Back in the Day – Sept. 19, 2018

10 YEARS AGO
Sept. 23, 2008

A Black Bear carcass was discovered in Douglas County. It was rumored that the bear had been hit by a vehicle elsewhere and brought back to Illinois. Prior confirmed sightings of Black Bears in Illinois were in the late 1860’s, and as far back as the 1850’s for Douglas County.

The CodeRED alert system had its first trial run in Douglas County. The emergency alert system was funded for one year by an anonymous donor.

TCHS students were preparing for Homecoming week festivities. The Warrior football team was scheduled to compete against Central A&M at the Homecoming football game.

The Varsity football team signed the game ball from their win against Monticello. The ball was presented to the family of the late Bill Butkovich, a former principal and TCHS coach.

The Tuscola Chamber of Commerce hosted a golf outing at Ironhorse. Placing first overall was the team of Jerry Williams, Mark Maxey, Yale Westjohn, and Les Sluder.

20 YEARS AGO
Sept. 22, 1998

Dixie Truckers Home was planning its 70th birthday celebration. The central Illinois staple was founded in 1928.

The Tuscola School District added two new teachers to its payroll. Angela Patton and Dana Frieling were hired for the 1998-99 school year.

TCHS was preparing for Homecoming. Senior candidates for Homecoming King and Queen were Wyatt Penrod, Mindy Lehmann, John Bassett, Anna Hettinger, Josh Wakefield, Amanda Griffith, Katie Hettinger, Derek Wilkinson, Carrie Bergeson, Matt Schweighart, Cara Ring, and Luke Patterson.

The 1998 Royalty Court were Laine Campbell and Elliot Harriss; Johanna Morgan and Jonathon Jones; and Casey Roberts and Steve Wamsley.

The Tuscola Warriors football team was rallying to stay undefeated. Their Homecoming game was scheduled against Arthur-Lovington.

30 YEARS AGO
Sept. 20, 1988

World War II Veterans of the 101st Airborne Reconnaissance Platoon held a reunion in Tuscola. Those who attended were Elmer Weber, George Gano, Louis Rahn, James Kennedy, L.J.Curtis, Wally Rofkahr, and John Moore.

The Tuscola Post Office installed a stamp dispensing machine in their 24-hour lobby. Postmaster Carl Quinn also changed the window hours to better meet customers’ needs.

Homecoming preparations were being made at TCHS. King and Queen candidates for 1988 were Marianne Albin, Heather Gaddey, Tina Turner, Teri Kyle, Janet Roper, Matt Washburn, Ben Mingo, Tag Adkisson, Mark Kalmar, and Steve Weemer.

In sports, the Warriors varsity football team claimed a victory over Marshall, but the Freshman-Sophomore team lost to Villa Grove 28-6. The Homecoming game was scheduled against Argenta-Oreana.

40 YEARS AGO
Sept. 21, 1978

The 18th annual Old-Fashioned Days was held in Tuscola. Despite the business district losing power due to a blown transformer, lack of water city-wide due to a ruptured feeder main, and rain causing cancellation of the tractor pull, it was considered one of the best.

The Tuscola Chapter No. 44 of the Eastern Star celebrated its 100th Anniversary. Officers present were Howard Houser, Ruby Colwell, Viola Bassett, Edna McCartney, Maxine Hall, Marilyn Peter, Charlotte Richards, Helen Ziegler, Tracy Carpenter, Viola Erwin, Margaret Varney, Lois Moulden, Lewis Peter, and Florence Moss.

The cheerleaders of 1953, Phyllis Wetzel Burress, Nancy Shrader Weheage, Clarice Ullrich Hausman, and Vonda Branham Flanigan, were looking forward to being honored with the football team at the 25th Anniversary of the gridders of 1953.

The Warriors varsity football team defeated Villa Grove 7-0. Coach Bill Vangels credited the defense for the win.

50 YEARS AGO
Sept. 16, 1968

The winner of the trophy for the “Most Unusual Pet” in the Old Fashioned Days parade was Danny Alexander. Danny participated in the parade with his pet goat.

Over 500 people attended the Old Fashioned Days Talent Show and Contest. There were five trophy winners, and ribbons were awarded for second and third places.

Smokey the Bear made his appearance at Old Fashioned Days. He was a big hit with the children, and they were disappointed when he left. It was suggested to one youngster that she needed to speak with Dennis Dietrich about Smokey’s disappearance.

The Tuscola Warriors had their Homecoming game against the Paris Tigers. A dance was held following the game, and music was provided by a local band named “Sleepwalkers.”

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