The Way We Were

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By The Staff

20 Years Ago

1992 – The Fayette County Hospital District Board of Directors and the St. Peter Village Board agreed to purchase the St. Peter Clinic from Richard Courson.
Ramsey's Village Board accepted the resignation of policeman Carl Rogers on Monday.
St. Elmo claimed the championship of its own regional basketball tournament on Friday.
Vandalia Jr. Wrestlers took five firsts in the Marion wrestling tournament on Feb. 29.
Birth – Luke Aaron to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Osborne of Litchfield.
First Holy Communion was given recently to Erin Garrison, daughter of Ed and Melinda Garrison, and Emily Barenfanger, daughter of Dan and Carole Barenfanger.

25 Years Ago

1987 – St. Elmo City Council laid off one police officer as a means of meeting the city's monthly budget.

35 Years Ago

1977 – As a Lenten special, Henry's offered its regular 89-cent fish sandwich for 75 cents.
Ice still covered Vandalia Lake. However, plenty of free-flowing water was going over the spillway.
Catholic Daughters of America met Tuesday night to plan for the 50th anniversary of Catholic Daughters and the World Day of Prayer.
Cathy McAlpin was doing her student teaching in Effingham.
FAYCO presented a mountain music comedy stage show as a benefit project on Saturday.
45 Years Ago

1967 – Charles Harre agreed to comply with the Vandalia City Council's lake clearance demands. Mayor F.L. Barbee explained details of the lake work and cited citizen apathy.
March came in like a lamb, with a high of 34 and a low of 23.
Freida Goad and Ella Braun of Vandalia, and Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Lape of Pana returned this past week from a visit through the West and Southwest.
Mrs. James Staff and her committee served an Easter breakfast from WSCS on March 3.

55 Years Ago

1957 – Americanism awards were presented recently by the American Legion Auxiliary.  Dorothy Ann Doran, high school, and Juanita Autrenreith, grade school, were the first-place winners; Janet Barbee was second place; and John Truitt was third place. Sharon Jane Mills received the Good Girl Citizen award. Estella Horsthemke made the awards. Jewell Matlock is the auxiliary president.
Births – a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Metzger of Vandalia; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Orr of Vandalia; twins, a daughter and a son, to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry McCarthy of Kinmundy; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Miller of Brownstown; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Walker of Vandalia; a son to Mr. and Mrs. George Morrison of St. Elmo; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Auer of Loogootee; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Loy of Smithboro; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Grover O'Dell of Bayle City; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mahon of Vandalia; and a son to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Albrecht of Altamont.
Warm weather re-opened work on St. Peter's Lutheran Church. Men of the congregation donated the labor.

65 Years Ago

1947 – Mrs. Augustus Strickland instructed the Junior Woman's Club in the art of finger painting.
Births – a son to Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Shulman of Vandalia; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robin Curry of Vandalia; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Beckwith of Mulberry Grove; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Olmsted of Vandalia; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Highland of Vandalia.
Vandalia Elementary Schools, under W.E. McAllister, heard Isabelle Blair of England a Bloomington exchange teacher, compare the schools of England to those of the United States.
Ron Carpenter, Betty Thrasher, Patsy Isbell, Charles Moeller, and Ella and Pauline Reutter celebrated their birthday anniversaries this week.

75 Years Ago

1937 – The Rev. Robert Jank, for 15 years a missionary in India, was installed as pastor of Augsburg Lutheran Church.
Births – a son to Mr. and Mrs. John Durbin of St. Elmo; and a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leo Morton of St. Elmo.
Irma Deal was hostess at a stork shower, compliments of Vesta Turner.
Mrs. Don Jones resigned her position as bookkeeper at Mammen's Hardware and left for Terre Haute, Ind., where Mr. Jones was studying photography.