Back in the Day 9-30-20

Ten years ago
October 6, 2010 
The 2010 PRIDE Walk generated $50,000 in donations for the Tuscola School District. Top student fundraisers for the PRIDE Walk included Jacob Shirley, Nate Pollock, Savannah Barnes, Sydney Hoel, Darren Timlin, and Samatha Thomas. 

This year’s seventh-grade Lady Hornets basketball team included Nicole Lough, Anna Watson, Madeline Clabaugh, Courtney Brewer, Madison Cleland, Emma Sementi, Mariah Lemay, Jordan Ochs, Ashley Root, Halle McCrory, Lexi Sluder, Jessica Ramirez, Brooke Hennis, Anna Kauffman, and Madeline Meinhold. 

Proud parents Eric and Lisa Gibson of Tuscola announced the birth of their son, William Gibson. Will was born September 23, 2010 and was welcomed home by his siblings Catie and Joey. 

Homecoming grand marshals for 2010 were retirees Sue Elder and Bill Hill. Crown bearers included Thomas Spillman and Braidy Stahler. 

Tuscola Warriors came out on top of their homecoming game against Central A&M, winning 35-19. 

Twenty years ago
October 3, 2000
Longtime Tuscola veterinarian Robert “Doc” Smith and wife, Mary, were the chosen grand marshals for this year’s Old-Fashioned Harvest Bluegrass Festival. 

Matt McCumber and Katie Arseneau were crowned the TCHS 2000 Homecoming king and queen by last year’s royalty, Beau Wilson and Amy Hettinger. 

According to a report given at the most recent school board meeting, the new elementary school construction project was currently proceeding under budget. 

TCHS senior Shane Pangburn, son of John and Diane Pangburn, was named Tuscola Rotary Club Student of the Month for September. 

Senior Jared Blaudow made his last match on his home Ironhorse Golf Course a memorable one, carding a 39 to help his team win over Paris. 

The Tuscola Warriors got a 241-yard three-touchdown rushing performance by senior Kenny Hogue as TCHS downed Rochester 30-16 Friday night for a happy Homecoming victory. 

Thirty years ago
October 2, 1990 
Liz Spomer and Mark Burris were crowned Tuscola High School’s 1990 Homecoming queen and king Friday night after the football game. 

Two of Tuscola’s self-confessed football fanatics–Mike Carroll and Rick McGuire–pored through the annals of Warrior achievements on the gridiron to author a book titled “The History of Tuscola Football, 1895-1989.”

Tuscola National Bank was marking its centennial anniversary this year, with celebrations planned in recognition of the 100th birthday. 

John Waldrop won the coveted dinner gun at the annual Ducks Unlimited banquet held recently. Waldrop declined cash offers in excess of $1,000 for the gun.

Shelby Best helped lead the charge for the Lady Warriors last week in three wins over tough foes. Best had 12 kills in the Shiloh game and 11 kills against Charleston.

Forty years ago
October 7, 1980
Fred Ross of Tuscola, area superintendent of Cabot, recently received his 15-year service award from the other company. 

Jean Hartman of Tuscola, a freshman at Eastern Illinois University, was a member of the 187-person Marching Blue band that performed at all EIU home games. 

Tuscola High School’s FFA chapter was host to 22 schools and 176 participants at a school program and dinner featuring state and national officers. 

The Mahomet Bulldogs piled up nearly 400 yards in total offense and scored in every quarter while triumphing over the Tuscola Warriors 35-20 Friday night. Tuscola’s Mark O’Bryan got six passes for 101 yards.

Fifty years ago
October , 1970
The Tuscola Co-Operative Grain Company reported in some areas south of Route 36 corn was down to about 60 bushels an acre, while in other areas the yield was running about 140 bushels. 

Approximately 1,000 scrapped cars were being taken from the Duane Otto junkyard to a destination in Spain for recycling. Otto was cleaning out his lot on South Prairie Street to make room for more inventory. 

David Canary, better known as Candy from “Bonanza,” (and currently as Adam in daytime soap “All My Children’’) was starring in the Little Theatre on the Square production of “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

Six winners in the Tuscola Punt Pass and Kick competition who were advancing to zone competition included Mark Oakley, Greg Campbell, Kevin Mathias, Steve Laley, David McCrory, and Craig Hastings.

Tuscola brought its season to a 2-1 as they overpowered a pesky Bement squad 41-20 Friday evening. Halfback Dennis Chaplin re-injured an ailing knee in the fourth quarter, tearing a ligament and possibly doing some cartilage damage. Bement tackle John Thomas dislocated a kneecap late in the fourth quarter and had to be carried from the field.

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