Back in Time

By John A. Ballentine

10 years ago in 2006
• Stark County High School football field in Wyoming named for Gary Johnson, longtime coach of the school who passed away earlier.
• Toulon passes the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district resolution. Wyoming passed their TIF one year before, while Bradford had one for several years.
• An Open House was held at the Stark County High School and Junior High, in Toulon. The Open House celebrated the completion of new building additions and renovations. In Toulon, a new cafeteria, kitchen and band room; In Wyoming, a new cafeteria, kitchen and five new classrooms.
25 years ago in 1991
• Rashid’s grocery store, in LaFayette was put up for sale in anticipation of pending retirements. It had been in business since the early 1900s.
• A group of 10 was formed from Wyoming and Toulon to petition for the two high schools in each community to consolidate in 1992, should the Princeville – Wyoming proposal fail.
• A new memorial to Wyoming servicemen who served from World War I through Desert Storm was erected at the Wyoming Public Library.
• Illinois Governor Jim Edgar was scheduled to speak at Shallowbrook Farm, in Bradford.
35 years ago in 1981
• Sheriff Kenneth Dison announces he would seek a fourth term in that capacity. Dison was first sheriff for Stark County in 1970.
• City of Toulon votes to install cable TV provided by Prairieland Cablevision, Incorporated.
• Advertisement in The Stark County News newspaper: John’s Shoe repair, “Heels repaired while you wait!”… 913 N. Second Street, Chillicothe.
• Stark County cows move to Canada! Forty-eight head of purebred Ayrshire cows were purchased by a Canadian couple, Wes and Joyce McDowell from the Murray Farm in rural Toulon.
40 years ago in 1976
• The west fork of the Spoon River nearly stopped running located north of Osceola due to a spring and summer drought. There was only six inches of water in the main stream.
• The Stark County Health Center was scheduled to open on December 1, 1976. It is located on Route 17 on the east edge of Toulon.
• Super Valu grocery store, in Wyoming, advertised boneless chuck roast for $1.09/lb, ground beef 79¢/lb, cucumbers or peppers 10¢ each and ice cream at 89¢/half gallon.
• Frank and Barry Pepper purchased the Wyoming Grain Company and renamed it the Pepper’s Grain and Feed Company.
50 years ago in 1966
• The Toulon Firemen plan their annual ball at Edelstein’s HUB Ballroom for November 26, 1966.
• The “Crow’s Nest” at the Toulon Township High School football field was built and ready for use during the football season. The “Crow’s Nest” measured 8’x15’x20’ high.
• The Paramount Theater, in Wyoming, showed two movies: “Wild Wild Winter” and “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb.”
• Sandy’s fast food restaurant, in Kewanee, advertised hamburgers for 15¢ apiece.

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