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

75 years ago
Aug. 23, 1940
Evangeline Custer weds Kenneth Seitz - Miss Evangeline Custer, daughter of Mrs. Frank Custer, 102 East Vernon avenue, and the late Mr. Custer, became the bride of Kenneth Seitz, son of Mrs. J. Orville Seitz of Sullivan and the late Mr. Seitz in a ceremony at noon Saturday at Holy Trinity rectory.
The. Rev. Fr. Paul Kane officiated. Mrs. Charles G. Adams of Marble, Minn., was her sister’s matron of honor and the best man was J. Orville Seitz of Sullivan, brother of the bridegroom.
They left by car for Denver, Colo. and Estes Park. Their future home will be at 102 East Vernon avenue.
Mr. Seitz and his bride received their degrees from Illinois State Normal university. Mr. Seitz works for the New York Life Insurance company while his bride is a state member of the Bureau of Social Service.
Mrs. Charles Oliver Funeral Rites Held Wednesday - Funeral services for Mrs. Charles Oliver, 1113 South Fell avenue, were held Wednesday afternoon at the home and at the First Methodist Church in Bloomington. Mrs. Oliver died at 6:25 p.m. Sunday.
Pallbearers for the funeral were Fred Anderson, David BroLeenn, James Ross, Louis-Lohmes, Robert Johnson, and Dr. Albert Peterson. Burial was in Park Hill cemetery. The Rev. Mr. Loyal M. Thompson officiated at the services. Mrs. Guy Palmer was the soloist for the services at the Methodist church.
Mrs. Oliver was born Sept. 6, 18880, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. O. Rose. She was married to Charles Oliver, April 6, 1910.
Surviving are the husband; one son, Wendell, at home; one brother, Oscar Ross of 1107 West Jackson street, three sisters, Mrs. Anna Granback of 203 Kreitzer avenue, Bloomington; Mrs. D. J. Webb of Perry, Ohio; and Mrs. G. O. Betsberg of Milwaukee, Wis.
Mrs. Oliver was a member of the First Methodist church of Bloomington, the Friendship club and the Twentieth Century club.
City engineer to complete water survey - The City Council Monday night instructed the engineer to complete his survey of the water problem. When it is submitted the Council will proceed to arrange for a referendum on whether Normal shall rebuild and enlarge its deep well water plant or abandon it and buy impounded water from Bloomington.
William Randy Raab, Jr. son of Dr. and Mrs. W. B. Raab, 713 Normal avenue, returned Thursday from the Culver Military academy where he has been in summer training. Bill was a member of the Dark Horse Cavalry there, and was a member of the group to take an extended trip by horseback through Indiana and Illinois.

50 Years Ago
Aug. 13, 1965
Mrs. Fagerburg Funeral Held on Thursday - Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Emma Fagerburg, R. R. 1, who was found dead at her home Tuesday, were held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Bloomington First Baptist Church, with the Rev. E. K. Wylie officiating. Burial was in Park Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Fagerburg was born June 26, 1881 at Plainfaing, France, the daughter of Christ and Mary Miller. She married George Fagerburg in Normal Dec. 15, 1898. He preceded her in death in 1940.
Surviving are five sons, Ralph, Horace and Charles, Bloomington; Water, Rock Island; Wayne, 402 Belview; three daughters, Mrs. Blanche Tuttel, Bloomington; Mrs. Katherine Herberger, R. R. 1; Mrs. Margaret Bradshaw, R. R. 1; two brothers, Eugene Miller, Danvers; Andrew Miller, Carlock; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. A brother preceded her in death.
Janet Foley, 201 N. School, has been granted a scholarship award in business education at Illinois State University for the coming year. She is a senior at the University.
Gary Broughton, 1010 Franklin avenue, and Greg Peterson of Bloomington returned Sunday from a week’s camping trip in Kentucky and Tennessee.
Lance Corporal Bob DaSaro, son of Mrs. Jean Grizzle, 916 S. Linden, will arrive home Sunday from Vietnam, where he has been stationed for the past year and a half. He will visit here for a month and then will go to San Diego, Calif.

25 Years Ago
Aug. 9, 1990
Sobey-Bubert wedding held in Texas- Janet Ann Sobey and Dennis Lee Bubert, both of Fort Worth, Texas were united in marriage June 30, 1990 at St. Helen’s Catholic Church, Georgetown, Texas. The ceremony was performed by Msgr. Louis Wozniak.
Janet is the daughter of Phillip and Kathleen Sobey of Georgetown, Texas. Dennis is the son of Russell and Mary Lou Bubert, 803 Smith Drive, Normal.
The bride, a graduate of Georgetown High School, has a bachelor’s degree in advertising and a master’s degree in arts and advertising from the University of Texas at Austin. She is employed as marketing assistant for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.
Her husband, a graduate of Normal Community High School, has a bachelor’s degree in music education from Illinois Wesleyan University, and has done post graduate work at the University of North Texas, Denton. He is employed as a bass trombonist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. After a honeymoon at Montego Bay, Jamaica, the newlyweds reside at 1704 St., Fort Worth, Texas.
Obituary - Dorcas Retzer, nurse - Dorcas Retzer, 57, Abilene, Texas, formerly of Normal, died Saturday, Aug. 4, 1990. Her funeral was held Wednesday in White Hall. Burial was in Manchester Cemetery. A memorial service was held today at Four Season Road Church of Christ. Don Crittendon officiated.
Mrs. Retzer was a nurse. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Four Seasons Road Church of Christ.
Obituary - Bernadine Mangan, homemaker - Bernadine L. Mangan, 66, 1820 Truman Dr., died Monday, Aug. 6, 1990 at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Her funeral was held today at Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington. The Rev. Jan Vokal officiated. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Normal.
Born Oct. 3, 1923, Mrs. Mangan was the daughter of Henry and Eva Malan Habecker. On June 10, 1945 she married William J. Mangan.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Mangan is survived by two sons, William J., Jr., Indiana, and Robert H., Missouri; a daughter, Janice Parker, Urbana; and three grandchildren.


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