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The Way We Were

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By The Staff

15 Years Ago

1997 – Judge Dennis Middendorff of Carlyle denied a motion filed by attorneys for convicted murderer Stuart Heaton that asked for new DNA tests on evidence from the 1991 murder scene.
WARECO employees Stacy Younker and Cody Miller prevented a disaster when they quickly extinguished a fire at one of the gas pumps at the station on West Gallatin Street.
Merle and Georgi Adermann of Vandalia were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary.
The St. Elmo Park District Board was working hard to keep the St. Elmo pool in operation, both this year and in future years.

20 Years Ago

1992 – Harriet Low and Donna Weiner of Vandalia spearheaded a local drive to collect items for victims of Hurricane Andrew in Florida and Louisiana.
The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department was expanded to five deputies with the hiring of Greg Kline.
Leonard Scholes, 26, of Vandalia was sentenced to 18 years in prison for the armed robbery of St. Elmo IGA in October 1991.
Friends and Families of Fayette County Hospital presented a $60,000 donation to the hospital. The group would ultimately donate $100,000, with the funds to be used toward the purchase of an ultrasound electrocardiography machine.
Tom Long began his one-year term as president of the Vandalia Lions Club.
Vandalia Chamber of Commerce members were invited to visit the Owens-Brockway plant. They thought that they would only be touring a recently built addition, but were told during their visit that another addition, an 80,000-square-foot warehouse, was to be built.
Fayette County Board member Dan Laack, after studying other counties in the area, made a proposal to drop the Emergency Services & Disaster Agency coordinator position from full-time to part-time.

25 Years Ago

1987 – City officials were honored on the field of Busch Stadium prior to the St. Louis Cardinals game on Vandalia Day.
Curt Thacker accepted a baseball scholarship from Kaskaskia College.
Vandalia Chamber of Commerce members heard members of the city’s tourism committee explain their plans for “Fifth Saturday” festivals.

35 Years Ago

1977 – Susan  Campbell, Maryna Cantrell  and Annette Doehring sang for the dedication of the Way Inn, a First Baptist Church facility in the 600 block of West Gallatin Street.
A field day was scheduled at the Brownstown Agronomy Research Center.
The Knights of Columbus was planning its third annual fall festival.

45 Years Ago

1967 – The Okaw Area Vocational Center, the only facility of its kind in the area, was ready to accept students.
Barbara Lounsbury was installed as president of the Vandalia Newcomers Club.
A late shipment of iron caused the delay of the construction of a new Fayette County Jail.

55 Years Ago

1957 – Connie Dycus was installed as chapeau of 8 & 40.
Crane Packing Co. began an expansion project with the construction of an addition.
The name of the funeral home in Mulberry Grove was changed from Runnels to Ripperdan.

65 Years Ago

1947 – Dr. Mark Greer of Vandalia was appointed by Illinois Gov. Dwight Green to the Illinois Hospital Board.
Betty Ruth Beabout, Carolyn Sears and “Skip” Carroll were guests of Mr. and Mrs. F.E. Harper in Enid, Okla., and had dinner with Roy Turner, the governor of Oklahoma.
The Illinois Conservation Department planned to construct a 75-acre lake near Ramsey.
Chester Bingaman and Michael Armon opened the Vandalia Neon Co.

75 Years Ago

1937 – The eighth annual Fayette County Fair was being held in Brownstown.
Thousands were expected to attend the fourth annual Old Settlers celebration in Vandalia.
Jean Webb received a war department position with the Air Corps at Scott Field.
J. Floyd Green resigned as coach at Ramsey High School to accept a position with Pevely Dairy.
Gallatin Street got a blacktop coat.
Arthur Cocagne, a student at the University of Illinois, constructed a miniature airplane, which was on display at the Fayette County Fair.