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The Way We Were

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By The Staff

15 Years Ago

1997 – Mayor Rich Walker said the city was seeing some progress in getting rid of dilapidated buildings in Vandalia.
Emergency state funds were being used for repairs to the roof and cupola of the Vandalia Statehouse.
Bert Froehly and John Palacek were honored by the Vandalia Rotary Club as Paul Harris Fel-lows of Rotary International.
Members of the Vandals Sports Boosters Club dismantled the old bleachers in the Vandalia Middle School gym and put up new bleachers that the club pur-chased.
Greenville native Patrick Schaufelberger was named a partner and shareholder of Miller Law Offices in Vandalia and Greenville. At the same time, Chris Bauer, a former assistant state's attorney in Bond County, joined the firm as an associate attorney.
Tim Edwards was chosen as the 1997 winner of the Vandalia Rotary Club's Youth Leadership Award.

20 Years Ago

1992 – Fire of an undeter-mined nature destroyed Mul-berry Meats, a Mulberry Grove business, early Saturday morn-ing.
Births – Jason Scott to Mr. and Mrs. Jason Scott Sr., of Vandalia; Kyle Steven to Mr. and Mrs. Steve Hawkins of Vandalia; Luckas Dean to Mr. and Mrs. David Townsend of Fillmore; Haley Kaye to Mr. and Mrs. Vince Berning of Centralia; Ricky Joe to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Devall of Vandalia.
The reorganization of the Vandalia Police Department included one-officer staffing per shift, except during critical hours.
Cub Scout Pack No. 315 of Vandalia held its annual Pine-wood Derby on Jan. 21. First-place honors went to Greg Choisser, second to Timothy Swain and third to Matt Graumenz.
Jerry Bozek arrived at Fayette County Hospital to assume the duties as the hospital's new administrator.
Fourteen different players scored as the Vandalia eighth-grade boys basketball team ripped Altamont Lutheran 61-15 during the Vandalia Invitational on Tuesday.

25 Years Ago

1987 – Dixon Ticonderoga announced it was closing its Vandalia plant, which employed 78 people.
Katie Snow was crowned queen and Patti Linton princess at Mulberry Grove homecoming festivities.
New lock boxes were installed at the Brownstown Post Office.
Barry Barenfanger was named to the all-tournament team at the Salem Invitational.
Kirk Niemeyer scored 32 points and grabbed 22 rebounds as St. Elmo whipped Mulberry Grove 80-58.
Fayette County Hospital Auxiliary donated a fully-computerized pulmonary function system to the hospital.
Jenny Payne was crowned homecoming queen at Patoka.
Two area girls, Lori Torbeck and Mia Sidwell, appeared in a "Show Me 5" commercial for KSD-TV (Channel 5) in St. Louis.
Area state scholars were: Darin Mills, Angle Wright, Mary Sparks, Lisa Plum, Brad Black and Elaine Moore, St. Elmo; Blaine Watson and John Satterthwaite, Brownstown; and Elizabeth Baldwin, Mulberry Grove.

35 Years Ago

1977 – A tall snowman, com-plete with hat, was erected dur-ing the lunch hour by county courthouse staff of the highway department.
Because of severe cold and hazardous road and street condi-tions, most organizations called off meetings.
Phyllis Rhodes, daughter of Mrs. Phillip Rhodes of St. Elmo and the late Mr. Rhodes, and an SEHS senior, sang with the Illi-nois Music Educators Associa-tion All-State Jazz Choir, which performed in the Grand Ball-room of the Conrad Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Friday evening, Jan. 21.
Ann Blomberg was named LaGrove High School's 1976-77 General Mills Family Leader of Tomorrow. The honor entitled her to compete for a scholarship and other awards.
Frieda Klukis and Mary Pey-ton Meyer returned from a six-day tour of Washington, D.C. They were in the great throng who witnessed the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter. It was a bitterly cold inauguration day.

45 Years Ago

1967 – Bad weather missed Vandalia. However, the ther-mometer did drop to -1 on Wednesday night. Highest read-ing this week was 69.
A third attempted jail break at the Fayette County Jail was squelched.
Deloris Beck was named Pa-toka DAR winner.
Births – a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Carruthers, Ramsey; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Neal; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Vernie Auton, Ramsey.
Temperatures soared into the mid-70s this week. On Tuesday,  brick masons rolled up their sleeves and laid brick at the jun-ior high building, then under construction.