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Published Feb 15, May 15, Aug 15, Nov 15
A look back at interesting history from the pages of The Normalite
25 Years Ago
January 23, 1992
• Rich Beal, Regional Vice-President of Champion Federal Savings and Loan Association, was named the chairman of the 1992 United Way of McLean County Fund Drive, it was announced Friday at the United Way Annual Meeting/Awards Luncheon. He will be responsible for overseeing the drive, which this year resulted in contributions of over $2.4 million.
He succeeds Sonja Reece, Vice-President of Professional Services at BroMenn Healthcare, as Chairman.
Beal has been with Champion Federal for over 20 years. He is currently the president of The Baby Fold, and has served as treasurer of The Salvation Army.
• Carolyn M. Geneva, 99, of Normal, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 1992 at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal.
A Brokaw Hospital nurse, she joined an Army medical unit during World War 1. After the war, she became a house supervisor at Brokaw until her retirement in the 1960’s.
• William Broyles Sr., 86, Normal, died Friday, Jan 17, 1992 at his home. Burial was in Resthaven Cemetery, Houston, Texas.
Mr. Broyles owned the Bill Broyles Automotive Electronic store.
50 Years Ago
January 27, 1967
• The Bloomington Central Office of General Telephone of Illinois has announced that beginning February 5, some 600 customers now served by the Bloomington exchange will be served from the Normal Central Office 104 E. Mulberry. New numbers will be assigned to the customers.
The area south of the GM&O tracks south to Virginia Avenue will be transferred to the Normal exchange. Also added will be phones south of Jersey Avenue and east of the present area now served.
• William O. Brey of Evanston will come to Normal on Feb. 16 as Chief of Police. He replaces Donald G. Hanna, who resigned to take a position in Decatur.
Lt. Brey, who had 14 1/2 years of police experience with the Evanston department, is at present director of planning and training. As part of the Evanston training policy, Mr. Brey attended the Northwestern University Traffic Institute Police Administration School, receiving his degree in 1963. He served two years in the Marine Reserve, two on active duty with one year spent in Korea.
• Max M. Honn, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. Max L. Honn, Normal, was promoted to Army private pay grade E-2 upon completion of basic combat training at Ft. Dix, N.J., Jan. 11. The promotion was awarded two months earlier than is customary under an Army policy providing incentive for outstanding trainees.
• Joan Shultz, a senior, has been named to the Dean’s List at Lake Forest College for the fall term. She is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Gordon Shultz, Normal.
• The Normal Reforestation Foundation, Inc., will hold its annual meeting March 15 at the Citizens’ Savings and Loan.
• The declaration of a four and one half percent dividend and the election of a board of directors for 1967 were highlights of the seventh annual meeting of the Illinois State University Credit Union Tuesday evening.
John Butler, president of the organization, announced a nine percent growth in shares and loans for 1966, indicating that the net worth of the ISU employees group is now $184,380.37.
75 Years Ago
January 16, 1942
• Motorists will pay their federal “use” tax on all types of motor vehicles at any first, second, third or fourth class post office, according to an announcement of the Chicago Motor Club. Revenue stamps costing $2.09 will go on sale late in January and will represent the portion of the tax due February 1 and covering the period to July 1, 1942. The full tax of $5 per year will be due each succeeding July 1.
When motorists have purchased the stamp, they will be given a card to fill out and forward to the nearest office of the Bureau of Internal Revenue. Upon receipt of the card the bureau will check the motorist’s name on the master list of all motor vehicle owners.
Failure to pay the tax may bring a penalty of not more than $25 in fines, thirty days in prison, or both. Arrests will be made by federal officers.
A bill to repeal this tax has been introduced in Congress, but will not be acted upon until the new session in January. Motor club officials throughout the nation are opposed to the tax on the basis that its operation imposes considerable inconvenience, its enforcement is questionable and its cost of collection is too high in proportion to the probable returns.
• Monday a Red Cross sewing and knitting project was started at the Illinois Soldiers and Sailors Children’s School. A room has been opened for employees of the school to use in their off duty hours and evenings instead of going to other Red Cross centers. In this way the school employees will be able to give more time to Red Cross work.
• Fire Chief Everett Rich has not been able to determine how the fire was started in the basement of the Alexander building Wednesday evening. The fire was in the laundry room where there was no fire nor any electrical connections. An unused cupboard in one corner was burned, also some rubbish. The library on the first floor was filled with smoke but there seemed to be no other damage.
Just two years ago the building was badly damaged by fire, which also had its origin in the basement. At that time the building was gutted throughout.
• Today closes work for the first semester at the Normal Community High School. Students have completed registration for the new term which opens Monday.
Eight new students enrolled for the term and all but two of the old students reregistered. Leo Myers completed his work for graduation, and Bill Crockett left school to enlist in the navy. Leo has already served one term in the navy. Both boys held senior class offices. The class met Thursday to elect a class president and vice-president.
• Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Wilcox will entertain twenty-two members of the S.N.S. class at their home Saturday night. The evening will be spent playing bridge.
• Every Monday night, fifteen or sixteen neighbors gather at the home of Mrs. Ray Stombaugh to sew garments for the Red Cross. The workers have made layettes and flannel pajamas.
• Fred W. Brown, who is employed in defense work at Joliet, spent the week visiting his family, 502 Normal Avenue.
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