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

25 years Ago
March 19, 1992
• The McLean County Historical Society will host the Grand Opening of their new museum and library, located in the old Courthouse in downtown Bloomington on Saturday, March 28.
The grand structure at 200 N. Main is now entirely occupied by the Historical Society. Four brand new exhibits will open featuring the people, farming, labor and politics of McLean County. The building also houses a Pioneer Neighborhood Activity Room for children, a gift shop, and a research library.
• Calvary Baptist Academy, Normal, won the 1992 national championship of the American Association of Christian Schools Boys Basketball Tournament, with a victory over Fourth Baptist Academy of Minneapolis, Minnesota last weekend in Watertown, Wisconsin. Calvary took the state title Feb. 29 at Springfield.
• Two Normal residents have been named to Millikin University’s Dean’s List for the fall semester. Linda Parsons, a sophomore theatre major, daughter of Jerry and Marcy Parsons, and a 1991 University High School graduate; and Laura Tolone, a freshman elementary education major, daughter of William and Carol Tolone, a 1991 Normal Community High school graduate, were bestowed with the honor.

50 years Ago
March 24, 1967
• The Normal Women’s Improvement League will hold its March meeting at the First Presbyterian Church Monday. A luncheon will be served with Mrs. Jennie McKee and Mrs. Mary Weaver as hostesses.
The 60 year old Women’s Improvement League is one of the community’s most amazing organizations and proves what a few members with a will to work and community interest can accomplish.
The League was instrumental in organizing the Normal Reading Room, which grew into the Normal Public Library. Historical work has been another facet of the Improvement League’s program. Many people walk through the Fell Gates on the ISU campus and for anyone who stops to look at the plaque, there is a link with the founding pioneers.
• Miss Karen Leigh Broughton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Broughton, Normal, became the bride of Richard Allen Nelson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett G. Nelson of Oak Forest at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Bloomington First Christian Church.
The bride wore a candlelight brocade gown in Empire A-line style with scooped neckline and bishop sleeves embroidered with pearls. The gathered back swept into a full chapel train headed by a tailored bow. She wore a matching pillbox and bouffant veil of imported silk illusion. She carried a cascade of white orchids, stephanotis and ivy.
• Dr. and Mrs. Irving Salowitz and son, Stuart, Normal, attended funeral services for Mrs. Salowitz’s brother, Wayne Crook of St. Petersburg, Florida, in Plymouth.
Mrs. Salowitz and Stuart, and daughter, Susan of Springfield, had just returned home from a visit in St. Petersburg, with Mrs. Salowitz’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Crook, and her brother and family.
• Funeral rites for Mrs. Fannie Pepple, 85, long time Normal resident, were held Saturday at the Stubblefield Memorial Home. Burial was in Hinthorn Cemetery at Hudson.
Mrs. Pepple was born in Normal May 23, 1881, a daughter of Thomas B. and Ellen Dunseth Sylvester. She married Bert Pepple June 2, 1901. He died in 1956.
Surviving are two daughter, Mrs. McSweeney, East Peoria;  Mrs. L. E. Newton, Danville; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
• James Hostetler has been pledged to Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity at Illinois Wesleyan University.

75 Years Ago
March 13, 1942
• Yesterday in the County Superintendent’s office in the Court House the forthcoming sugar rationing books were completed for the entire county. The material is prepared by grade school districts, 254 in number. Each person will receive a book (which in reality is a sheet of paper 11 x 14 in. folded into quarters). He will also find in it a sheet of instructions and an application blank, one of which will be filled out for each member of the family.
Just when the material is to be sent to the school teachers for distribution, Mr. Brigham was unable to say. He has had a force of volunteer stenographers from the other offices in the Court House at work for several days collating the material and counting the number required. He had done the work under instructions from the Tire Rationing board which has the work in charge.
• This week the Normal Women’s Improvement League sent over 60 dozen cookies and ten pounds of home made candy to the soldiers at Chanute Field. Seventeen women contributed to the project.
• Mr. and Mrs. R.H. McMurray, Normal, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Barbara, to Phillip Mounts of Chicago. Easter Sunday has been chosen as the date of the wedding.
Miss McMurray is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University. She will graduate in June from the University of Illinois Medical School in Chicago. Mr. Mounts is a graduate of Iowa Mechanical Engineering School. He is associated with the Chicago Rawhide Company.
• Miss Barbara Parret and Alan Beyer have been selected by popular vote of the senior class of Normal Community High School to receive the Danforth foundation medal for 1942.
• Mrs. W.R. Mette entertained girls in the intermediate class of the Bloomington Second Presbyterian Church at a supper Monday evening. The girls spent the evening making napkins and scrapbooks to send to the mission school in Livingston, Tennessee.


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