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

25 years ago
January 18, 1990
Human Relations Awards to be presented Saturday - The 14th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards will honor two people with ties to Normal Saturday, Jan. 20 from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. at Jumer’s Chateau, Bloomington.
Scott Eatherly, an ISU English Professor, and Emily Dunn Dale, who was born in Normal and is a professor at Illinois Wesleyan, will be honored by the Bloomington and Normal Human Relations Commissions.
Guest speaker will be Arnett Hubbard whose appearance will be sponsored by Program Corporation of America, White Plains, N. Y.
Tickets are $12 which include a luncheon. Call for more details.
S.O.S. production Friday and Saturday at NCHS Auditorium - Carrie Dunham and Matt Mills will star in “Moonlight Deception” one of the S.O.S. plays at NCHS this weekend.
The performance of Normal Community High School’s eighteenth annual “Students on Stage” production is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19 and 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the NCHS Auditorium. The S.O.S. plays are written, produced and designed by students under the supervision of Drama Director, Diane Mishler, and Technical Director, Jeanne Urbance.
Carrie Dunham and Matt Mills will star in “Moonlight Deception”. Other cast members include Amy Baker, Natasha Warole, Matt Gent, James Cisco, Eric Aviles and Jon Kern. Jill Hartzoid is Director, and Mike Swafford is designer.
Dickson Mounds Museum may close burial wing - A public hearing will be held Jan. 26 in Peoria on the Feb. 1 closing of the burial excavation exhibit of prehistoric American Indians at the Dickson Mounds museum near Lewistown.
The Dickson Mounds Museum will remain open and continue to offer extensive exhibits and programming on the American Indian to the public. The burial excavation, enclosed in one wing of the museum, is an excavation of a mound containing 234 burials of Indians of the Mississippian culture about 900 years ago.
UCP’s fundraiser airs Jan. 20-21 - United Cerebral Palsy of Central Illinois has placed canisters in restaurants and other businesses throughout Normal and Bloomington this month to raise money to support local programs for children and adults with Cerebral Palsy and other developmental and learning disabilities.
The local Phone Center and Star-athon activities will be held at College Hills Mall in Normal. Local live segments of the telethon will be aired on WHOI TV Channel 19.
Chicago Cubs Caravan stop Jan. 24 - Vice-president Jim Fresy, pitcher Mike Bielecki, outfielder/infielder Lloyd McClendon and shortstop Shawon Dunston will be featured at the Chicago Cubs Caravan stop Wed. Jan. 24 at Redbird Arena. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The Cubs will sign autographs and talk about the upcoming seasons. Sandwiches, soft drinks and beer will be available for purchase. An autographed Mark Grace baseball bat, box seat tickets to Cubs games and other prizes will be given away. Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for students.

50 Years Ago
Friday, January 22, 1965
The Decision Is Yours! - Normal residents will have the opportunity to go to polls on March 1 to present their desires concerning a possible merger with Bloomington. The Town Council evidently does not wish to take the responsibility for the future, so is passing the buck, to you, the voters. Whether this is merely a way out, or a wise move, remains to be seen.
Just what the Normal voters will be asked to vote upon in an advisory referendum is still a mystery. One thing is certain, the main question will be whether or not Normal is to keep its identity as a residential town of unusual qualities or become just another “has been” in its one hundredth year of existence. If the latter is the case, any type of centennial might as well be forgotten, as there will be nothing to celebrate.
Normal has much to lose and very little, if anything, to gain in any type of merger. Any smaller community that merges in any manner with a larger one is soon swallowed up by the larger. No matter if the union is in only one or two minor matters, annexation proceeds must as gradually as water wears away stone. In fact it is just this type of wear that has brought about an “advisory” referendum, if it can rightly be given that name.
Normalites are a sane group of thinkers and we feel certain that they have not forgotten this capability, just as they have not forgotten how their charter protects them, what type of schools have built the community, and the kind of residential life that is afforded by their own jurisdiction.

75 years ago
January 19, 1940
Normal Scouts Will Hike Trail Used By Lincoln - Ten Boy Scouts from the Normal Public School troop will go to Old Salem Saturday, Feb. 14 to take the famous Lincoln Trail hike of 22 1/2 miles.
The hike starts at the exhibit building in Old Salem and leads down the Petersburg road through Salisbury, a sleepy little village in the chicken farming section of Sangamon county, eight miles from the start.   Bradfordton is the next station on the long route and then the hike finishes at the Boy Scout headquarters in the capitol city.
Each Scout must read “The Boy Scout Life of Abraham Lincoln” by Ida M. Tarbell and submit a book report to the Lincoln council after which he is entitled to make the hike.  A medal is awarded all Scouts who finish the trek.  The Scout must walk the 22 1/2 miles, alone and unaccompanied.
Thirty-two Scouts from the Public school troop have made the hike since the first local pilgrimage led by Scoutmaster James Carnahan, and his little band of troop 29 boys walked the distance ten years ago.
Boys who have submitted their book report and will take the trip this year include:  Rex Miller, Robert Kiper, Billy Charter, Eugene Leach, and five others to be selected soon.
Building and Loan Elects Year’s Officers - The Citizen’s Savings, Loan and Building association held its annual meeting Monday evening.  Louis Hildebrandt was named president; A. E. Stout, vice-president; W. H. Odell, secretary-treasurer and R. R. Armstrong, assistant secretary-treasurer.  Other members of the board of directors are W. A. Rice, Carter Harris, R. D. Marsh, Ivan Stubblefield,  Dr. G. T. Moore, Dr. W. E. Raab, W. L. Willard and E. K. Parret.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hoyt, 404 North Main street, are the parents of a daughter born Saturday at Brokaw hospital.


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