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

25 Years Ago
June 18, 1992
• Wendy Baker of Towanda has been selected most valuable performer on Millikin University’s women’s track and field team.
Baker, a 1998 graduate of Normal Community High School, concluded her career by earning all-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin honors for the second straight year.
• Married May 16, 1992, in the Japanese Garden at Ewing Manor, Bloomington were Krista Pennie and Joe Ruskowsky, both of Normal. There was a reception at Jumer’s Chateau.
• Planning a July 11, 1991 wedding are Lisa A. Rolf and Brent Halvorsen, both of Normal.
• A daughter was born to Jeff and Teri Grampp on June 3.
• A son was born to John and Catherine Orrick on June 3.
• The Helping Hands Auxiliary of The Children’s Foundation held the 9th annual garage sale on June 6 and June 7 to help raise money for area children and families in need. The auxiliary raised $1,953.00 to help offset the cost of the Adopt-A-Family program during the Christmas season and throughout the year.

50 Years Ago
June 23, 1967
• Seaman Charles E. Sila, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Sila of Normal, is aboard the fleet ballistic missile submarine USS Theodore Roosevelt. The Roosevelt is one of 41 nuclear powered submarines armed with Polaris missiles, patrolling the world’s oceans.
• A family dinner was held in observance of the 25th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. B.E. Sutton, Normal.
Miss Melvis Gibbs and Mr. Sutton were married June 19, 1942 in Fayette, Mo. They are the parents of three children, Mrs. Charles Taylor, Mrs. Steve Rieger and Dale.
• Robert “Chip” Bone, son of Dr. and Mrs. Robert G. Bone, arrived home for the summer on June 6 from University of Illinois.
The Bones’ other son, John, returned May 27 from Wooster College, Wooster, Ohio. Both boys are planning on taking French this summer at ISU.
• Joe Barger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Barger, is a lieutenant in the Marines. At the first of August he is going to school to learn the Vietnamese Language.
• The funeral of Edwin Otto Meisterheim, 68, of Normal, was Thursday at Normal’s Epiphany Church. The Rev. Richard Barclift officiated at the burial in East Lawn Cemetery.
• John McKnight, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.W. McKnight has returned from Arizona State University. He is working in the sales department for McKnight and McKnight Publishing.
• Richard Steppe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Steppe, is going to officer candidate school in Ft. Benning, Ga.
• Miss Helen Farnsworth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Farnsworth and Miss Emily Holzer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Holzer, both of Normal, are planning a trip to Europe for the summer.
• John Danenberger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Danenberger, returned June 7 for the summer and will go back to Danville Jr. College in the fall.
• Private Kenneth R. Pew, Jr., son of Mrs. Doris J. White, completed a radio course at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, June 9, where he received instruction in basic radio and electrical theory and was taught the international Morse Code.

75 Years Ago
June 19, 1942
• About three weeks ago the Carl S. Martin American Legion Post planted a number of seeds of poppies gathered from the European war fields. The seeds were planted in one part of the triangular flower bed immediately east of the Illinois Central tracks and between Beaufort and North Streets. However, only a few of the poppies have come up to date. William Springborn, in charge of the planting, says that another attempt will be made to raise poppies in that bed.
Pete Filliponi, watchman on the North Street crossing, has done a great deal to beautify the crossing. A portion of the triangular bed not given over to the poppies has been planted in petunias by Mr. Filliponi. The terrace just outside his watch house on the north side of North Street has also been cultivated, and growing there are petunias, peppermint, iris, and a curious little green plant with yellow blossoms which comes up every year, living under the ground without freezing during the winter months.
• Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Schnebly and family left Monday for a fishing trip near Hayward, Wisconsin.
• A Normal youngster who has been selling asparagus at ten cents a bunch brought a bunch Wednesday to a householder who had purchased a number of times. When handed her dime she informed the lady that asparagus was now 11 cents. Asked why the advance in price she promptly replied “the carnival ride tickets cost 11 cents.”
• Miss Nettie Sharp, 505 North School Street, was taken to Mennonite Hospital Tuesday morning following a fall from a cherry tree at her home. She suffered several bad bruises.
Miss Dorothy Mae Lanigan, daughter of Mrs. Mabel H. Lanigan, Normal, became the bride of Forrest B. Hillman, son of Mrs. A.W. Hillman, Bloomington at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, at the home of the bride’s mother.
The bride wore a white linen street dress with a corsage of gardenias. Mrs. Lanigan wore blue crepe and the groom’s mother was attired in blue bemberg.
Mrs. Hillman is a graduate of University High School and Illinois State Normal University. Mr. Hillman graduated from Bloomington High School. The couple will make their home in Mobile, Alabama after July 1.
• George Heller, who has been working with his brother in Heller’s Market, left Monday to join the Marines.
• Miss Betty Lee, who has been the office girl for Dr. McCormick for the past two years, has accepted a position in the Douglas Aircraft Co., at Los Angeles, California.


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