The Way We Were

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By The Staff

25 Years Ago

1989 – Rich Walker was re-elected mayor by a 2-1 margin over the nearest of four challengers. Incumbent Norma Cearlock defeated Marjorie Blythe for city clerk.
Lori Payne was named Miss Kirksville (Mo.). The daughter of Marlene Payne of Vandalia and the late Elvin “Biz” Payne, the Northeast Missouri State university senior also won the best talent award for her snare drum and marimba piece. As Miss Kirksville, Payne competed in the Miss Missouri pageant.
New or remodeled businesses in Vandalia included Bowen Furniture Mart, Jeanine’s Attic, Joe’s Never Inn and Philpot’s Auto Parts.

30 Years Ago

1984 – Sam Koonce of Vandalia purchased a lucky Instant Lottery ticket Sunday at Bob’s IGA. The ticket was worth $100,000.
The LaFayette Players were scheduled to present “Cat On a Hot Tin Roof” at the Vandalia Junior High School's Little Theater on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 6-8.
Ramsey was gearing up for its 23rd annual Community Sale to be held on Saturday, sponsored by the Ramsey Lions Club.
The Vandalia Community High School tennis team was getting ready to open its season on April 10.
Bob McCart of Vandalia was the first-place winner in the 10-game bowling marathon at Jr.’s Lanes in Vandalia on Sunday. He bowled a 2,091 series to place first in a field of 22 bowlers.
Marie Bennett was honored by Soroptimist International of Vandalia as Woman of the Year. Irene Forehand received the Women Helping Women award.
Eight students from Mulberry Grove Elementary School were winners in a spelling bee held at the school. They were Jennie Snow, Brian Bandy, Mindy Obermark, Kendall Warner, Kim Rezabek, Shanna Haxton, Valerie Vohlken and Curt Goodin. Rezaek was the overall winner,  and was to represent her school in the district spelling bee.

40 Years Ago

1974 – Hail as large as golf balls fell north of Greenville.
High winds damaged many buildings in St. Elmo. A garage and nearby shed were demolished, and there was considerable damage at the Richardson Brothers Greenhouses.
The city of Vandalia approved a bicycle ordinance, which becomes effective on May 1.
A federal grant was to have made possible the opening of Eighth Street across the Penn Tracks.
Delbert Harrison of St. Elmo was re-elected chairman of the Fayette County Democratic Committee. Republicans elected David Waltz.
Vandalia Junior High Band, under the direction of Judy Wasmuth, received a first rating on Saturday in competition in Charleston.
Mr. and Mrs. Laverle Knebel of Vandalia and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Alender of Gillespie, returned from a trip to Hawaii
About 175 were present when Melrose Chapter 243, OES, entertained Grand Lodge officers.
Phyllis Rames visited Carmen Ramirez in her home in South America. Carmen had lived in the Rames home part of the time she was in Vandalia as a foreign exchange student.
Vandalia Welcome Wagon Club’s charity ball this year was to benefit the Mental Health Association of Fayette County.

50 Years Ago

1964 – After 21 years of service with the United States Air fore, Major Charles Low retired and came back to Vandalia with his family to live.
While attending a regional meeting in Effingham, 750 Southern Illinois historians came by 18 busloads to Vandalia to tour the Old State Capitol and other points of interest here.
Richard Miller planned to open his veterinary office in Vandalia about June 1. He graduated from Southern Illinois University.
Mr. and Mrs. Russell Hewitt hosted a dinner in the Friendship Room of First National Bank of Vandalia for the Vandalia Community High School wrestling team. Ron Williams was wrestling captain.
On Easter Sunday morning, 35 young people from junior and senior school departments at First United Methodist Church, were served an Easter breakfast by Mrs. Russell Hewitt, Mrs. Charles Davis, Miss Camilla Diveley and Mrs. D.W. Gibbons.
Mrs. Robert Lingle was one of four finalists in Toledo, Ohio, preliminaries for Mrs. America. She was formerly Miss Jeanne Gallatin.
During a Court of Honor for Boy Scout Troop 141, Wayne L. Brannon had the honor of presenting a Life Award, along with 15 merit badges, to Dan Palecek on Monday night.

60 Years Ago

1954 – Mr. and Mrs. Harry B. Craycroft were home after a long winter in Florida.
Charles “Skip” Carroll received a citation from the Admiral of the Navy unit for his outstanding record with the Com Mars while stationed for 19 months on Guam.
Announcements of the partnership of Burnside and Dees was made this week.
Durwood Stringer was accepted as a medical student at Washington University in St. Louis.
Xi Alpha Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi started a fund with which they hoped to purchase a Bloxom Oxygen Air Pressure Lock for the new Fayette County Hospital.
Thirty Vandalia Community High School boys came out for baseball practice.

70 Years Ago

1944 – As a result of a change in assessing methods, railroad valuations went up over $1 million dollars this year.
A.W. Thalman accepted a position as county chairman of OPA.
A district office for 545 crippled children from six counties was opened in Vandalia. Frances Baker was named permanent secretary of the office.
A pie and box social netted the Band Patrons Association $80 and a benefit show at the theater produced $45 this week.
A farewell party for Marion Bingham was given by Midwest employees on Monday night, prior to his leaving for the service on Thursday.
Farewell parties were given for Fred Perry and Eugene Carter on Monday night.
Lady deputies and employees of the Fayette County Courthouse provided a chicken dinner Thursday for LaVerne Deal, circuit clerk and recorder; Ray Robbins, county treasurer; Robert Burnside, state’s attorney; and Dennis Brown, chief deputy sheriff, all of whom were soon due to leave for military service.