The Way We Were

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By The Staff

15 Years Ago

1997 – Dan Meyer, superintendent of the St. Elmo School District from 1989-91, returned to that position during a St. Elmo School Board meeting.
Edgar Hunter and Jamie Luster were crowned king and queen at the Brownstown High School prom.
Robert D. “Junior” Ritter Jr., 47, was fatally electrocuted while setting up a radio display at the model show at Mulberry Grove High School.
Donald and Beulah Logue of St. Elmo were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
Lewis “Cy” and Lorene Locke of Vandalia were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Charles and Joyce Trexler were celebrating their 25th anniversary.
Kristin Straub and Andrea Donaldson were picked by Crawford-Hale American Legion Auxiliary Unit 95 to attend Girls’ State at Eastern Illinois University.

20 Years Ago

1992 – Matt Mayfield of Vandalia Community High School placed first at the district and state art competition and was to receive a cash scholarship from the GFWC/IFWC Vandalia Woman’s Club.
Patrick Michel and Ryan Lay were to represent Vandalia at the state tennis tournament in Arlington Heights after placing second in doubles at the sectional tournament.
Arthur Young Inc. presented Shobonier School with a new computer system for participating in Chevrolet’s test drive program.
Brownstown’s Buffy Willms was named the school’s most valuable band member and chorus member.
Tony Campbell of Vandalia was the instructor for a basic photography class at Kaskaskia College.

25 Years Ago

1987 – Mindy Heinzman and Kathy Outland of Vandalia Junior High School competed at the state track meet in Washington.
McJail netted $10,747 for the Family Y of Fayette County.
Jeff Ireland of Brownstown finished second in the triple jump at the Decatur Area Best Meet.

35 Years Ago

1977 – Fidelity Clothiers celebrated its 50th anniversary in business.
Brownstown was offered a $250,350 grant for a sewer project.
Michael J. Keppler was ordained to the gospel ministry at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.
Grace Walton was honored for her 25th wedding anniversary at a luncheon in the home of Mrs. Roy Dooley, with members of the D.D. Club presenting her with gifts.

45 Years Ago

1967 – Sonny Doehring was elected president of the Vandalia Jaycees.
The Vandalia Ministerial Alliance conducted a religious survey.
Mr. and Mrs. Owen Hall of Ramsey were celebrating their golden wedding anniversary.
Mr. and Mrs. John Carpenter celebrated their 40th anniversary.
Nona Willms and Bill Tackett were queen and king at the Brownstown High School prom.
Vernie Barnett, Vandalia sub-district superintendent, was assigned to the pastorate at Grace Methodist Church in Decatur.

55 Years Ago

1957 – Dorothy Ann Doran and Carroll Kleinschmidt were crowned queen and king.
Mrs. James Nesbit was installed as president of the Cameo Club. Mrs. George Stombaugh was the retiring president.
Dr. J.H. Long of Greenville College was to give the commencement address at Vandalia Community High School.
Beverly Dale and Virginia Sachan graduate from Jewish Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis.
John D. Greer graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, Mo.
Sam Miranda resigned as coach at VCHS to accept a similar position in Kankakee.
Mrs. Maurice Shulman attended the Midwest Regional Educational Conference at Chase Hotel in St. Louis.

65 Years Ago

1947 – Wayne and Ray Walton held a grand opening at Walton Goodrich Home and Auto Supply.
Mary Truitt graduated on May 29, having never missed a day of school in her life.
VCHS held an open house.
About 100 ladies interested in forming a Fayette County Home Bureau attended a meeting, with 75 signing membership cards.
A new section of lots was made available in Fairlawn Cemetery.

75 Years Ago

1937 – Eudora Pryor was crowned the May queen at Vandalia’s second annual May Fete sponsored by the Vandalia Recreational Center.
Mrs. J.W. Chandler was elected president at the Lincoln PTA member.