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The Way We Were

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By The Staff

25 Years Ago

1989 – The flu bug caused absenteeisms to climb at Fayette County schools.
Vandalia wrestlers took second in the regional tournament at Cumberland. Seven qualified for sectionals, including Tim Wollin, who upped his record to 30-0. Others advancing were Gary Graumenz, Jamie Wehrle, John Wehrle, Heath Sheraden, John Durbin  and Chad Dunaway.

30 Years Ago

1984 – Nineteen resolutions pertaining to the Vandalia Sewer project were approved by the city council Monday evening, bringing the $7.46-million project closer to beginning construction.
The city council voted to appoint George Stombaugh to the Vandalia Police Commission.
New officers of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce were: Ernie Chappel, president; Dale Timmermann, secretary; Frank Murphy, treasurer; and new directors, Arthur Young, Otto Cuppy, John Hulskotter, Harold Hartwick and Harry Truitt.
Daryle Stonier, a Woodford County farmer and vice chairman of the board of directors of Growmark Inc., was featured speaker at the 48th annual meeting of Fayette Service Co.
Operation OUTING Inc. board members voted to order a new 1984 Thomas Mighty-Mite midsize bus with a  hydraulic lift from Ponder Equipment of Litchfield. No  bids were submitted by a Vandalia or Fayette County dealer.
Darrell Fesser, agriculture instructor at Vandalia High School, was presented with the “Teacher of the Month" award by Kris Hutson, president of the Vandalia Unit Teachers Association, for the month of January.
Jerry Beabout, who had served 16 years on the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department, was elected chief of the department Wednesday. Also elected were Merle Adermann, first assistant chief, and Harold Walker, second assistant chief.
King and queen at the Patoka High School Homecoming dance were Jana Bates and Darin Sharp.

40 Years Ago

1974 – Vandalia police officers asked union representation at the city council meeting Monday night.
The John Daniels family of the Pittsburg community was named Outstanding Farm Conservation Family in Fayette County.
Princess Peggy Inc. plans to continue operations in Vandalia, according to plant manager J.B. Crone.
Bill Jasper, owner of St. Peter Equipment, announced that Friday, Feb. 8, would be its 18th annual open house.
Susan Mahon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mahon, was spending a month in England with a group of Greenville College students.

50 Years Ago

1964 – The official United States Navy Band was scheduled to play matinee and evening concerts on April 9 in Vandalia Community High School gymnasium.
Mother’s March Friday night in Vandalia netted $630.34 for the polio drive. Mrs. Jack Johnston served as chairman.
Maurice Friedman, manager of Fayette Service Inc., was presented a diamond pin in recognition of his 30 years of service.
Lowell Donnelley was presented an Eagle Scout award at a court of honor held at Vandalia First Christian Church.
Fayette County Hospital Auxiliary presented the hospital with two new $600 patient stretchers.
An attempt to stop erosion at Camp Marrill was suggested by Wayne Tipsword, landscape engineer. They planned to plant 9,000 locust seedlings in the spring

60 Years Ago

1954 – Joseph C. Burtschi was elected president of Vandalia Historical Society at the regular meeting of the society in Hotel Evans.
The new Church of God was dedicated Sunday at the corner of Cherry and Johnson streets. The Rev. Troy Spaur was pastor.
A building program for unit grade schools was outlined by Superintendent G.V. Blythe; it included Lincoln School in Vandalia and four rural school centers.
Dick Moeller purchased the Bail Grocery on North Sixth Street.
Vandalia had 2.27 inches of rain in January.

70 Years Ago

1944 – At a meeting of Fayette County Fair Association on Jan. 4, Sam Schaub was elected president; Sam McCormick, vice president; Louis Tudor, secretary; Chester Griffith, treasurer; William Fulton, Henry Bingaman and Cleve Fulton, directors; and holdover directors were J.R. Bartimus, D.F. Houston and Kenneth Freeland.
Memebers of the Fayette County Draft Board were: Walter Darner, chairman; and J. Wilson Smith, Clarence Leever, Frank Morr and John Senik.
The Rev. Henry Aykens, pastor of the local Presbyterian Church, was named president of Fayette County Red Cross War Fund Drive.
The Vandalia Community High School girl tumblers, who performed between halves of Vandalia-Effingham game Friday night, were Mary Ann Brannon, Betty Swarm, Betty Rine, Deloris Forbes, Lois Diveley, Geraldine Southwell, Doris Guffey, Margie Watts, Tommie Cumbie, Donna Ogelsby, Mary Lou Yarbrough, Alberta Smith, Edwes Roush, Eloise Peyton, Joyce Eakin, Sally Denny, Donna Forbes, Betty Pointer, Jane Isbell and Lois Merriman.