Back in the Day 8-5-20

10 years ago 
August 11, 2010
Karyn Applegate was named the new director at the Tuscola Public Library. Some of her goals included a cleaning-up of the library to utilize space and public outreach and programming. 

John and Bernice Romine celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a reception hosted by their children at the Tuscola Moose Club. 

Season award winners the Charleston Swim Club included Taylor Campbell, Erin Weaver, Chas Campbell, Mark Snider, and Kameryn Kresin as MVPs, Coaches Awards to Erin Weaver and Grace Snider, and Most Improved to Chas Campbell, Robin Cler, and Laura Cler. 

Tuscola IGA held IGA Kids Fest on August 5. 

Tuscola high school’s summer baseball team ended their season with a win against Armstrong-Potomac in the annual Wooden Bats Tournament. The team was coached by James Yoakum and included Kenny Abernathy, Josh Brookins, Kyle Bunch, Kolby Clough, Andrew Foy, Dillon Hoel, James Knight, Chase Little, Chance Little, Kyle Miller, Alex Ransom, Cameron Westjohn, Patrick Yoakum, Dan Yoakum, and the occasional help of Nolan Walsh and Cody Shelmadine. 

20 years ago 
August 8, 2000
Sarah Lawrence of Lawrence Graphics was donating a portion of the sales from her specialty designed Tuscola afghans to help purchase a thermal imaging camera for the Tuscola Fire Department. 

Tuscola students having made the U of I Dean’s List for the Spring semester were Laura Appleby, Christopher Brian, Amanda Griffith, Luke Patterson, and Matthew Schweighart. Spring graduates from that same university included Jamie Alcorn, Sharon Clawson, Emily Grant, Darcy Sementi, and Ember Barnes. 

Members of the Midwest Model T Ford Club spent the August 4 weekend in Tuscola as part of a group outing. The entourage motored into town Friday afternoon and took a spin through town and the Amish countryside before settling at the AmeriHost. Former Tuscolian and club member Renee Thode Regan of St. Charles arranged for the hometown visit.

30 years ago
August 7, 1990
Stan Weinke of Broadlands was hired to fill the position of head football coach at TCHS, and would also be serving as a PE and health education teacher at the high school. Weinke was coming to Tuscola after 10 years as head coach at Broadlands ABL.

Frank Tarantino, age 13, was the lucky winner of a 10-speed mountain bike during the Rogers Floral Shop anniversary celebration drawing. 

Contestants for the newly created Junior Miss Tuscola contest included Katrina Shonk, Allison Branca, Lara Hoeft, Jennifer Kramer, Kim Hanners, Mindy Reed, Michele Brian, and Jayme Watts. 

Bill McCarty and Ned Ferguson had been logging 6 a.m. runs for the past 15 years, putting in four miles a day through just about every weather condition imaginable. 

40 years ago 
August 12, 1980
Arson was thought to be the cause of an early morning fire that destroyed the Mike and Cheryl Elder home in Bourbon. The Elders, who lost all their possessions in the blaze, were temporarily residing on East Pembroke Street in Tuscola. 

Action was taken by Tuscola City Council to appeal the recently released preliminary figures for the 1980 census, which showed Tuscola’s population dropping by 188 people since the 1970 census. 

Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Kalmar and Mrs. Anthony Scala announced the approaching marriage of their children, Karen Kalmar and Anthony Scala. The couple was planning to exchange vows September 20 at Forty Martyrs Catholic Church in Tuscola. 

Patrons heading out to the Tuscola Drive-In Theater would be taking in “Coal Miner’s Daughter” featuring Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones, and “1941” with Dan Akroyd, John Belushi and Ned Beatty. Price of admission was $2 for adults, and kids watched for free.

50 years ago 
August 13, 1970 
Only the outer shell remained after fireman extinguished a fire that destroyed the Earl Holmes residence southeast of Tuscola. Mrs. Herschel Hooker and Mrs. James Pettitt were planning a miscellaneous shower to help the family replenish their belongings. 

Burnie Campbell was reelected president of Tuscom Little League, and Glenn Weaver would serve as vice president of the Senior Division, Dr. Morris Galey as vice president of the Minor League.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hartman returned home August 5 from a 10-day vacation trip to the northwestern states. Their travels took them through seven states and included sightseeing at the Badlands, Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful, Mt. Rushmore, and the Museum of William Cody. 

Andy Kleiss of the Eisner team edged Mark Budden of Morris Construction for the Senior Division battling crown by a scant four percentage points. Kleiss led league hitting with a .372 mark, having 16 hits in 43 official times at bat. Budden slammed out 21 hits in 57 times at bat.

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