The Way We Were

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By The Staff

25 Years Ago

1989 – Industrial Development Coordinator Todd Thoman resigned to accept a job as assistant director of marketing and economic development in Pekin.
WPMB-WKRV’s Home Show attracted 2,700 people.
Women of Distinction awards were presented by Soroptimist International of Vandalia to Erma Gibbons, the late Hazel Berlin, Gail Tish, Helen Barr, Violet Berry, Florence Eakin, Kathryn Brooks and Harriet Snyder.

30 Years Ago

1984 – An estimated $5,000 was raised from a variety of benefits held for Adam Smith, a Jefferson School kindergarten student who required expensive outpatient treatments.
Jerry Heinzman, Bill Donaldson and Margaret Allan were honored as Master Teachers in the Bond-Fayette-Effingham Counties Educational Service Region.
Three sorority chapters of Beta Sigma Phi – Alpha Mu, Alpha and Xi Alpha and Xi Alpha Omricon – joined together for a community project on Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15.
The play, “Juke Box,” was scheduled to be presented April 13-14 at the Little Theater in Vandalia Junior High School.
Becky Ledbetter, an eighth grade student at Brownstown Junior High School and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ledbetter, won an essay contest sponsored by Illinois Power Co.
Marie Davis won both the scratch and handicap events trophies in the Vandalia City Women’s Bowling Tournament. Her scratch score was 1,606, while she finished with an 1,867 handicap series.

40 Years Ago

1974 – The Lions Clubs of Vandalia and Mulberry Grove planned to sponsor Easter egg hunts on Easter Sunday.
A proposal to turn over to the Fayette County Highway Department the maintenance of the Sharon Township roads that serve the residential area at Vandalia Lake was brought before the county board Monday night.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Haas sold the Rainbow Paint Store to Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Taylor.
Paul Kennedy, manager of United Cities Gas, announced that the company had agreed to a long-term lease of the building at the corner of Sixth and Johnson streets,  and proposed to move the offices there as soon as a remodeling job is completed.
According to Norris Blankenship, a member of Ramsey Lions Club, the 13th annual community sale in Ramsey grossed between $3,000 and $4,000 on Saturday.
Charles Davis of Vandalia was awarded a trip to Spain for two, all expenses paid by Ford Customer Service Division.

50 Years Ago

1964 – By a margin of 90 votes residents of St. Elmo approved a municipal swimming pool.
The Vandalia City Council decided to sell bonds for a new city lake.
“Cotton Capers” was the theme of this year’s fashion show sponsored by the Newcomers Club.
Band parents engaged in a busy session Monday night, making final plans for the appearance of the U.S. Navy Band in Vandalia.
The Mulberry Grove High School band presented a spring concert on Tuesday, under the baton of George H. Barton.
National FHA Week, April 5-11, was marked by many extra activities by the 11,000 chapters across the nation.
Brownstown seniors were rehearsing their play, “Room and Bored,” which they presented on April 10.
In 1963, Illinois Power Co. paid $34,628,254 of its revenue in the form of taxes to local, state and federal governments. This came to 25.9 percent of the company’s revenue.

60 Years Ago

1954 – The wooden bridge over the Illinois Central tracks burned Monday night. Heat and flames melted the Illinois Bell Telephone cable.
Vandalia grade school band won a first superior rating in the district contest.
Band students sponsored a variety show to raise funds for a “See the Country” tour.
Holy Cross Lutheran Church invited the public to attend an Easter egg hunt for the children on Sunday, April 18.
Four-Mile Christian Church was undergoing a remodeling program.
Nursery rhymes were used as a theme for a music festival on Tuesday night in the Vandalia High School gym.
Merle Beeson of Fillmore went to Columbia, South America, on April 4 to take charge of the May Oil Co., having served as engineer for the company at Norris City. His wife, the former Oletta Boles, and young son planned to join him in about three months.
Fred and Kathryn Jones took over the management of the Dair-I-King.

70 Years Ago

1944 – Vandalia High School band with David Welch as director sponsored a program by Ozark Ramblers on Thursday night to defray expenses of a district contest scheduled for Vandalia in May.
Sgt. Paul Isbell, stationed at Panama Canal Zone, was selected to escort Eleanor Roosevelt through the hospital at his base.
Floyd Staff, sophomore, defeated Gale Roush, freshman, to win a basket-shooting championship with a score of 25-19. To reach the final bracket, Staff was victorious over K. Blunt, B. Lester, B. McAlphin. Roush defeated J. Curtis, Hubbart, T. Schulte and B. Eller.
Alpha Mu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi entertained at a silver tea on April 2 in the home of Mrs. Julius Lape. The social committee was Peggy Streiff, Ruby McNary, Mildred Quade and Ruth VanSickle. Mrs. Mary Grant Marvin, accompanied by Betty Jo Schoeffer, appeared in several selections.