Home • Community • Looking Back • Recent Columns • Pyne Needles • Sports • Classifieds • Weather • About • Subscribe • Rates • Contact

Looking Back...

Get all our news every week - Subscribe to the Normalite

Stop by our office in Normal at:
1702 W. College Avenue, Suite G,  Normal, Illinois 61761

Alan Look Photography - Bloomington - Normal's Best Look in Sports Action Photography
Images from recent games are available for viewing and purchase



Best Look Magazine Logo

Every story has a photo, every photo has a story
McLean County's Sports and Leisure Magazine
Published Feb 15, May 15, Aug 15, Nov 15

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

25 Years Ago
Sept. 20, 1990
• The structure of the First United Methodist Church in Normal hasn’t changed much. Stop by this weekend and take in some of the activities the church is holding in honor of its 125th anniversary.
• Jim Wahls, director of the McLean County Emergency  Services and Disaster Agency (ESDA) wants the citizens of Normal to know they are safe. Wahls says that the events that transpired in Plainfield and Joliet a few weeks ago could never happen here.  Wahls explained that the tornado early warning systems for this area is one of the best.
• A retirement party was held for Normal Firefighter Lt. Richard Sutter.
• Gladys R. Hunter celebrates her 90th birthday with a reception  and card shower. She married Harry W. Hunter of Greenville, Ill. on October 23, 1923 and he died in 1972. She is the mother of Ruth and Delmar of Mercer Ave. and James of 2907 Dodge, all of Bloomington.
• September 13 will be known as National D.A.R.E. Day in Normal, Mayor Paul Harmon proclaimed in an assembly at Colene Hoose Elementary School last Wednesday.  D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. The Mayor announced that a second D.A.R.E. officer, Gary Brown, will be added to the program to teach students in K-4. Police Chief James Taylor told the audience of students that “I do not know of a program more beneficial, more successful.” Dr. Alan Chapman, principal of Normal Community High School, said that although the first D.A.R.E. class has not reached the high school yet, he is looking forward to the effect  it will have on the rest of the student body.

50 Years Ago
Sept. 17, 1965
• Randy and Russell Middleton, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Middleton of 902 Broadway, left last weekend for their prospective universities. Randy will attend the University of Kansas and Russell Iowa State University.
• Miss Susan M. Peaks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Peaks of 309 E. Virginia will leave Thursday for Northfield Minn. where she will attend Carleton College. John Peak has enrolled at Ripon College, Ripon, Wisc.
• The Rev. and Mrs. Corson O’Brian and sons, Leonard and Paul of 908 N. Oak are home following a three weeks vacation at a cottage near Pentwater, Mich.
• Mrs. David Thompson was honored at a miscellaneous shower given by her cousin, Lois Welsh, 805 Sheridan road, Saturday evening. The former Mary Lou McGuire of El Paso and David Thompson were married on Sept. 6 at the St. John’s parsonage.
• Ted Sands, Jr.  son of Dr. and Mrs. Theodore Sands, 503 Maple, has resumed his studies at Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
• Alan Chapman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald A. Chapman, 7 Knollcrest, left Sunday for Urbana, where he will enroll for his freshman year at the University of Illinois.
• Dr. and Mrs. William D. Fuehrer and children, Ann and David, 1201 Russell, have returned home following a summer vacation. They visited Washington, D.C. and other historic points and attended the World’s Fair. Dr. Fuehrer left June 20 from Kennedy International Airport for Munich with 40 other Fullbright grantees for summer study.
• As You Like It Club will open its year with a luncheon at 1 pm Thursday at the Wesleyan Memorial Center.
• Barbara and Martha Hoopes, daugters Mrs. Marjorie K. Hoopes of Broadway Place, have resumed their studies. Barbara left Thursday for Boulder, Colo., and Martha returned to Gainesville, Fla.
• Mr. and Mrs. Homer Swartz of 7 University Court, gave a color slide program, “Churches in the United States,” at the opening meeting of the Federated Women’s Club in Heyworth. Mr. and Mrs. Swartz have assembled pictures of all 70 churches in Normal and Bloomington and 130 slides of churches in many other states.

75 Years Ago
Sept. 27, 1940
• Vivian LaVerne Scheets, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Scheets of Urbana, formerly of Normal, and Gale H. Jones of Lovington were married at the First Methodist Church of Champaign.
• Mr. and Mrs. Herman Ochs of Bushnell are the parents of a son born Saturday at St. Francis hospital, Macomb. Mrs. Ochs was formerly Miss Lousea Keys, daughter of Mrs. Inez Keys, 1312 S. Linden St.
• “Seven Sisters” has been chosen for the Homecoming play at Illinois State Normal University. The play will be written by Edith Ellis, will be directed by Miss Mabel Claire Allen.


Site Maintained by Alan Look Phootgraphy
@ Normalite Newspaper, All Rights Reserved
1702 W. College Suite G
Normal, IL 61761

All content is the property of The Normalite and/or Alan Look Photography.  All content and images are copyright protected under the copyright laws of the United States of America. Any reuse or redistribution without prior consent is prohibited.