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


75 Years Ago
Aug. 18, 1939
Normalite changes Publication Date; Distribution Plan - The Normalite is changing from an evening to a morning paper in an effort to benefit Normal residents.  In order to make this possible, and to give better distribution, the paper is being delivered by mail rather than by carrier.
For the past four years, The Normalite has been delivered by mail in the outlying sections of town.  These papers were not received by readers in these sections, and on the rural routes until Saturday morning.  By changing to a morning paper all subscribers, both in Normal, and on the rural route will receive papers on Friday.
By the new distribution plan papers will be received in better condition, especially during rainy periods and the winter months. It will also put to an end the occasional paper at rest on the roof top or in the shrubbery, as well as those chewed up by the family or neighborhood dog.
The earlier distribution will change the deadline for material sent in for publication. News matter should be sent in on Wednesday.  While we will accept news until the time of closing forms at noon Thursday, material received early will be given preference.  Classified advertising will not be accepted after 11 a.m. on Thursday.
Annual Booth Festival brings Gifts to Baby Fold Thursday - More than two hundred Methodist young people and their friends are expected at the annual Booth Festival to be held on the lawn at the Baby Fold on Thursday, August 24.  Members of the Epworth League from all of the Bloomington and Normal churches as well as those from  Downs, Covell, Towanda, Hudson, Arrowsmith, Cooksville and Lexington are planning to take part in what appears to be the largest event of its kind every held here.
Each group will erect an exhibit consisting of the materials brought for the Baby Fold.  The program will begin with a picnic dinner at noon with all groups participating.  The afternoon will close with announcement of awards and prizes by the district president, Rev. William A. Hammitt.
Miss Eunice Blackburn Returns to Yucatan - Miss Eunice Blackburn, who has been spending the past year with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Blackburn,  213 Normal avenue, will leave Thursday for Merida, Yucatan. Miss Blackburn has served as principal of the Turner Hodge school for Girls, a Presbyterian mission school, for the past 19 years.

50 Years Ago
Aug. 21, 1964
Norman Women home from  Scandinavian Tour - Mrs. Marcia Custer, 505 East Vernon avenue, and Mrs. Florence Miller, 141 Eastview drive, have returned from a visit to the Scandinavian Peninsula.  They flew to Bergen, Norway, where they started their trip with the Viking tour of the Norwegian fjords.  The fjords are beautiful and the country very scenic.  They crossed beautiful Sognefjord by steamer and continued by coach to Oslo.  They visited the gold room in the town hall where the Nobel Peace Awards are given.
The Folklore tour of Sweden took them to Stockholm.  They saw several folk dances furnished by the hotels as entertainment.  Enroute they stopped at Uppsala where they visited the grave of Dag Hammerskold and happened to be there on his birthday.  Stockholm is built on many islands and they took a motor boat excursion “Under the Bridges” of Stockholm.  later they took the Blue Ribbon tour which follows along many of the blue lakes of Sweden to Gothenburg..
Brokaw Hospital Employees Hold Picnic Sunday - Brokaw Hospital employees and their families will hold their fourth annual picnic Sunday at Lucca Forest, three miles west of Bloomington on Route 9.  Members of the Board of Directors and the staff and their families also will attend.
One of the 275 employees of the hospital will be chosen as Employee of the Year and announced at the picnic.   The final candidates are Mrs. Caroline Geneva, R. N.; Helen Johnson, Nurse’s aide; Irma Imig, in Central Supply; Ethel Savage, dietary and Paul Stephens, an orderly.  The winner will be presented with a check for $150 and a memento suitably inscribed.  
A picnic supper will be served at 5:30 p.m.  All food will be prepared and furnished by the hospital, with Mrs. Pat Huber as chairman.
Central Illinois Holiness Camp Meeting opens Sessions Today - The eightieth annual camp meeting of the Central Illinois Holiness Association opened this morning for a 10 day session of all meetings at the Tabernacle on East Jersey avenue.  Visiting evangelists will speak during the 10 day encampment.

25 Years Ago
Aug. 17, 1989
Camp Peairs Girl Scout Camp to celebrate 50th Anniversary - Camp Peairs Girl Scout Camp, Lake Bloomington, will celebrate its 50th Anniversary with a picnic Wednesday, August 30 at the lake.
Myra Anne Peairs Long of Whittier, California, daughter of Myra S. Peairs for whom the camp is named, will be in attendance.
Special guests will be former Girl Scout members and Centrillio Counsel’s Community Advisory Board.  Bloomington Mayor Jesse Smart will proclaim “The Golden Year for Camp Peairs.”
Former Girl Scouts who would like to attend the picnic may call the scout office for a reservation.
Returning to help Camp Peairs Girl Scout Camp at Lake Bloomington celebrate its 50th Anniversary on August 30 are three women who were on the council board when the camp was started.  Their husbands were active in the Dads’ Patrol that did the final construction on the camp and did landscaping, Gene Kelly, Loretta Hundman Kelly, Robert Schoeffel Park, Jim Parker, Josephine Bast Munro.  The daughter of Myra S. Peairs, for whom the camp is named, will travel from Whittier, California to be in attendance.
Chapel of the Templed Trees service is Aug. 20 - The Chapel of the Templed Trees will hold a Sunday Service August 20, at 10 a.m.  The Reverend Rex Hendrix will be the pastor and Mrs. Marlene Cummins will be the organist.
The ministers for the services for the Temple of the Trees are selected from the Council on Ministries, the United Methodist Church, Central Illinois Conference, Bloomington.
Senior Services sponsoring trip to Wrigley Field - On Tuesday, Aug. 29, the YWCA Senior Services will be sponsoring a trip to Wrigley Field for the Cubs vs. Houston Astros baseball game. The cost is $12 and includes the bus trip and game ticket

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