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

75 years ago
July 19, 1990
Contracts Let for Repair Work on Two University Buildings - According to a report from the office of President R. W. Fairchild this week, contracts have been awarded for the heating and plumbing, pipe covering, and electrical work to be done in North hall and in the Old Main building at Normal University.
Bids were opened July 3 for the $8,907.00 jobs which complete improvements being made in the two buildings at a cost of $33,862.00.
To the Divane Bros., Chicago, goes the electric contract for $2,390.00; and the All American Asbestos company, Chicago, will furnish the pipe covering for $1,080.00. John P. Shields of Bloomington receives the contract for heating and plumbing to be completed for $5,437.00.
The work calls for the remodeling of North hall, the building used as a library before the construction of Milner library, into classrooms for the geography and English departments and the enlargement of quarters now being used by the geography department. The social science reading room in the Old Main building, formerly the old assembly hall, will be converted into classrooms.
The balance of the money originally allotted for these alterations and improvements is to be sued for furnishings and equipment, which will be purchased for about $3,638.00.
Dr. and Mrs. W. E. Raab, 713 Normal avenue, spent Sunday at Culver, Ind., visiting their son, Billy, who is in camp at Culver this summer.
Carleton Smith, writer, lecturer and music critic, was a guest last Friday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Weldon, North Linden street road.
Bloomington Community Horse Show - Over 60 horses and 35 exhibitors will participate in the Bloomington Community Horse show at the Country Acres Stables one-half mile east of the belt line crossing on Route 66 Sunday between 3 and 6 p.m.
The show is sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence F. Shepard and their son and daughter, Jean and Trent, 310 Virginia Avenue. The Country Acres stables, owned by the Shepard family, is being groomed for the show. Bleachers have been set up for the spectators and prizes are being prepared for the exhibitors. There will be no admission fee for the affair. There are twelve classes with entries at the present. Two of these are juvenile classes and one for farmer’s heavy draft horses. All other classes are for gaited saddle horses. Providing music for the show will be Dick Bartels and his Collegiate Club band.
Some of the larger exhibitors who have already entered the show include the stables of W. D. Alexander, Lee DeVary, Charles E. Hall, George Hill, Dr. Scott of Lexington, Miss Kreitzer of Ellsworth, Banner of LeRoy, Mrs. H. Garling, and H. M. Norris.

50 Years Ago
July 8, 1965
Hootenany to Open Centennial, Palsied Children’s Benefit - Opening event of the Normal Centennial celebration will be a “Hootenany” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 16, in the University Union ballroom at Illinois State University , under sponsorship of the Handicapped Helpers of McLean County.
The organization was founded about a year ago under leadeship of United Cerebral Palsy and is made u of young adult cerebral palsied and physically handicapped young people. Mrs. Betty Woodson, teacher of the older physically handicapped at Metcalf School is adviser of the group, which meets once each month.
Headlining the hootenany will be Joe Dowell, Bloomington recording artist and radio folk singer. Others on the program include the Epics, a guitar and drum group of Chiddix School students organized by Steve Alvis, 918 N. Fell, and the Hydraulic Bananas, a group of three young men who are “fun” singers using folk methods and material as a basis for their sons. Cindy Mattoon, 110 W. Poplar, will sing two solos, accompanied by John Clark of Waynesville, an ISU student, on the guitar. There will be other groups including some from Pontiac and Fairbury.
Tickets are on sale at Normal Centennial Headquarters, Miller Music Co., Page’s Jewelry and Nitzel Studio.
Historic Normal Homes, Church on Centennial Tour - Normal homes, from 126 years of age to the present and the only original Normal church still in use (the 90 year old First American Baptist church where the tour will end and tea will be served), will be included on a Tour of homes which is one of the opening activities of Normal’s Centennial celebration. The tour will feature the 125 year old home of Dr. James Grubb, 607 N. Main, and in contrast, the modern home of Paul Mitzner, 9 Kent Drive.
A number of historic Normal homes will be included on a driving tour, a map of which will be provided those taking the tour. Among others, these will include the original Fell home, now at 502 S. Fell, the later Fell home at 702 Broadway and the Hovey home, where the poet, Richard Hovey, was born.

25 Years Ago
July 5, 1990
Normal Preparing for International Softball Tournament July 13-21 - This summer in Normal is extra special, because the International Softball Federation’s 1990 Women’s World Softball Tournament is coming to town July 13-21.
These tournaments have been held since 1965 and Normal is only the second U. S. city to hold one. It is held every four years and has produced three United States’ championship victories, most recently in the tournament hosted by Auckland, New Zealand in 1986.
Women’s softball has been riding the crest of a great wave of popularity. In the United States alone, more than 215,000 girls are participating in fast pitch softball at more than 8,000 schools. Additionally, over 10,000 women participate in the world at more than 500 NCAA universities and schools.
Twenty different countries will have teams represented in the tournament, which is being sponsored by the Town of Normal and Country Companies Insurance.
Competing countries at the tournament include the following: Japan, Cuba, Chinese Taipei, Zimbabwe, Aruba, Holland, Australia, United States, Puerto Rico, Philippines, Indonesia, Canada, Italy, Bahamas, Bermuda, China, New Zealand, Netherlands Antilles, Argentina, and Mexico.
Dan Highland, Superintendent for the Town of Normal, will serve as the tournament chairman. Tickets are available in person or by mail from the Normal City Annex, located at 611 S. Linden. Games will be at the Maxwell Park Softball Complex


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