Back in the Day – Oct. 17, 2017

10 YEARS AGO
Oct. 21, 2008

The TCHS drama club was ready for their fall production, ‘Crimes of the Heart.’ Cast members were Katie Haake, Maria DaSilva, Rachael Sapp, Michelle Ogden, Anthony Morrison, Becky Hemmer, Michael Ovca, Cassie Grimm, and Aledria Leithliter.

Tuscola Woman’s Club received a check for $10,000. Co-presidents Sue Elder and Dee Lenzi with treasurer Barb Patton accepted the donation. The donor wished to remain anonymous.

Erica Hall of Tuscola ran in the Chicago Marathon. She finished 4,404th out of more than 31,000 runners.

Lindsay Troike and Nick Moore placed in the top 10 runners in the Little Okaw Valley Conference cross country meet. Moore place seventh, and Troike placed sixth.

The Lady Warrior volleyball team won two games against Arthur but suffered back-to-back losses in the conference.

The football team was defeated by Meridian 14-13, but the JV team was victorious against them 33-12.

20 YEARS AGO
Oct. 20, 1998

The Douglas County Junior Miss, Little Miss, and Little Miss Sweetheart pageants were held at the Tuscola Community Building. Mindy Lawhead was crowned 1998 Junior Miss. The winner of the 1998 Little Miss Tuscola was Suzanna Winans, and Tuscola’s 1998 Little Miss Sweetheart was Jourdan Parrott.

Driver’s Ed Instructor Bruce Noftz’s students attended an annual event conducted in partnership with Country Company Insurance. The event was to illustrate to students the braking reaction times at various speeds.

Hop Conner received a plaque and autographed football for a half of a century of flag raising at Warrior home football games.

The Warrior football team fell to the Illiopolis Pirates 22-21. They held a 5-2 LOVC record after the loss.

30 YEARS AGO
Oct. 18, 1988

Dr. Robert R. Smith turned over his 39-year-old veterinary practice, The Okaw Veterinary Clinic, and retired. Dr. Sally Foote, DVM took over the clinic.

Robert Reeder of Tuscola participated in an antique auto caravan. He passed through Tuscola with the caravan in his 1931 Model A Deluxe Coupe.

Little Shoppe on the Prairie held its grand opening celebration. The Shoppe was owned by Ann Carroll.

The TCHS volleyball team was ready for regionals. They gained the conference title after winning their games against Arcola and Villa Grove.

The JV football team faced Sullivan, in what appeared to be a “payback” game after their varsity team lost to Tuscola 39-14. Tuscola’s JV team lost 34-8.

40 YEARS AGO
Oct. 19, 1978

A head-on collision claimed the lives of three local teenagers. The accident occurred on the Rt. 45 railroad overpass.

Joe Wills, owner of King and Wills Insurance Agency, announced that his son, Phil A. Wills, joined the firm as an insurance broker. Phil graduated from TCHS in 1976.

The TCHS swing choir was preparing to perform at the Tuscola Community Building Halloween Party in costume. Halloween songs were chosen for the occasion.

Gas prices hit a new high for 1978. The price of regular gasoline went up to 70 cents per gallon, and as high as 72 cents per gallon in the Chicago area.

In football, the freshman team lost to Unity 28-8, and the sophomore game was a shut out 45-0, Unity. The varsity team won their game against Sullivan 19-13. Players of the week were Brad Taylor and John Buck.

50 YEARS AGO
Oct. 17, 1968

Mark Seip, a TCHS senior, was congratulated by Congressman William L. Springer. He was chosen as fourth alternate for the 1969 U.S. Naval Academy.

TCHS students selected Joyce Ochs and Steve Leonard to reign as Homecoming queen and king. They were presented their crowns at coronation by retiring queen and king Kit Koehnemann and Tim McGuire.

The winning float in the Homecoming parade was the one created by the Sophomore class. It was a display of a huge crown entitled “Our Fame is Spreading.”

The Cross Country team defeated Cerro Gordo in a dual meet. Mark Seip took first place with a time of 14:52 in the 2.75-mile course.

The football team won their Homecoming game. They defeated the Sullivan Redskins 27-19.

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