Back in the Day–Aug. 16, 2017

10 YEARS AGO
Aug. 14, 2007

Jason and Jonda Maus were the new owners and operators of Maus Funeral Home, formerly Edwards Funeral Home, in Tuscola. They bought the facility from Jeff Edwards in July 2007.

The walls would come tumbling down at the old North Ward Elementary School by Big Muddy services, who rendered the low bid of $152,333 for the job.

Members of the TCHS Class of 1987 reunited at Ironhorse Golf Club for their 20th class reunion. Those in attendance included Tracy Bierman Loschen, Michelle Pierce Geis, Julie Nayonis Slaughter, Stephanie Higgins Kauffman, Melissa Naïve Kilber, Tracy Conn Bovee, Julie Weemer, Shelly Hill Ludwig, Laura Wright Coile, Mary Brookins Smock, Mike Clapper, Stacy Schultz Goodman, Rob Middleton, Erica Thomas Bovee, Brad Heinz, Scott Kibler, Paul Toth, Marne Babcock, Fritz Cross, Doug Kimball, Joe Carpenter, Todd Burriss, Matthew Porter, Amir Charehsazan, Charles Moseley, Drew Hoel, Kelly Huser, and Doug Sievers.

20 YEARS AGO
Aug. 19, 1997

Close to 100 people gathered to “see off” an old friend as the First United Presbyterian Church of Tuscola, 202 S. Main, was put on the auction block. A dwindling congregation, unable to continue maintaining the 95-year-old stone structure, had reluctantly voted to disband in December when acting minister Rev. Dr. William Bodamer announced his plans to retire.

Main Street Investors members included Carolyn Adkins, Doris Pickett, Doris Dunn, Nancy Korte, Juanita Brace, Connie Dunscomb, Lisa McCallister, Judy Lovell, Helen Teeters, Mary Hill, Marty Edwards, Nancy Elder, Karen Dwyer, Charlotte Emel, Orlena McDaniel, Jan Houser, Marlene Harris, Cheri Rich, Myrtis Martin, and Kathy Mattix.

Participating in the Friday Morning Women’s Tennis League were Carol Martin, Kay Higgins, Sheryl Maxwell, Susan Hays, Kathy Frye, Ann Randall, and Barb Lake. Maxwell and Hayes came out of the tournament as champions.

30 YEARS AGO
Aug. 18, 1987

More than 1,400 marijuana plants valued at $64,000 were confiscated by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department from three separate areas in Douglas County. The largest patch, discovered by a resident, was located 1 1/2 miles north of Tuscola and yielded more than 1,100 plants, according to Chief Deputy Sheriff Chuck Talbott.

Leigh Ann Jolley, daughter of Jerry and Donna Jolley, attended the United States Cheerleading Association National Grand Championship in Lansing, Mich.

Members of the Ferguson minor league team were Wyatt Martin, Chris Kincaid, Jarrod Schaffer, Kyle Mills, Shawn Robinson, John Stabler, Aaron Hastings, Greg Sievers, Chad Ritter, Matthew Snyder. Team coaches were Robbie Taylor, Kerry Kincaid, and Greg Hastings.

40 YEARS AGO
Aug. 23, 1977

It took no more than 15 minutes for the Douglas County Board to appoint Gene Wigall of Tuscola the new sheriff to succeed retiring Sheriff Gene Miller.

The city’s removal of the Miller garage, on property now owned by Tuscola at South Main and Van Allen streets, brought angry protests from some alderman at the council meeting.

The new Tuscola school teachers included Martin Marx, TCHS, science; Sheila Kratz, TCHS and East Prairie, girls’ physical education; Gregory Smith, TCHS. guidance counselor; Warner Eiben, TCHS, English; Tom Pool, TCHS, agriculture; Ray Toland, TCHS, head basketball coach; Carol Bushua, TCHS, algebra; Jonathan Hart, TCHS, industrial arts; Cynthia Felty, pre-school, North Ward; Richard Kendrick, sixth grade, East Prairie; Sharon Handwerker, learning disabilities, East Prairie; Mrs. Coulson, remedial reading, North Ward and East Prairie; Deanna Schaffer, kindergarten, North Ward; Mrs. Teeters, third grade, North Ward.

50 YEARS AGO
Aug. 17, 1967

Mrs. Ruth Fuller ended a 22-year career as the Douglas County TB nurse and planned to leave Tuscola, the city that had been her home since 1919, to live with her son in Indianapolis.

Mail Carrier John C. Morris was honored for 20 years of safe driving by the National Safety Council. The presentation was made by postmaster Wayne Neal.

The approximately 1,600 Tuscola Community Unit students would be greeted by approximately 16 new teachers when they reported for class on Aug. 28. The new teachers were Jane Antle, fourth grade; Judy Bonkamp, speech correctionalist; Edward Rauch, sixth grade; Donna Smith, first grade; Sharon Warnes, fourth grade; Karen Vandall, vocal music instructor; Elfrieda Pecora, seventh grade; Sally Muir, fifth grade; Judith Anderson, home economics; Richard Kidwell, mathematics; Linda Lipp, physical science; T.R. Miller, agriculture; Richard Rowe, commerce; Susan Rupnow, junior English; Anita Brown, biology; and Jene Hugnet, speech and history.