10 YEARS AGO
NOVEMBER 16, 2004
Veterans and local residents gathered at Waddington Funeral Home Nov. 11 following a walk to commemorate the Veterans Day holiday. Director Greg Hankley gave welcoming remarks. VFW Post 10009 and American Legion Post 27 were represented at the event, which included a laying of a wreath, a message by the Rev. Michael Rutledge, the lowering and raising of the flag, music, and refreshments.
The Tuscola Moose Lodge 729 sponsored a “Boo Bash” for the Moose Lodge members’ children at Tuscola Moose Lodge Sunday, Oct. 24. Twenty-five children in their Halloween costumes and their parents had a spooktacular afternoon. Sandra Decker of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department spoke to the children about Halloween safety and handed out fun items.
A total of 24 TCHS students were inducted into the National Honor Society during a ceremony at North Ward Elementary School on Nov. 10.
The Arthur Knights used a combination of speed and experience to run away with Saturday’s quarterfinal match-up with Tuscola, dumping the Warriors 36-7.
20 YEARS AGO
NOVEMBER 15, 1994
John Kenny Homes Inc. opened lot sales for Ironhorse Subdivision to the public Nov. 15. Lot buyers would have been eligible for a 10 percent savings on lot prices if they purchased before the Dec. 15 deadline. Kenny and associate Gene Lenzi said 23 lots had already been sold to those who bought lots in 1991 when the city attempted to develop the project.
Factory Stores at Tuscola planned to kick off its grand opening with the dedication of the landmark waterwheel to the city during a ceremony set for Saturday morning. The waterwheel had been located near the food court and was chosen as a symbol for the center by architect Bill Petrauskas of Philadelphia-based Shapiro, Petrauskas & Gelber. It was graphically depicted in the Factory Stores at Tuscola logo. The grand opening had been scheduled as a two-day event.
Tuscola senior Andrea Wax had signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for Coach John Klein at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. The 6’ 1” center averaged 14.9 points and 12 rebounds per game her junior year.
A Veterans Day dinner was hosted at the Douglas County Museum and was attended by more than 100 people. The museum displayed memorabilia from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Most of the war displays contained items from the Second Great War, since most of the veterans who attended the dinner were of that era.
30 YEARS AGO
NOVEMBER 20, 1984
Community members celebrated Pat’s Photography opening on Sale Street. Mayor Clarence Snyder, Little Miss Tuscola Shannon Hatfield, Pee Wee Cunningham, proprietor Patti Phillips, and Miss Tuscola Janet Hill were on hand for the ribbon cutting.
Quick defense played as much a part as anything in the East Prairie Hornets’ wins over Unity Nov. 15 and Sullivan Nov. 13. Twenty points by Gary Alexander also played a large part in the Hornets’ 36-33 win over Unity.
Fourteen high school students completed the cast for “Arsenic and Old Lace,” a morbid comedy that was presented last week. Many of the students were first-time performers.
The sheriff’s office had been investigating two burglaries that occurred during the week of Nov. 12. The Distillery Lounge in Tuscola was entered between 1:30 and 6:30 a.m. Nov. 16 by breaking a kitchen window. Several bottles of liquor and a carton of cigarettes were taken.
40 YEARS AGO
NOVEMBER 14, 1974
Thursday’s election canvass revealed few changes in the vote total in Douglas County and did nothing to change the final outcome. Total vote was recorded at 6,641, approximately 400 less than was anticipated Wednesday morning. This still represented a 65 percent turnout, about 10 percent higher than the national average.
“More in the Stores in ’74 — Shop in Tuscola” was the theme adopted by Chamber of Commerce members for the Christmas season at a meeting Monday evening.
An antique auction hosted by Chris Hill attracted more than 400 people to the Tuscola Community Building Sunday. An 80-year-old lamp went for $250, and a wicker porch table sold for $55.
Wayne Seip, a Tuscola council member, set out flags to mark tree locations in the city’s new Wimple Park. Fifty tree locations were suggested for organizations and individuals to fill the space.
Graphic Arts (offset printing) was added to the TCHS curriculum in the fall and was taught by Terry Voke, who said students who finished his course would be qualified to work in small printing shops.