The Way We Were

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By The Staff

15 Years Ago

1997 – Rachel Engel of Farina was crowned Miss Fayette County Fair. Jaida Etcheson won the Little Miss Fayette County competition.
Brad Horner of Vandalia received a state proficiency award in sheep production.

20 Years Ago

1992 – The Vandalia City Council approved a plan to extend Sunset Drive south from Jefferson Street to Randolph Street. The project estimate was $183,000.
Acting on a recommendation from Mayor Rich Walker, the Vandalia City Council approved a move dropping the number of planning commission members from 10 to nine. The mayor was dropped as an ex-officio member of the commission.
State and national Masonic Lodge officers joined members of Temperance Lodge No. 16 A.F. & A.M. in celebrating the lodge’s 150th anniversary at the Vandalia Statehouse.
Larry and Beverly Lotz of St. Peter celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
The Vandalia Board of Education voted to put before district voters a $1.48-million referendum for additions to Vandalia Junior High School and Okaw Area Vocational Center.
Larry and Lisa Earnest of Greenville were re-opening the Vandalia Bowl. The bowling alley had been closed since 1989.
Lee and Betty Ann Stein of rural Brownstown were celebrating their 40th anniversary.

25 Years Ago

1987 – Brian Donnals of Vandalia joined the Vandalia Police Department as a patrolman.
The Vandalia Community High School cheerleading squad was named a grand champion finalist at the International Cheerleading Foundation’s summer camp. Regenia Sasse of the squad was one of five girls named to the Team America squad.

35 Years Ago

1977 – Paul McConkey of Brownstown was hired as a full-time police officer in Brownstown, his salary being $800 per month.
People in St. Peter were busy making plans for the community’s Prairie Days celebration.
The FAYCO Advocates held an ice cream social to benefit the sheltered workshop.

45 Years Ago

1967 – Gene Dycus was presented a plaque in recognition of his 25 years with Travelers Insurance Co.
New Shriners in Vandalia were LaVerle Knebel, Doug Sitter, Pat Wright, Sam Smail, Byron Wright, James Lackey and Lowell Fannin.
The new football coach at Vandalia Community High School, Bob McAllister, held his first meeting with his squad.

55 Years Ago

1957 – Northside Motors in Vandalia added a Buick franchise to its business.
The village of Ramsey was preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary.
Tom Isbell of Vandalia was added to the Northside Motors staff.

65 Years Ago

1947 – O.L. Brown, a Wilberton Township farmer, was celebrating his 90th birthday.
A. Oren Gould, the new band director for Vandalia Schools, announced an audition to perfect the youth band.
V.A. Kelly enlarged his feed and grain business.

75 Years Ago

1937 – The Van-Kaw Club was organized at Curry Cabin. F.J. Simma headed the organization, and Frank Greer the chapter organization.
Charles Green succeeded James Kelly as superintendent of farming at the Illinois State Penal Farm.
A pipeline was being built between Roxanna and Indianapolis by Shell Oil Co. The estimated cost was $3 million.
Young members of the Vandalia Country Club held a dance on the porch of the club. Dean Stombaugh, dressed as Huck Finn, and Burr Mabry, dressed as a little girl in ruffles, were awarded costume prizes.