Back in the Day – Dec. 5, 2018

10 YEARS AGO
Dec. 9, 2008

Two-year-old Jake Fitzgerald of Tuscola was happy to be chatting with Santa Claus during the Douglas County Museum’s Breakfast with Santa event.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris were arrested by FBI agents on federal corruption charges.

TCHS senior Nick Moore, son of Devon Flesor and John David Moore, was named the Tuscola Rotary Student of the Month for December.

Marlene and Frank Lincoln were recognized as grand marshals of the Christmastown parade.

Members of the TCHS girls’ varsity basketball team were Jessica Hardwick, Lindsay Troike, Molly Romine, Kelsi Hoey, Raechel Buckner, Kelsey Cleland, Sammi Kohlbecker, Rachael Brewer, and Olivia Morris.

East Prairie cheerleaders who were among the entries in the Christmastown parade were Carman Comerford, Jenna Jacobs, Laura Murphy, and Sarah McCrory.

20 YEARS AGO
Dec. 8, 2008

John and Marlene Harris will enjoy some well-deserved down time with the closing of Lloyd Oil. Marlene’s father, John Lloyd established the Tuscola fuel business 45 years ago. Pangburn Oil bought out the business’s inventory.

Judge Frank Lincoln swore in several elected county officials during a ceremony at the Douglas County Courthouse. The newly sworn-in officials were county board members John Morrow, Wayne Schable, Fari Shafer, and Charles “Chub” Conner, County Clerk Jim Ingram, County Treasurer Bobbi Murray, and Sheriff John Chambers.

Cast members of the TCHS drama club play “The Other Side of the Wall” were Shane Pangburn, Christina Danielson, David Dyke, Jessie Hausmann, Allyson Higgins, Luke Johnson, Katrina, Kappes, Allison Pearse, Sabrina Gonzales, Crosby Coats, Nick Flenniken, Johanna Morgan, Clint Geller, Valerie Donnals, Jonathan Shirazi, Derrick Fair, Audrey Johnson, Kristin Staley, Tony Reinhart, and Jamie Lake.

30 YEARS AGO
Dec. 6, 1988

Members of the Tuscola VFW Post 10009–Ron Stabler, Leo Paszczynski, Harold Weber, and Paul Wisovaty–waited for the start of the Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade.

Two new Douglas County officials and two incumbents were sworn into office at the courthouse including: State’s Attorney Richard L. Broch, Coroner Dennis Dietrich, Circuit Clerk Peggy Crossman Beetle, County Board member Marvin Jones, and County Board member Norma Willoughby.

The honor of being selected as the Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade was extended to Patti Waters. Her escort in the parade was one of her favorite people, Zachary Waters.

With a “run and gun” style of basketball, the Warrior girls’ basketball team netted two victories with at least 20-point spreads. The Warriors’ varsity beat Atwood-Hammond 56-31 and triumphed over Cerro Gordo 63-36.

Coach Kerry Kincaid got a good look at his second unit in the 69-46 Warrior win over the Unity Rockets. The reserves for the boys’ varsity team saw action in the entire fourth quarter as the seventh and eighth spots in the line up were still up for grabs.

40 YEARS AGO
Dec. 7, 1978

After serving 22 1/2 years, Deputy County Clerk Esther Ringer retired from the Douglas County Courthouse. The courthouse staff surprised her with a party and farewell gifts.

Order of the Eastern Star officers who were installed for service in the coming year were Florence Moss, Charlotte Richards, Lew Peter, Charles Crowder, Cindy Wood, and Susie Hutchins.

Jarman Hospital service pins were presented by administrator Randy Frank at the annual Christmas party. Honored were Elizabeth Ogden, RN; guest of honor Louise Bright, food service manager; Donna Lamb, RN; Tom Capie, CRNA; Verda Bradbury, lab technologist; Jacquelyn Lauterjung, LPN; Mary Gaston, nursing assistant; Mary Harbarger, purchasing manager; and Donna Thode, dietary aide.

The seventh grade boys’ basketball team included: Kenny Dorsey, Justin Walker, Brian Reinhart, Shawn Rideout, Richie Nihiser, Steve Bates, Gene Martin, Jim Clark, Brent Johns, Robert Douglas, Jim Nayonis, Jeff Night, Jon Little, Phil Peach, and Chuck Sturgis.

50 YEARS AGO
Dec. 5, 1968

Bill Huber purchased a stallion and mare at the All American Quarter Horse Congress Sale in Columbus, Ohio, and could have been considered among the top owners of quarter horses in the area.

Jean Waters and Connie Smith worked as Santa’s helpers at a community holiday event.

Serving on the planning committee for the 35th annual reunion of the Class of 1934 were Mrs. Georgia Armstrong, Mrs. Bernice Cunningham, Mrs. Betty Carmack, and Allen Kellogg.

The Tuscola Warriors blew a six-year jinx out the window by winning the opening game of the season, and of all place, at Mattoon. It took an overtime effort, but the Warriors got the job done with 52-50 victory.

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