The Way We Were

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By The Staff

15 Years Ago

1997 – Glenn Poshard, the Democratic candidate for Illinois governor, visited Vandalia.
In his weekly column, Charles W. Mills wrote about Charles Lindbergh's flight over the Atlantic and his frequent visits to the airport in St. Elmo.
Counselors at Vandalia Community High School and Vandalia Chamber of Commerce officials joined together for a job shadowing program for high school students.
Three Vandalia couples were celebrating their 50th anniversaries - Harold and Winifred Chrisman, Ray and Janet Meseke, and Gene and Lucille Osborne.

20 Years Ago

1992 – Samantha Smith and Matthew Roberts were crowned Little Miss and Little Mister at the Ramsey Daze celebration.
The Vandalia Plan Commis-sion voted not to recommend approval of a site plan for a proposed shopping center on the west edge of the city.
Michelle Kaiser of Vandalia signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Eastern Illinois University.
Joyce Staff, second-grade teacher at Lincoln School in Vandalia, retired after 30 years of service in the Vandalia School District.

25 Years Ago

1987 – The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce was seeking volunteers to work at the Tourist Information Center.
Charles  Cothern  of  Vandalia received a gold putter from Vandalia Motor Sales after a hole-in-one on No. 5 at Vandalia Country & Golf Club.
Kyle Blackerby, 11, finished eighth in the brown-black divi-sion for 11- to 13-year-olds at the Seventh United States Tae Kwon Do National Junior Olympic Championships.

35 Years Ago

1977 – More than 2.5 million barrels of oil were passing through the pipelines at Patoka each day. Nine oil companies had gone together to build the 40-inch pipeline.
John Palecek was installed as president of the Vandalia Rotary Club.
The Vandalia Mosquito Abatement District passed out brochures about the dangers of encephalitis and how residents could assist in mosquito control.
A delay in Fayette County tax bills forced many local school districts to issue anticipation warrants.

45 Years Ago

1967 – Police were searching for two men who stole jewelry valued at $8,000 from the trunk of a car parked at a Vandalia motel.
Bernard Crone succeeded Harold Hartwick as the Vandalia Rotary Club president.
James Staff was succeeding Robert Cearlock as the president of the Vandalia Lions Club.
Dottie West was scheduled to appear at the Fayette County Fair in Brownstown.
Memento Rebekah Lodge entertained state officers on June 22.

55 Years Ago

1957 – The Kaskaskia River levees were badly in need of re-pair because of breaks caused by the recent flooding.
Cotton Mabry retired from the postal service after more than 33 years.
Jack Kaley, a former coach in Vandalia, was named head bas-ketball coach at Eastern Illinois University.
Minnie Pearl was one of the entertainers at the Fayette County Fair.
The fourth in a series of sum-mer band concerts was held in Vandalia. Bill Wade was the director.
Mrs. Harry Huffman was installed as president of the Vandalia Woman's Club.
Mr.  and  Mrs.  Wayne Bran-non hosted a reunion for a group of World War II veterans.

65 Years Ago

1947 – The local Girl Scout Council served dinner for Vandalia Rotarians to show thanks for the organization's support.
Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary hosted more than 200 women for a Dis-trict 23 meeting.

75 Years Ago

1937 – James Hortin, a Vandalia faculty member since 1921, was named superintendent of the school district. He succeeded G.G. Ricker.
Velma Hamilton succeeded Ralph Kober as biology instruc-tor at Vandalia High School.
Nine hundred checks totaling $4,800, representing final payments on the 1939 soil conservation program, were distributed last week at the Fayette County Soil Conservation Office.