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Back in the Day 9-1-21

Ten years ago
September 7, 2011
A rural Tuscola man was literally in the hot seat last week following a mishap with a semi truck and a power line that sparked two fires several miles apart. 

Dale Boyer was chosen to succeed Doug McCumber as president of The First National Bank of Arcola. 

Denny and Angie Ellis of Tuscola were pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Grace Angela Maria Ellis, both August 25.

New hairstylists at the Studio 36 salon were Lindsey Dean and Brittany MacGibbon. 

Martha Wax Burris was honored at the Illinois State Fair with the Perry Schneider Award of Special Recognition for her work on the Ag in the Classroom program.

Jay and Michele Spencer of Camargo were proud to announce the birth of their first child, a boy named Connor Jay Spencer, both June 7. 

Tuscola High School’s golf team began their season with six straight victories under new coach Matt Franks. 

Twenty years ago
September 4, 2001
Nu-Ag Seeds celebrated 10 years in business by hosting a Customer Appreciation Dinner.

John Chounaird was pleased to announce that he would be joining the State Farm agency owned by John Davis.

The Douglas County Museum was the site of the annual 4-H pork chop barbeque. Local 4-H kids, parents and leaders cooked for and served the crowd.

Tuscola Warrior football rolled over the South Piatt Wildcats 42-6 after being woken up in the second quarter by the Wildcats scoring 48 seconds in.

Thirty years ago
September 3, 1991
A Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter was chartered recently in Douglas County. Founding members included Lora Little, Barb Gosnell, Clara May Rhoades, Linda Weller, Donna Cleland, and Barb Eckstein.

Tuscola IGA Foodliner was the top bidder of Douglas Opperman’s prize swine, netting $556.50 at the annual 4-H auction.

Dr. William Jones of Villa Grove was elected grand captain general of the Knights Templar of the USA at the 58th Triennial held in Washington, D.C.

Champion flight winners in the Douglas County Women’s Golf Championship was first-place finisher Jenice Dicks; second place, Brandy Patridge; and sharing third place were Eva Anderson and Ellen Frye.

Forty years ago
September 8, 1981
Alan Michener announced his candidacy for Douglas County Board District IV.

Cystic Fibrosis Bike-A-Thon riders raising $4,445.57 included Angie Duncan, Scott Harsha, Brett Adkisson, Alex Meyer, and Steve Weemer. 

Melody Meyer of Tuscola and William L. Byrnes of Villa Grove were local graduates receiving degrees from Southern Illinois University. 

Johnny Reed, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Reed of Tuscola, was appointed sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He was a jet engineer mechanic at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho.

Fifty years ago
September 2, 1971
Johne Huber was chosen as Illinois Quarter Horse Association Queen at the Illinois State Fair.

Myron Riddle won a first-place trophy in the 1,200 pound-class tractor pull at the Madison County Fair in Highland.

The former Althea Deaver building, located in the 400 block of South Main Street, became the new home of King & Wills Insurance Agency.

Mr. and Mrs. David Schenkel leased the former Gamble store on West Sale Street and began moving the Montgomery Ward Agency to its new location.

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