The Way We Were

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By The Staff

15 Years Ago

1997 – The Vandalia Main Street Board of Directors went to the Vandalia City Council to request $15,000, with the money to be used as startup funds for the program.
Eleven members of the Vandalia wrestling team advanced to the individual sectional tournament. Of the 11, six won regional titles – Shane Graumenz, Michael Mabry, Hank Stout, Nathan Graumenz, Chad Wilson and Nick Cocagne.
Gilbert Olive was installed is worshipful master of Vandalia Temperance Lodge No. 16, A.F.&A.M.
Preliminary construction work on the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce’s welcome sign was well under way.
The Vandalia branch of Citizens Bank was named “branch of the year” from among 90 branches in the company’s tri-state area.
Vandalia native Richard Johnson was named vice president of quality assurance of the HPS Inc. Hospitality Division.
Delbert and Agnes Diveley of Brownstown were celebrating their 60th anniversary.
Misty McGee and Chuck Garrett were named queen and king at Patoka High School’s homecoming dance.

20 Years Ago

1992 – The Fayette County Hospital District  Board and the St. Peter Village Board agreed to purchase the St. Peter Clinic building from Richard Courson.
The St. Elmo High School boys basketball team won the title of the regional tournament  it hosted.

25 Years Ago

1987 – Tom Robertson resigned from the position of superintendent of the Brownstown School District after holding that position for about 16 years.
Kinmundy-Alma defeated St. Elmo to win the boys basketball regional. It was the second straight regional title for coach Gary Shirley‘s team.
Travis Adcock won the spelling bee at Mulberry Grove Elementary School.
The St. Peter Saints won the Class C state championship in Springfield.
John Palecek retired after 40 years at First National Bank of Vandalia.

35 Years Ago

1977 – A big reception at the St. Elmo Clinic welcomed the town’s new doctor, Dr. Hasin Shah.
Winners of the essay contest sponsored by Soroptimist International of Vandalia were Deborah Koerner and Gabrielle DeMoulin.
Tillie Gable celebrated her 83rd birthday at the home of her daughter, Virginia Wright.
45 Years Ago

1967 – A state crew spread special food over a large area in Vandalia to eliminate Japanese beetles.
St. Elmo Funeral Home changed hands. Mr. and Mrs. George Moeller sold their interest in the Brown-Moeller Funeral Home to Howard May of Pocahontas.
Contestants in the Miss Kaskaskia Beauty Pageant were Judith Ann Nevinger, Barbara Larson, Melinda Bozett, Montie Whitten, Gayle Holden, Dorothy Woodall, Gail Heinzman and Susie Bartle.
Winners of the DAR Good Citizen Award in Fayette County were: Janet Allen, Farina; Vicki Williams, Brownstown; Roxie Torbeck, Vandalia; Marie Mills, St. Elmo; and Mary Lou Marty, Ramsey.
Richard Moeller was named superintendent of the Vandalia Ralston-Purina plant.
Soybean price support set by the Department of Agriculture was $2.50 per bushel.

55 Years Ago

1957 – Sixteen past presidents of the Vandalia Lions Club received diamond-studded pins.
Dr. N.M. Eldridge, a St. Elmo dentist for 40 years, received his 50-year Masonic jewel.
Weather permitting, ground was to be broken for the new Johnson, Stephens & Shinkle Shoe Factory in Vandalia.
Janice Reeves received her cap at the Jewish Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis.

65 Years Ago

1947 – Youthful plane builders organized a new club – Future Flyers of Vandalia. Members were Halivor Lensgraf, Bill Wilson, Wallace Brown, Charles Lensgraf, Keith Lloyd Turner, John David Greer and Charles Henning. Sponsor was Marion Kirkpatrick.

75 Years Ago

1937 – Work Progress Administration (WPA) workers unearthed six skeletons at a gravel pit in Carson Township.
Bill Schaub was promoted to construction engineer by the WPA. He succeeded Ned Easley, who had accepted a position at the Vandalia Post Office.
Area lawyer Leon Green accepted a position as deputy collector with the IRS.