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A look back at interesting history from the pages of The Normalite
25 Years Ago
April 16, 1992
• Normal firemen responded to a call at the Pub II restaurant at 102 N. Linden St., Normal, Friday April 10, about 6:15 p.m.
The fire started in the kitchen and did about $2,500 damage. The kitchen was closed until further notice and owner Terry Straylow. Firemen had to remove the outside vent to get to smoke inside the vent.
• By virtue of their second-place finish at the National Bowling Council sectional tournament at St. Louis recently, the ISU women’s bowling team will compete at the National Bowling Council Intercollegiate Bowling Championships in Milwaukee from April 22 to 26.
Junior Kammie Hufnagle of Bloomington, who averaged 185 for the 12 games in the recent tournament, is a member of the team. Steve Coan is the coach of this ISU team that has qualified for the NBCIBC twice in the last three years.
• Bloomington-Normal residents were educated during a recent “Gang Awareness Seminar”, sponsored by the Bloomington and Normal Police Departments, along with the Bloomington Mayor’s Task Force.
David F. Ogg, from the Bloomington Police Department, explained why people join gangs, “It’s a fad. Some people feel it’s cool to be in a gang. They are looking for identity, loyalty, unity and rewards.” He said drugs and the breakdown of the family is responsible for the gang popularity.
50 Years Ago
April 21, 1967
• Ann Fuehrer, daughter of Prof. and Mrs. William Fuehrer, seventh grade student at Chiddix Junior High School, will participate in the State Spelling Contest held at TV Station WEEK, Peoria, Saturday, may 13. She will compete with students from twenty-two counties in Illinois. Ann won first place in the McLean County Spelling contest held here April 8.
• The Sixth District Nurses will meet Thursday evening at the YWCA. Dr. Helen Marshall, Normal, will present the program reviewing her book, “The Biography of Adelaide Nutting”. She will outline the history of nursing as presented in the book.
• The fourth annual Heating Plant Golf Tournament and Playday will be held on June 8, according to Bob Nominger of Illinois State University.The tournament will open at 1:15 p.m. on the ISU Golf Course. A dinner at the McBarnes building will follow.
• Mr. and Mrs. John Johnson have moved here from Chillicothe.
• Funeral for H. Dudley Moore, 63, was held Wednesday at Metzler Funeral Home. Burial was in Park Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Moore, who had been a GM&O yard clerk for 27 years, was stricken Sunday morning and was dead on arrival at Brokaw Hospital.
He was born at Piper City, Dec. 29, 1903, the son of Frank and Blanche Elizabeth Montileus Moore. He married Lucille Sandham in Bloomington Sept. 16, 1931.
Surviving are his wife; a son, Kevin, Lake Bluff; two sisters; two brothers and two grandchildren.
• Mr. and Mrs. Hal Riss and sons Gary and Greg, are home from a ten-day vacation to Hot Springs, Arkansas. they visited Mr. Riss’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Riss Sr. The weather was delightful.
• The Philomathean Reading Circle will meet with Mrs. George Farnsworth Monday. Mrs. William T. Beadles will give a biography review of “Funk of Illinois” by Cavanaugh.
75 Years Ago
April 17, 1942
• Miss Elsie Lux of Lewiston, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lux of Bemet, became the bride of Pvt. William D. Bryan, 214 S. Linden St., in a double ring ceremony Friday at the parsonage of the First Methodist Church, with Dr. I.S. Corn officiating. Mr. and Mrs. Williard Bryan were the attendants.
The bride wore a robin’s egg blue jacket dress with brown accessories and an orchid corsage. She is a graduate of Illinois State Normal University and attended the University of Illinois. She is the Fulton County home manager supervisor in the farm security administration.
The bridegroom is also a graduate of ISNU. He is in the United State Army Air Force, stationed at Scott Field.
• Fathers night was observed by the Smith School Parent-Teacher Association with a potluck supper Wednesday at the school. Two boys from Miss Harriet Zinn’s room gave toasts to the fathers.
Jim Christensen of the McLean County Sheriff’s office, spoke on “Your Child and His World in Relation to Child Welfare.” Evelyn Hodge read “The Flag that Shelters You and Me.” Hetty Duguid played a group of accordian numbers.
• The Normal Central School teachers and pupils have bought $1,179.70 worth of defense stamps and bonds including this week’s sales of $75.05 it was announced today by Miss Wilma Sims, in charge of the sales. Three rooms reached their quota of $100.00 this week when two eighth grade rooms and one sixth grade room made the goal.
Beginning next week another group of salesmen will take over the defense stamp sales relieving the 8-L math class, which has assisted Miss Sims in the work for the past eight weeks. The new group will include: Donald Mohr, Mary Honor Metcalf, Jim Shutt, Barbara Williams, Lyle Patrick, Betty Ann Dragoo, Marlys Reeter, Dorothy Caldwell and Wayne Riley as salesmen.
• Mr. and Mrs. Francis Hibler, 602 Normal Avenue, are parents of a baby girl, Jane Ann, born Monday at the Mennonite Hospital.
• T.R. Jarmin has moved to Carlock from 618 Normal Avenue.
• Work has just been completed at Fell gate at the cast entrance to the University campus. the gate itself was cleaned and a new planting was set out around the gate.
Money for this project comes from the interest accumulated by the Alice and Fanny Fell trust fund, which was set up to care for the gate, a memorial to their father, Jesse Fell.
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