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

75 years ago
Friday, July 21, 1939
N. Y. A. Village takes shape at University Farm - Work on the N.Y.A. Residential Training project buildings on the Illinois State Normal university farm is being pushed, and it is expected that an entire N.Y.A. village will be ready for occupancy this fall. Eight buildings, including barracks, recreation hall, mess hall, tool shed and office for the superintendent, are being erected.
Buildings from a CCC camp in southern Illinois were moved to the university farm, where the boys, under the guidance of skilled carpenters, are putting the buildings together. Thirty boys are stationed at the farm this summer. Facilities are being made for 70 boys this fall.This is the only resident agriculture project in Illinois. Prof. Clyde W. Hudelson is in charge.  The purpose of the Resident Training project is to afford boys between the ages of 18 and 25 an opportunity to fit themselves for later employment.
The boys attend classes a part of the day, supplementing their class work with work at the farm and on the campus. They receive certificates for their work at the close of their period in the project. Life much resembles that at a CCC camp.
Miss Orpha Harris Given Surprise Birthday Party - A group of friends gathered Wednesday evening at the home of Miss Orpha Harris and surprised her on her birthday anniversary. The evening was spent socially. Those present were Mrs. T. W. Asher, Mrs. Cora Logue, Mrs. Belle Hays, and the Misses Marie Hays, Grace Harris, Mae Tipsword, Norma Smith, Stella McIntosh, Sophia Glodo, Mabel Harris and Ruth Wookey.
Householders Will Meet - The Householders organization of Illinois State Normal university will hold its summer meeting Wednesday at Fell Hall. All householders having university students in their homes are urged to attend.
James Campbell Heads Normal Masonic Lodge - James E. Campbell was installed as worshipful master of the Normal Masonic Lodge in an open installation Friday night. A reception followed.
Installing officers were Elbert W. Crandall, William L. Davis, Leslie Nelson and Richard Scott.
Taking office with Mr. Campbell were C. Walden Crouch, senior warden; Henry L. Miller, junior warden; Alvin T. DeWitt, treasurer; William E. Blair, secretary and Stanley D. Phares, chaplain.

50 Years Ago
July 24, 1964
University Summer Session Band presents Outdoor Program Tuesday - The summer session band at Illinois State University will present the final concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Outdoor Amphitheater near Milner Library. In event of rain, the performance will be held in Capen auditorium.
Among the concert highlights will be the performance of a percussion solo by James Middleton, senior from Granite City, who will play “Der Pauker in Aengsten” (The Worried Drummer) by Adolph Schreiner.  Arden L. Vance is director of the band.
Chamber of Commerce, University hold Golf Day - The Normal Chamber of Commerce will entertain Illinois State University faculty members and staff at a Golf Play Day and dinner on Thursday, July 30. This is an annual summer event of the two organizations.
There will be 9 and 18 hole competition with prizes in various categories on the University Golf course. A picnic dinner, featuring bar-b-cued chicken will be held at 7 p.m. on the South Campus. Frank Davis is in charge of arrangements.
Business Seminar here next week - Illinois State University’s annual School Business Officials Workshop will open Monday and run through Friday, attracting an expected 60 participants from many parts of the nation, including two from Canada.
Sponsored by the Department of Education and Psychology, the workshop is for school business managers and persons interested in that field. It is an intensive five-day course in important phases of school finance, including data processing, purchasing, accounting, law and insurance.
A data processing workshop, employing the new ISU data processing laboratory in Turner Hall, will be conducted.

25 Years Ago
July 20, 1989
Fourteen junior high exchange students visit Japan - Fourteen twin city area 7th, 8th and 9th graders traveled to Japan July 10 and will return July 28. The group includes Phillip and Marion Fleetwood (chaperones), Julia Laudeman, Christine Herman, Douglas Ferrier, Lisa Sikora, Benjamin Schlatka, Jana Sampson, Bridget Vertin, Angie Stack, Tiffany Arnold, Michael Perez, Anna Treadway, and Darren Sampson.
This is the fifth year for the junior high exchange with Bloomington-Normal’s sister city of Asahikawa.
The students will also spend several days in Tokyo at a traditional Japanese inn as guests of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation. According to Sister Cities Committee chair, Arlene Pennie, this is the third year that Mitsubishi has generously hosted this part of the trip, thereby making it possible for the students to tour the capitol while still keeping the trip affordable for their parents.
In Asahikawa the students will stay with host families, visit schools, and go on several outings. They will also be able to renew friendships with the 31 Asahikawa junior high students who visited here this past March. In addition, Anna Treadway will be able to see her sister, Laura, who is the NCHS exchange student in Asahikawa this year. Stacy Hines is representing Bloomington High School.
The chaperones for the group are Phillip and Marion Fleetwood of 204 N. Coolidge, Normal, and Darren Sampson of 103 Hammitt Drive, Normal. Mr. Fleetwood teaches 5th grade at Irving Elementary School in Bloomington and his wife is a nurse for a local doctor.
The junior high school exchange has become one of the most successful of the Sister Cities’ programs. It has introduced more than 200 Japanese and American young people to our respective cultures when they still have a lifetime of learning ahead of them.
Nature walk on Constitution Trail will be July 29 - The Normal parks and Recreation Department will sponsor a free, guided nature walk on Constitution Trail, Saturday, July 29, at 6:30 a.m. Participants may park in the City Hall Annex parking lot at 611 S. Linden and meet on the trail behind the parking lot at the picnic tables.
The theme of the walk will be “The Back Yard Eco-System” and Mr. Keith Holzman of Danvers will lead the walk.

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