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The Way We Were

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By The Staff

25 Years Ago

1989 – Hail and high winds broke windows, dented vehicles and destroyed roofs and crops in Fayette County. The damage was estimated at $15 million.
South Central was the name chosen by students for the newly consolidated Farina LaGrove, Kinmundy-Alma school district.
Speaking at area graduation ceremonies were the following valedictorians and salutatorians – Jason Tjaden, valedictorian, and Tracy Sanders and Tamara Alton, co-salutatorians, Vandalia; Jason Fields, valedictorian, and Steve Williams and Judy Kramer, co-salutatorians, LaGrove; Deanna Eller, valedictorian, and Michelle Sapp, salutatorian, St. Elmo.

30 Years Ago

1984 – Crawford Hale American Legion Post 95 and Ladies Auxiliary participated in the Memorial Day service at Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia. Dr. J.G. Switzer, a World War I veteran, was one of the speakers for the service.
Members of the agriculture class at Vandalia Community High School and the welding class at the Okaw Area Vocational Center worked together to make a set of bleachers to be used at the Fayette County Fairgrounds.
High school graduations were scheduled for May 31 and June 1 for schools in Fayette County.
The Fayette County Hospital Auxiliary celebrated its 25th anniversary at its annual meeting on June 4.
Lori Payne received a music scholarship from the Vandalia Women’s Club.
Daniel Rubin and Keith Ehrat, students at Vandalia High School and Okaw Area Vocational Center, were named recipients of Lincoln Lodge scholarships at the annual GFWC-IFWC convention in Chicago.
Members of the Vandalia High School academic bowl team were honored at a team banquet. Their coach was Norm Koerner. Team members were Brad Reznick, Mike Wefer, Lori Payne, Diana Beabout, Lori Wollerman, Amie Leander, Chris Sarchet and Rhonda Steinkamp.

40 Years Ago

1974 – Numerous news reports pinpointed Clinton County and parts of Bond, Madison and Fayette counties as areas to become involved in the production of coal in Illinois.
Historical Vandalia Inc.  advertised a public auction of the eight-room modern house on the north side of the old Presbyterian Church.
In appreciation of her 48 years of service at First National Bank of Vandalia, Margaret Torkelson was given an all-expenses-paid trip through the Eastern United States. Mrs. Torkelson chose Daisy McKeithan as her traveling companion.
Upon completion of 44 years of teaching, Juanita Durr was honored at a reception in Mulberry Grove Baptist Church on Sunday, May 26.
Kenneth W. Langston, son of Doris Langston, was to have graduated June 8 from Loyola School of Dentistry. Moving to  Florida was his tentative plan.
Mrs. Norman E. Baxter, wife of an Australian Parliament member, was a guest in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Fagetti. Joyce Fagetti, who had lived in Australia as an exchange student, made her acquaintance at that time.

50 Years Ago

1964 – Vandalia Community High School graduated 104 seniors Friday evening.
There were 229 blood donors on Monday. The goal of 187 pints was exceeded by 42 pints.
The Vandalia band planned to leave Sunday for a week’s tour of New York City and Washington, D.C. They visited the World’s Fair in New York City, and while at the fair played a concert in the United States' pavilion.
First Lt. Howard Jenne was spending a 10-day furlough here with his wife and family. He was to return to Greenland for another six months of duty.
XI Alpha Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi contributed to Hope School for the Blind at Springfield during a business session Monday night at the home of Pauline Caraker. Iris Rademacher was president of the chapter.

60 Years Ago

1954 – James Mose presented Georgia and Larry Walton medals for being outstanding good citizens while certificates went to Mike Cocagne, Nancy Hamilton, Bill Augenstein, Linda Mabry, Felma Hunter and Darrell Stokes.
Janet Wells graduated from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Chicago.
The Rev. William Henderson was returned to Vandalia First Methodist Church pastorate by order of Southern Illinois Conference held in Vandalia this past week.
Nancy Turner graduated from St. John’s School of Nursing on May 30.
Karen Asselmeier was chosen to attend Girls’ State in June.

70 Years Ago

1944 – Luther Enlow, head janitor of city schools for seven years, resigned to accept a position as superintendent of buildings and grounds of the school system in Leavenworth, Kan.
First Methodist Church honored Hattie Ritchey for having taught the Woman’s Bible class for 50 years.
A.H. Lauchner, principal of Thornton Junior High in Urbana, was engaged to deliver the high school commencement address.
There were 63 rural graduates listed for St. Elmo exercises; 71 at Brownstown; 73 at Ramsey; and there were 38 boys and 38 girls for Vandalia City schools on May 26.
Col. E.P. Clayton and Bert McKeithan served as mounted marshals in the Memorial Day parade. The Rev. A.C. Meier delivered the address.
Frank Hinton and Robert Regenold were valedictorian and salutatorian at St. Elmo High School this week. Merle Underwood and Wanda Fugate led Brownstown High School seniors.
Leslie Ward was nominated president of the Vandalia Lions Club to fill vacancy caused by the resignation of governor-elect Morris Beabout.