Back in the Day–Sept. 27, 2017

10 YEARS AGO
Sept. 25, 2007

Seniors Joel Hilgendorf and Kammy Kinyoun received the royal treatment as they were crowned king and queen of the 2007 TCHS Homecoming by the previous year’s royalty Nate Phipps and Betsi Flenniken.

City attorney Andrew Bequette made a nuisance of himself at the city council meeting, but no one seemed to mind. In fact the mayor and council members encouraged him. Bequette’s “first crack” at amending the city’s nuisance ordinance was met with great enthusiasm.

Homecoming parade co-grand marshals were retiring TCHS teachers Elizabeth Cottle and Cheri Prahl.

Backup quarter back Caleb Little stepped in for John Wienke after Wienke sprained an ankle late in the second quarter. Little handled the pressure well and helped guide the Warriors to a 41-10 Homecoming win over Warrensburg-Lathem.

The foursome of Tim Meinhold, Mark Faust, John Thomas, and Brian Brace took top honors at the Methodist Church Men’s Charity Golf Scramble at Ironhorse.

20 YEARS AGO
Sept. 30, 1997

Anyone cruising along Route 45 near Tuscola early Wednesday probably encountered a rather unusual roadblock. Tom and Vicki Harriss arranged to have their newly purchased home transported from its original location two miles west of Galton on the old drive-in road to its present location, 3/4 mile outside Tuscola on Route 45. From all reports the house is resting comfortably at home.

Tuscola Rotary Club president Tim Mooney and Rotary District Gov. Frank Keck did cake cutting honors at the local club’s 75th anniversary celebration.

The Cutest Little Pumpkin contest winners were Marnie Leonard, second place 1-2 year age group; Kenneth Michael, first place 1-2 age group; Lauren Hadden, most photogenic 1-2 year age group; Cody Hadden, most photogenic 1 and under age group; Glenda Foote Wold, second place in the 1 and under age group; and Eric Dean Phillips II, winner in the 1 and under age group.

30 YEARS AGO
Sept. 29, 1987

Deke Cothron and Julie Kohlbecker were crowned Homecoming king and queen. Candidates who joined the retiring royal couple for coronation Friday night following the football game were Marke Hatfield, Sharon Lamb, Alex Meyer, Alison McDaniel, Beth Baird, Phil Hayes, Susanna Ross, and Lance Kresin.

The junior class won first place for their Homecoming float depicting Max Headroom of Coca-Cola fame. The float mimicked the television ad – “Don’t say the P-P-P word. (Paxton).”

Eastern Illinois University announced Richard Kidwell and Cheri Harrleson, teachers at Tuscola Community High School, were selected to the 11th annual Great Teacher Program.

The Lady Warriors volleyball team posted wins over Cerro Gordo, Arcola, and Bement to claim the Little Okaw conference title. This was the second consecutive LOVC title.

40 YEARS AGO
Sept. 23, 1977

Another sizeable haul of marijuana was made by sheriff’s deputies under Sheriff Gene Wigall’s drive to clean the weed out of the county. The harvest was not as large as the half-ton collected in the previous week, but it was harvested in the same general area of the county, somewhere in the Murdock-Newman area.

Ellen and Jay Vinson handed over the keys to the Ben Franklin store to Robert McGillen who purchased the establishment. The Vinsons had operated the store for 13 years.

Willis Quick, of 608 E. Pembroke, showcased an apple with two cores. While grain growers in the area complained about too little water at the proper time during this season, the Winesap in Mr. Quick’s yard outdid itself with blooms and apples. He had to prop the limbs up to keep them from breaking and he expects the tree will yield 30 bushels of apples–the most he has ever seen. In the previous year he only took 15.

50 YEARS AGO
Sept. 28, 1967

Talent contest winner Marie Romine, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Romine of Tuscola, won second place in the 8-12 year old solo competition during Old Fashioned Days. Miss Romine, a gymnastic student, is described as having exceptional talent by her instructor, Mrs. James Pettitt.

Among the winners of the pet awards in the Old Fashioned Days pet parade were David Kibler with his box turtles, Kathie Schweighart and Chris Hance for their cat; Brent and Lori Bomkamp for their kitten in a baby buggy; and Teresa Taylor for her pet pig costumed in red pajamas.

Members of the freshmen football team were Gene Donnals, Jim Cox, Dave Mason, Rick Hardwick, Steve Harris, Gary Foltz, Dave Robinson, and Paul Tingley.