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

75 years ago
September 29, 1939
132 children received supervised playground instruction this summer at the Jesse Fell Park playground, according to a report of Mrs. Thomas J. Lancaster, committee chairman, given at the Normal Women’a Improvement League luncheon meeting Monday. The playground worked this summer under the handicap of lack of funds and having to change supervisors in the middle of the season, as well as being open only three days each week.
The smallest attendance any one day was 232 and the average for 5 weeks, when complete records were kept, was 33. The largest number for any one day was 44. During the 5 weeks of particular record 1374 supervised child play hours were offered.
A meeting of the executive committee of the Bernadine Orme Smith school Parent-Teacher association is called for 3 p.m. today at the school. The announcement was made at the opening meeting of the group held last Friday evening.
William T. Skinner spoke on “Creating the Right Attitude Between the Parent and the Child.” Mrs. O. L. Couch, gave a radio report.
A playlet, “Mother’s On Her Way to P.T.A.” was given. Those taking part were Mrs. Lott, Mrs. Clyde Hibbens, Mrs. Frank Christ, Miss Betty Jane Christ and Miss Mary Shearer.
The group will hold its annual Homecoming, Friday, Oct. 27.

50 Years Ago
Friday, October 2, 1964
Victory Hall has Open House Sunday Afternoon - Victory Hall will hold its annual Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday before the campaign for the United Community Services begins. Victory Hall is one of the agencies of the UCS.
Pouring at the tea will be Mrs. Homer Lyman, Mrs. Burton O’Connor, Mrs. A. R. Williams, and Mrs. Harold Liston.
Mrs. Paul M. Beich is serving as chairman in charge of arrangements. Assisting her are Mrs. Ben S. Hiltabrand, Jr., Mrs. Homer Lyman, Mrs. A. R. Williams, and Mrs. Walter E. Vernier.
Victory Hall boys will serve as guides for tours of the Hall. They are Mark Johnston, Duane Smith, Terry Qualls, Dwight Davis, Loren Dixon, Jerry Bons, Darrell Brown and James Taylor.
W. Clifford Stark is superintendent of Victory Hall. He is the newly elected president of the Central Illinois Association of Child Care Institutions and attended an all-day meeting of the organization in Moline Tuesday. the Central Illinois Association of Child Care Institutions has nineteen privately operated Child Care Homes in the Central Illinois area.
Attending the meeting with Mr. Stark were Mrs. Alan Brantingham, president of Victory Hall Board of Directors, Mrs. Violet Ahrens, Housemother at Victory Hall and Mrs. Stark.
Russian Dancers Open Lecture Series - The Raduga Dancers will open the Illinois State University’s entertainment program with a recital in Horton Field House on November 5. The group of 25 dancers and musicians selected from Russian dance companies will appear here on the 1964-65 Concert-Lecture Services sponsored by the Entertainment Board.
Four Normalites Merit Test Semi-Finalists - Four Normal young people have been named semi-finalists in the tenth annual Merit Scholarship contests. Three are Normal Community High school seniors and the fourth is from University High school.
NCHS semi-finalists are Roger R. Adams, J. Thomas Meyers and Michael K. White. Everett W. Lueck is the U High semi-finalist.
Organize Scout Troop - A new Girl Scout troop is being formed at Metcalf School. The leader, Mrs. J. Russell Steele, has announced that an organizational meeting will be held on Monday immediately after school in the Metcalf Playroom. All interested 4th, 5th, and 6th grade girls are invited to attend. Assistant leaders will be Mrs. Robert Hertel and Mrs. Douglas Poe.

25 Years ago
September 28, 1989
British constables pay a visit to Normal - Inspector Nicholas Barnard and Sergeant Ian Sidney Fletcher from Norwich, England are visiting Illinois as part of the annual exchange program between British Constables and Illinois Police Officers.  They will depart from Normal on Sunday, Oct. 1 and head back to Champaign and then go on to Chicago.
The British constables arrived in Normal on Monday morning after a busy weekend in Champaign that included a tour of University of Illinois and its police institutions and attending the U of I football game.
Activities include a welcome by Mayor Paul Harmon, introduction to ISU’s Criminal Justice Department, a tour of the ISU campus by Chief Swan, a tour of radio station WJBC in Bloomington, introduction to State and Local court system by Judge Charles Witte, introduction to McLean County Sheriff’s Department by Chief Deputy Robert Boyd and Bloomington Police Department by Chief Michael Miller.
British Inspector Barnard and Ian Sidney Fletcher both work in the patrol ranch in the city of Norwich.
Each officer pays for the cost for this exchange and there are host families in departments in both countries.
Marching Ironmen receive awards at Pekin competition - The NCHS marching band came home with many trophies from lst Saturday’s competition at Pekin.
The band played first in their class, won best auxiliary, best winds, the crowd pleaser award and was named Grand Champions of the competition.
The band will compete this Saturday in Danville, hoping for a repeat of last week’s performance.
ISU low lighting areas upgraded - The first phase of a project to upgrade the less-than-desirable exterior lighting areas at ISU has been approved by the Board of Regents.
The $150,000 Phase I will add electrical capacity to the quad, replace unrepairable lighting fixtures and add fixtures.
Regents proposed increase for ISU 1991 budget - ISU has the largest percentage increase in the Board of Regents’ requests for fiscal 1991 operating budget with $16.8 million or 17.5 percent.
Northern Illinois is next with $20.1 million or 16.9 percent Sangamon State would receive $3.3 million or 15.6 percent.
If the requests become reality ISU’s operating budget would climb from the current level of $96.1 million to $112.9 million.


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