Back in the Day–Oct. 4, 2017

10 YEARS AGO
Oct. 2, 2007

Future K-Kids surrounded Tuscola Kiwanis Club member Mike Damler at Festival Plaza where Damler and other Kiwanians were out collecting for the club’s Peanut Days fundraiser. The children were members of daycare provided by Susan Hall and Patty Slaughter and included Brayden Gough, Haven Hatfield, Miranda Long, Sage Stahler, Isabella Warner, Wyatt Hilligoss, Kyla Gough, Makenna Long, Ella Boyer, Addyson Ring, and Jessica Martin.

TCHS senior Laura Frye spent the first semester of her school year working as an intern with Sen. Dick Durbin’s office.

Tyler Carter, also known as the Crimson Flash, did a little bit of everything against Mowequa. The speedster scored twice and accounted for 256 total yards in a 49-13 Warrior victory.

20 YEARS AGO
Oct. 7, 1997

King Justin Snider and Queen Becky Wetzel presided over a festive Homecoming celebration that began with a 58-13 Warrior victory over Arthur-Lovington. The Senior court included Megan Fayhee, Courtney Dobbs, Sara Ard, Stacie Martin, Chris Roberts, Luke Little, Dusty Burk, and Matthew Waldrop.

Phil and Tammi Lamb paused under the portico of Four Seasons Auto Plaza. The Tuscola dealership marked its first anniversary at the Route 36 location, formerly home to Four Seasons clothing store.

Sue Alcorn was the lucky door prize winner at the Business After Hours event at 1871 Luncheonette. She was the lucky winner of a weekend trip to St. Louis.

Recipients of Tuscola Woman’s Club camp scholarships were Lindsey Snider, IWU Hugh O’Brien Youth Foundation Conference; Sarah Eiben and Jessica Soard, WIU choral camp; Allyson Higgins, EIU theater camp; Beau Walker, EIU public speaking camp; Jared Coats, EIU Illinois Federation art camp; and Darcy Voyles, WIU choral camp.

30 YEARS AGO
Oct. 6, 1987

The condition of a downtown Tuscola building had worsened to where something had to be done by building inspector Don Ochs. A building owned by Richard Parker and housing his wallpaper store was condemned.

Mayor Clarence Snyder and Dr. R.R. Smith, street commissioner, cut the ribbon reopening the newly paved South Washington Street. Also taking part in the ceremony were city administrator Alan Gilmore, Phyllis Truitt, Leo Plasyzczynski, and Ray Carlson.

The lightweight Bears junior football team consisted of Chad Drollinger, Jim Campbell, Billy Fornshell, Jason Weinke, Jon Oldfield, Rhett Brown, Josh Leamon, Shane Ring, Chad Hausman, Doug Hettinger, Curt Diel, Wes Exert, Jeremy Ochs, David Vukelich, David Jolley, Jason Gaines, George Barnett, Casey Willoughby, J.R. Chaplin, Aaron Hastings, Jason Jones, and Fred Wakefield.

40 YEARS AGO
Sept. 30, 1977

The Tuscola Rotary Club marked another high point in its 55-year history as it bestowed the Paul Harris Fellow Award to Dr. Melvin Lossman.

Central Illinois Light Company filed a request with the Illinois Commerce Commission for general increases in natural gas and electricity rates amounting to $28 million, or 10 percent per year.

Mike R. Foreman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Foreman, Tuscola, completed medical corpsman training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center and was assigned to Camp Pendleton for five weeks of training with the Marine Corps.

Chris Lewis was named Homecoming Queen and Randy Hastings was named King during ceremonies prior to the annual dance.

Comedian Red Skelton entertained his way through East Central Illinois including a stop at Tuscola Trucker’s Home. Skelton was in the area for two shows at Eastern Illinois University.

50 YEARS AGO
Oct. 5, 1967

Serving as installing officers at the Rainbow for Girls installation were Nancy Armstrong, Cathy Hoke, Rosemary Wooten, Debby Lyons, Connie Smith, and Melinda Ringer.

Dr. Edmund E. Lacy accepted the pastorate of Hillcrest Southern Baptist Church of Tuscola.

Frieda L. Morris, Douglas County Clerk and Recorder, was elected president of the Illinois Association of County Clerks and Recorders at their annual convention.

There would be ample classroom space in East Prairie Elementary School according to architects. The school covered 75,000 square feet and cranes were working to construct the large ring of classrooms on the east side of the building.

Warrior fans gathered at TCHS to stage a pep rally prior the Arcola game. Some 400 fans thought their Warriors would win and they were not disappointed as TCHS beat Arcola for the 35th time.