Back in the Day 5-20-20

10 years ago
May 26, 2010
Seven-year-old Caleigh Parsley and her brother six-year-old James were in for a big surprise when their father Ryan Parsley returned from his service in Iraq and greeted them at North Ward. 

TCHS sophomore and FFA President Elise Hackett was chosen to participate in the Illinois State FFA chorus during their FFA State Convention June 8-10. 

A three-day event was held at the Douglas County Museum to honor World War II Veterans. The event included a USO-type dinner on Saturday, an open house on Sunday, and a dinner program on Monday. 

The graduating class of 2010’s valedictorians included Dylan Walker, Miriam Romine, Matt Pflum, Cassie Grimm, and Jessica Bosch 

The Tuscola Lady Warriors softball team claimed a Regional Title in their game against Villa Grove. 

20 years ago 
May 23, 2000
Retiree and former Tuscolian John Rice was making a second career for his first love–acting. The Aroma Park resident was appearing as a paid extra in a number of movies and television. 

Sarah Lawrence of Lawrence Graphics created two commemorative afghan designs: the Tuscola 2000 afghan featuring current landmarks and the Heritage Tuscola design featuring historic elements of the city. 

Top 10 seniors of this year’s graduating class were recent luncheon guests of the Tuscola Rotary Club. They included Crystal Obrecht, Annie Holste, Janeen Sutherland, Allyson Higgins, Ian Pearse, Casey Roberts, Jessica Hughes, Jenny Gensler, Ashley Rahn, and Kacey O’Brien. 

Craig Knight was able to defend his state 400-meter title in the boys junior high school state track meet, and in doing so lowered his school record mark to 53.09.

The Tuscola Warriors proudly claimed the LOVC baseball championship, posting a 15-2 conference record, and went on to win the regional tournament. The 25 wins eclipsed the old record of 22 set in 1977. 

30 years ago 
May 22, 1990
After 30 years of serving the young children of Tuscola and Douglas County, Kathryn McCumber announced she would be retiring and closing her Work & Play Nursery School. McCumber estimated she has taught over 1,000 preschoolers in Tuscola. 

Bea Patrick and Nick Farris were royalty May 14 at Douglas Manor Nursing Home, as they were voted resident queen and king by their fellow residents in recognition of National Nursing Home Week.

The Tuscola Warriors evened their season record to 8-8 and advanced to the semifinals of the Unity Regional after beating Atwood-Hammond with a come-from-behind 8-7 victory thanks to Chris Czerwonka’s game-winning homer in the bottom of the seventh. 

40 years ago 
May 20, 1980
Railroad company problems continued to mount this past week as two units of an Illinois Central Gulf freight caught fire two miles north of Tuscola May 15 at about 4:20 p.m. A faulty brake shoe came off one of the engines and ruptured a fuel tank. The fuel was ignited by sparks and destroyed a flatbread semitrailer. 

Darrell Ford and Charlotte Hausmann were honored for sales achievements at the May 6 Illinois Realtors Association convention in Marshall. Both attained membership in the President’s Club for having participated in annual transactions of at least $1 million. 

Senior honor students recently recognized by the Tuscola Rotary Club at the recent luncheon were Cathy Conerty, Jean Hartman, Mary Ann Williams, Jill Holden, Mark Murray, Todd Hausman and Dirk Diertrich. 

For the second consecutive year, Colby Decker and Greg Campbell would be the Warrior contingent at the boys Class A track meet at Charleston. Decker won the discus with a throw of 157-1, and Campbell placed second in the shot with a heave of 51-7.25.

50 years ago
May 28, 1970 
For the first time in history, Douglas County and Tuscola were honored by having two of its young men chosen to attend its military academies. Robert Betzold recently received an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy, and Lyle Tingley had earlier received notice of his appointment to Annapolis. 

Friends and neighbors of the late Arthur Kresin gathered at the Kresin farm recently to complete planting of corn and soybeans on the entire acreage. Among those taking part in the good deed by providing machinery and manpower were Allen Rentschler, Gale Hoel, Laverl Byers, Seth Dallas, Walter Kresin, Earl Thayer, Kenny Kresin, George Rahn, Scott Dallas, Carl Phillips, Bob Hinton, Dan Ponder, Lloyd Ashwill, Don Wilson, Lloyd Kresin,  Don Mutch, and Charles Hartman. 

Top honor students for the graduating Class of 1970 were seniors Marjorie Todd, Nancy Townsend, Richard Miller, Mona Froman, and Darrell Price. 

The resignations of Tuscola High School teachers Grace Madigan, Penny Dockery and Sue Bender were accepted at the Tuscola school board meeting. Contracts were tendered to Roger Tice as English instructor, Dennis Frederick as PR and business instructor, and to Vero Swank as girls PE at East Prairie..

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