Back in the Day–Sept. 6, 2017

Sept. 4, 2007

Tuscola’s oldest educational structure, the “old” North Ward building, slowly succumbed to the demolition equipment of Big Muddy Services. The razing of the building invoked sentimental responses from many former students and faculty.

A birthday party celebration at the Tuscola Community Building got a little more excitement than planned after an altercation resulted in the arrest of two uninvited attendees.

There were 59 diners in attendance at the membership dinner held by the Tuscola Kiwanis Club at Tuscany restaurant including Mike Damler, Dist. 27 lieutenant governor; Tuscola chapter president Darrel Helm; Tuscola Kiwanis secretary Wayne Ward; and former district lieutenant governor Dave Dobson.

Tuscola’s football team capitalized on an early miscue by the Unity Rockets to hold on to a hard-fought victory 24-14.

Sept. 9, 1997

Rescue workers swarmed around the downed ultralight plane of Brent J. Higgins after it crashed in a bean field six miles northeast of Tuscola. Higgins and his passenger Elmer “Army” Armstrong were transported to Carle Hospital. There was no word on what caused the mishap.

Huber sisters Andrea Huber-Burda and Heidi Phifer were the featured entertainment for a recital to benefit BETHS Place, Douglas County’s shelter for domestic abuse vicitms. The program was titled “Tell Me the Truth About Love.”

City alderman Robert Smith congratulated city foreman Denny Cruzan for 25 years of service to the city.

Tuscola Woman’s Club members who attended the first meeting of the year were Ruth Parks, Sue Elder, Diana Lenzi, Tisha Moss, Pat Sturgis, Lois Marsh, Wilma Keigley, and Hazel Bloye.

There was certainly plenty to cheer about after Tuscola’s Friday night victory over the Villa Grove Blue Devils. The varisty cheerleaders were Jenny Gensler, Rachel Cronk, Erica Hall, Jessica Brian, Lindsey Snider, Lindsey Binder, Rachel Kleiss, Stephanie Reinhart, and Amanda Cline.

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Sept. 6, 1977

The homecoming king and queen candidates were Cindy Cleland, Amy Smith, Cathy Ring, Chris Lewis, Debbie Gensler, Mark Maxey, Gary Campbell, Randy Hastings, Jeff Auten, and Bill Bowles.

Tuscola Trucker’s Home celebrated its first anniversary at the firm’s restaurant on the east edge of the city. In attendance were Jim Bailey, general manager; Rondale Jo Lee Deutsch, personnel manager; Mrs. Frank Earl Wilhelm, gift shop manager; Marion Clarkson; Pat Dobson; Barbara Wagahoft, restaurant manager; Linda Harris; Don Cain; Vicki Schweighart; June Miller; Don Hawk; and Leonard Jackson.

Mrs. Juanita Michener was the lucky winner of the Magnovox 13 inch color portable TV given away by Flock Electronics. Paul Flock was celebrating his sixth anniversary in business.

The 1997 TCHS football coaching staff included Ray Toland, Jim Bandy, Gary Little, Bruce Nofftz, and Mark Moberly.

Sept. 7, 1967

Members of the First Baptist Church who assisted with building repairs and painting included John Lasseter, Harland Conner, Roscoe Humphreys, the Rev. Seide Jansen, George Lasseter, Mondell Rann, George Magley, and J.L. Hill.

The Class of 1932 met for a reunion at the Elks Lodge in Tuscola. Seventh-six members of the class, which was meeting for the first time since graduation, were able to attend the function.

Coach Gene Murray’s backfield candidates were Jim Kleiss, Bill Leonard, Mike Waters, Bill Cook, Tim Hoel, Dave Lietz, Alex Tingley, Mike Holmes, Gary Ring, Dalen Hanners, Charles Wilson, and Mat Morey.

An easy touch for a professional was the safe located in the county’s treasurer’s office. The contents were strewn about the floor during a robbery Sunday morning.