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

75 years ago
May 24, 1940
Normal School Children Assist with Red Cross Work - Normal school children are participating in the drive to raise money for war relief through the Children’s Red Cross. The children have a national fund, which is used only for relief among children. The fund is administered through Senior Red Cross channels.
Normal’s Junior Red Cross fund will remain open until the close of the school year. Local children have done work in the Baby Fold and for the Veteran’s hospital at Danville and the State School for the Blind at Jacksonville this year. Miss Margaret Murray is chairman in Normal. Mrs. Glenn V. Sherwood is chairman for McLean county.
Central School Commencement Banquet - “Progress” was the theme of the eighth grade banquet held in the gymnasium of Central Junior high Tuesday evening. Mothers of the graduates sponsored the banquet and prepared the food. One hundred twelve persons attended, including graduates, faculty, school board members, and special guests.
Roberta Green gave the invocation. The dinner was served by seventh grade girls. Mary Kathryn Enselman served as toastmistress.
Announce Engagement - Mr. and Mrs. Morris G. Fuller, Bloomington, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Myrrh, to Charles Anthill Harper, Jr., son of Prof. and Mrs. Charles A. Harper, 622 Normal avenue.
Miss Fuller is a sophomore at Illinois State Normal university. Mr. Harper is a Normal graduate and is employed by the State Farm Insurance companies. The wedding will take place in early fall.
Engagement Announced - Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Chanson, 212 West Willow street, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Marjorie Nellie, to W. Burble Bishop of Milord, son of Mr. and Mrs. Minor Bishop of LeRoy. The wedding will be an event of the early summer.
Sell Normal Property - Dr. and Mrs. W. L. Penman of Jerseyville, former Normal residents, spent Saturday and Sunday in Normal. They have sold their home at 809 North School street to Harlan J. Stoutly.
Mother Died - Mrs. John Stanley, mother of Lloyd A. Stanley of Normal, died Sunday at her home in LeRoy. Funeral services were held Tuesday.

50 Years Ago
May 19, 1965
Sidewalk Art Fair this Saturday - More than 50 local artists will display their art work in Normal’s third annual Sidewalk Art Fair, which will open Saturday morning and continue throughout the day. The event is sponsored by the Normal Chamber of Commerce.
Art work will be on display along the store fronts from Fell avenue to Linden street on both North street and East Beaufort street. Some 12 artists will have displays east of the Illinois Central tracks.
Each exhibitor is provided display space and a six by eight foot frame for hanging work. This year there will be two separate classes in the judging. Class A is open to those who have majored or are now majoring in art and those who have de rived income from art. Class B is open for Amateur artists and high school students.
Cash awards will be made in each class, with first prize receiving $25; second prize, $18, and third, $10.
Chiddix Music Groups Present Concert Tonight - “Music for a Spring Night” will be presented by the music groups of Chiddix Junior High School at 8 p.m. tonight in the school gymnasium. The Prep Band, Choruses and Concert Band will appear under the direction of Harvey Pike and Robert McFarland.
University Varsity Band Presents Concert Tuesday - Illinois State University’s Varsity Band will present a concert at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday in Capen Auditorium.
The Varsity Band performs under the direction of Don L. Peterson, instructor in music at the university.
Normal Police Dept. Adds Trained Police Day - A six year old white German Shepherd dog trained and in service with the St. Louis Police department has been added to the Normal police department. The dog had been secured through the efforts of O. R. Streeper and Chief Donald Hanna.
Robert Fowler, 406 W. Vernon, will take three weeks training to work with the dog, which will make its home with the Fowlers. The training will be done at the canine corps school at Missouri Hills, Mo.
Has Bike Tag Day - The Optimists Club of Normal will hold a Bike Tagging Day Saturday at the Normal City Hall. Tagging of the bikes will start at 8:30 a.m. and will continue through 2:30 p.m.
All bicycles will be registered by the Town of Normal and given a Scotch Lite Safety sticker by the Normal Optimist Club.
There is a town ordinance that all bicycles must be registered and licensed. The fee is 25c. The Normal Optimist Club is doing the work and donating their services to the Police Department. Co-chairmen in charge are Don Templeton and Russell Satterfield.

25 Years Ago
May 10, 1990
United Way to Review Community Needs - United Way of McLean County has recruited nearly 120 community volunteers who will evaluate community needs, review agency services, and decide how money raised in next fall’s campaign should be distributed.
The volunteers are divided among six committees. They include: Basic Needs, to study food, shelter and transportation programs; Counseling, to study individual and family counseling low-income clients; Early Childhood, to study day care and pre-school programs; Health Services, to study health education/prevention programs, home health care and blood services; Special Populations, to study programs serving the developmentally disabled, elderly, and Military Populations and Youth, to study programs serving youth.
Last year, United Way allocated over $2 million to 40 McLean County health and human care services.
County hires jailers for new facilities - McLean County has hired some new personnel in advance of moving into the new county jail quarters.
Diane Wilson, 23, of Bloomington, who worked at The Welcome Inn/Cellar in Normal, began training for her new job as jailer on April 21. After five weeks in Bloomington she will attend four more weeks of training sessions at the University of Illinois. Wilson is from Chicago and attended Illinois State University.


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