Back in the Day–Wednesday, Dec. 6

10 YEARS AGO
Dec. 11, 2007

Dickens came alive in Tuscola as characters from the classic tale “A Christmas Tale” and carolers gathered in the Community Building and roamed the downtown streets in celebration of the Dickens Walk and ChristmasTown festivities.

At the December meeting of the Stephen A. Douglas Chapter, NSDAR, Martha G. Ewing was presented with her 50-year membership certificate by Cheri Hunter, District 3 director of state organization, and chapter Regent Marlene Lincoln. Ewing was recognized for serving the chapter in several capacities having held many chairmanships including serving as chapter regent for one and a half terms.

TCHS senior Matt Whittington, son of Richard and Kelly Whittington, was named Tuscola Rotary Club’s Student of the Month for December.

Third graders Jacob Jones, Zane Gream, and Morgan Day made their way to the stage for the North Ward Kidtastic Christmas concert.

20 YEARS AGO
Dec. 9, 1997

Bob Cratchit (Steve Wetzel) kept a watchful eye on the flame used to light the Yule log during the annual Dickens Walk. Others nearby were Tiny Tim (Derek Holmes), Father Christmas (Bill Rogers), and ChristmasTown chairperson Vesta Seville.

Mayor Dan Kleiss and City Administrator Drew Hoel presented city worker Robbie Geiler with a certificate of appreciation for his 20 years of service to Tuscola.

Horse drawn carriages and a trolley provided an old-fashioned ride around town for those taking in the Dickens Walk. Mark and Wil Maxey and Pam Dean took their turn in the carriage.

Installation of officers for the Tuscola chapter of the Order of Eastern Star took place at the Mason Temple. Present for the ceremony were installing chaplain Gene Goodman, installing marshal Cindy Wood, worthy matron Dawn Dallas, installing officer Oleva Dick, worthy patron Gary Dallas, and Jennifer Lonzerotti, who gave the Ode to the Flag.

30 YEARS AGO
Dec. 7, 1987

The varsity girls’ basketball squad included Amy Harmon, Beth Baird, Lisa Schultz, Jennifer Drake, Tisha Little, Heidi Hettinger, Elizabeth Spomer, Summer Holmes, Janet Roper, Susan Harris, and Kim Sievers.

A former Tuscola resident and his wife, Ron and Lynda Bateman, compiled their Christian musical messages on an album called “Witz and Company.”

The Tuscola Woman’s Club served up turkey, ham, and a variety of other tasty treats at their annual Colonial Christmas feast at the Community Building.

Tuscola Coop officials met for their annual meeting. Those in attendance included Ken Schweighart, Eric Rund, Mark Wesch, Anthony Harmon Jr., Bud Kleiss, Bob Snider, Dennis Ochs, Mike Brian, and Harold Wetzel.

40 YEARS AGO
Dec. 6, 1977

Woman’s Club members displayed decorations they made for the “Christmas Smorgasbord.” Club members including Dee Beachy, Mary Harrington, Nancy Korte, Gaila Ross, Janelda Burleson, and Sharon Spomer. The decorations would provide a “colonial feel” for the first smorgasbord at Bache Memorial Chapel.

A paralyzing winter storm struck the area bringing 4-6 inches of snow, which blocked roads and brought travel to a near standstill.

Christmas came early for Bonnie Bready of Tuscola when she won $300 worth of credit at Flock Electronics. Pat Flock presented Mrs. Bready with her credit slip.

Frank Sullivan and his son Scott of Tuscola examined stained glass widows at the Camargo Christian Church auction sale.

50 YEARS AGO
Dec. 7, 1967

Jaycee officers who were elected at a meeting were Charles Seibold, vice president; Fred Ross, president; Bob Hack, vice president; Larry Foltz, Mike Martin, Frank Lincoln, and Jim Teeters, directors.

Santa was just as popular as ever as more than 250 children, accompanied by parents, braved the elements to place their Christmas orders for toys and other gifts. Santa’s new quarters on Sale Street in the Furste building drew many favorable comments.

Mrs. Raymond Muir entertained the members of her Sewing Club at a potluck luncheon in her home.

Observing their 65th wedding anniversary were Mr. and Mrs. George O. Warnes and their sons Everett and Byron.

Tuscola had a new form of entertainment as a 24-scale auto model raceway in the Kernes Building at Parke and Sale streets.

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