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

25 Years Ago
March 18, 1993
• Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Rogers  will observe their 50th wedding anniversary.
Rogers and Elizabeth Fey were married March 21, 1943 at the First methodist Church in Normal. Paul and Ruby Fey were their attendants.
Rogers retired from State Farm ten years ago and prior to that had been in the food business for 35 years.
• The McLean County Chamber of Commerce presented their Youth Award for the month of October.
One of the two students honored was Tiffany Arnold, a senior at Central Catholic, daughter of Tim and Lynda Arnold. The other student honored was Jeffrey Maccari, a senior at NCHS, son of James and Kathleen Maccari. Both received a certificate and check for $25.
• Greg Reynolds, a member of the NCHS regional championship golf team which finished seventh in the state last fall, has informed Millikin University golf coach Gerald Temples of his intention to enroll at Millikin next fall and play for the Big Blue.
Reynolds had a 79 stroke average and was runner-up at the Charger Invitational last fall. He is a son of Jerry and Peggy Reynolds of Bloomington.
• At Monday night’s Town of Normal Council meeting, a change in the wording of an educational phrase used by Operation Recycle was proposed by Councilman Jeffrey Fritzen. The proposed change was from “Save the Environment” to “Protect the Environment.”
“The phrase ‘saving the environment’ gives the idea that we’re on the brink of disaster,” he said, “We’re not.”
The council also decided to continue to develop a brochure on “How to Address Your Town Council.”

50 Years Ago
March 15, 1968
• Mrs. Robert Copenhaver, Normal, and Charles L. Cherry, Bellflower, were married Sunday in the First Presbyterian Church. Rev. Richard Watts performed the ceremony in the presence of the immediate families. Following a trip to California, the couple will be at home here.
• The McMurray Alumnae Club will meet tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Mrs. Margaret Esposito, with Mrs. M.T. Townsend and Mrs. Kenneth Riecks assisting. “Warp and Woof” will be the program by the associate extension advisor of the University of Illinois extension service.
• Barry Chapman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald A. Chapman, Normal, received the ROTC Air Force MSA award recently in the annual Spring Awards Ceremony at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.
• Miss Nancy Washburn, who teaches at Urbanville, Iowa, spent the weekend visiting her mother, Mrs. Jean Washburn in Normal.
• Thirty-three Normal students at University High School and Normal Community High School have been named winners in the 1968-1969 Illinois State Scholarship Commission program.
Normal students listed are: Margaret Aiken, David Bender, Steven Blight, Bruce Brown, Chris Carroll, Lance Cook, Barbara Craig, Peggy Crawford, M.E. Cunningham, Owen Fuller, Francis Korte, Deborah Lakin, and James K. Leary.
Other Normal students are: Lesley Manring, Jacqueline McBurney, Deborah McClannahan, James McKinty, Sandy Mitchell, Cathryn Myers, Howard Naslund, Allen Olson, Candace Penn, James Pohlman, Linda Ruble, Mary Ryder, Jackie Sibley, Laura Simms, Michael Sprinker, Kent Taulbee, Linda Vittitoe, William Warran, Michael Wilson, and Martin Wykoff.
• Funeral rites for Mrs. Forrest G. Compton, formerly of 519 Hovey Ave. and 24 Norbloom, were held Friday in LaVerne, California. She died last Wednesday following a year’s illness.
While living in Normal Mrs. Compton was active in the First Methodist Church and was a former president of the YWCA. Mr. Compton, who preceded her in death, was with the Internal Revenue Service here.

75 Years Ago
March 12, 1943
• Miss Myra Ellenberger and Mrs. Charles Raymond will entertain members of the Normal Business Women’s League Wednesday evening at the home of Dr. Ethel Louise Burner, 202 South Oak Street, A St. Patrick’s Day theme will be carried out at the potluck supper at 6:30 p.m., and in the evening’s entertainment.
Members are asked to bring table service, a covered dish and their own portion of dry coffee. Coffee will be made by the hostesses. Due to the bad condition of Oak Street, members are warned not to park on that street unless the ground is frozen.
• Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Littell Jr. are the parents of a daughter born Monday at Mennonite Hospital.
• Dr. and Mrs. Justin C. McNutt are the parents of a daughter born Sunday at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
• Victory Coterie members were entertained Thursday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Charles Buroughs. Mrs. Lorelda Couch spoke on “That Younger Generation.” The question, “Is it all right for children to have pets?” was answered in response to roll call.
• The Parent-Teacher Association of the Eugene Field School will meet Thursday evening at the school. Miss Erma Imboden, critic teacher at the Thomas Metcalf School, will speak on “Physical Growth and Mental Health.” Health motion pictures will be shown.
A social hour will follow. Hostesses will be Mrs. S. F. Cluts, Mrs. Ralph Hargis, Mrs. Alice Hoffman, Mrs. Ralph Johnson, Mrs. Everett Rich, Mrs. Ray Valentine and Mrs. Charles Sylvester.      
•  Twenty-three F.F.A. boys produced over 1 ton of pork, according to their project summary for 1942. Robert Rhoades raised 18,600 pounds; Dwight Zehr, 16,400 pounds, and Leland Powers, 10,000 pounds. Twenty seven of the boys made over $100 each as a profit from their hogs.
• L.W. Dean and family, 1311 Franklin Avenue, have moved to a farm near McLean.


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