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

75 years ago
February 16, 1940
Remodeled Stubblefield Funeral Home to Open - The opening of the new Ivan R. Stubblefield funeral home will be held on February 24 and 25. The new home has been in the process of construction for the past year and has been completed in Colonial style both inside and out.
The exterior of the home has been redone with the traditional wide porch and towering pillars of the Colonial style front. A large parking space has been completed in the back of the home.
The interior of the building is finished with deep blue rugs, rose print and dust blue drapes. A new chapel, done in soft blue and white, has a seating capacity of 150. There are family rooms done in the rose and blue motif and a special music alcove where a new electric organ will be placed.
An air conditioning system has been installed throughout the house and special lighting effects planned by indirect lamps.
In the basement is a recreation room furnished in heirlooms of the Stubblefield family. The walls are paneled in Knotty pine boards.
The upstairs has been made into an apartment for the Stubblefield family.
N.C.H.S. Senior Class will Present Comedy - “Marched,” a comedy based on the old Spanish melody of the same name, by Arthur Jearue, has been chosen as the senior play at Normal Community High school, and will be produced on April 16.
Leading characters in the play will be portrayed by Mary Rose Draper, Wayne Siegworth, Don Stewart, Mary Ellen Evelsizer, David Drake, and Marjorie Hartenbower. The supporting case will be composed of Bob Conklin, Joyce Stephens, Lois Bayless, Bill Lusher, Charles Pointer, Charlotte Biasi, Tony Rosic, Fred Houser and Rose Fese.
Miss Colene Hoose, director, announces that the play will be produced entirely in the costumes of approximately fifty years ago in old Spain.
Rehearsals for the play have started, but concentrated work will not start until the basketball season is over, because of the problem of using the stage in the auditorium.
Normal High Students Spend Day on Field Trip - Over one hundred and forty Normal Community High school students will make a bus trip today to Williams Oil-O-Matic Heating corporation and the Meadows Corporation of Bloomington.

50 Years Ago
February 19, 1965
Methodist Church Honors Hugheses - Mr. and Ms. T. A. Hughes, 404 E. Cherry st, will be honored Sunday afternoon, from 2 to 4 p.m. at a tea and open house at the First Methodist Church is observance of their 50th wedding anniversary. The tea, sponsored by the Woman’s Society of Christian Society, is open to all friends of the couple. No formal invitations have been sent and they request no gifts.
Mr. Hughes is starting his ninth year as building superintendent of Normal’s First Methodist Church.
Court Decision Rules Against Proposed Mall - Associate Judge Wayne C. Townley Jr. handed down a decision against the proposed Mall on north street between Broadway and the Illinois Central R.R. He based his decision on two errors of procedures, but stated there was nothing to keep those interested from starting again to secure the improvement.
Discontinue Garbage Collection in Alleys - Garbage collection in Normal’s alleys will be discontinued until further notice because of weather condition. Notification will be made as to when collections in alley line will again be resumed.
Residents who are used to having garbage collections in alleys that are notified that beginning Monday garbage cans must be placed on the street in front of the house for collection.
Kent M. Thiel Funeral Held Today - Funeral services for Kent M. Thiel, 51, 1007 Bakewell, who was killed in an auto accident near Gardner, will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Metzler Memorial Home, The Rev. James Caraher officiating.  Burial will be in Est Lawn cemetery.
Mr. Thiel was born in Dwight Jan. 29, 914, a son of Ernest H. and Almeda Pilson Thiel. He married Louise Bill, May 13, 1942, in Bloomington.

25 Years Ago
February 15, 1990
Unit 5 to look at three bids for asbestos, gas tanks removal - Three firms will bid for contracts to remove asbestos and sandfilled gas tanks beginning March 8, Unit 5 Board of Education announced at Tuesday night’s monthly meeting.
Normal Community High School, Parkside Junior High, Chiddix Junior High, Towanda, Carlock, Glenn, Oakdale Fairview and Colene Hoose elementary schools will be worked on this summer by the contracting company.
The most extensive work will be done on Parkside Junior high, where asbestos removal will occur in three phases. The asbestos in the classroom area will be removed in the first phase. The second phase will involve the offices and the third phase will involve the gym and back of the building area. School will resume in the fall, even if the third phase is not completed.
If this occurs the third phase will be postponed to the summer of 1991. Bidding for tank removals will be separate from the asbestos removal bids. Because there are no records available regarding the condition of the banks, it is not known if they are contaminated according to Harry Dunham, district treasurer.
Normal Library expansion plans taking shape - On Jan. 13 and 20 some board and staff members of the Normal Public Library visited various libraries to view representative architect’s work in anticipation of Normal’s library expansion plans. This was revealed at Jan. 30’s monthly board meeting.
A call for statements of intent, qualifications and performance data has been published in reference to the library’s search for an architect.
Unit 5 Music Parents are holding a Recycle Drive from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 17, at the Normal Community High School south parking lot. They will be accepting glass and aluminum cans.
Property Assessment Equalization Issued -  McLean County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.0478, according to Roger D. Sweet, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.
This equalization is important because some of the state’s 6,600 local taxing district overlap into two or more counties. If there was no equalization among counties, substantial inequities among taxpayers with comparable properties would result.


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