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75 years ago
Feb. 10, 1939
Abraham Lincoln’s Life
A study of the effect of frontier life on the work of Abraham Lincoln was presented by Prof. C. A. Harper, 633 Normal avenue, at a meeting of the Daughters of the American Revolution Thursday.
Mrs. C. A. Harper was the guest of honor at the luncheon. Mr. Harper was introduced by Mrs. Clyde Hudelson, 615 Normal avenue, program chairman for the D.A.R.
Boy Scout Service
Sunday, February 12, is not only the birthday anniversary of Abraham Lincoln, but it is also the nationally observed Boy Scout Sunday. Elaborate plans have been completed for the observance of this dual occasion at the morning worship service at the Children’s church. The Rev. William A. Hammitt, director of religious education at the school will preside at the service. The public is cordially invited to all services.
Schoolers will meet
The One O’clock Schoolers, neighborhood club of North School street, will meet at 1 p.m. Monday at the home of Mrs. W. S. Dorland, 511 North School street. Mrs. Harold Baughman and Miss Nettie Sharp will be the assisting hostesses.
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra will give Concert at I.S.N.U. - The St. Louis Symphony orchestra, under the direction of Vladimir Golschmann, will appear in concert in McCormick gymnasium at 8:15 p.m. Monday night. The concert is being given as a regular number of the Illinois State Normal university Lecture Course.
The program will learn toward the classics, featuring Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. Tansmans orchestration will give added interest to the Bach D Minor Toccata with which the concert will open.
Golschmann, who will conduct the ninety-piece orchestra Monday night, has worked miracles with the orchestra, being able assisted by Scipione Guidi, the orchestra’s new concert master and assistant director.
50 Years Ago
Feb. 14, 1964
Concert, Varsity Bands Join
The Concert Band and the Varsity Band at Illinois State University will unite Thursday to present a joint mid-winter concert. The public is invited to the program which will start at 8:15 p.m. in Capen auditorium.
The Concert Band is limited to students, selected in tryouts. Arden L. Vance directs the band.
Membership in the varsity group is open to all students with no tryouts.
IHSA Speech Events Held
Approximately 100 students from 14 schools in this area will compete in drama and individual speech events at the Illinois High School Association’s district speech contest Saturday on the Illinois State University campus.
Individual events in the contest include extempore speaking, oratory, serious reading, comedy reading, after dinner speaking, verse, monologue, radio speaking, prose reading, and oratorical declamation. All 10 events are open to the public.
Contestants in individual events will represent the following high schools: Bloomington, Gibson City, Heyworth, Lexington, Melvin-Sibley, McLean-Waynesville, Normal Community, Octavia (Colfax), Roberts-Thawville, Saybrook-Arrowsmith, Stanford, Tri-Valley (Downs), Trinity, and University High school.
Moves to Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Jack W. Grimm and children, 1009 North Beech street, have moved to Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Grimm is opening three drive-in restaurants in the Mr. Quick hamburger chain. He has previously served as an accountant in the Illinois Agricultural Association.
25 Years Ago
Feb. 9, 1989
Children’s Auction features dance
The Children’s Health Care Council of McLean County will hold its annual WJBC Children’s Radio Auction Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 11-12 at College Hills Mall.
The auction is the major fund raising event of the Council each year with the proceeds going to provide financial assistance for children with medical conditions whose parents are unable to afford them.
Citizens can phone to make bids on items offered during the auction. Purchased items can be picked up in A-6, the former Book Bazaar.
A Valentine dance will also be held in conjunction with the auction. It will be in the mall in the area in front of Wards. The band “East Jackson” will be playing songs from the 1950s and 1960s between 9 p.m. and midnight. Tickets are $15 per couple in advance or $18 at the door. Tickets are available at Magna Bank, College Hills Mall stores and any Council member.
The Normal Town Council agreed Monday night to get involved in the second phase of a Regional Water System Study. The first phase was already done by Bloomington, which absorbed the costs, and Normal agreed to cooperate with Bloomington to find the est answers to an ever increasing problem of where to get water. Water supply is not a major problem for either town right now, but the Council wants to be certain that it never is.
The Council also approved $15,000 to be used by the Normal Public Library. $12,000 of that will go towards the demolition of two buildings that the Library recently purchased. City Manager David Anderson recommended demotion of the buildings because of the high cost of renovating them. He also stated that it would be too costly to have Habitat For Humanity move the buildings because it costs too much to move the power lines.
The other $3,000 will be used to hire additional part-time help for the children’s reading program. Anderson said the money would not come from a reduction of any program or projects, or a raise in taxes, but would possibly come from a surplus fund.”
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