during Memorial Day services at the Tuscola Township Cemetery.

Poster contest winners at the Tuscola IGA were John Reinhart, who won a coloring tote, and Bethany Meyer, who won dictionaries for her classroom. Those present to hand out the awards were IGA manager Tony Scribner, second grade teacher Ann Hilgendorf, and IGA representative Kathy Young.

The Douglas County Republican Women’s Club planted a tree in the courthouse yard in memory of Rhonda Morris, former deputy recorder.

The eighth grade girls’ track team included Lana Brown, Lori Postelwait, Jennifer Watters, Dawn McDonald, Rayna Reinhart, Jennifer Hettinger, Cindy McCullough, Lori Brown, Elizabeth Spomer, Mindee Hastings, Amy Seibold, and Coach Robert Griffith.

40 YEARS AGO
May 24, 1977

Bike riders numbering 129 did their parts to make the cystic fibrosis “Breath of Spring” Bike-a-Thon a huge success at Ervin Park. A second grader turned in 39 miles, though the first place mileage award was won by Eddie Beranek who logged 100 miles and was awarded a skateboard. Andy Glangloff took second with 75 miles.

Members of the Tuscola Community High School class of 1977 heard the Rev. Arthur VanCamp give the baccalaureate sermon. The Rev. K. Belmont Metzger gave the invocation and benediction.

Hop Conner spent 26 years in the management of Little League baseball in Tuscola, and he saw another season get underway at Ervin Park. Again in 1977 there would be Little League, Senior League, and Pony League.

50 YEARS AGO
May 25, 1967

Ag instructor Wendell Schrader was set to retire from the TCHS faculty after serving the school district since 1944. He presented the FFA Award to Phil O’Bryan in his final days at the school.

One of the few charter members of Douglas County Farm Bureau able to attend the open house was Grover Dick of Tuscola.

Four years of high school were set to end for 97 seniors at TCHS. The Rev. Kenneth V. McConkey, pastor at the Tuscola Methodist church, gave the Baccalaureate address. Alice Kleiss would give the commencement address.

Warrior boys’ track and field team collected 16 trophies during the 1977 season. The team’s seniors included Wendell Warren, John Coffey, Mark Wesch, Rob Koehnemann, Gary Little, Wayne Runyan, Pat Keen, and coaches Bob Trinkle and Gene Murray.