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

75 Years Ago
November 10, 1939
Police Have Articles from Halloween Pranks - Two folding porch chairs and two kitchen chairs are in the possession of the Normal police awaiting their rightful owners. The chairs were found at the corner of School and North street.
The fall season has been marked with breaking of a great many bulbs in street lights and ornamental lights, especially in the vicinity of Payne place, Franklin avenue, and Brokaw hospital. These are the property of the town, and are paid for through Normal taxes. The police urge the cooperation of parents in putting an end to this destruction.
Announce Engagement - Mr. and Mrs. Edward S. Palmer, 1009 North Walnut street, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Joan Ray, to Nathan Bourne Hays, son of Mrs. E. V. H. O’Neil of Decatur. The wedding will take place in late November.
Mrs. George Broughton, 103 West Ash street, was guest of honor at a variety shower Tuesday evening at which her mother-in-law, Mrs. C. H. Broughton and her sister-in-law, Mrs. Ross Selders were hostesses. Games were played with prizes won by Miss Maurita Nelson and Mrs. Robert H. Craig. Mrs. Broughton was presented with gifts by her little niece, Susan Selders, daughter of the hostess, drawn in a wagon decorated with pink crepe paper.
Mrs. Nellle Steele, Harold VanDyke and Merle Denning are Normal residents who will take part in the coming Community Players production, “Our Town”, which will be given Nov. 30 and Dec. 1l.
Normal Residents will Assist with Red Cross Drive - Saturday opens the Red Cross Roll Call for this year. The drive, which raises funds for Red Cross work for emergencies, will continue through November 30.
Mrs. J. Stuart Wyatt is general chairman for Normal. Chairmen assisting with the work are Optimist club, downtown; Mrs. J. Howard Russell, Children’s school; Miss Margaret Murray, city grade and high schools and Mrs. Dorothy King, Normal. Precinct chairmen are Mrs. Thomas Linden, Mrs. Clarence Rousey, Mrs. Park Douglas, Mrs. J. W. Watkins, Mrs. Bruce Allan and Mrs. Dick Johnson.

50 Years Ago
November 13, 1964
‘Ask Any Girl’ U-High Comedy Tonite, Saturday - “Ask Any Girl” will be presented by students at University High School at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November 13 and 14 in Capen auditorium.
The play is a stage version of a popular movie which starred Shirley MacLaine and David Niven. Directing this year’s production is Lawrence E. Connolly who joined the ISU faculty this fall as a speech staff member.
Cast consists of Lesley Manring, Terry Oltman, Mike Davidson, Angela Shaw, Tom Honn, Sally Swarm, Elaine Schramm, Patty Conklin, Lavetta Meyer, Vicki Demler, Linda Cook, Janice P Chair, Peg Wesle, Paul Humphries, Allan Williams, Debbie McClanahan, and Julie Steele.
ISU Modern Dance Students Present Recital Sunday - The second annual modern dance concert by students at ISU who have chosen dance education as a second field of study, will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday in Hayden auditorium. The program sponsored and directed by members of the dance faculty is open to the public without charge.
Mixed Choir to give Concert - The NCHS Choir will present a concert at Chiddix school Tuesday. The concert will be presented during a special student assembly at 11 a.m.
The program is being presented to give the Chiddix students an introduction to the musical activities at NCHS. The program will include religion, classical, and popular numbers.
Director is Ronald Benner and accompanists are Lee Boyd and Mary Bryan.
Mrs. Glenn Miller Jr., 200 East Cherry street, entertained members of the Quill Club at her home Tuesday evening. Patriotic stories for July publication were presented by the membership.
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Eisner have moved to 815 Bryant from Denver, Colo.
Dr. and Mrs. R. U. Gooding, 605 Normal avenue, were called to Madison, Wisconsin Tuesday by the death of Dr. Gooding’s brother, Lawrence Gooding, who died following a long illness. Funeral services were held Thursday morning at Madison. Mr. Gooding had been chairman of the Labor Relations Board at the State Capitol for 5 years and had retired four years ago.
The Margaret Fuller Club will hold a luncheon meeting at one o’clock Tuesday at the home of Mr. Everett Wertz, 1003 Crescent Lane. Mrs. Wertz will give the program reviewing “What To Do Till the Psychiatrist Comes” by Joseph McGloin.

25 Years Ago
November 9, 1989
Many Changes in Downtown - Many changes have or are taking place in downtown Normal. Watkins Jewelry on North Street has moved its operations to Clinton, IL. Model Paris Dry Cleaning has announced the closing of its Broadway and Beaufort store.
ISU is buying the Citizens Square Professional Building property across from Watterson Towners on Fell Avenue. It is the first time the university has crossed to the east of Fell Avenue in its acquisitions.
Kiss Screen Printing has moved from its North Street location to the corner of Beaufort and Linden streets.
ISU and NCHS volunteers raised $730 for the Home Sweet Home Mission - ISU students Laura Hazelton of Darian, and Pam Peterson, of Alexandria, Va. presented Home Sweet Home Mission a check for $730 to executive director Rus Kinzinger, to provide food for needy people.
The amount is one-half of the total raised by some 300 volunteers from ISU and Normal Community High School who participated in a National Cleanup Day in the community. The other half is sent to the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness to help on a national level.
The ISU students were organized through the United Campus Christian Foundation which places 400 student volunteers in 50 or more McLean County agencies each year and provides several thousand volunteer hours of work.
The Mission served 39,746 meals to 1,518 people in 1988, an average of 26 per person. It served Thanksgiving Day Dinner to more than 100 persons and, also on that day, delivered 437 food baskets and 316 hot meals to families.


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