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Looking Back...A look back at interesting history from the pages of The Normalite
25 Years Ago
May 12, 1988
Build Illinois Funds released - Nearly $3.2 million in Build Illinois funds, including $1 million for capital improvements at private colleges and universities, were released on Monday.
In addition, $730,000 were released for construction of U. S. 51 from LaSalle to Normal specifically for grade separation and bridge structures at Conrail Railroad west of Lostant and at County Highway 5 north of Illinois 18.
Wesleyan open house features swim facility - A public open house of Illinois Wesleyan’s new indoor swim facility, Fort Natatorium, dedication of the building’s faculty office, and reunions of former members of the Collegiate Choir and Appollo Quartet will add to the festive atmosphere of Alumni Day, Saturday, May 14.
Bernard P. Killian named Acting Director of the IEPA - Bloomington native Bernard P. Killian has been named Acting Director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, replacing Richard Carlson who is leaving State service to form a consulting firm in the private sector.
Upon appointing the new director, Gov. James Thompson said, “Bernie Killian has been involved in the numerous changes in State environmental laws made since the mid-’70s and has continued to work with legislation while managing the “Superfund” community relations program and other government affairs activities of this Agency.”
50 Years Ago
May 10, 1963
Walter A. Schnebly Funeral Held Monday - Funeral services for Walter A. Schnebly, former Normalite, were held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Carmody Funeral Home, The Rev. W. Russell Shaw officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery.
Mr. Schnebly was born May 7, 1873, in Gridley, a son of Joseph and Elizabeth Stonebreaker Schnebly. He married May Erb in Peoria, Nov. 30, 1899.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Ruth Atwood, St. Louis, Mo; three sons, Walter and Paul, Peoria; Kenneth, 403 W. Locust; eight grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
He was a member of the Presbyterian Church.
Honored on Birthday at Family Dinner - Mrs. Harry Rader, 806 Normal avenue, was honor guest Saturday at a family party for nineteen at the YWCA in observance of her birthday anniversary.
Guests included Mrs. Rader’s mother, Mrs. A. E. Otto and her sisters, Mrs. N. A. Brodbeck, 608 North School street; and Mrs. Roy Bohrer, 716 Normal avenue, and her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Glenn Rader, R.4; Mrs. Richard Rader, Carlock, and their daughters; a niece, Mrs. Ray Stroud, Armington and her daughter; Mrs. Alvin Otto, R.4, and a cousin, Miss May Schad, Hudson, whose birthday was also Saturday.
Miss Irene Nord Funeral Service held Tuesday - Funeral services for Miss Irene Nord, formerly of Chicago, who died Saturday at the home of her sister, Mrs. Alta Stewart, 710 South Main street, were held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Beck Memorial Home. Stanley Mahana, Christian Science reader, officiated. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery.
She was born at Joliet, a daughter of Otto and Huldah Peterson Nord. She was reared after her mother’s death by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. O. L. Nord, pioneer McLean County residents.
Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Alta Stewart and numerous cousins.
Home from Chicago - Mrs. Irving H. Kenyon, 300 North Main street, has returned from Chicago, where she submitted to surgery. She is recovering nicely. guided well during this interim period under Bernie’s experienced hand.”
75 Years Ago
May 6, 1938
Special Normal Envelopes Supplied to Local Patrons During Air Mail Week - Patrons of the Normal Post Office participating in National Air Mail Week, May 15 to 21, will have the opportunity to send their letters out in special Normal air mail envelopes, Postmaster Raycraft announces. These envelopes will have printed on the face in addition to the regular red and blue air mail designating borders. Cost of airmail is “6¢ U. S. Postage”.
One of these special air mail envelopes will be left at each home, both city and rural, served by the Normal office. The carriers will make the distribution just prior to the opening of National Air Mail week. Six essays in the National air mail essay contest have been handed to Postmaster Raycraft. These will be sent in for the State contest. State winners then are sent to Washington for the National contest and awards.
An effort is being made to have an air mail plane pick up mail from the Bloomington airport during the week.
Mrs. Myers Funeral Rites Observed- The funeral of Mrs. J. J. Myers, 1006 South Fell avenue, who died Wednesday will be held at 4 p.m. today at the Goodfellow memorial home. Burial will be in Bloomington cemetery.
Mrs. Myers was born at Collinsville Sept. 9, 1856, the daughter of Demsey and Martha Penney Hadley. Following the death of her father, she moved early in life with her mother to Normal where she completed her education at Illinois State Normal university. She began the teaching profession at the age of 18 and continued for a five year period, when she was married to John J. Myers. The couple located on a farm in Randolph township where they lived for many years, later moving to Normal where Mr. Myers died in 1913.
Surviving Mrs. Myers are three children, Dr. Clyde H. Myers, instructor in Cornell university, Ithaca, N. Y.; George Edward Myers, Berkley, Calif., and Miss Alpha E. Myers, at home. Two children, Claude L. and Hazel, are deceased. John J. Hadley, a twin brother of Mrs. Myers and a brother, Charles W. Hall, preceded her in death. Surviving are the following grandchildren John Straight and Marylee Myers, Ithaca, N.Y.; Mary Ellen and John Brackett Myers, Berkley, Calif., and Guy Hadley and Hazel Jean Sloan, Bloomington.
Former Residents Visit - Dr. and Mrs. S. A. Hamrin, of Evanston, spent Saturday with Dr. and Mrs. Francis W. Hibler, 418 North Main street. Dr. Hamrin, was formerly principal of University High school.
Milton Dunk Secures Position at Mt. Morris - Milton Dunk, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Dunk, 403 North School street, who has been teaching at Midgeville High school the past two years, has been employed as agriculture teacher at Mt. Morris high.
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