Back in the Day–Feb. 1, 2017

10 YEARS AGO
Jan. 30, 2007

County Judge Mike Carroll was sworn in, along with other elected county officials. on Dec. 1, 2006. Almost two months and one jury setting into his six-year term the 59-year-old Tuscola resident reflected on the differences in working from the other side of the bench.

Roger Sy of the Douglas County Farm Bureau moderated an ag legislative round table held at the Tuscola Community Building. Among those offering insight were State Rep. Chapin Rose, State Sen. Dale Righter, Bill Graff of the Illinois State Farm Service Agency, Department of Agriculture Director Chuck Hartke, Douglas Wilson of the USDA Rural Development, and Kevin Johnson, representing US Congressman Tim Johnson.

The staff of the Douglas County Museum were hard at work completing the Jarman Baby Book. The projects started in 1995 and according to the museum at least 15,000 babies were born at the hospital over the years.

Mrs. Bergeson’s third grade class entertained at North Ward with a presentation of Pecos Bill “A Tall Tale Play.”

20 YEARS AGO
Feb. 4, 1997

The Tuscola Public Library announced greater access to information when the facility received a grant to go online via the internet. The library also moved forward with a 1,200 square foot addition.

After a 50-year career in medicine, all but 20 months of it spent in Tuscola, Dr. John N. Cunningham was set to retire from practice March 1.

Bruce Walker, a TCHS student, served as an honorary page for State Sen. Penny Severns. Walker, the son of Nancy and Terry Walker, witnessed the swearing in of the newly elected senators.

Tuscola’s Bill Bailey was declared the winner of Proud Mary’s He-Man Boxing Tournament. The 215-pound Bailey beat out 220-pound Mike Nelson of Decatur to take home the title trophy and $500 cash purse.

30 YEARS AGO
Feb. 3, 1987

A federal grand jury rejected allegations that Douglas County Sheriff Charles “Chub” Conner fired a deputy in December 1982 for political reasons. A six-member jury deliberated for about an hour in US District Court in Danville before returning a verdict.

Tuscola athletes made a clean sweep of the Little Okaw Valley Conference basketball tournaments when the boys’ team defeated Villa Grove 59-49 in the championship. The Lady Warriors topped Arcola in their tournament, and the frosh-soph boys also won a trophy by beating Cerro Gordo.

Airman First Class Saundra S. Shackley, daughter of retired Air Force Tech Sgt. Leo V. and Rosemary Shackley of Tuscola, graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

Child stealing charges against Jerry Lee Oats of Tuscola were dropped along with fugitive from justice charges, according to Douglas County State’s Attorney David Bartholomew.

Doug McCumber, President of The First National Bank and Trust Company of Douglas County, announced to stockholders at their fifth annual meeting that the bank had grown a record 12 1/2 percent and finished 1986 with $23 million in total assets.

40 YEARS AGO
Feb. 1, 1977

When Tuscola thought it had seen the worst that weather could bring, the elements threw their biggest punch of the month over the past weekend. Blizzard conditions blew into the area beginning Thursday and by Friday transportation in the area skidded to a stop and communities turned into rescue and relief missions. At the height of the storm 200 people were sheltered in the Tuscola Community Building and another 200 had been placed in residences throughout town.

4-H introduced new project “Sewing for Boys,” and Keith Chitty of the Grover Clover Juniors in Villa Grove was the first Douglas County 4-Her to enroll in the project. His first project was a brown bear puppet for his little sister.

The cases of arson in the Van Steenhuyse home northeast of Tuscola and the breaking of the First National Bank window were solved with the confessions of two 18-year-old Tuscola men.

50 YEARS AGO
Feb. 2, 1967

One of the most serious blizzards in history blanketed northern and central Illinois and led to millions of dollars in damages to power and telephone companies and residents in the area. Alexander’s Cleaners on South Main Street was almost smothered under tree limbs, which gave way under the weight of ice.

Newly elected officers of Tuscola Kiwanis Club were installed at a meeting in Lamb’s Restaurant. Robert Wolcott was vice president, James M. Pettitt was president, and Dr. William Smith was secretary.

One of the five teams in the heavyweight Biddy Cage loop were the Hawks. Team members included Denny Long, David Halleck, Dale Stuart, Dan Matthews, Dennis Riley, Dan Crossman, Andy Kleiss, Gary Roach, Ron Jones, Steve Murphy, Steve Holden and Coach Bob Crossman.