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

25 Years Ago
July 16, 1992
• Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Patricia L. Ebey, daughter of Betty A. Ebey, Normal, recently deployed aboard the destroyer tender USS Acadia for duty in the Pacific.
A 1983 University High School graduate and 1985 University of Illinois graduate, she joined the Navy in November 1987.
• Karin Bone, Normal, was named Centrillo Council of Girl Scouts Volunteer of the Month for June.
Mrs. Bone served as Honorary Chairwoman of the “Building for the Future of Girl Scouts” three year capital campaign and as Mistress of Ceremonies at the closing campaign dinner at Camp Peairs in May. More than $500,000 was raised in the campaign.
• Trent and Janet Holland, Normal, will observe their 25th wedding anniversary Wednesday.
• A son was born to Ray and Julie Huber of Normal on July 9.
• Married June 13, 1992 at Danvers Baptist Church were Rose Marie Goeppner of Bloomington and James Lee Altshue of Normal.

50 Years Ago
July 21, 1967
• Miss Helen Farnsworth, who in company with Miss Emily Holzer, is spending the summer touring Europe, has written that the girls are having a wonderful vacation. They will return by ship, docking in New York on Sept. 8.
Miss Farnsworth is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Farnsworth. Miss Holzer’s parents are the John Holzers.
• Mr. and Mrs. Paul McReynolds returned Monday following a month’s fishing trip at Dryden, Canada, where they had a cottage.
• Miss Lynda Gene Schaab and John David Rush, both of Normal, were united in marriage Saturday at the First Methodist Church. The double ring ceremony was attended by 400 guests.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Schaab. He is the son of Mrs. Wilma Rush of Caracus, Venezuela and J.W. Rush of Claremore, Oklahoma.
Mrs. Rush is a 1966 graduate of University High School and is a Data Clerk at General Electric. Mr. Rush attended the Bloomington Schools and is employed as a route man for Advance Cleaners.
• The newly organized Central Illinois Gladiolus Society will hold a field day Sunday. Members will have an opportunity to see some of the new, as well as the old, varieties as they are grown in this section of the state. Several members of the club, including J.A. Wiese, have gladiolus planted here.
• Funeral service for Miss Beverly Oltman, 28, of Normal, was held Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church. Burial was in East Lawn Cemetery.
Miss Oltman died Thursday at Brokaw Hospital following a week’s illness.
She was born June 26, 1939 at Mackinaw, a daughter of Halley R. and Blanche E. Gish Oltman.
• Mr. and Mrs. Bob Beever and son have moved here from Indianola, Iowa.

75 Years Ago
July 17, 1942
• The WPA canning project, with its center at 100 East Parkinson Street, is in full swing as the pea canning season closes and bean canning is started.
George G. Lescher, Township Supervisor, reports that the crops have been unusually good this year.
The canning of the beans will probably take about six weeks. Beets are also being canned. Corn and tomatoes are about ready for canning. The tomatoes will be used for juice and canned whole.
The foods are used for the hot lunches in the schools and for families requiring township relief.
• Charles Sage, son of Mrs. Nellie Sage, 1000 North Main Street, who has been in a serious condition at St. Joseph Hospital, is showing improvement. Mr. Sage was seriously injured in an auto accident five months ago.
• Mr. and Mrs. Anderson Rolofson, 308 East Poplar Street, are the parents of a son born Tuesday at St. Joseph Hospital.
• Mrs. Kathryn Hartmann, Decatur, spent the weekend visiting with her brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Belt, 1405 South Main Street. They spent most of the weekend at the Belt Cabin at Lake Bloomington.
• Miss Mary Louise Barger became the bride of Ross Williams of Mr. Carroll in a ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Barger, 605 North School Street. The Rev. Charles K. Carpenter, uncle of the bride, performed the single ring ceremony before an altar decorated with garden flowers.
• Miss Pauline Conger, Normal, will have a bathroom shower Monday at her home in honor of Miss Louise Balle, who will become the bride of Raymond Fike on August 9. The evening will be spent playing games.
• Mr. and Mrs. James Henderson are the parents of a baby girl born Wednesday at the Brokaw Hospital.
• Edwin Jackson will return to Chanute Field Sunday following a one week furlough. He has visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred M. Jackson, 806 Normal Avenue.
• Cpl. William Farnham left Monday for Gardner Field, California, after a two weeks’ visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Farnham, 807 South Main Street.
• Kenneth Pearl entered the Navy Tuesday in Chicago. He expects to be sent to Norfolk, Va. He will serve as Carpenter’s Mate First Class. Mrs. Pearl will remain here.
• Charlie S. Newton, who has been serving as band director at the Illinois Soldiers and Sailors Children’s School, has accepted the position of band director at the Bloomington High School. His duties will begin September 1.
• The Normal Community Garden Club entertained members of the J.R. Garden Club Thursday afternoon at the home of Miss Louesa Keys and Mrs. C.D. Van Huss, 608 Broadway. Roll call was answered with “My Favorite Picnic Trick.”
Mrs. E.F. Custer, Mrs. A. L. McDonald and Miss Keys were in charge of the program, which was concerned with “El Fresco Living.”


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