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Written by Kylie Eastman in Historic Photos

Why So Serious? Knight of Pythias, 1934

Knight of Pythias, 1930s.

The Knights of Pythias, a fraternal society organized in the 1860s, maintained a Bloomington chapter for more than a century. Seen here are unidentified members of Damon Lodge No. 10. Although this photograph is undated, research tells us that the local Pythians celebrated their 64th anniversary in Bloomington on February 19, 1934.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Memorial Day, May 30, 1935 Downtown Bloomington

Memorial Day parade, 1935.

Memorial Day 1935 in Bloomington included a parade that began at the McBarnes Memorial Building on East Grove Street.
This photographs shows the local Boy Scout contingent heading south along the 100 block of South Main Street.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Illinois State Normal University 77th annual Commencement Ceremonies, June 11, 1936

ISU Graduation ceremonies, 1936.

Back in 1936, there was one graduation ceremony for all graduates, and it was staged on the Quad.Seen here are unidentified ISU faculty members taking part in it.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

James Moberly Farm Funks Grove Township, May 1936

Funks Grove Farm tractor, 1936.

This late May 1936 scene shows James Moberly (though which individual is James is unknown) of Funks Grove Township grinding valves and fitting new rings on his McCormick-Deering Farmall F-30 tractor. Moberly was preparing the tractor before his corn was ready for cultivation.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Ready, Aim, Fire! BPD Firing Range, May 1936

Bloomington Fire Department firing range, 1936.

Seen here are four members of the Bloomington Police Department taking target practice with their Smith & Wesson .38 service revolvers. The more industrious members of the BPD had earlier converted a hayloft in the garage wing of old City Hall into a combination clubroom and firing range!

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Wheeler Triplets, June 4, 1936 Brokaw Hospital, Normal

Nurses holding triplets, 1936.

Brokaw Hospital maternity nurses are seen here keeping the Wheeler triplets on their strict feeding schedule—one ounce of milk every two hours. In an age well before infertility treatments, triplets were extremely rare!

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Irvin Theatre, June 1938 202 E. Jefferson St., Bloomington

Irvin Theater, 1938.

Opened in 1915 as the finest movie house in the Twin Cities, the Irvin (or at least its marquee) is seen in this June 1938 sidewalk-and-street scene. The view is looking east. The old theater was torn down in the fall of 1987 and today the site is a surface parking lot for Second Presbyterian Church.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Labor Secretary Visits Bloomington October 17, 1935

Labor Secretary, 1935.

Department of Labor Secretary Frances Perkins, the first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet, stopped in the Twin Cities on October 17, 1935. She spoke at Capen Auditorium on the Illinois State Normal University campus. She talked about workplace health and safety.

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Brown’s Business College, 1930 526-530 N. Main St., Bloomington

Brown's Business College, 1930.

Brown’s Business College, offered classes in various downstate Illinois communities, including Galesburg, Moline, and Peoria. The school maintained a “campus” in Bloomington from the 1890s to the early 1940s

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Written by Bill Kemp in Historic Photos

Pantagraph Expansion, Circa 1935 Madison and Washington streets Downtown Bloomington

Pantahgraph building expansion, 1935.

By 1935, The Pantagraph had outgrown its 1887 home. Construction of new and expanded quarters began that year at the same location.

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