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The Way We Were

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By The Staff

15 Years Ago

1995 – Jenner & Block, a Chicago law firm representing convicted murderer Stuart Heaton, filed a motion asking for the right to seek additional information it felt would help fight Heaton’s conviction and life imprisonment. Special prosecutor Don Sheafor was arguing that Jenner & Block should be disqualified because it was arguing Heaton was not adequately represented at trial, even though it waived that issue in appellate court.
Plans for the Vandalia Municipal Swimming Pool rehabilitation were being finalized by the Vandalia Park District.

20 Years Ago

1990 – Alex Wodtka, 5-month-old St. Peter baby, received a heart transplant at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis.
Geri Reuss was named head volleyball coach at Vandalia Community High School.
The VCHS Class of 1945 held its class reunion at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.

25 Years Ago

1985 – Festivals were planned in Patoka and Brownstown, while Prairie Days in St. Peter drew huge crowds.
St. Elmo and Vandalia football teams were preparing for the upcoming season. Other fall sports teams in the area were ready to begin competition, weather permitting.

35 Years Ago

1975 – Modern equipment had eliminated need for AT&T Vandalia Booster station. The company’s plan for the building were not known at the present time.
Fayette County Cultural Arts Council received a grant from the state.
The Vandalia schools contemplated introducing the metric system into the elementary grades.
The sale of the Princess Peggy plant equipment was set for Thursday.
Jan’s Cinderella Shoppe offered a second dress or pants suit of the same or lesser price for $1 as an August attraction.
Twenty paintings of Old Ramsey by Mary Ann (Stombaugh) Miller went on display at First National Bank of Vandalia Wednesday morning.
New teachers this year at Vandalia included Larry Lovall, Jeanette Coleman, Norma Holtcamp, Mariane Page, Mary Lou Heinzman, Ginger Wells, Drew Schneider and Kent Freeland.
Mr. and Mrs. Alvia Rhoades of Ramsey left June for an African hunting trip.
The first fall festival for the Knights of Columbus at Mother of Dolors was a chicken-bratwurst German festival on Friday, Sept. 5. There were games and prizes for a fun-filled family night.
Farmers & Merchants Bank offered help for families feeling the money crunch because of the back-to-school expenses.

45 Years Ago

1965 – Almost 1,600 residents of the St. Elmo area cooperated in a TB skin test.
Vandalia Lions Club enjoyed a tour of the Ralston Purina Plant Monday.
The youth of First Pentecostal Church of Vandalia advertised a public auction, the proceeds from which went to Sheaves for Christ, a young people’s missionary project.
The Bear Creek School reunion was attended by more than 100 people.
Edward Hessler was installed as a teacher at Christian Day School in St. Peter.
Only four lettermen returned as Vandalia started football practice.
Some 5,000 area students returned to school during the past few days.
Day’s Jewelry sponsored a one-half sale, during Vandalia Auction Dollar Days.

55 Years Ago

1955 – A brown leghorn hen, once a blue-ribbon winner at the county fair, at the age of 19 years, was still a good layer. However, the eggs she laid were round instead of oval shaped.
Plans were made by county educators in the office of Lynn Price for a Little White House Conference in September.
Irvin Emert was employed to teach chemistry at Martinsville High School.
St. Elmo Grade School bond issue carried in Saturday’s vote.

65 Years Ago

1945 – Spontaneous combustion caused a fire which destroyed a practically new barn belonging to Adolph Doehring on Route 185.
Marie Hamilton entered upon her duties as chief clerk in the office of county war price and rationing board on August 22.
The Rev. H.A. VanHorn was reassigned to local Free Methodist Church for a third term.
Elva Elam was appointed assistant county superintendent of schools of Fayette County last week.
The Fourth Street overhead bridge was again opened to vehicular travel Tuesday after the bridge had been closed for repairs following its demolition when a train loaded too high with cargo of army trucks passed under it.
Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Drenckpohl and family returned home last week after having spent the summer in Waupun, Wisc.

75 Years Ago

1935 – Twenty Fayette County boys enlisted in CCC Camp and were sent to Marshall.
According to County Treasurer Coral Brooks, 80 percent of the taxes in the county had been paid, to date.
St. Elmo public school was to have begun Sept. 2, according to Superintendent of School, F.E. Crawford. Other high school teachers were L.E. Philbrook, Harvey Munger, E. Vatthauer, E. Warnick, C. Schmidt and M. Casteel.
Dr. E.A. Kuehn, general practitioner from Muckegon, Mich., arrived here last week and began to make preparations for establishing an office here.