Back in the Day – June 12, 2019

10 YEARS AGO
June 17, 2009

Hundreds of cancer survivors and participants gathered for a photo after the first lap during the Relay For Life of Douglas County fundraiser at East Prairie. There were 375 people on hand for the group photo. The event started at 6 p.m. Saturday and went until 6 a.m. the next day, at which time it was announced that over $52,000 had been raised. 

Author Michale Callahan singed a copy of his book, “Too Politically Sensitive” for Rhonda Fair at a book signing held at the Tuscola Public Library on June 10. Callahan, a former Illinois State Police investigator, played a role in the release of Randy Steidl and Herb Whitlock, who were deemed wrongfully convicted for the 1986 murder of young newlyweds Dyke and Karen Rhoads in Paris. 

Rich Lamb, a lieutenant with the Tuscola Police Department, marked his 30-year anniversary of employment with the city. Congratulating him on the milestone achievement were TPD office administrator Joyce Ragle, TPD chief Craig Hastings, and Mayor Dan Kleiss. 

20 YEARS AGO
June 15, 1999

Marine Pvt. Lloyd W. Cabra, son of Lloyd O. and Sharon L. Cabra of Tuscola, completed the Basic Engineer Equipment Mechanic Course at Marine Corps Detachment, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. 

Mark Geiler was the big winner in the Men’s Golf League at Ironhorse Golf Course. Geiler tied for the low net with a 31 and teamed with Dr. Randy Megeff to win low net as a team with a 67. Duff Hoel had a fine round and tied Geiler at low net, while Tom Chamberlain and Yale Westjohn took second in the low team net category with a 68. 

Mary Price, Lauren Meyer, Elizabeth Scribner, Ashley Headrick, Holly Nichols, Myranda Kroll, Jessie Kleiss, Ashley Brian, Whitney McGillen, Elizabeth Hall, Chelsey Kelly, Sarah Burroughs, Spencer Hall, Nikki Corum, Lesley Hettinger, Amanda Hance, Chambry Gilmore, Cassie Wesch, Stephanie Pflum, and Kristen Ochs took part in a school-sponsored summer basketball camp. 

30 YEARS AGO 
June 13, 1989

Debbie Harris won first place in the afghan category at the fifth annual counted cross stitch show held at Rockhome Gardens. Pam Sudduth took second place with her cross-stitch entry in the whimsical category. 

It was estimated that by 1995, more than 80 percent of women in the 25-44 age group would be forced to work. At this time, personal and family health issues were especially critical to the future success of women. 

Dave Arseneau of Douglas County Office products was granted a $100,000 TIF package. The package included a $30,000 grant for acquisition and demolition of two downtown buildings and a $70,000 loan at 3 percent interest to construct a new building on the site. 

C & M Video was the newest business in town. Terry Monroe was the owner of C & M. Lori Tucker was the general manager and Sheryl Downs was the store manager. 

40 YEARS AGO
June 14, 1979

Ben Franklin opened its new store June 14 on Route 36, adjoining the Tuscola IGA Foodliner. Store owners were Mr. and Mrs. Robert McGillen and their son Kent, who was the store manager. 

William McCarty, president of Tuscola National Bank, announced that a new bank facility was to be located in the IGA shopping center. 

Terry Harbaugh was among 100 artists entered in the fourth annual Art Fair and Festival held at the Beverly Art Center in Chicago. Harbaugh was entered in the ceramics category. 

Leslie Hancock, Phil MattiX and Connie George delivered graduation addresses to the TCHS Class of 1979. 

50 YEARS AGO 
June 16, 1969

Carolyn Miller, Joyce Bowles, Kimberly Hawkins, Teresa Emberton, Cynthia Bateman and Randy Williams were 4-H members selected to demonstrate at the Illinois State Fair.

Dairy Queen Brazier had its grand opening. They were located at Rt. 36 and South Indiana Street. 

The Deklab plant in Tuscola went under construction to build a seed corn storage shed. 

Five TCHS graduates were among 25 who received state teachers scholarships. They were Janet Strohl, Jan Rice, Nancy O’Bryan, Debbie Summerlot and Madonna Wilhem. 

Tuscola High School band director William Kisinger served as guest conductor and instructor at the 15th annual summer music camp help at Purdue University. 

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