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The Way We Were

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By The Staff

15 Years Ago

1997 – The Vandalia Board of Education voted to have the Mt. Vernon architectural firm of Wilson, Hodge & Groh conduct a study regarding the district’s shortage of space.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving of Fayette County held a candlelight vigil at First Baptist Church in Vandalia in memory of those killed or injured in accidents caused by drunk drivers.
Howard and Lucille Wells celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

20 Years Ago

1992 – Three area queens, including Miss Fayette County Fair, Traci Wells of Vandalia; Miss Marion County Fair, Mindy Adams of Patoka; and Miss Bond County Fair, Amy Bohle of rural Greenville (a graduate of Mulberry Grove High School) were to compete in the 1992 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant in Springfield this weekend.
Kristen Jahraus of St. Peter was to end her reign as Miss Illinois County Fair Queen when she crowns her successor at the pageant.
Tammy Woolsey and Nancy Pryor renovated a home in Brownstown for use as a boarding residence for the elderly, to offer an alternative to premature placement in a nursing home.
Vandalia’s sophomore basketball team, coached by Steve Henna, remained undefeated as they beat Breese Central, 49-47 on Monday.
The Fayette County Unit of the American Cancer Society raised more than $1,300 through its “Love Lights A Tree” fund-raising program.
Dr. Robert Hyatt of Vandalia was presented with the Distinguished Lecturer in Physiology Award by Dr. Steve Peters at the 57th annual Scientific Assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians held in San Francisco in November.
City employees had worked all week, and some pulled an all-night stint, to clear streets as Vandalia experienced the first snowstorm of 1992.

25 Years Ago

1987 – Fayette County residents got a snow job as 8-10 inches of snow fell Friday, Jan 9.
Training was under way for employees of Vandalia’s newest industry, VI Enterprises, a hat-making factory.
Chosen as Vandalia Chamber of Commerce directors were Don Funk, Bruce Lowry, Mary Davis, Glenda Lawler, Dale Timmermann and Leo Eisert.
Named Vandalia Community High School State Scholars were Pam Thull, Stephen Myers, Marc Brown and Elizabeth Adams.
DAR winners in Fayette County were Michelle Adermann, Ramsey; Blaine Watson, Brownstown; Julie Sinclair, St. Elmo; Regina Dothager, Vandalia; and Jane Blomberg, LaGrove.
Eighth-grade girls basketball award winners were: Mindy Heinzman, Jr. Vandal; Michelle Kaiser, Ms. Offense; Kim Graumenz, Ms. Defense; and Molly Schumacher, Ms. Hustle. Seventh-grade winners were Becky Ledbetter, Ms. Defense; Kristi Gehle, Ms. Hustle; Christy Meyer, Ms. Offense; and Ede Brunderman, Jr. Vandal.

35 Years Ago

1977 – After a 24-hour blizzard on Sunday, city employees worked day and night to keep main thoroughfares open. Side streets were almost impassible on Monday. Temperatures ranged from -5 to 31 degrees.
Steve Oertwig was named to the Fayette County Board to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Dewayne Cearlock.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Goers of rural Altamont were named Fayette County’s 1976 Conservation Family by the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Gabrielle DeMoulin and Lennie Jahn were named Good Citizenship Award winners at Mulberry Grove High School.
45 Years Ago

1967 – Officers of the Fayette County Hospital Auxiliary were: Mrs. L.M. Westphal, Farina, president; Fern Porter, Vandalia, vice president; Mrs. Earl M. Frank, Vandalia, treasurer; Mrs. Arthur Bernhardt, St. Peter, recording secretary; and Mrs. George Hubbard, Farina, corresponding secretary.
Hospital auxiliary members recognized for hours of volunteer service were Doris Vance and Oral Hugo of Brownstown, Letta Hopkins of Vernon and Esther Bernhardt of St. Peter, each for 1,500 hours. Cordia Huffman of Vandalia was recognized for 1,000 hours, and Hanna Waddell of St. Elmo was honored for 500 hours.
Donald Fulk was installed as worshipful master of Temperance Lodge No. A.F. and A.M.
A vocational education program was proposed, and the plan included several school districts in the joint undertaking.
A revival at Overcup Baptist Church was in progress. The Rev. Jess Johnson was the pastor and the Rev. Dale Bennett was the evangelist.
The Rev. and Mrs. Ray Porter entertained the Methodist Men bowlers and their wives.

55 Years Ago

1957 – The Fayette County medical staff elected Dr. S.W. Moore as its president.
Harold Landes was installed as worshipful master of Temperance Lodge, No. 16, A.F. and A.M.
Births – a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Branham, Vandalia; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Caldwell, Vandalia; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Stroble, Vandalia; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Claypool, St. Elmo; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hall, Vandalia; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kirkman, Vandalia; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dallas Chatham, Vandalia; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gale Cooper, Patoka; and a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Donaldson, Fillmore.
In the absence of Mrs. Dale Tedrick, Mrs. Morris Spenney presided at the regular meeting of the Vandalia Band Parents. Plans for the Valentine dance were discussed.
Mr. and Mrs. Clem Van Zandt returned from a visit in Durham, N.C., with their son, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Doyle Van Zandt.
More than 200 called to congratulate Mr. and Mrs. John Etcheson on their golden wedding anniversary, Jan. 6.

65 Years Ago

1947 – Three babies were born in Mark Greer Hospital on New Year’s Day: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Dan Albert of Tamalco; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Gorline of Greenville; and a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Harper of Greenville.
In Vandalia’s game with Paris on Saturday night, the score was tied 11 times before Vandalia won, 46-20.
Jim Staff made 45 points in the last three basketball games.
Births – a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Cokinos, Farina; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Evans, Vandalia; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Stapp, Brownstown.
Vandalia Flying Service came to the rescue of wildlife this week by providing an airplane to scatter 1,000 pounds of scratch feed over ice-covered fields.
Sharon Sturgeon celebrated her seventh birthday at a party on Jan. 2.

75 Years Ago

1937 – John Edward Lauderdale was the first to register in the Fayette County Clerk’s office for a Social Security card on Monday, Jan. 4.
George W. Walker was installed as president of Ford Fellowship Club on Saturday night. Allie Mammen was vice president; R.V. Wilk was treasurer; and Bruce Edwards was secretary.
The annual Fireman’s New Year’s Eve Ball was a big success.
Births – a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Stickler, Vandalia; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Ober, Vandalia; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Maude Schmitt, Kaskaskia Township.
During 1936, a total of 249 marriage licenses were issued in Fayette County.
Doris Danks, Vandalia High School music teacher, resigned to become the wife of Max James.
J.B. Turner and daughter Nancy were quarantined because they had scarlet fever.
A new Illinois law fixed the term of office of newly elected city officials in April at four years instead of two, except in cities that had already adopted the two-year term.