This year is the 85th year for Princeville High School Holiday Tournament. We believe it is the oldest annual holiday tournament in the State of Illinois. The tournament has been the week following Christmas. In the past few years, the PHS girls basketball team has also hosted a tournament on the same days as the boys tournament. This year, the tournament started yesterday and runs through December 28.
To coincide with the Holiday Tournament, we thought it would be fun to share a program from the 1930 - 1931 Holiday Tournament. The tournament ran from December 31, 1930 to January 3, 1931. This would have been the 3rd year the tournament was in existence. In 1931, Princeville placed second in the tournament, losing to East Peoria. Teams in the tournament included East Peoria, Chillicothe, Elmwood, Toulon, Glasford, Princeville, Dunlap and Brimfield. Do you remember any of the businesses at the bottom of the program? Miller's Cafe which also advertises it sells candy and cigars. German's Billiards Parlor also had a full service fountain. The Telephone was the weekly newspaper that brought all the important local news. Murphy's Cafe was located on the north side of the 100 block of East Main Street.
The program is from the collection of Dorothy Harrison Westefer which was donated to the museum by her daughter, Nancy Westefer.