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A look back at interesting history from the pages of The Normalite

25 Years Ago
May 23, 1991
• Eight bands, about 15 floats and an unpredictable number of military veterans of all eras will appear in the Central Illinois Veterans appreciation Parade Saturday, May 25. The parade up Towanda Ave. will honor veterans of all eras and conclude with a special “Yellow Ribbon Ceremony” which will salute Persian Gulf veterans and their families.
• Given a choice, Unit 5 School District constituents say they would be willing to financially support construction of new facilities to meet the growing needs of the district.
Of a total of 6,181 citizens polled, 63 percent said they would be willing to contribute financially to see that new schools are built to meet Unit 5’s growing needs.
Eighteen percent said they would not be willing to financially support the building of additional facilities, while another 18 percent said they were undecided on the matter.
• Margaret Forbes, 73, a beautician and Normal resident, died Sunday, May 19, 1991 at St. Joseph’s Medical Center.
She was born Dec. 25, 1917 in Danville, a daughter of Frank and Stella Jurgens Bernardi. She married Virgil McAnelly June 10, 1940. He died in 1961. She later married Dale Forbes on July 8, 1963. He died Aug. 25, 1986.
• William D. Nafziger Sr., 72, Bloomington,  father of a Normal resident, died Sunday, May 19, 1991.
He was born Nov. 12, 1918, in Bloomington, a son of Arthur John and Frances L. Overfelt Nafziger. He married Eileen Johnson on Feb. 21, 1942. She died Feb. 13, 1983.
Survivors include three sons, David, Michael and Thomas.
Mr. Nafziger was a former president of Acme Roofing and Sheet Metal Company

50 Years Ago
June 3, 1966
• Miss Hazel Dyer, who has been a house mother at the Illinois Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s School for 35 years, will be guest of honor at a tea this afternoon in Logan Cottage. Friends are invited to call between 1:30 and 4:00 p.m.
• Mr. and Mrs. Eyvoughn Reinitz, Normal, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Sue Porter, to Jerry Whittet, son of Mr. and Mrs. Del Whittet, also of Normal.
Miss Porter is an NCHS graduate and is employed by General Electric. Mr. Whittet, also an NCHS graduate, attends Bradley University. they plan an August 19 wedding.
• Margaret Kelly and Richard Ryder tied for valedictorian honors at Normal Community High School, it was announced Thursday at the annual Honors Day assembly. Both maintained straight A averages during their high school years. Sue Jacobus was named salutorian of the class.
Richard Ryder won the John Calvin Hanna Cup awarded to the boy with the highest scholastic record for the year. Beverly Rich won  the Margaret H.J. Lampe Cup given the girl with the highest scholastic standing. The Harold L. Osbourne trophy for the boy with the highest scholastic average winning an athletic letter went to Larry McCallum.
The Girl’s Citizenship Award given the senior girl selected by the student body and faculty as the outstanding school citizen was presented to Rebecca Benjamin. Ronald Anderson won the Boy’s Citizenship Award.
• Dr. and Mrs. Robert H. Moore will atend commencement at Augustana College, Rock Island, Monday. Their daughter, Karen, will receive her bachelor degree in music.

75 Years Ago
May 16, 1941
• Charles Mercier Jr., a student at Northwest University Dental School, chicago, was a weekend visitor at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mercier. Miss Ruth Wimmer of alton was also a weekend guest at the Mercier home.
• Mrs. Sarah Shanebrook, Normal, died of heart disease Tuesday night.
Mrs. Shanebrook was born in Farmer City Feb. 13, 1878, the daughter of B.F. and Melissa Neal. She was married to Robert R. Shanebrook in Peoria. Surviving are Mr. Shanebrook, a half brother, Bert Hayes and her brother, Grant Neal.
• The Mothersingers of Central School will hold a breakfast at 9 a.m. Monday at the home of Mrs. Isabel Boyson. Former as well as present members are invited. Those attending are asked to bring table service and rolls.
• Mrs. Martin Jepson Jr. is a surgical patient at Brokaw Hospital.
• Loren Anderson, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Anderson, is a patient at Brokaw Hospital, suffering from a leg infection. His condition is reported improving.
• Miss Marjorie Simmons, who will become the bride of Dr. Marion Taulbee on May 30, has been guest of honor at parties recently.
On Saturday night Miss Simmons was honored at a dinner party at Bloomington Country Club and a variety shower at the home of Miss Ernestine Barker, Bloomington. The hostesses were Miss Barker, Miss Ruth Ahlenius, and Miss Frances Elfstrand.
Miss Simmons was guest of honor at a family dinner Sunday night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Rodgers, Jr., Bloomington.
• Ernest Ellison, student at the University of Illinois, Urbana, spent the weekend with his parents, the Rev. and Mrs. L.E. Ellison.
• Mrs. B.C. VanLeer will entertain the Margaret Fuller Club at a one o’clock luncheon Tuesday at the Illinois Hotel. Miss Lura Eyestone will present an illustrated lecture on “Yucatan.”
• Mr. and Mrs. Robert Craig and Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Coburn spent Sunday in LaFayette visiting Mr. Craig’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Craig.
• The annual spring banquet of Thalian, University High School girl’s debating society, will be held in the Green Room of Hotel Tilden Hall at 6:30 Saturday evening.
Patty Weldon, president of Thalian, will be toastmaster. A welsome to the seniors will be extended by Charlotte Ratcliffe, and the response for the seniors will be given by Marjorie Gould.
• The Brownie Troop 33, of the Central School, will entertain their parents at a pot luck dinner Wednesday at the school. Mrs. Harry Adams and Mrs. J. Ralph Arends are on the troop committee and Miss Betty Bushmeyer and Miss Lois Ambrose are the scout leaders.


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