Back in the Day

10 years ago 
November 4, 2009
An 84 year-old man from Edgewood passed away after his car left interstate 57, crashed through a chain-link fence, and ended up in a deep pond on private property just west of the interstate. The car was traveling southbound on I-57 on Nov 2 when, for an unknown reason, the 2005 Chrysler veered off the interstate and came to a rest in Maris Pond, located behind 1114 East Northline Road. 

Some little trick-or-treaters met Sparky the fire dog and firefighter Joe Carter during the trunk or treat Halloween event at the Nazarene Church. Members of the church came together and had different themed booths for trick-or-treaters to enjoy. 

Hundreds of people gathered for the annual turkey dinner fundraiser at Forty Martyrs on Sunday. Almost 1,000 dinners were served at the event. 

The TCHS Class of 1949 got together for its 60th reunion October 17. On hand for the festivities were John Finley, Wayne Meyer, Chris Flesor, William Jones, Wayne Robins, Gerhard Freche, Mike Sanderson, William McCarty, James Harbaugh, Nancy Hausman, Wilbur Pflum, Patti Waters, Jean Ellen Jones, Doris Piercy, Edna Waldrop, Gertrude Sanderson, Marjorie Hahn, Helen Davis, Jennie Hurrelbrink, Pat Hackett, Lorene Mills, Lyla Mae Riley, Jay Bowles, and Bettye May. 

20 years ago 
November 2, 1999
Tuscola school board members presented retiring board member Al Borries with a commemorative plaque honoring his many decades of service to the school district. His 20-year tenure included four terms as president and two as secretary. 

Tuscola residents Robert Middleton and Mark Sweeney were among the 29,000 runners participating in this years Chicago Marathon. 

The Lady Warriors volleyball team saw its season ended by Arcola in the first round of the Arcola regional tournament. 

Randy and Jeanne Pettry were proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Gemini Alexus, on October 3, 1999. She weighed 7 pounds 15 ounces and was 21 inches long. 

Erica Hall, running for the combined Tuscola-Atwood-Hammond cross country team, was the top finisher for the team at the sectional meet held at Kankakee Community College with a time of 17:44. 

30 years ago 
October 31, 1989
Sheriff John Chambers told Rotary members the war on drugs was far from over, with usage in the country still a battle, particularly in the schools. 

Tuscola High School seniors Matt Werner and Sarah Coatney were named the SAR and DAR Good Citizens for 1989. 

Heidi Huber, daughter of Bill and Suze Huber, was appearing the Northern Illinois University production of “Hello Dolly!” 

Delores Looser was the lucky winner of a five pound “pecan favorite” from Tracy Lynn Candies. The giant chocolate covered treat was the grand prize in the first year anniversary drawing held at the store, owned by Scott and Tracy Flesor. 

The Tuscola Warrior volleyball team was presented with the IHSA regional tournament trophy for beating Lovington 16-14, 13-15, 15-13, in the championship game Saturday night at Unity High School. 

40 years ago 
October 30, 1979
Rachel Sullivan was the winner of the grand prize for best costume at the annual community Halloween party sponsored by Tuscola business firms. Judging the array of costumes were Paul and Nancy Chismar of Tuscola, Leona Blum and Carol Wagner of Champaign, Jayne Wood of Pesotum, Kary Butler of Tolono, and Nyda Dujares of Arcola. 

Mrs. Jay R. North was honored by the business and Professional Women’s Club recently as Woman of the Year. 

Amos Albritton was honored as the newest recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow award at Tuscola Rotary Club. Previous Paul Harris Fellows from the Tuscola club included W.A. Bozarth, Ray Wulliman, Melvin Lossman, and C.A. Rice. 

Mark Oakley had one of his best nights of the season by rushing for 178 yards in 19 carries in a 41-6 victory over the Warrensburg Cardinals. Five Warriors entered the scoring column- Oakley, Dick Laley, Steve Kalmar, Greg Porter, and Jim Davis. 

50 years ago 
October 31, 1969
Milas J. Thomas, who had been with Tuscola Post Office since 1929, was set to retire from active duty on Saturday, November 1. During his 40 years with the postal service, he had used only three weeks of sick leave, which automatically added 20 months to his service record. 

A 22-mile section of Interstate 57 between Mattoon and Tuscola was now open for traffic. The section of road cost $15.5 million to complete and included 11 bridges, 16 highway-grade separation structures, and four railroad grade separation structures. 

Two men, Gary Wineland of Brocton and William Clough of Oakland, both employees of Morris Construction Company, were severely burned in an accident at the USI plant, but were responding well to treatment at St. John’s Mercy Hospital. 

For the first time in history, both ABC-sponsored awards were presented to the same member of the TCHS football team. Bill Anderson received both the Sportsmanship and Most Valuable Player trophies Player of the Year went to junior quarterback Larry Ring, on the basis of points accumulated the entire season.  

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