Looking Back – October 27, 2021
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25 years ago
After defying the odds in going 8-1 through their first nine games, the Calhoun Warriors are back in the saddle and ready to make another playoff run.
The Warriors, in the state playoffs for the eleventh time in 12 years, host the Pawnee Indians in a first round IHSA playoff game at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at Hardin.
The Indians, 7-2, are making their first appearance in the Class 1A playoffs since 1992. Winning in the second season hasn’t been easy for the Indians.
Their only win came in 1984 against Triopia by the score of 12-6. Prior to this season, the Indians earned six playoff berths (1976-78, 1984-85 and 1992).
The Warriors, seeded No. 3 in the quadrant, are making their sixth straight playoff appearance.
After qualifying for the first time in 1985, the Warriors have failed to make the postseason only once since then (1989).
Pawnee is a sharp contrast to the teams the Warriors faced the last two weeks. Instead of relying heavily on the running backs like Winchester and Staunton, the Indians are a pass-oriented squad.
The Warriors had hoped to gain a No. 1 seed with a win over the Bulldogs last Friday. Instead, the top four seeds in Class 1A are Galena, Mooseheart, Sciota Northwestern and Virden. Sterling Newman, the top-rated school in the latest Class 1A Associated Press poll, got bumped up to Class 2A for the playoffs.
Other first-round games in Calhoun’s quadrant are: No. 8 Carrollton (7-2) at Virden (9-0), No. 5 Oakland (7-2) at No. 4 Cerro Gordo (7-2) and No. 7 Girard (7-2) at No. 2 Greenfield (8-1).
Should the Warriors and Tigers win their first-round games, they will clash in the postseason for the third straight season, this time in the second round.
50 years ago
October 28, 1971
A significant step to upgrade the criminal justice system in the counties of Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin and Montgomery, and a first for the State of Illinois, has begun with the initiation of the West Central Illinois Law Enforcement Commission’s Basic Police Training School.
Among those attending from Calhoun are Sheriff Raymond Roth, Deputy Cork Sibley and Lavern Blackwell, Hardin police officer.
The school is now underway with classes being taught each Wednesday at the Moose Home in Carlinville. The 160-hour course will run for 20 consecutive weeks with 8 hours of instruction per week.
Over 40 local police officers, sheriffs and sheriff’s deputies are enrolled in the course.
THe course includes a full range of subjects including applied psychology, ethics, motivation in mob and riot participation, juvenile matters, communications, patrol procedures, statements and confessions, legal review, legal proceedings after arrest, interrogations, packaging and transmittal of evidence, principles of crime scene searching, testifying in court, defensive tactics, firearms training and a host of other topics.
School director, John R. Hanke, of Hillsboro (who is also director of the West Central Commission) reports that the training of the 41 men will approximately cut in half the number of untrained men in the five counties.
The school is being financed by a $31,283.00, 100 percent grant, from the Illinois Law Enforcement Commission (ILEC). The grant, the largest ever received by the region from ILEC, is novel in that it provides funds for the reimbursement to the departments sending men for the cost of replacing the men while attending school.
This means, in fact, that the training is absolutely free to the departments participating.
Meals, mileage, tests and instruction costs are all paid by the West Central Illinois Law Enforcement Commission, the grantee.
The Women of the Moose of Carlinville have contracted to provide the meals.
A future session will be taught by State’s Attorney Ralph Moses.
75 years ago
October 24, 1946
Wild deer seen in North Calhoun
One of the first wild deer ever seen in Calhoun County in this generation was said to have been spotted last week by Wesley Gates of Belleville.
Gates was hauling sugar cane to the Joe Woodeard home when he saw the deer along the bank of a creek near the highway. It was about 20 feet away from him at the time.
The time was about 9 o’clock in the morning. As Gates drew closer, the deer galloped away into the woods.
The deer evidently was young, Gates said, as it had no antlers.
100 years ago
October 27, 1921
Oscar Haug, a young soldier who was killed in France during the late world’s war, was buried with military honors at his former home, Brussels, in south Calhoun County, last Monday.
Members of the legion posts in Calhoun County attended in a body.
The Worthy Post Band of Jerseyville was present and took part in the burial.
Young Haug enlisted in the service from Texas. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. M. Haug of Brussels.
The funeral was reported to have been the largest ever held in Calhoun County; more than 1,000 people, it is said, attended the burial. This is the second military burial to be held in Calhoun County, both in Brussels.
The first burial of this kind was that of Francis Pohlman, held a few weeks ago.
Rev. Baur, pastor of the Lutheran Church of Brussels, preached the funeral sermon of Young Haug.
Oscar was wounded in action and died on the day the Armistice was signed, while being taken to the hospital.
The entire County of Calhoun mourns with the parents and the brothers and sisters in this, their loss of a good true son and brother, and the country’s loss of a brave and noble hero who laid down his life for his country.
His name will long linger in the minds of all those who love their country and freedom.