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


75 years ago
August 25, 1939
Rev. Ward speaks at Closing Co-op Church Service - The last of the co-operative evening services of the First Christian and First Baptist churches will be held Sunday at the Baptist church.  The services have ben held throughout July and August.
Sunday’s service will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Baptist church, with the Rev. Frank B. Ward, Christian pastor, speaking. Mrs. Ora G. Byerly will sing, accompanied by Mrs. Roy Bundy.
The Rev. A. S. Atterbury of Tremont will preach at the morning service at the Baptist church in the absent of the pastor, the Rev. L. E. Ellison. Mrs. Lois Anderson will be soloist. The Rev. Mr. Atterbury has been supply pastor at the Baptist church for the past three weeks.
Miss Martha Bradle, 913 South Fell avenue, and her sister, Miss Elsie Bradle of Eureka will return this weekend from a vacation in the West. Stops were made at Denver and the Royal Gorge. In California they attended the Golden Gate Exposition at San Francisco and visited Los Angeles and Hollywood.
Mrs. E. Blunk and daughter, Miss Grace Blunk, 101 East Irving avenue, left Sunday by auto for California. They will visit relatives at Berkley and attend the Golden Gate exposition in San Francisco. They will visit Mrs. Blunk’s sister in Jerome, Idaho, returning home in three weeks.
Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Rice, 203 North University street, will return Sunday from Arlington, Va., where they have been visiting their son in law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Pickering. They visited points of interest in Washington, D. C. and surrounding vicinity. They have been away two weeks.
Don Ward shows Poultry at Legion Meeting Thursday - Don Ward, son of the Rev. and Mrs. Frank B. Ward, 106 West Ash street, spoke at the meeting of the American Legion Thursday night concerning the breeding of chickens. Mr. ward won four firsts out of five entries with his birds at the Illinois State Fair this year, his fifth entry receiving a third place award.

50 Years Ago
Aug. 28, 1964
Homer Lymans return from Scandinavian Tour - Dr. and Mrs. Homer Lyman, 610 N. Main Street, are home following a three weeks trip to the Scandinavian countries, where they visited points of interest in Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. They made the trip both ways by plane. Their daughters, Ann and Linda, remained here where they attended summer school.
They were especially interested in viewing the beautiful rose gardens and found the roses there in profusion where the cool climate is just right for them. They saw roses in parks, around every home, and even planted around the gas stations. Dr. Lyman, who raises lovely roses as a hobby, especially enjoyed seeing the many different kinds as well a some of the familiar ones raised here.
While in Norway, they visited Turid Ingjerd Fosby and her parents at Holden. Turid came to Normal last week and will spend the school year with the Lymans. She will attend University high school as a foreign exchange student. She will be a senior and will have to take another year of school in Norway after her return home to finish preparatory school because her work here will not count.
She has studied English for six years and can also speak German and French. Her hobbies include reading, knitting, dancing, music, swimming, tennis, handball, skating and fishing.
Over Four Hundred in Labor Day Dog Show - Over four hundred dogs will be exhibited on Labor Day at the fifteenth annual Dog Show sponsored by the Corn Belt Kennel Club, Inc., a member club of the American Kennel Club. Judging will start at 10 a.m. and continue without stopping on Monday, September 7 at the Bloomington National Guard Armory. AKC points toward championship will be awarded at the show.
Unit 5 Schools open Tuesday for New Year - School opens Tuesday for all young people attending the Unit 5 District schools in Normal near Bloomington, Carlock, Hudson and Towanda. A half day of school will be held Tuesday with regular classwork beginning on Wednesday. School buses will be in operation for the first time on Tuesday.
The Unit 5 staff will be composed of 212 persons, 37 of whom will join the Unit for the first time next week. They will be in new positions for the year, with 227 filling positions left vacant by retirement or those leaving the unit. Enrollment is expected to reach about 4,500 in Normal Community high school, Chiddix Junior high school and the 12 elementary schools of the Unit.

Twenty-five Years Ago
Aug. 24, 1989
The two-day Normal Corn Festival will take place in downtown Normal Friday, Aug. 25, and Saturday, Aug. 26, and will feature food, entertainment, arts and crafts, and the smell of sweet corn being cooked by an antique steam engine.
Nearly 40 arts and crafts exhibits and flea market vendors are expected to participate in the festival. Other vendors will set up information and demonstration booths.
Friday’s entertainment will include performances by the Sugar Creek Cloggers and Gamma Phi Circus.  A traveling pet show and dog obedience demonstration will also highlight the festival.  A disc jockey will be playing music all day Saturday in downtown Normal.
Criterium on downtown Bloomington on Sunday - It has become an early fall tradition, not just for Central Illinois sports enthusiasts and festival lovers, but for the nation’s fastest bicycle racers, and again this year, a strong field of competitors is registered for the WJBC-Pepsi Cola Criterium on Sunday, Aug. 27.
Even more top cyclists are expected to sign up for the  40-mile Pro-Am race through the streets of Downtown Bloomington.  The 4:30 p.m. event is the last of eight bicycle races, which even includes a Big Wheel race for those age six and under in which every entrant will win a medal.
The 40-mile race will be followed almost immediately by a  concert and free show.
Area Athletes to compete in Vladimir Days - Joyce Morton Kief and Robert Kief of ISU and a group of athletes left August 22 for 12 days in the Soviet Union to participate in Vladimir Days, a sports and arts festival held by the city of Vladimir for its seven Sister Cities.
Vladimir, which became Bloomington-Normal’s Sister City last spring, also has cities in Sweden, Finland, France, West Germany, Czechoslovakia and England.


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