Back in the Day–June 20, 2018

10 YEARS AGO
June 24, 1998

The Tuscola Fire Department purchased a new rescue truck. Cabot Corporation donated $30,000 toward the expense.

Cathy Chaplin was named principal of East Prairie middle school. She replaced Joe Yurko.

Construction for the apartment complex on the former Meister property was at a standstill. Contractors were waiting for the subsoil to dry.

Tuscola 1 girls softball team lost their games against Homer and St. Joe, but Tuscola 2 girls were victorious against Homer and Urbana. The Tuscola 2 girls softball team members were Kaitlyn Carter, Susan Ponder, Emma Comerford, Breanna Douglas, Taylor Harris, Taylor Parrish, Lisa Ponder, Carman Comerford, Lexi Wasiloski, Lexi Rogers, Stephanie Swaney, Katy Yoakum, and Audrey Mooney.

Tuscola 1 boys remained undefeated. They won three consecutive games over Sidney, St. Joe, and Oakwood. Tuscola 2 boys were also on a winning streak with four straight game victories against Sidney, St. Joe, Tolono, and Homer.

20 YEARS AGO
June 23, 1998

Brian Moody was named to city council. He was the youngest council member and replaced Tom Harris who moved out of the area.

Members of the Stephen Douglas DAR celebrated the chapter’s 75th anniversary. Celebrating were chapter regent Mrs. Frank Lincoln and former chapter regents Mrs. Robert Joines, Mrs. Harold Hooe, Mrs. Martha G. Ewing, Mrs. Victor G. Marty, Mrs. Ray Wax, Mrs. James Rippy, Mrs. William H. Biggs, and Mrs. H.J. McCown.

Teresa Jones, co-owner of Flying Illini Tae Kwon Do, ended the 1997-98 year with a bronze medal in world competition with the American Tae Kwon Do Association. Many other trophies were earned on the tournament circuit throughout the year, as well.

30 YEARS AGO
June 21, 1988

1988 TCHS graduate and Illinois Junior Miss Colleen Swihart competed for the 1988 America’s Junior Miss title. Colleen is the daughter of Samuel and Margaret Swihart of Tuscola.

Tuscola firefighters responded to a bridge fire southeast of Tuscola. The supportive timber was burned in two and was thought to be caused by children playing with fireworks in the area.

Cabot employees and their families enjoyed rides, games, and food at the Cab-O-Sil 30th commemorative picnic. Tours of the plant were also given as part of the celebration.

The Tuscola Torpedoes Swim Team had its best turnout since it was formed in 1983. Approximately 55 boys and girls ages 7-18 joined the team. They won their first meet of the season against St. Elmo 398-341.

Tuscola’s Steve Weemer, Matt Washburn, and Brian Hatfield won a three-man basketball tournament in Mahomet. They were one of 18 teams to compete in the Champaign County Shootout.

40 YEARS AGO
June 22, 1978

New Officers for the 1979 Ladies of the Moose were selected. Patricia Wierman, Mary Alice Donnals, Francis Lewis, Mary Wheeler, Jeanine Hughes, Galdys Burke, Anita Andrees, and Phyllis Rich were installed.

Ed Beranek completed the most miles in the Cystic Fibrosis Bike A Thon for the second consecutive year. Beranek rode 84 miles in strong winds with gusts up to at least 30 mph.

The Tuscola Police Department purchased a new squad car. Police Chief Tom Harriss took the delivery right after Tuscola Auto Body painted an orange stripe along the bottom of the car.

Wayne Hardwick and father Allen caught a 28 lb., 37 inch flat head catfish. The largest fish ever caught in this area was hooked at the Cartwright bridge just west of Tuscola.

A postseason swim party was held for the 1978 Warrior baseball team. Members who attended were Gary Campbell, Dick Laley, Phil Schenck, Chris Eaton, Brad Taylor, Bob Laley, Greg Campbell, Cary Rahn, Mark Oakley, Mark Maxey, Joe Stanfield, Greg Wikes, Jeff Wiley, and Ronnie Anderson. The team was coached by Gary Little.

50 YEARS AGO
June 20, 1968

Bulldog Marine Products, Inc. set up shop in Tuscola. Jim Matousik was the plant manager.

Sgt. Monte R. Froman of Tuscola was the recipient of the Air Force Commendation Medal. Froman was stationed at Scott Air Force Base in Belleville.

The exterior walls of Douglas Nightingale manor were near completion. An eight-man crew worked diligently on the 50-bed nursing home.

Three students from abroad were guests at the annual Tuscola Kiwanis meeting. Bami Khambata and Murkur A. Mehta of India, and Robert Chow of Taiwan spoke of the conditions in their homelands and differences as compared to the United States. The students from India were here working on the I-57 construction, and Chow was a student engineer.

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