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

75 years ago
October 13, 1939
C. A. Burner Jr. Returns After Arizona Residence - Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Burner, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz., will arrive in Normal today for an indefinite stay. Mr. Burner will be associated with his father at The Normalite. For the past three years Mr. Burner has been in charge of air conditioning installation for the Glover & Clark Engineering Co.
This will be Mr. Burner’s first visit to Illinois for five years. He attended the University of Arizona, later going to the Hemphill School of Engineering in Los Angeles, where he taught for a year following his graduation. He has made his home in Tucson for the pst three years. Mrs. Burner was raised in Tucson.
Sunday, Mr. and Mrs. Burner, Jr., and C. A. Burner, Sr., 602 Broadway, will go to Detroit, Mich. They will return to Normal the middle of the coming week.
Brokaw Hospital on Approved List - Brokaw hospital is one of the 2,720 approved hospitals in the United States and Canada. Approval was made at the twenty-second annual Hospital Standardization conference this week in Philadelphia.
To gain approval the hospitals must meet ten points. These are a modern physical plant, assuring the patient safety, comfort and efficient care; clearly defined organization; carefully selected governing board competent, well-trained superintendent; adequate diagnostic and therapeutic facilities; accurate and complete medical records; regular conferences of administrative staff and medical staff, and a humanitarian spirit.
Christian Church plans Traditional Harvest Festival - the Harvest Home Festival, annual event at the First Christian church, will be held this year on Thursday evening. The event is sponsored by the Sunday School and funds raised are used in that department.
The first Harvest Home Festival was held Oct.16, 1904, under the direction of the late Miss Medora Schaeffer, who was superintendent of the Sunday School at that time. Fall flowers, colorful leaves and pumpkins made the festival a real harvest home. This first supper proved so successful that it has been held annually since that time, with all the colorfulness of the event retained.
The supper is served in the church dining room, which is divided into booths from which a cafeteria style supper is served. Serving begins at 6 p.m.  The committee in charge of arrangements this year is composed of Ora G. Byerly, Mrs. Claude Denton, Mrs. W. E. Raab, and Mrs. Rufus Roberts.

50 Years Ago
Friday, October 16, 1964
Baby Fold will Dedicate Buildings at Open House Observance Sunday - Dedication services for The Baby Fold’s two new buildings will be held at 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon. Open house tours will be conducted beginning at 2 o’clock and again following the formal program. The public is invited.
Kenneth T. Benjamin, president of The Baby Fold Board, will present the buildings. Dr. W. Harold Lloyd, Bloomington, district superintendent, will offer the dedicatory prayer, and Reverend Charles W. Sedgwick, field director for The Baby Fold, will give the benediction.
Special gusts will include Dr. George H. Palmer of West Allis, Wisconsin, president of Hospitals and Homes; Dr. Olin E. Oeschger of Evanston, general secretary of Methodist Hospitals and Homes in the United States; Dr. Clifford C. Brown of Mattoon, Conference Board chairman; Dr. Dale Pitcher, executive director of the Inter-Board Council; Dr. Donald Brieland of Springfield, director of Children and Family Services for Illinois.
Mrs. Arthur H. Larsen is general chairman of the open house, assisted by Warren Shult, publicity; Ed Dirks, tour; and Dr. Gordon White, program. Members of the Board and staff are assisting in the afternoon tour.
• Ben Riggs, Rantoul, who formerly lived at 205 W. Ash Street, visited friends in Normal Wednesday. He left Normal in 1945 for Rantoul.
• Mrs. Opal Zehr, 3034 North Fell avenue, is spending the week visiting her son and family, mr. and Mrs. Marlow Zehr and children at Hanover. Mr. and Mrs. Warren Frink will drive to Hanover this week end and Mrs. Zehr will return with them.

25 Years Ago
October 12, 1989
Normal’s only city manager sees many changes over 20 years - In 1969 David Anderson was appointed the first city manager of Normal. In 1989 Anderson is celebrating his 20th year at city hall. Anderson says he has seen the community of Normal grow in great strides to become what it is today.
Anderson said Normal has had an increase in professional staff members. In 1969 there were 65 full-time employees. Today, there are 204 full-time staff members.
Normal now has a full-time fire department, legal department, solid waste department, and an assistant city manager. “Normal is now a full-time, full-service city,” said Anderson. Since Anderson has been in office there have been seven Illinois State presidents and five mayors.
Growth can be seen in many aspects of the community. The town population has increased from 18,000 people in 1965 to nearly 40,000 today, Anderson said. Anderson pointed that ISU had 8,500 students in 1965 and now has 25,000.
Twenty years ago the town was not in good financial condition, according to Anderson. Ten years ago, Normal made major efforts to attract business and industry, he said. As a result there has been a big growth in retail development including College Hills Mall and Eureka Vacuum Company, he said.
Anderson noted that Normal has a double A bond rating--the highest is a triple A rating--because of this increase in financial standing.
“Normal’s bonds actually sell as good as a triple A rated community because we’re in very good financial shape,” said Anderson.
Anderson said the development of Diamond Star Motors will probably be one of the biggest ventures he’ll encounter in his career. The plant, owned by Chrysler and Mitsubishi, employs 2,900 people and pays a lot of utility tax, according to Anderson.
Bloomington-Normal has lost about 1,500 blue collar workers from company cutbacks and Diamond Star Motors gave them an opportunity to apply for a job, said Anderson.
“We have definitely gone from a have-not to a have community,” said Anderson.
Anderson graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Parks and Recreation Administration. He moved to Normal in 1965.


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