Looking Back Orion

compiled by Lisa Samuelson
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15 Years Ago

September 28, 2006

Orion Gazette editor displays the first -place plaque for best sports section among similar sized newspapers in Illinois. The award was presented at the Illinois Press Association convention in Springfield last week. Judges also gave the Gazette awards for taxation coverage, second place; feature photo, honorable mention; and school board coverage, honorable mention.

The first grade classes of Deb McBride, Laurie Spriet and Karen Olson learned about honey bees Tuesday afternoon, September 19, at C.R. Hanna Elementary School, Orion Marv Colton, a beekeeper from Davenport, visited the students and showed them bees and the process of making honey. The students are studying insects in the classroom.

Exactly as many student are enrolled in Orion schools for this year as in 2005-06, superintendent Don Achelpohl told the school board on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

The Elverado-Trico Falcons made a game of it for the first quarter before eventually falling to the Orion Chargers 50-12 Saturday afternoon. With most other games from Friday and Saturday postponed until Monday because of the storms and rain that buffeted the region the Falcons played the game on time against the Quad-City team that had to travel 5 ½ hours to get there.

25 Years Ago

September 26, 1996

The Orion FFA team attended the FFA State Horse Judging contest at Blackhawk College, East Campus, Kewanee, on Saturday, September 21. The team placed ninth overall out of 68 participating schools in the non-reasons division. Dawn Cook led the team with 372 points out of a possible 400, only 16 points behind the top individual. Her teammates were Krista Coulter, Brad Anderson and Nicki Stoudt, with Becky Kelly participating as a non- team member.

Children at TLC Preschool, Orion examine one of the Isabel Bloom’s Santas, which is being raffled this fall by the Orion Educational Foundation. The children are Kyle Solomonson, son of Sharon and Marvin Solomonson; Matt Markezich, son of Madelynn and Allan Markezich; Jordan Patch, daughter of Jeff and Peffy Patch;. Maddie DePorter, daughter of Jeff and Stacey Deporter and Stephanie Mathena, daughter of Paula and Gary Mathena. Orion school district residents who can bear to take Santa away from these child children may purchase $1 raffle tickets at Orion High School’s Homecoming supper at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, September 26 and the Homecoming game at 5:30 p.m. Friday, September 27. Tickets also will be sold at the high school’s boys’ basketball tournament.in November. The drawing will be held on Sunday, December1 and proceeds will provide special programs and supplies for all Orion students now and in the future.

Orion Middle School faculty chose Students of the Week sixth grader Jenna Wright, seventh grader Ashley Swank and eighth grader Zack Brandt.

The first set of Students of the Week at Orion Middle School for the 1996-97 school year are sixth grader Nathan Schwarzentraub, seventh grader John Duyvejonck and eighth grader Tiffany Belton. They were honored during the week of Monday, September 16.

50 Years Ago

September 23, 1971

Orion Woman’s club held its September meeting at Butterworth Center, Moline, with a dessert luncheon followed by the program which consisted of reports by Rick Johnson and Karen

Lawson on their attendance of the music camp held on the campus of Illinois Western University at Macomb and by Charles Roman on his participation at the Conservation Workshop at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

The Orion Unit PTA and staff of C. R. Hanna Grade School, will hold a Kindergarten-Parents Tea on Thursday, September 30, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. in the school library. Both morning and afternoon classes will be in session during the Tea and parents may pick up their child after the tea. The regular bus will be made as usual.

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Long attended a breakfast, Sunday, September 19 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Port Byron in honor of her brother, Mr. Albert Payton’s 80th birthday.

Theodore and Franklyn Johnson returned to their home in Winter Haven, Florida after spending the summer months in the home of their sister, Mrs. Alice Newquist in Moline and other relatives in the area.

100 Years Ago

September 22, 1921

At a meeting of the newly organized country club, held at the Commercial club rooms on Monday evening, many matters of importance were brought before the meeting, One of the principal questions was the matter of incorporating the club under the state laws, which after discussion, was voted unanimously in the affirmative and the executive committee, together with D. W. Bowen, were instructed to proceed with the matter.

Miss Esther Peterson, accompanied by her father, J. S. Peterson, went to Chicago the fore part of last week, where Miss Peterson took a tryout with an entertainment producing company to enter a lyceum company. She was successful and was assigned as a member of the Schubert Ladies Quartet, which will open a season’s tour of 110 concerts, somewhere in Michigan on October 2. Miss Peterson is now rehearsing with her associates preparatory to their season tour.

Dan Long had his Ford car somewhat damaged in Rock Island Sunday evening, when another car turned a corner and collided with him. The other car was quite badly damaged, but its driver took the blame for the mishap.

Mrs. Kennedy, of La Prairie and Miss Effie Williams, of Galesburg, were guests last week of their mother, Mrs. Orpha Williams, and other relatives.