By John A. Ballentine
10 years ago this month in 2005
Toulon’s Reverse Osmosis water system scheduled to go online to provide a better quality water product to households.
Groundbreaking ceremonies occurred in Toulon and Wyoming for a new building between the high and grade schools in Toulon and for new construction at the elementary school in Wyoming.
U. S. Congressman Ray LaHood visited Stark County farms to discuss relevant issues with local farmers.
Camp Grove wind farm building permits approved by Stark County board. There will be 43 wind turbines in Stark County producing electricity.
25 years ago
The historic Chase Home at Wady Petra was dismantled. It was built of limestone in the 1840s.
Wyoming High School plans homecoming activities for October 17-20. The Wyoming-Princeville Wolverines take on Walnut-LaMoille in the Homecoming football game.
The “Pin Cushion” business in Wyoming moves to uptown Wyoming from the former Scott, Walters & Rakestraw Bank building.
The consolidation of Stark County schools held the last informational meeting on October 6, in Bradford. The issue was scheduled to be decided upon during the November 6 general election.
35 years ago
Rashid’s Food Center grocery store in Toulon advertised chuck roast for $1.79/lb, butter $1.69/lb and a 15 oz. can of pineapple for 65¢.
Work continued on the buildings being constructed east of the Stark County Health Center. They are known as “Sunshine Village Apartments” for senior citizens.
Demolition of the Spoon River Bridge to be replaced between West Jersey and Laura withstood over 200 pounds of explosives. It was eventually brought down with a wrecking ball.
40 years ago
Toulon-LaFayette High School board approves the purchase of girls’ athletic uniforms.
E. H. “Bud” Doden, ex-postmaster at the Toulon Post Office for 19 years, passes away at age 61. He also ran the Toulon A&P grocery store for 17 years. Doden had retired as postmaster the previous year.
Toulon City council announces that there will be a 9 a.m. curfew on Halloween Eve, October 30 and Halloween night, October 31.
Members of the LaFayette United Methodist Church make plans to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the building, on November 23, 1975.
50 years ago
Chamber of Commerce begin plans for Toulon’s 125th Anniversary Celebration, which will occur in 1966.
The old bridge located on Illinois Route 17 west of Toulon that crossed Indian Creek was demolished.
Leiner Drug Store, in Toulon, advertised a 3-day event with 50% off the entire store’s stock in the “Going-out-of-business” sale.
The new 1966 Chevrolets are available at Louie Dagit Chevrolet Dealership, in Wyoming, including the Chevelle Super Sport 396, the all new Chevy II and the Corvair.