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

25 Years Ago
Dec. 26, 1991
• This week we celebrate the arrival of little Kayley Doralee Pyne.
The little 6 lb. 11 oz. bundle of joy was born to Ed and Sally Pyne just after midnight on Christmas Eve at BroMenn Regional Medical Center.
The Mrs. (Sally) is doing well and both are home and getting excellent attention from Sally’s mother, Arlene Tone, who is a nurse at Illinois State University health service.
Little Kayley must be a procrastinator, just like her father, she took about 20 hours before deciding to see the light of day.
• Mrs. Cressa McQueen spent Christmas with her son Jack and family in Clinton, Iowa. Her granddaughter and son B.J. also live in Clinton. Her grandson and family live in Oah Harbor, Washington. Mike, who is in the U.S. Navy, returned in late November from a cruise on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.
• Word has been received of the death of Dr. Lucille Hagman, formerly an Assistant Professor of Education and supervising teacher of Metcalf Elementary School. Dr. Hagman came to ISU in 1950. She later taught at the University of Bowling Green, in Ohio, where she made her home. Dr. Hagman passed away June 30, 1991, in Bowling Green.

50 Years Ago
December 30, 1966
• Mr. and Mrs. Richard T. Mays, Normal, who are spending the winter in Sarasota, Florida, have sent back word of the unusual Christmas decoration that yearly attract thousands to the Sarasota Mobile Home Park, where streets of the park are decorated with thousands of lights.
Mr. Mays writes that there are some 800 mobile homes in the park, lining 17 streets, which are all decorated. Each street attempts to make its look the best and most unusual.
People come from all parts of the country to vies the Christmas displays. A traffic check made during Christmas week showed 300 cars per hour driving through the lighted streets with plates from 22 states observed.
• As of January first Ritter’s Dry Goods will be known as “Woolen Mill of Normal”. Mrs. Nannie Sylvester’s last week of business has been like one big family gathering with a constant flow of well satisfied customers coming in to wish her a happy retirement.
For twenty years, Ritter’s Dry Goods has had a personality that has fascinated Normalites and that has drawn customers from across the state as well as from neighboring states.
In 1946 the Ritters bought the Douglas Dry Goods Shop which had its own page of history in the retail business of the Town. Five years later Ritter’s moved from their original spot now occupied by the Campus Laundry and Cleaners to its present location which had been McMurray Five and Dime.
A bit of folk history has grown up around Ritter’s because as the story goes, if you say you can’t find a dry goods item anyplace, you obviously haven’t tried Ritter’s .
• Dr. and Mrs. W.R. Lueck have returned from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. They visited points of interest in northern Arkansas, where they encountered snow. They had planned to visit in the Ozarks, but roads were blocked with 16 to 18 inches of snow.
• Mr. and Mrs. John E. Reining are spending the winter in Lakeland, Florida.
• Dr. and Mrs. Bradford Barber spent Christmas visiting his father at Hamilton and Mrs. Barber’s mother at Carthage.

75 Years Ago
December 19, 1941
• A Normal woman who daily breaks the ice in the pool so that the birds may have water and puts out seeds and suet for her winter visitors, still cannot believe that it is true. But each day there is the evidence- a fat and cheery red breasted robin eating at her outdoor boarding home. Perhaps he is foregoing a winter in the sun to escape possible air raids along the southern coast.
• At the meeting of the War Relief Fund committee of the Red Cross Wednesday evening at the State Farm Co. auditorium, committees were named and quotas given for the McLean County Drive. The quota for the county is $21,802 and on the basis of population the Normal Township quota will be around $2,000. A meeting will be held in the near future to formulate means for the solicitation.
• The Normal Community Garden Club held a “cotton” party Thursday afternoon at the home of Mrs. H.J. Stoltz. Members wore cotton costumes for the Christmas party. The afternoon was spent playing games. A basket was packed for a needy Normal family, with Mrs. Charles Baker, Mrs. Carl Blunk, and Mrs. Grant Ridenour in charge. Party arrangements were made by Mrs. Stoltz, Mrs. James Carnahan, Mrs. Harold Sylvester, Mrs. Lottie Murfield and Mrs. E. F. Custer.
• Mr. and Mrs. W.G. Sutton, who observed their fiftieth wedding anniversary Thursday, celebrated with a family dinner Wednesday evening at their home. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Sutton and daughter, of Minonk and Mrs. Gertrude Cox and  daughter, Leota.
• The Girl Scouts of Troop 9 of the Illinois Soldiers and Sailors Children’s School, have sent a stationery portfolio with five three-cent stamps to twelve boys in the United States Army. Three of these went to camps in California, two to Louisiana, and one to caeh of the following: Georgia, North Carolina, Illinois, Missouri, New York, Mississippi, and Colorado. A file of addresses of the boys is being compiled so the Scouts may correspond with them and send gifts at various times during the year.
• Two Normal business firms have further complicated the Christmas rush by moving during the past week. C.L. Templeman has moved his jewelry and watch repair business to the Schneider building, and is sharing the room used by John Goodwin. Mr. Templeman was formerly located at Douglas’.
Pauline’s Beauty Shop is now located in the front rooms over the First National Bank. Mrs. Pauline Brunton is proprietor.
• Brownie Troop 33 of Central School held their Christmas party at the school Tuesday afternoon. Games were played under the leadership of Lydia Lawhun, Marilyn Massa, Charleen Peterson and Jean Smith. The Brownies have made wash cloths and bibs as Christmas gifts for the Baby Fold. Miss Lois Ambrose and Miss Virginia Swartz are troop leaders.
• Mr. and Mrs. Leo Harding are the parents of a daughter born Monday at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
• Dr. and Mrs. Clarence B. Odell of Columbia, Mo., will arrive in Normal tonight to spend the holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Odell.


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