By John A. Ballentine
The 117th Badge Honorees for the 141st Old Settlers’ Association 2018 Celebration, in Toulon, are David and Nancy Wilson, of Toulon. Both of the Wilsons were raised in rural Stark County and attended Toulon Township High School. David and Nancy both graduated from high school, in 1956.
The News interviewed the Wilsons at their Toulon home to provide insight into their lives and a preview of what they may speak about during their OSA speeches. The Wilsons will be speaking separately on Sunday, August 5 at the main stage on East Court Street at approximately 9:30 a.m.
The News: What is your full name?
David: David Lee Wilson.
Nancy: Nancy Ellen Carrington Wilson.
The News: when and where were you born?
David: I was born on July 24, 1937 at Kewanee Hospital.
Nancy: I was born on May 15, 1938 in my grandmother’s house, in Mineral, Illinois.
Who are your parents?
David: Mine are Joel and Anna Wilson.
Nancy: Mine are Lyle and Bertha Carrington.
Do you have brothers and sisters?
David: I have one sister, JoAnn Skubic, who lives in Coal City, Illinois.
Nancy: I have two sisters and a brother, Dan, Bonnie and Becky.
Where did you grow up?
David: I grew up in Goshen Township on a farm. I went to Quinn School for my first three years. I had to walk to school.
Nancy: I grew up in the Elmira and Osceola area. My first school was Mound School.
Who are your children?
David: Dr. Tamara Wilson MD, Brad Wilson and Mark Wilson.
How many grand and great-grandchildren do you have?
Nancy: We have six grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
Where did you go to school?
David: I went to Quinn School and then went to the old Toulon Grade School. I graduated from Toulon Township High School, in 1956.
Nancy: I went to the Osceola and Elmira Grade Schools. I graduated 8th grade from Elmira. Then I went to Toulon Township High School and graduated in 1956.
What occupations have you had?
David: I have been a farmer.
Nancy: I was a secretary for the Stark County Extension Service for 23 years.
When were you married?
David: August 4th, 1957.
Where did you meet?
David: We met in high school.
Where did you honeymoon at?
Nancy: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
What was your first car?
David: It was a 1950 Ford sedan.
Nancy: I never had a car.
What historical event do you remember the most?
David: Kennedy’s assassination.
Nancy: When they walked on the moon.
What invention has had the most impact on your life?
David: Cabs on tractors! (Laughter.)
Nancy: Definitely computers.
Do you have hobbies or collections?
David: I collect a lot of miniature tractors that I have driven. There are several different brands, mostly Internationals. I also put puzzles together.
Nancy: My hobbies are reading and traveling.
What advice would you give to young people?
David: Travel while you are young because when you get older, you may not be able to travel.
Nancy: My advice would be to tell your loved one the first thing in the morning that you love them and the last thing before you go to sleep is to tell them that you love them.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
David: I like to shoot guns.
Nancy: Well, I don’t like to shoot guns. That I have a sense of humor.
Is there anything that you would like to add that we haven’t discussed?
David: I think there is an advantage to growing up in a small town or rural community. Kids get to go to smaller schools and all the teachers know their names. There’s an advantage when the teachers can help them if they know they have problems. In a big school, kids are just a number.
Nancy: Along those lines, all three of our kids graduated from high school in Stark County, they all went to college, and they all did very well. They all felt that they got a good sound education here in Stark County Schools.
The News: Thank you very much.