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A look back at interesting history from the pages of The Normalite
75 Years Ago
March 15, 1940
Writes of Storms - Word has been received from Mr. and Mrs. John R. Milstead, who are spending a month with their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Harley Milstead at Montclair, NJ, of the gales of almost tornado velocity which have swept the Atlantic seaboard and of the torrential rains which have flooded parts of New England.
Literary Center Plans Spring Party - The Normal Literary Center will hold their annual spring party at the WYCA in Bloomington on Monday. It will be in the form of a dinner and surprise program starting at 6:45 p.m.
The committee in charge of the affair is composed of Mr. and Mrs. Leon S. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Stout and Mr. and Mrs. B.W. Stephens.
Gamma Phi Circus - The eighth annual Gamma Phi Circus will thrill audiences in McCormick gymnasium on Friday and Saturday, March 15 & 16. Miss Betty Lou Cox, freshman from Edelstein, has been elected to hold the scepter of beauty as the queen of the circus. Betty Ann Smith, Jean Strange, and Mary Turnbull were chosen as the attendants for the queen.
Jack LaBounty of Bloomington will act as master of ceremonies for the show and will present something spectacular in ringmastership for the benefit of the audience.
The “Slide of Life” is a new feature of the show that is being added to the list of events for this year’s show. Walter Switzer, president of Gamma Phi performs this act by riding down a fifty foot wire suspended by his teeth.
Warren Frink, a product of Normal High, will perform on the Unicycle. Charles Thomas and Betty Von Allman have favored the circus goers with a daring knife throwing act that is selcom attempted by college students.
In addition to the regular acts there will be the usual or unusual arrangement of clown acts that always make a circus interesting.
50 Years Ago
March 19, 1965
Centennial Souvenir Coins Offered - Richard Walsman will serve as Centennial chairman for Normal with an observance planned for late July. Vic Sayer will be the Centennial secretary and Richard Lenahan, the treasurer.
Dr. Harold Gibson, who served as temporary chairman, will head the finance committee. A co-chairman may be named in the near future.
While the length of the observance has not been decided, the committee named Sat. July 24, as the concluding day of the main event. The observance will probably be held for a week prior to that date, with special events planned for various days. However, the committee emphasized that 1965 is Centennial Year in Normal and earlier and later events will be tied into the Centennial theme.
It was decided that a clean-up week would precede the Centennial. Residents and business men will be asked to participate in the clean-up, which will be sponsored by the Town. Children who assist in the clean-up will be eligible to participate in the special children’s playday activities which will be held at the various city parks as part of the celebration.
The committee authorized the making of Centennial souvenir coins which will be sold to help defray Centennial expenses. It was decided that the coins should bear a likeness of Jesse Fell, town founder, probably with the original university building, Old Main, in the background. These will be available in early summer.
The Centennial Committee will continue to meet each Wednesday. A Centennial headquarters will be set up in the near future.
Democrats Hold Coffee - Normal Democrats will hold a coffee hour at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Old Fellows Hall. The meeting is planned so that residents can meet the Democratic candidates for office in the Normal Township election on April 6.
Normal candidates are William Spear for Town Clerk; William Frinsko and Paul J. Glazier, assistant supervisors; Kenneth Pearl, assessor; and Mrs. Edith A. McCown, Norlan F. Newmister and Loren Skaggs, Board of Auditors.
Celebrates Birthday - Mrs. Jonas Winegarner, 309 W. Locust, celebrated her 86th birthday Sunday. She was presented with Mrs. Harold Goeway assisting. Charles Winegarner and wife, Fon du Lac, Wis. were here to help in the celebration.
25 Years Ago
March 15, 1990
Raymond School Hosts Tournament - Basketball fans in the area have not only the ISU Redbirds to cheer for in tournament play this month, but also the Raymond School for the Developmentally Disabled.
The Raymond School Rockets are hosting a three team invitational March 17, which will be held in the Bloomington High School gymnasium.
Both varsity and junior varsity teams from each school will compete in a round robin tournament, with games scheduled at 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome.
Raymond School is located on 1400 W. Olive, Bloomington, and is classified as having Trainable Mentally Handicapped students. Along with Raymond, TMH schools from Springfield and Pontiac will be participating in the tournament. Team Members on the Rockets range in age from 14 to 21 and come from area school districts around the Bloomington Normal area.
Normal Requires Trash Separation - Normal will comply with an Illinois mandate requiring that all landscape waste be separated from other trash waste products and disposed of in an ecologically safe manner, effective April 1.
This Illinois statute was enacted in order to reduce the volume of waste that is currently being transported to area landfills.
Twin City Fest ‘90 - Secretary of State Jim Edgar has approved special event license plate for Twin City Fest ‘90, May 26 and 27, at the General Electric Grounds in Bloomington.
Only 200 plates are being produced for the event. It is believed to be the first time special event plates have been issued for a Bloomington-Normal festival.
The license plates may be displayed on vehicles up to 60 days to the event. They are available on a first come, first serve basis to the general public, for a $20 donation to the festival. The plates may only be issued after Twin City Fest ‘90 has received a copy of the driver’s current vehicle registration identification card, issued by the Illinois Secretary of State.
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