Back in the Day–Sept. 13, 2017

10 YEARS AGO
Sept. 11, 2007

In deference to the most recent spy movie Casino Royale–and because it was 2007–the theme for the year’s Homecoming festivities was James Bond 007. The TCHS Student Council plotted an action-packed week being headed up by student council president Courtney Day, secretary Mairi Robertson, historian Anna Marx, treasurer Hannah Williams, merit secretary Ashley Wikoff, and sponsor Bill Hill.

Rick and Tonya Yoder were the new owner/operators of Tonya’z Club 57, located next to the Holiday Inn Express in what was formerly Sonny’s I-57 Sports Bar.

A poster created by North Ward fourth grader Zach Bates was judged second best overall in a national K-Kids poster contest hosted by Kiwanis International. Honorable mention students were Grace Hardwick, Bridget Smith, and Peyton Shelmadine.

Stan Wienke’s varsity football squad didn’t leave the football field until nearly 10 p.m. thanks to a flag-happy officiating crew who called more than 30 penalties in the game. That, however was the only thing that slowed down the Warriors’ offense that came out over the Clinton Maroons 53-16.

20 YEARS AGO
Sept. 16, 1997

The Warriors paused for a moment in the tunnel leading from the locker room to Memorial Stadium in Champaign. The time proved to be well-spent as the Warriors tossed a 27-0 shutout to the Illiopolis Pirates and were able to play their whole squad. The win raised Tuscola’s record to 3-0.

Dean Mulligan had a front row seat to both the glory days and not so glorious periods of Tuscola’s downtown history. When he opened his insurance business at 105 West Sale in 1969 downtown was a bustling area and 28 years later Dean Mulligan Insurance was a mainstay on the street.

Junior varsity volleyball players for the 1997-98 season included Kelly McDonald, Amy Cruzan, Cara Chaplin, Ashley Rahn, Lindsey Binder, Casey Roberts, Jessica Hughes, Amy Hettinger, Becka Stephenson, and Katie Foster.

30 YEARS AGO
Sept. 13, 1987

Homecoming king and queen candidates were Lance Kresin, Susanna Ross, Phil Hayes, Julie Kohlbecker, Alex Meyer, Alison McDaniel, Marke Hatfield, Sharon Lamb, Deke Cothron, and Beth Baird. The Homecoming theme was “Can’t We Try.”

Enrollment was down compared to the previous year, according to superintendent Jack Williams. Enrollment at North Ward was 382; 766 students were enrolled at East Prairie; and 279 students were enrolled at the high school.

Two Tuscola men placed in the feature races of the Region II Championship competition at the Coles County Speedway. Rick Marsh of Tuscola was second in the B Class Feature and Brian Cleland of Chickenbristle was third.

The Tuscola Classic, Tuscola High School’s 10th annual Cross Country race was set to feature 19 teams. The 3.1 mile race through city streets started and finished at North Ward school on Sale Street.

40 YEARS AGO
Sept. 13, 1977

Shirley Hines of Tuscola and an officer of the Douglas County Youth Organization presented checks to Anna Cothron and Carol McCarty of Tuscola. The Tuscola Youth Center was maintained on West Sale Street. The check to the Woman’s Club was to be used toward the purchase of new nets for the tennis courts in Ervin Park.

The Tuscola Warriors went on a warpath in the second quarter of the season opener against Casey and, after trailing 6-0, put together three quick touchdowns to build a 20-6 lead.

Arcola’s Broomcorn Festival got off to a swinging start with the official kickoff of the National Broomcorn Sweeping Contest with Larry Steward taking the top prize.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Jones of Bourbon, Cliff Jones, kicked off the Illini season and his career in the University of Illinois’s 38-9 loss to nationally-ranked Michigan. Jones opened the football season for Illinois by booming the opening kickoff to the Michigan 2-yard line.

50 YEARS AGO
Sept. 14, 1967

America’s number one gymnast Linda Metheny was to be honored in Tuscola with a plaque and a gift of appreciation prior to the Old Fashioned Days parade.

New grade school teachers who were guests at the Rotary Club meeting were Jane Antle, fourth grade; Sharon Warnes, fourth grade; Elfreida Pecora, seventh; Karen Vandall, music at the elementary school and high school; Judy Bomkamp, speech correctionist; Donna Smith, first grade; Sally Muir, first grade; and James E. Rausch, sixth grade.

Attending he recent K of C installation of officers was Mrs. Martin Cler, Mrs. George Rund, Mrs. John Cler, Mrs. Joe Wilhelm, Mrs. Bernard Miller, and Mrs. Robert Butler.

Sophomore backs who were expected to make the Warriors’ JV football team were Burlin Lewis, Rick Welborn, Bill Anderson, Tom Harriss, and Lyle Tingley.