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

25 Years Ago
April 4, 1991
• Normal native Angela Carter returned home March 16 from the largest Navy fleet hospital in the world, located in the Saudi Arabian desert. Carter, a Navy nurse, arrived at her base in Norfolk, Virginia, welcomed by bands and media, as well as civilian support.
Carter said, “The Vietnam veterans were the initial backers of the troops. A lot of the support comes from a determination not to repeat their situation. The patriotism was just what this country needed.”
• Randall Middleton earned a new title at the conclusion of Monday night’s Normal City Council session...Civilian. Before adjournment, Mayor Paul Harmon explained Middleton’s departure will mean a change in the Council guard for the first time in six years.
“I want to thank the people of Normal for electing me twice and I feel I’m leaving the Town in good hands,” was Middleton’s final on the record remarks to the Council.
• Eight-pound Elizabeth Mary Schupp was born March 19, 1991 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. She is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph G. Schupp III of Des Moines. She is the sister of Joseph 9 1/2, William 7 1/2, Benjamin 5 and Daniel 2 1/2. Mrs. Schupp is the former Mary Ann Harrington of Normal.
• Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Patricia L. Ebey, daughter of Betty A. Ebey, Normal, was recently commended while serving aboard the destroyer tender USS Acadia, based in San Diego. Ebey, a 1983 U-High Graduate, who joined the Navy in November, 1987, was recognized for her outstanding performance of duty, professionalism and overall dedication to the service.

50 Years Ago
April 15, 1966
• W. Clifford Stark, superintendent of Victory Hall, was presented the Outstanding Citizen Award Wednesday night at the 20th annual banquet of the Normal Chamber of Commerce. Jack Stoltz, recipient of the award in 1965, made the presentation. Mr. Stark has served as head of Victory Hall for the past 20 years.
A.W. Wattestron presided at the dinner. Herman A. Tebrugge, retiring president gave the welcome and outlined the C of C history for the 20 year period. Robert Ward, new president, gave the response.
Howard J. Hancock introduced James G. (Jimmy) Conselman of St. Louis, sho gave a humorous resume of some of his past athletic experiences as coach at Washington University and in professional football and baseball. Of special hilarity was a part of the vaudeville act he performed with the Four Horsemen of Notre Dame, proving he was quite versatile at the piano as well as on the football field.
• Mr. and Mrs. Bill Franklin and two daughters of Fort Wayne, Indiana, spent the weekend here. They are former Normal residents.
• Mrs. Malcolm L. Hurless, Normal, announces the engagement of her daughter, Jill to David Gisler of Peru. A late summer wedding is planned. Miss Hurless is a graduate of University High School and is attending Illinois State University. Mr. Gisler is a graduate of ISU and teaches in Oswego.
• The Bloomington-Normal Civic Newcomers Club will hold its spring dinner dance April 23 at the McBarnes Memorial building. “Eastern Paradise” is the theme for the event, which will open with a social hour at 6:30 followed by dinner at 7. Music will be furnished by Bob Zulauf and his Orchestra.
• Richard E. Dunn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dunn and Richard H. Worthen of Wood River, both students at Illinois State University, have been selected as legislative staff interns to work with the Illinois General Assembly during the 1966-67 school year. As an intern, Mr. Dunn will receive a stipend of $450 from the Ford Foundation and the State of Illinois.
• Ron Lockenvitz has joined Creative Services, an advertising firm, as director of production. He has been employed at the McLean County Bank.

75 Years Ago
March 28, 1941
• Mr. and Mrs. Max Honn, 201 Pine St., entertained at dinner Wednesday evening. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Wills, Dr. and Mrs. Lynn H. Ten Eyck, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Brown and Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Craig.
• A demonstration on modeling a slip pattern was conducted at the home of Mrs. E.H. Brooks, 507 Grant Street. Mrs. Margaret McMurry, in co-operation with the McLean County Home Bureau and the University of Illinois, conducted the lesson. A potluck luncheon was served at noon. Attending were Mrs. Frank Irwin, Mrs. Sherman Dennis, Mrs. Brooks and Mrs. McMurry.
• The 1937 Quilting Club met at the home of Mrs. L.D. Thomason Wednesday evening. A pot-luck dinner and social hour were held in honor of A.R. Carter, who left Thursday for Fort Sheridan, as a member of the selective service draft.
• Mr. and Mrs. Ollie Marsh entertained at a dinner party in honor of their  son Owen’s birthday. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Owen Marsh and son of Springfield, Miss Leta Marsh, LaSalle, Mrs. Nell Frutiger, Olney and Miss Dorothydean Marsh.
• Miss Dorothy Sapp’s eighth grade basketball team defeated its traditional rival, the Martin fifth grade midget team 28 to 8 for the championship  honors, at the Normal Central Interclass tournament in which more than one hundred athletes had taken part.
The tourney closed Tuesday evening with the 7-D team defeating the 6-D ball club for the third place honors. Fifth place went to Miss Sims’ room and sixth place to Miss Willah Schaeffer’s room. High point man of the tournament was Burton Whitman of Mr. Dunk’s room with 31 points. Medals will be awarded the members of the championship team by Leo Manning at the Dad’s night program on April 4 and a trophy will be given to the home room champions.
• Last year The Normalite brought to the homemakers of this section its first cooking school. But few weekly newspapers have given a cooking school in the Central States. Most schools by the weekly papers are of the moving picture type and not with a personal demonstrator doing the actual cooking before the audience.
The Conductor of the school is a member of the staff of the Edison General Electric Appliance Co., who will demonstrate the latest methods of cooking developed by the staff of home economists employed in the research department of GE. She will be assisted by Mrs. Shepardson of the Illinois-Iowa Power Company.


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