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25 Years Ago
December 1, 1988
Aper Receives ROTC Awards at Western - Frederich H. Aper of Normal, a Junior Lay Enforcement major at Western Ill. University, graduated from the U. S. Army Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga., recently. Aper is the son of Floyd and Gail Aper, 1601 Gregory, Normal.
Aper was presented an award for his outstanding performance at the school during the recent WIU Parents’ Day ROTC Awards Ceremony.
Aper was also awarded the Distinguished Military Student award for sustained academic and leadership excellence as a member of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at Western Illinois.
Normal residents can meet Chief Tuesday, Dec. 6 - The Normal Police Department will conduct a “Meet the Chief” night at 7 p.m. Tuesday, DEc. 6, at the City Hall Annex, 611 S. Linden St.
This session is open to the public this is a chance of Normal residents to meet Chief of Police James Taylor and to discuss any questions or concerns that they may have about the police department with him.
ISU Team to Redshirt Three Freshmen - ISU men’s head basketball coach Bob Donewald announced that three of his players will be redshirted for the upcoming season. Twins Sean and Shawn Wightman of Richmond, Mich., and guard Todd Kagel of Normal will be held out of game competition the remainder of the season. None of the three played against Brazil or Indiana, and Donewald has confirmed their status.
ISU Receives Estate Bequest - ISU has received a bequest in the amount of $160,000 from the estate of a retired professor of history, Dr. Helen M. Cavanagh of Battle Creek, Michigan, who died at age 83 on Aug. 26, 1987. A portion of her estate will establish the Helen Cavanagh Award for students to pursue graduate programs in history.
Heather Cooper Wins Special Award - Lieutenant Governor and Mrs. George Ryan greeted Heather Cooper of Normal, who won first place in the seventh grade category for a slogan and logo contest for substance abuse prevention. A special awards ceremony was held at the Executive Mansion in Springfield Nov. 21.
50 Years Ago
November 29, 1963
Santa Claus Arrives by Train to Open Children’s Christmas Village - The Abraham Lincoln train will make an unscheduled stop this noon at Broadway for Santa to alight for a holiday visit in Normal. He will go to his office in Santa Claus Village, a specially constructed building, east of the Watkins Jewelry store.
Children are invited to meet Santa’s train a little before noon today, when it stops at the Boardway crossing, where Santa will alight from the north side of the coach. Santa will be met by Mrs. Keats’ pony team and cart, appropriately decorated for the holiday season. Children can file behind Santa’s conveyance and accompany him to Santa Claus Village, where he will greet them personally. Santa Village, as in former years, is being sponsored by Normal businessmen.
Have Family Dinner - Judge and Mrs. Robert C. Underwood, 11 Kent drive, entertained with a family dinner on Thanksgiving day. Guests were Mrs. Underwood’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman E. Roy of Chicago; Mr. Underwood’s aunt, Mrs. F. H. Spitler of Gardner; Mr. and Mrs. Wade Tinsman of Morris and Mrs . E. C. Foley of Belvedere and the Underwood’s daughter, Susan, who is home from her studies at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. Miss Underwood will return to Tennessee on Sunday.
Returns from Kentucky - Mrs. Catherine Callis, 1018 N. Oak street, returned Monday after visiting her daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Meyers of Beaver Dam, Ky. Mrs. Meyer is the former Thelma Callis.
Mrs. Callis received word Monday that her brother, Ray Van Buskirk of Seattle, Washington, passed away Sunday. The funeral will be today at Harve, Montana.
Meet in Chicago - Dr. and Mrs. Irving W. Salowitz, and children, Sam and Stewart, 1117 John street, and their daughter, Miss Susan Salowitz, student nurse at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, spent Thanksgiving in Chicago. They were joined by Dr. Salowitz’s mother, Mrs. P. H. Salowitz, and two daughters, Miss Agnes Salowitz and Miss Irene Salowitz, all of Detroit, Mich.
75 years ago
December 2, 1938
Sixth Annual Round-Up will Draw Record Crowd Saturday - Over 300 school administrators of Central Illinois are expected to attend the sixth annual round-up of school administrators at Illinois State Normal university Saturday. Dr. A. L. Crabb, director of teacher education at the George Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville, Tenn., will speak at the luncheon meeting.
Dr. R. W. Fairchild will preside at the luncheon in Fell Hall. Music will be furnished by the Men’s Glee club, under the direction of Miss Blane Boicourt.
The round-up has been held annually on the campus to discuss with faculty members of Illinois State Normal pertinent problems of teacher education.
In addition to the three regular discussion sections a special meeting has been arranged to discuss the organization of a recreational program. Clifford Horton, director of physical education for men at State Normal, will be in charge.
Party Foods Home Bureau Meeting Theme - Party foods for the Christmas holidays will be displayed at a meeting of the Normal unit of the McLean County Home Bureau at the First Presbyterian church Monday.
Roll call will be answered with the question “Is your birth registered?” The importance of a registered birth in securing passports etc. is being stressed at present, and since births were not required to be registered in past years, the Home Bureau is stressing birth registration.
A social hour will be held, with a 10 cent gift exchange. There will be a Christmas tree, and Christmas songs will be sung. Mrs. Roy Bohrer, recreation chairman, is in charge of the social hour.
Moves to Washington - Mrs. Lucille Pickering and two sons, 505 West Willow street, have gone to Washington, D. C. to make their home. Mr. Pickering went East in the summer, having accepted a government position.
Home from Florida - Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Augustine, 208 West Mulberry, returned Tuesday from a three week trip in Florida.
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