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

25 Years Ago
August 22, 1991
• For a new community college whose students have not yet attended their first classes, Heartland Community College District officials had plenty of good news to report to the College’s Board of Trustees Tuesday night. During their regular monthly meeting, HCC President Jonathan Astroth reported HCC had registered 116 part-time students and another 522 full-time students to give the community college 638 students for starters.
HCC Vice President of Business Affairs Rob Hilgenbrink reported to the Trustees HCC’s expenditures for FY ‘91 stands at $344,844. Astroth said between 40 percent and 50 percent of potential students have used plastic cash to pay for registration. Hilgenbrink said chargebacks are the biggest item on HCC’s budget.
• Unit 5 School Board of Education voted Wednesday night unanimously to authorize a Decatur-based architechtural firm to begin work researching, programming, and designing a new 500-student elementary school, a new 1,800 student high school and a renovation plan for NCHS. The plan, labeled “1C” by the District office will carry a $32.8 million price tag.
• On Saturday, Aug. 24, the Bill Whalen family of Bloomington, will present an amount of over $24,000 to Clare House of Hospitality at 703 E. Washington St., Bloomington.
Bill was the previous owner of the Twenty Grand Tap in Bloomington. A benefit was held Sunday, May 19 by friends and family with whole support of the Twin Cities community in his memory. The Whalen family has been supportive of Clare House endeavors over the past 13 years.

50 years Ago
September 2, 1966
• Funeral rites for Mrs. Gertrude Plotnicky, 78, 408 Grant Street, who died Tuesday morning in Aurora, were held Wednesday at the Beck Memorial Home .
Mrs. Plotnicky was born Aug. 23, 1888 in Chicago, a daughter of James and Letitia Brown Andrews. She was married to John F. Plotnicky in 1931 in Normal. He died February 5, 1938.
She served as librarian at Illinois State University from 1913 until she retired in 1954.
• Miss Mary Erickson has returned to the Michael Reese School of Nursing in Chicago for her junior year. She has been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Erickson in Normal.
• Miss Catherine W. Wit, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Wit of Arlington Heights, and Charles H. Allen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Allen, Normal, were married Saturday at the First Methodist Church in Arlington Heights.
Following a wedding trip to the Ozarks, the couple will be at home in Indianapolis, Indiana.
• Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Cross and family have moved to Normal.
• Dr. and Mrs. Donald T. Ries have returned following a summer at their cottage on Razor Back Lake at Sayner, Wisconsin.
• Royal Bartrum Jr., son of Mr. and mrs. R.J. Bartrum, left Saturday for Nassau, where he will vacation until time for his school to start at the Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass.
Barry Bartrum will leave September 22, to resume his studies at Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., Mrs. Bartrum will take him East.
• Dr. and Mrs. A.W. Watterson, Lynn, Bill and David, returned Saturday following a two weeks vacation at Three Lakes, Wisconsin. They enjoyed swimming and water skiing.
• Miss Lois Fomenko left Monday for Springfield where she teaches special education in the Ben Franklin School. Her sister, Miss Nadya Fomenko, will resume her studies at the University of Iowa next week. The girls are daughters of Mr. and mrs. John Fomenko.

75 Years Ago
August 15, 1941
• Thirteen Normal Community High School agriculture students, all members of the 4-h club and Future Farmers of America, are in Springfield this week exhibiting stock and poultry in the junior division competition at the Illinois State Fair.
Five of the boys placed in the state fair competition with their Guernsey cattle. Roy Barclay placed first with the junior heifer reserved champion as well as seventh senior calf. Glenn Rader won first cow grand champion as well as first in production records. He also placed third with the senior heifer and sixth senior calf.
Dwight Zehr received fourth place with a junior Guernsey heifer. Claude Mohr won fourth senior heifer and fifth junior calf places, while Robert Rhoades received fifth senior calf record.
• Mrs. A.C. Iliff will return home this weekend from a visit in Wenatchee, Washington, with her daughter. On the way, Mrs. Iliff is stopping in Hollywood, California, for a short visit with her sister, Mrs. Edna Perry.
• Ray Shotwell took office as commander of the Carl S. martin post of the American Legion at an installation service Thursday evening in Legion Hall. Fred Brown is the retiring commander.
• Mr. and Mrs. R.R. Armstrong, Normal, are the parents of a son born August 7 at Brokaw Hospital.
• Misses Charlotte, Ruth and Minette Courtright and Lyle Courtright visited relatives in LaSalle Sunday.
• Mr. and Mrs. R.R. Beden have announced the engagement of their daughter, Dorothy Elaine, to Edward C. Fischer. The wedding will take place Sunday, august 24.
• Miss Mary Ruth Mercier, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Mercier, 307 N. Main St., will become the bride of James Turner, son of Mrs. E.A. Turner, 219 N. School St., at 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
The ceremony will take place at the Mercier home, with the Rev. Frank B. Ward officiating.
• Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Collins will return Sunday  from northern Minnesota, where they have been on a fishing trip.
• Max Chiddix has gone to Interlochen, Michigan, where he will spend two weeks at the National Music Camp.
• Dr. J.G. Blum and son, John, left Thursday for St. Louis, Mo., where John has joined in the Naval Reserve air Corps. He will receive a period of training in St. Louis before being sent to either a Florida or Texas air base.
• Dr. I.S. Corn, Normal, who has been vacationing with his family at Des Plaines camp ground near Chicago, Wednesday went to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin where he is attending the Hazen conference on student guidance and counseling. Mrs. Corn and children John Raymond and Barbara Ellen, have gone to Cedar Springs, Michigan, to visit Mrs. Corn’s mother, Mrs. Jerone Phelps.


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