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Back in the Day 9-15-21

Ten years ago
September 21, 2011
The 2011 TCHS Homecoming senior king and queen candidates included Kara Williams, Kelsey Cleland, Samantha Kohlbecker, Rachel Craddock, Kaci Williams, Dillon Hoel, David Frye, Philip Meyer, Chance Little, and Jacob Barr. 

The Alumni Art Event featured the works of artist Jeff Little (Class of 1980) and Jim Gallagher (Class of 1978). 

Roughly 500 were in attendance at North Ward PTO’s Taco Night on September 13. The fundraiser helped the school raise $3,000.

Barb Utterback was the guest of honor at a surprise retirement “roast” held on Sept. 13, after her retirement as co-founder and executive director of BETHS Place.

The iconic Oscar Mayer Wienermobile made a pit stop in Tuscola last Friday. The vehicle was parked outside the Baymont Inn & Suites. 

TCHS Homecoming court attendants were freshman Taylor Reifsteck and Blake Woodard, sophomores Anna Martinez and Mark Snider, and juniors Kat Eveland and Sam Dailey.

Twenty years ago
September 18, 2001
Community members came together at the candlelight vigil held at the gazebo in remembrance of the tragic events of 9/11 that took place. Business marquees around town offered words of condolence and prayer. 

Liga’s Restaurant failed to sell, with a high bid of $370,000 by Chris Hill at an auction by Bill Huber. Owner Tony Liga reserved the right to refuse any bids under $450,000.

Maurine Schultz would be celebrating her 90th birthday with family and friends at a party held in her honor. 

Andy McGillen fired a four-over-par 76 to tie for fourth place in the Paris Invitational golf meet. McGillen led the Warriors to a 13th-place finish out of 25 teams with some of the best golf of his high school career.

Thirty years ago
September 17, 1991
Farmers through the county were seeing wide discrepancies in yield averages for both bean and corn crops. Harvest results often varied greatly from field to field. 

Five people were vying for four open school board seats in Tuscola. On the ballot were Marian Armstrong, Al Borries, Wally Wax, and Tom Stephenson. 

Wilma Allen of Tuscola was awarded the National Quality Award for significant achievement in life insurance sales for the fifth time. Allen was an agent in the County Companies Edgar-Douglas Agency.

The Tuscola Warriors were blown out in a 51-12 contest against the number-one ranked Villa Grove Blue Devils. 

Forty years ago
September 22, 1981
Tuscola school board incumbents, Bob Travis, Don Chappell, and Robert Reeder were joined on the ballot by Susan Jacob in seeking three open seats.

Douglas County farmer John Schable planted 20 acres of sunflowers this year on his rural Garrett property. 

Donna Jo Bissey graduated magna cum laude from Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in music and an English minor.

Villa Grove stole a close game from Tuscola. Tuscola lost 18-14, in spite of sophomore Steve Bates’ 114 yards rushing. 

Fifty years ago 
September 16, 1971
Kay Kleiss was named Leader of American Secondary Education for 1971, an annual program honoring men and women who have distinguished themselves by their service and leadership. Kleiss was nominated for the award by the TCHS administrators.

Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Welch purchased William’s Restaurant from Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Williams of Tuscola.

Debbie Summerlot of Tuscola was chosen as head majorette at Western Illinois University in Macomb.

Sophomores Steve Sanderson and Rudy Huber and juniors John Kalmar were competing for the position of starting quarterback on this year’s football team.

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