Back in the Day–Aug. 23, 2017

10 YEARS AGO
Aug. 21, 2007

New staff members at TCHS included Ashley Gher, English; Suzanne Rominger, special education; Jean Holmes, computer technology; Jennifer Henry, business education; Callie Parr, agriculture; Katie Hatfield, social worker; and Kathy Frye, driver’s ed and health education. New staff at East Prairie included Carmen Morgan, fifth grade; Kim Miller, math; Sara Hess, language arts; Ted Minger, computer technology; Iyad Abbed, P.E.; Duane Huffman, fifth grade; and Amber Laquet, special education. New faces at North Ward were Kathie Pflum, social worker; Amy Boyer, first grade; and Stephanie Terwelp, kindergarten.

Tuscola chiropractor and Real Life Wellness founder Dr. Bill Hemmer announced his newly published book, “Your Body Your Way,” which offered a nine-step program to personalize food, fitness and hormones for women over 40.

East Prairie eighth graders Dillon Hoel, Kelsey Cleland, David Frye, Audrey Mooney, and Jami Knight were among the students working at a garage sale fundraiser. The junior high cafeteria was filled to bursting with items for sale, proceeds of which went to offset costs for participating students’ trip to Washington, D.C., at the end of the school year.

20 YEARS AGO
Aug. 26, 1997

Stan Wienke, Brian Bradshaw, Bryan Smith, and Chris Maxedon were low gross winners of the Chamber of Commerce golf outing at Ironhorse Golf Course. The trio shot a nine under par score of 63 at the first annual event.

Jim Slaughter of Illini FS congratulated Roger Woodworth of Tolono who was the lucky winner of a gas grill and tank of LP gas in the FS “Summer Fill” drawing.

Ervin Park was the site for the Republican Party Ice Cream Social. Those in attendance included Douglas County Circuit Clerk Julie Mills, Dick Shelby, County Treasurer Bobbi Murray, State Representative Tim Johnson, Republican Party chairman Chuck Knox, and Judges Harry Clem and Frank Lincoln.

Members of Les Sluder’s Warriors cross country team included Becky Wetzel, Erica Hall, Lindsey Snider, Stephanie Reinhart, Madalyn Davidson, Candy Ard, Tosha Stevens, Chrissy Matlin, Mark Quinn, Robert Hanners, Scott Groves, Brian McDaniel, Doug Anderson, Will Lucas, Tim Heyen, and Joshua Reeves.

30 YEARS AGO
Aug. 25, 1987

Members of the Tuscola High School Class of 1982 who gathered for their five-year class reunion included Patty Laley, Bobbi (Utterback) Dallas, Lori (Gangloff) Williams, Bonnie Webster, Julie (Carie) Baird, DeAnn (Hill) Brookins, Vilma Mondul, Sharon (Humes) Cleland, Linda (Melanson) Brown, Melissa Campbell, Todd Kerns, Jim Davis, Jana (Carie) Rodmaker, Barb Studnicka, Fran (Cothron) Mick, Anette (Mosely) Goodwin, Melinda (Campbell) Wolfson, Chris Clevidence, Beth (Hawkins) Bradford, Lisa (Teeters) McCallister, Darla (Dick) Phillips, Denise (Coon) Bosch, Chris (Weatherford) Wendt, Eric Hastings, Dan Hance, Don Bodoh, Mitch Schultz, William Murphy, David Melanson, John Baird, Mark Anderson, Tom Bricker, Greg Roberts, Tony Little, David Northway, and Gary Thoede.

East Prairie seventh and eighth grade cheerleaders returned home from the International Cheerleading Foundation Camp with six ribbons. They received a ribbon for cheering skills, stunts, pyramids, gymnastics, and jumps. The camp was held at Eastern Illinois University, and Hornet attendees included Toni Snyder, Buffie Marrs, Erica Bishop, Dawn Coile, and Shelby Rahn.

30 YEARS AGO
Aug. 30, 1977

A volunteer crew barbequed 835 pounds of pork chops for the annual 4-H supper at Ervin park. The pitmasters included Lynn Albin, Joe Hahn, John Wax, and Phil Schwengel. A dozen 20-pound bags of charcoal were used to heat the chops which weighed about three to the pound.

Edith Reeder received a 50-year pin at the Past Matrons and Patrons of the Order of the Eastern Star ceremonies. Mrs. Reeder was initiated in September 1927 and served as worthy matron in 1937.

George and Irene Flesor, the proprietors of Nick’s Candy Shop, received a “going away” plaque from Mayor Chris Hill and City Councimen Dean Mullingan, Dr. Robert R. Smith, and John Quinn. The Flesors sold their business and had plans to move to Florida.

40 YEARS AGO
Aug. 24, 1967

A dozen scouts made Tuscola one of their stopping points as they traveled from Ohio to Texas by bike.

Football Coach Gene Murray fit Captain Mat Morey with shoulder pads while issuing equipment to about 50 gridiron candidates. Coach Murray, who had only five lettermen with which to build the 1967 squad, anticipated about 60 candidates would report for practice.

Cargill Inc. announced plans to build a grain terminal in Tuscola on property purchased from the Hattie Belle Fornof estate. The company predicted the terminals would be more than twice as large as any facility serving the area at the time.

Crops in Douglas County looked good, in fact they were wonderful, according to most farmers, but all is not gold that glitters, for the predicated yields, and other factors, caused prices to reach a new low ebb.

Little League All Stars who represented Tuscola in the Beardstown tournament were Dennis Long, Billy Weber, Keith Burke, Rick Smith, Dan Koehnemann, Steve Stiless, John Kalmar, Bill Burke, Andy Kleiss, Rick McGuire, Ronnie Jones, Doug Dietrich, Mark Budden, Jerry Frye, Kevin Conner, and Tom Rich.