The Way We Were

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By The Staff

15 Years Ago

1995 – The Fayette County Board approved a five-year contract with Dr. Joe Ertel of Ramsey for animal control services for the county.
Michelle Lach of Vandalia was a member of the Lake Land College girls basketball team.
Local Girl Scouts Elizabeth Zeman, Tiffany Roberts, Jamie Davison and Aaron Williams were selected to represent the Shagbark Girl Scout Council at the Girl Scout World Center in Mexico.

20 Years Ago

1990 – John Crane Co. received the Ford Motor Co.’s Q-l award, one of the highest awards in the automobile industry.
South Central upset St. Elmo, 63-61, in overtime in the finals of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.
Ernie Chappel was named president and chief executive officer of First National Bank of Vandalia. L. Ray Radliff, former president, was promoted to chairman of the board of directors of FNB.
The Mad Dogs Motorcycle Club held a toy run to collect donations for the Fayette County Caring & Sharing.
McDonald’s donated safety vests to Vandalia school crossing guards.
Cathy Gilkeson and Chris Sheraden were named Brownstown homecoming queen and king.

25 Years Ago

1985 – Two breaks in the Vandalia levee were caused by a combination of heavy precipitation and the release of water from the Shelbyville Dam; they flooded bottomland east of Vandalia.
Beecher City won its fourth -straight St. Elmo Holiday Tournament title. St. Elmo took third, and Kinmundy-Alma won consolation honors.
St. Elmo’s cheerleaders won the best cheerleading trophy at its own tournament for the fifth consecutive year.
Missy Ireland was crowned homecoming queen at Brownstown.
Barry Barenfanger scored 32 points as Vandalia defeated Salem, 75-70.

35 Years Ago

1975 – Plans were progressing on the $300,000 administrative addition to Vandalia Community High School.
Construction was in full swing in the restoration of the Vandalia Statehouse.
A low of 15 was recorded Wednesday. Fog, rain and high winds described the week’s weather.
Joe Earth, having seen only limited action this season, came off the bench in the second over-time period in Vandalia and with only seconds left, sank a 20-foot jump shot to give the Vandals a 63-62 win over Salem.
Ramsey’s volleyball girls’ team won the conference trophy.

45 Years Ago

1965 – Breitweiser Architects Inc. has been employed to draw plans for the new Presbyterian Church.
Ray Meseke, Shobonier, was elected president of the Fayette County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. He succeeded Fred Mattes, who had held that position for the past 11 years.
Otto Cuppy’s Rexall had completed enlarging and remodeling a prescription area at the rear of the store. The new addition was carpeted and paneled, and a side entrance was added.
Fayette County’s 120 acres in Shafter Township was the last tract needed for Vandalia Lake. A three-man committee was appointed to appraise the tract.
The first snow fell here on Tuesday, Dec. 14.
E.H. Loyd retired after 39 years with American Telephone and Telegraph.
The approximately 1,000 men at Illinois Penal Farm, Vandalia, were to have had a bountiful Christmas dinner. Robert D. Anderson, food supervisor, submitted their menu for Christmas Day, which included fried chicken, candied yams, mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, buttered peas, scalloped corn, cranberry sauce, mincemeat pie, fresh apples, bread and coffee.
Vandalia Woman’s Club met in the home of Mrs. Louis Schaeperkoetter for the annual Christmas Tea.

55 Years Ago

1955 – With Anna Ruth Kains directing, the 102-voice high school chorus presented “The Messiah” on Sunday afternoon.
Vandalia Rotary Club presented Santa with a set of keys to his own home in Vandalia.
Five sets of twins were enrolled at Central School this year: Loren and Lawrence Sloan; Garry and Larry Paulding; Sharon and Sherel Horsley; Ronnie and Donnie Elam; and Betty and Judy Cook.

65 Years Ago

1945 – Stores planned to stay open until 9 p.m. the last three days before Christmas and remain closed all day Dec. 31.
Mrs. Ben Rexwinkle was honored by the Vandalia Woman’s Club on Wednesday afternoon for being the oldest club member in Fayette County, and for having organized the county federation at a meeting in Farina.
Roy Smith was re-elected chairman of the county AAA.
The Vandalia Leader came out a little late this week, due to illness among the personnel. Helen Sears, advertising manager, and Charlie Gelsinger, shop man, were unable to work because they had influenza.
The sale of bonds was gaining momentum in Fayette County. However, the sale still lagged behind its quota.

75 Years Ago

1935 – The Schoolmaster’s Club met Monday night in Farina.
Eight from Vandalia heard President Roosevelt at the National AA meeting in Chicago. They were Richard O’Dell, Otis Harpster, W.C. Buzzard, David Brown, Charles T. Wade, J.B. Turner, Roy Thoman and D.A. Bartimus.
McKinley School captured its fifth win of the season by defeating Sandoval on Wednesday night, 13-5.
Twenty-three attended a potluck dinner for the St. Elmo Enterprise Society in the Methodist Church. Minnie Brown was re-elected president.
Gov. Horner presented members of the Ramsey High School band with a new piece of music last week. It was entitled “The Governor’s March.”
Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Force opened a new grocery store in connection with their music store next to the Liberty Theatre.