Back in the Day – Oct. 11, 2017

10 YEARS AGO
Oct. 9, 2007

Joe Carter of the Tuscola Fire Department listened to the responses of North Ward kindergartners as he explained the function of the equipment housed in a fire truck. Firefighters were conducting fire prevention educational efforts this week in recognition of National Fire Prevention Week.

The TCHS pom pon girls presented a patriotic salute to America in their performance at a Friday night football game. The team included Ashlea Teak, Becky Hemmer, Anna Marx, Megan Riley, Laura Knight, Kelsey Robinson, Liz Murphy, Meghan Teak, Alex Brown, and Claudia Christy.

The defending Class 2A state champs Maroa-Forsyth had just enough in the tank late in the game to hold off the defending Class 1A state champion Warriors in a monumental battle that featured more than 800 yards of total offense. The Warriors fell 28-35.

20 YEARS AGO
Oct. 14, 1997

North Ward third graders watched with great anticipation as the butterflies they’ve been nurturing in class were set free. The Moultrie-Douglas County Extension Office sponsored the annual project.

Beautification of Tuscola, a Bluegrass festival at Ervin Park, and raising money to support these efforts were the hot topics of the Tuscola Mainstreet Committee.

Patti Waters had single-handledly been at the helm of Waters Insurance Agency–a 126-year-old business in Tuscola–since her husband Dale “Corky” Waters died unexpectedly 30 years ago.

Sylvan Crole tried out the newly installed elevator at the Tuscola Public Library with head librarian JoAnne Grimm. Renovations to the century-old structure were nearing completion.

Tami Snyder led the Lady Warriors’ volleyball team to a 5-15, 15-8, 15-7 victory over Atwood-Hammond with 10 points.

30 YEARS AGO
Oct. 13, 1987

Darrell Ford and Bob Utterback prepared hotcakes during the Tuscola Fire Department’s breakfast fundraiser. Donations from the breakfast were given to cancer and cystic fibrosis research.

“I think it’s time to retire,” said 75-year-old Robert Reeder of rural Tuscola, who ended 27 years of service to the Tuscola School Board. Reeder said his only regret was that he wasn’t a bit younger to be able to give more time.

Douglas County State’s Attorney David L. Bartholomew announced that he would seek reelection in 1988.

The heavyweight bears junior football team consisted of Chris Helm, Chris Olson, Scott Harned, David Chapman, Cory Brown, Mike Tritchler, Toby Ring, Jeff Winans, Doug Pickett, Kelly Clough, Denny Bennett, Brent Higgins, Jeff Hettinger, Sean Hollingsead, Bart Brewer, Dan Allen, and Jeremy Eveland.

40 YEARS AGO
Oct. 11, 1977

The Tuscola Woman’s Club held its annual fashion show at the Tuscola United Methodist Church during which members modeled the attires furnished by Dottie’s Fashions of Arthur. Models included Fern Howell, Dottie Doty, Catherine Kellogg, Sharon Spomer, Leone Cooper, Delores Henderson, and Sharon Lash.

The City Council voted to have the state install the first stop-and-go signal in Douglas County at the Route 36 and Main Street intersection.

Nancy Beattey, 1977 Miss Illinois, helped out officials with the coin toss before the Tuscola-Monticello game.

The Douglas County Board approved the permanent plat of the North Prairie Acres residential sub-division located at North Prairie Street and North Line Road.

50 YEARS AGO
Oct. 12, 1967

Winners of first place in the Ford Motor Company PP&K contest were Trent Anderson, Eric Foster, Craig Hastings, Rickey Smith, Andy Kleiss, and Jeff McCown. The six winners were invited to compete in advanced competition in Terre Haute.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl M. Adkisson of rural Tuscola were notified that their son Bill who was serving with special forces in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand, had recovered fully from a head wound received while on patrol in the Thailand mountain area.

Tuscola Lodge AF and AM 332 presented a 50-year pin to Dr. Roy M. Mount and a 25-year pin to Eugene Carpenter. The Rev. Kenneth V. McConkey was the speaker.