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

25 Years Ago
December 5, 1991
• Sara E. Holloway, 72, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 1991 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, Minn.
Her funeral was held Thursday at the Unitarian Church. Burial took place in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington.
She was born March 10, 1919, at Fort Dodge, Iowa, the daughter of Jack and Margaret Rowell. She married Anthony “Tony” Holloway April 16, 1955. He survives.
Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Gudlaugsson of Charlotte, North Carolina and Linda Holloway of Pinellas Park, Florida.
Mrs. Holloway was employed as a retail clerk at Roland’s in Eastland Mall. Mr. and Mrs. Holloway were active in Community Players and managed its box office.
• The Peoples Bank, in cooperation with the Illinois Geographic Alliance, is sponsoring a third annual Geography Literacy Contest for Bloomington/Normal fifth grade students.
The intent of the contest is to develop an interest in geography while promoting geography education in the Bloomington/Normal community.
Each school winner received a National Geographic Society inflatable world globe plus a Rand McNally Quick Reference Atlas.
School winners were: Brian Smith, Bent Elementary; Tara Beck, Irving Elementary; Daniel Wiley, Lincoln elementary; Phillip Beverage, Oakland Elementary; Rebecca Marx, Sheridan Elementary; Ben Arnold, Stevenson Elementary; Alissa Grant, Washington Elementary; Jim Mullins, Brigham elementary; Jonathan Berry, Carlock Elementary; Vanessa Passini, Colene Hoose Elementary; Michael Todd, Eugene Field Elementary; Andrew Stout, Fairview Elementary; Brendon Bryant, Glenn Elementary; Chris Schultz, Hudson Elementary; Shawn Hayes, Northpoint Elementary; Brett Myers, Oakdale Elementary; Rob Dunagan, Parkside Elementary.

50 years Ago
December 9, 1966
• Daniel J. Greer, 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. James A. Greer, Normal, received an early promotion to Army pay grade private E-2 on completion of basic combat training at Ft. Dix, N.J., Nov. 17.
He was awarded the promotion two months earlier than is customary because of his score in firing the M-14 rifle, high score on the physical combat proficiency test and his military bearing and leadership abilities.
• Thomas Barger, Jr. spent the weekend in Boulder, Colorado, visiting his mother, Mrs. Thomas Barger and his sister, Mrs. Mary Louise Williams.
• Mike Dunn, Garden Grove, California, grandson of Mrs. Cleo Groves, has been named to the all-star team in the California High School League. He formerly attended Oakdale School here.
• Pickett School Club will hold its Christmas party on Tuesday at the home of Mrs. Jean Washburn, R.R. 1. Roll call will be answered with a poen concerning Christmas.
The program and entertainment will be in charge of Mrs. Grace Wilson and Mrs. Helen Larkin. There will be a gift exchange for Secret Sisters and a birthday observance for Mrs. Myrtle Thompson and Mrs. Washburn.
• Funeral rites for Taylor Swaim, 69, 1404 Maplewood Drive, were observed Tuesday at the Metzler Memorial Home. Burial was in Park Hill cemetery.
Mr. Swain was born in Bloomington Nov. 27, 1897, a son of Taylor and Martha Logan Swaim. He married Muriel Legg May 4, 1933, at Danville. She survives.
A World War I veteran, he was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
• Mrs. Earl Hartenbower will entertain members of the As You Like It Club Thursday. Mrs. Keith Middleton will present the Christmas program.

75 Years Ago
November 14, 1941
• John Blum, who has been stationed with the Naval Reserve Air Corps at Corpus Christi, Texas, has been transferred to Pensacola, Florida. Mr. Blum left Tuesday for Florida after spending several days with his parents, Dr. and Mrs. J.G. Blum, 408 S. Main Street.
• Mr. and Mrs. Walter Estes are the parents of a son born Sunday at St. Joseph Hospital.
• Miss Stella Gunderson and Miss Mary Ellen Gilmore entertained at dinner Tuesday evening in honor of Ralph Westfall, draftee who will leave Saturday, and Everett Anderson, who celebrated his 55th birthday. Other guests were Mrs. Anderson and Loren Anderson. The dinner was held at the Anderson home, 103 West Ash Street.
• Miss Ferne Melrose, recorder at Normal University, submitted to a major operation Sunday morning at the Laughlin Hospital in Kirksville, Mo. She is reported improving.
• The Normal Township canning project reports good returns for its work this year. WPA workers began in the early spring to get gardens in shape and planted. The factory, in the old Augustine Nursery building, began in the early part of June and was kept busy until October 17.
Supervisor George G. “Dick” Lesher has distributed the goods to places where it is needed. Mr. Lusher also reports that there are fifteen acres of field corn to be husked. This will be sold immediately because of lack of storage. Vegetables canned totaled 20,313 quarts.
• Supt. Monroe Melton has estimated that 1200 parents and friends attended the Open House activities held in the city schools Wednesday evening. Mrs. A.R. Williams gave an interesting and enthusiastic talk on “Education and Defense” in the school auditorium, following the close of the class room work.
• Mr. and Mrs. Sam Bramwell have announced the engagement of their daughter, Dorothy Jane, to Medford Thomson of West Plaines, Mo. The wedding will take place late in November.
• Lloyd G. Rodman has resigned  his position as McLean County Farm advisor to become effective Dec. 15. Mr. Rodman and his family expect to locate in the southwest, probably Texas.
• Braving chilling winds and the first snow of the year, fourteen girls of Thomas Metcalf School camped last weekend at the Myra S. Peairs Girl Scout Camp at Lake Bloomington. With their troop leaders, Mrs. H.C. Tate and Mrs. Carl Marquardt, the girls of Troop 43 learned to make bed rolls, build a fire and cook a meal. A weiner roast was held over a flaming fire in the lodge Friday night. Saturday began early when one of the girls awoke to find it snowing and shouted the fact to every sleeper.


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