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75 years ago
April 14, 1939
Tours in Illinois - The Bluffton College Peace Fellowship will present “Let My People Go!” at 8 p.m. Sunday in the Normal Community High school auditorium. The group is making a tour of Indiana, Iowa and Ohio during their spring vacation. William Ramseyer, 208 North Main street, is a member of the cast.
The play presents the courage, suffering and heroism of the Mennonite people, the oldest religious group to oppose war throughout history since the 16th century.
The Chaco in South America is the setting for the story. Historical incidents taken from the life of Nenno Simmons in the 16th century, Mennonite history in Russia during the 19th century and during the Russian revolution in 1917 are incorporated in the play.
Broadcasts from Chicago - R. J. Laible, 907 Broadway, will be a guest speaker on the Goodyear Farm Radio News from 12:15 to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. He will be interviewed by Phil Evans on the subject “Sorghums--the new crop for the great plains region and the corn belt.”
Easter in Normal - Prof. and Mrs. George M. Palmer, 609 South Fell avenue, had as their Easter guests, Prof. and Mrs. W. W. Yapp and family of Urbana, and Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Hardin and family of Lincoln.
Returns from Florida - Mr. and Mrs. Richard Yates, 303 Glenn avenue, have returned from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where they have been spending the winter.
Visit in Normal - Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Scott of Macomb spent Easter visiting his mother, Mrs. H. H. Scott, 505 South Fell avenue. H. Clifford Scott, teacher at Drummer high school, Gibson City, was in Normal Monday.
Take Washington Trip - Mrs. D. D. Raber, Mrs. Edna Stubblefield, Mrs. W. H. Odell and Mrs. August Mercier will leave Saturday for Washington, D. C. where they will attend the D.A.R. convention.
Literary Center Plans Meeting - Normal Literary Center members will meet Monday night with Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Lancaster, 209 North Fell avenue. Dr. and Mrs. D. D. Raber will present the program, “An Apple a Day.”
50 Years Ago
April 17, 1964
Helen Farnsworth named Delegate to Girls State - Miss Helen Farnsworth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George L. Farnsworth, 501 Manchester Road, has been chosen to attend Illini Girls State to be held at MacMurray College in Jacksonville June 16-23. She will attend the Citizenship School as a representative of the Carl S. Martin Legion Auxiliary 635.
Miss Farnsworth is a junior at Normal Community high school and has been newspaper editor, science club president, and has received the Alice Cade Award. in addition, she is a member of the Math Club, secretary of varsity debate, member of the Honor Society, and a member of two chorus ensembles. She is active in Youth Fellowship in the First Presbyterian church, and is Junior Class secretary. Lois Wurmle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Craig W. Wurmle of Hudson has been elected as alternate.
Community High PTA Hold Installation - The Normal Community High School Parent Teacher Association will hold its regular meeting Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Music will be provided by the Sophomore Girl’s Chorus under the direction of Duncan Miller.
New officers will be installed. They are president, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Stark; vice president, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Mehlberg; secretary, Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Adair; treasurer, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Kaufman; and historian, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice McElhiney.
Robert Sharp of the NCHS faculty will speak on “Careers Unlimited”. Sophomore parents are in charge of the social hour. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Benjamin and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Keith are chairmen.
Funeral Today - Funeral services for Mrs. Roxan Elvidge, 62, will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Stamper Memorial Home, with the Rev. Keeley Kepner officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Cemetery at Danville.
Mrs. Elvidge was born Jan. 13, 1902, in Vevey, Ind., a daughter of William and Isadora lee Gardner. She was married to Dr. Ross E. Elvidge in Indianapolis, Ind. in 1934.
Surviving besides the husband are one daughter, Mrs. Winnie Clauson, Hudson; two sons, Jean, Coon Rapids, Minn., and Paul, 606 Kingsley; one stepson, Ross Elvidge, Hudson, one stepdaughter, Mrs. June Goodwine, Potomar; four sisters, Mrs. Winona Good, Paxton; Mrs. Gladys Colbert, Dolton; Mrs. Zella Eckhoff, Paxton; and Mrs. Tillit Lientz, North Highland, Calif; four brothers. Curt Gardner, Harrow, Ontario; Lee Gardner, Tempe, Ariz., and Guy Gardner, Champaign, and 13 grandchildren. One daughter and one brother preceded her in death.
25 Years Ago
April 13, 1989
Cookies Sold for Books - Members of the Glenn School Brownie Troop sold cookies recently to raise money for books at the school’s library. Over 1200 boxes were sold at a profit of 25 cents per book. Members of the troop include Gabrielle Wiedner, Allison Smyth, Teresa Schmidt, Cheyenne Hinkson, Jessica Wells, Natalie Laskowski, Amber Peterson, Melissa Dudeon, Carrie Jetton, Andrea Phillis, Stephanie Downen, Michelle Vogl, and Jamie Peregoy. Also, Glenn School Principal Dan Schweers and Librarian Jean Harper. Brownie troop leaders are Anna Downen, Jackie Vogl with assistance by Linda Peterson.
ISU professors to receive awards - Dr. Frederick Fuess, professor from the Department of Agriculture, and Dr. Mason Williams, associate professor from the Department of Psychology, have been selected as recipients of the Herb Sanders Award for Outstanding Academic Advisement at ISU.
Normal Marine reports for duty - Marine Pfc. Patrick C. Dowd, son of Rupert C. and Mary L. Dowd of 903 Hanlin Court, Normal, recently reported for duty with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Tustin, Calif. A 1987 graduate of U-High, he joined the Marine Corps in May 1988.
Bicycle Rodeo and Safety Inspection with Criterium - In conjunction with Normal’s Bicycle Criterium Saturday, April 15, there will be a bicycle rodeo and safety inspection. These activities will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Broadway Street.
There is no cost to participate. Each participant must bring their own 2-wheel bicycle. The rodeo is not a speed test; instead, it is designed to test bicycle control in traffic situations.
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