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

25 Years Ago
June 20, 1991
• Local developer Vernon Prenzler’s plans to construct 11 duplexes on 2.7 acres on the west side of Towanda Ave. from Baugh Dr. to Vernon Ave. was approved by the Normal City Council Monday night.
The Council also agreed to nominate the Normal Theatre for historic landmark designation. City Manager David Anderson said only the building’s facade and not the inside of the structure would be covered by the designation. The Normal Theatre was built in 1937.
• H. Alice Roehm, 81, of Normal died Tuesday, June 18, 1991 after a short illness.
She was born Aug. 3, 1909. in Hastveda, Sweden, the daughter of Nils and Elsa Tuveson. She married  Haper Roehm on Nov. 30, in Chicago. She came to Illinois from Sweden in 1920 and moved to Normal in 1932.
Surviving are a son, Haper of Centerville, Ohio; a daughter, Elsa  Gongwer of Normal; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
• Illinois State University will be planting a variety of trees along both sides of University Street this summer to replace diseased trees being removed by the Town of Norma.
ISU is coordinating the landscaping plan with the Town to beautify the area between College Ave. and Locust St. A new parking deck is on the west side of University Street and Bone Student Center is on the east side in that block.

50 Years Ago
July 1, 1966
• Miss Margaret Young and Charles E. Sila were married June 24 at park methodist Church.
The bride is a graduate of Stonington High School and is a senior at ISU. Mr. Sila is a graduate of Normal Community High School and attended ISU before entering the Navy.
For her wedding, the bride wore a cream sheath enbroidered with pearls at the neckline and a corsage of pink roses.
Mr. Sila reports July 1 to submarine school in New London, Connecticut. The bride will continue her studies at ISU.
• Vacation Church School of the First Presbyterian Church held its closing program last evening with parents of the children as guests.
Vacation church school teachers included Mrs. William Fueher, Mrs. Nancy Tucker, Mrs. John Crew, Mrs. Albert Allen, Mrs. Carol Schantz, Mrs. Charles Dunbar, Mrs. Robert Sutherland, Mrs. Roger Taylor, Mrs. Curtis Johnson, Mrs. Robert Duty, Mrs. Arthur Grove, Mrs. Stanley Burns, Mrs. David Ashbrook and Mrs. Carl Zubeck.
Mrs. Edward Stults and Miss Juanita Dabned assisted with the art work. Mrs. David Calhoun and Miss Carol Roethe assisted with recreation and toy making for the junior highs.
• Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dunn of San Diego California have written that they had intended to visit their former home here this summer but find that they will be scattered over a good part of the world. Mr. Dunn will spend the summer traveling for California Western University while Mrs. Dunn will be on the staff of the American Youth Foundation at Camp Miniwanca in Stoney Lake Michigan.
• Shoey’s Barbershop is tops in the adult softball league play being sponsored by the Normal Parks and Recreation Dept. They have won 3 games and lost none. Teams of I.A.A. and Sandy’s Drive Inn are tied for second with two games won and none lost.
Tuesday night Sandy’s Drive Inn will meet Warning Lites. Wednesday evening McKnights will play Reads of Normal and on Thursday Pfister Hybrids will play the Town of Normal Employees in games at Ash Street Park.
• Mr. and Mrs. Jack E. Dale and family have moved here from Macomb.
• The Tuesday Evening Social Club will hold a picnic Tuesday at Ash Street Park. Supper will be served at 6 p.m.
• Miss Virginia Glasener of Norwalk, California, came this week to spend the summer with her parents, Dr. and Mrs. F. Russell Glasener. She teaches in Norwalk.
• Mr. and Mrs. Loren Garber are spending a two weeks vacation touring Michigan and Ontario, Canada.
• Funeral services for J. Russell Swearingen, 63, Normal, were held Wednesday at the Beck Memorial Home. Mr. Swearingen was a carpenter foreman with the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad.

75 Years Ago
June 13, 1941
• Miss Lois Fuller and Edwin H. Foreman were married Sunday in a double ring ceremony at the Second Presbyterian Church in Bloomington.
The bride wore a shadow-chiffon wedding gown over ivory satin with a finger-tip length veil and pearl-crested crown and carried an arm bouquet of orchids and roses. The bridesmaids, Miss Sara Lipscomb and Miss Virginia Rollo, were attired in peach tissue taffeta with sweetheart hats and carried colonial nosegays. Miss Denesse Foreman, the groom’s sister, and maid of honor, wore a turquoise blue tissue taffeta gown and hat and carried an arm bouquet.
John White served as best man. Ushers were Robert Polk, John Cummings, Gilbert Rogers, Knute Nielson, George Nelson and Webster Gehring. Miss Martha Cornick served as flower girl.
• Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Blunk are the parents of a daughter born Tuesday at Brokaw.
• R.K. Barnes, Jr. spent the week visiting at Mediapolis, Iowa.
• Visitors coming to the Baby Fold this summer will not have to go elsewhere in search of picnic facilities at meal time. When the old barn was torn down last year, several of the planks were converted into large picnic tables. The need for an outdoor oven was sensed by some of the workmen present. H.M. Salch provided the bricks necessary, Charles Murray, of the Burroughs Company supplied the doors, and E.H. Ranney and his working staff furnished the labor. The result is a picnic park adequate to care for the needs of the many groups planning to visit during the summer.
• Mrs. Howard W. Adams drove  to Monmouth Monday to get her daughter, Katherine Jane, who has been in college there.
• “The Lady Eve”, starring Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda, with Charles Coburn and Eugene Pallette, is the smart comedy playing next week at the Normal Theatre.
• Word has been received from Mrs. Allen Brown, who has been spending the past two years with her son in law and daughter, Mr and Mrs. Robert Wells and family in Buenos Aires, Argentina, that she will remain in South America indefinitely due to unsafe sailing conditions.


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