Back in the Day–Sept. 20, 2017

10 YEARS AGO
Sept. 18, 2007

Homecoming king and queen candidates were Kaela Kroenung, Jessica Troike, Jordan Forgerson, Kammy Kinyoun, Jessica Lee, Blake Bassett, Travis Surma, Joel Hilgendorf, John Wienke, and Matt Bailey.

Two weeks into the demolition of the old North Ward School, a little peek into the past was unearthed by a backhoe as it tore away chunks of the circa-1922 building. A small copper time capsule, placed in the cornerstone of the structure, came tumbling out of its limestone embryo. The capsule was taken to City Hall for sake keeping and was slated to be opened prior to the Homecoming parade at Festival Corner.

Tuscola Rotary Club officers Randy Burgeson, treasurer; Kathy Rhodes, president; and Amanda Minor, secretary, cut the cake at the club’s 85th anniversary dinner.

20 YEARS AGO
Sept. 23, 1997

Senior class Homecoming royalty candidates were Becky Wetzel, Justin Snider, Sara Ard, Dusty Burk, Courtney Dobbs, Luke Little, Megan Fayhee, Chris Roberts, Stacie Martin, and Matthew Waldrop.

Marie Owen, a member of the Stephen Douglas chapter of D.A.R. had the honor of ringing the Tuscola United Methodist Church bell in honor of the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. The historic reminder came on the afternoon of Sept. 17.

Tuscola native Heidi Huber Phifer, a Chicago-based actress, signed autographs for young fans Casey Penny, Molly Lehmann, and Katie Frye during a reception at Ironhorse Clubhouse. The gathering followed a benefit recital “Tell Me the Truth About Love” featuring the talents of Phifer and her older sister, operatic soprano Andrea Huber Burda, at the Tuscola Unity Methodist Church.

Running away with first place at the annual Tuscola Classic cross country meet were Lady Warrior harriers Candy Ard, Stephanie Reinhart, Madalyn Davidson, Becky Wetzel, Erica Hall, Lindsey Snider, Tosha Stevens, and Chrissy Mattlin.

30 YEARS AGO
Sept. 22, 1987

Tuscola’s Elvira Meyer was among more than 120 people who became naturalized U.S. citizens during a swearing-in ceremony held at the David S. Palmer Civic Center in Danville. Meyer’s children Carmen and Alex attended the ceremony, as did Suzanne Specchio, Pat Kresin, Rowena Gates, and Lucille Murray, all of Tuscola.

Students and teachers at East Prairie Middle School celebrated the 200th anniversary of the nation’s Constitution with a balloon release, cake, video presentation, and patriotic clothing. The Tuscola Warriors’ volleyball squad added three wins in three straight sets to their undefeated conference record. The girls were 9-3 overall.

Harvest 1987 was well underway during Farm Safety Week as bean yields varied from 49 bushels to 65 bushels.

40 YEARS AGO
Sept. 16, 1977

Students of East Prairie Middle School crossed Prairie Street under the protection of new stop signs, which guarded the crosswalk. The city was preparing an ordinance to set the times and penalties for disobeying of the school zone road signs.

A beautiful blue and white, 100-year-old woven spread entered by Marlene Lincoln was one of the blue ribbon winners in the Old Fashioned Days quilt and afghan contest. It was one of 140 entries in the contest at the Community Building.

The Tuscola Warriors continued in the winning column of football scores when they turned back county rival Villa Grove 25-18 at the Blue Devils’ field.

50 YEARS AGO
Sept. 21 1967

First place trophy for the best ensemble in the Old Fashioned Days talent contest went to the Sleep Walkers who were Ricky Hardwick, Mark Weaver, Mark Owen, and Rex Thode.

Guests of the Rotary Club were the new teachers at Tuscola High School including Susan Rupnow, English; Linda Lipp, general science; Kay Kleiss, physics and chemistry; Jacqueline Tucker, English and social studies; Charlotte Wax, commerce; Anita Brown, biology; T.R. Miller, agriculture; Richard Rowe, commerce; Richard Kidwell, math; and Judith Anderson, home economics.

Winners of the Old Fashioned Days cake baking contest were Mrs. Bernice Martin, first place, chocolate cake; Mrs. Allen Wesch, second place, decorated cake; Mrs. Marilyn Davis, first, angel food cake; and Mrs. Richard Mason, first, decorated cake.