The Way We Were

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By The Staff

15 Years Ago

1997 – Two weeks after agreeing to consider parasailing licenses for Vandalia Lake, the Vandalia City Council voted 5-4 not to allow that kind of license. Mayor Sandra Leidner cast the deciding dissenting vote.
The Vandalia Guaranteed Air Freight fast-pitch softball team finished second in the Class A state tournament.
Johnny and Nellie Logue of St. Elmo celebrated their 50th anniversary.
Judge Dennis Huber of Hillsboro denied Kelly McGinnis’ motion to have Fayette County State’s Attorney Jim Overholt held in shackles during McGinnis’ trial for shooting up the office of Vandalia Attorney Larry LeFevre.
Donna Blair, a rural mail carrier out of the Brownstown Post Office, received a special achievement award.
Melvin Huber joined the staff of Century 21 Schaal & Associates in Vandalia.
Maurice and June Trexler of Vandalia celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, and Jack and Gayle Kimberlin of St. Elmo observed their silver anniversary.

20 Years Ago

1992 – Brownstown native Brent Schwarm announced that he would be returning to Fayette County to open an internal medicine practice.
The Illinois Masonry Foundation donated $10,000 to the Regional Office of Education. The donation was enough to pay for the renovation of the ROE office basement in Vandalia.
The Vandalia Board of Education approved the purchase of a video camera system for district buses.
The Vandalia Vandals defeated Litchfield to raise the football squad’s record to 2-0 on the season.
Vandalia Sport Fishing & Conservation Club members voted to donate $100 to victims of Hurricane Andrew.

25 Years Ago

1987 – A dedication ceremony was held for the new 5,000-square-foot addition to the Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 Home.
Matt Roberts scored three touchdowns to lead the Vandals over Litchfield. The shutout win raised the football squad’s record to 3-0, and was the first shutout for VCHS in three years.
Vandalia golfers placed third in the Mid-State Conference Golf Tournament. Matt Kerr led VCHS with an 84, which was good enough to earn all-conference honors.
Students in Vandalia’s schools celebrated the 200th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. Bill LaDage, principal of Vandalia Junior High, showed up for school in a George Washington costume.

35 Years Ago

1977 – Fayette County Treasurer David C. Marty announced that tax collections totaled $2.3 million.
Danny Carman of Shobonier entered the business of breeding and selling Belgium draft horses.
Craycroft Motor Co. sponsored the 17th annual Punt, Pass & Kick competition for local boys and girls.

45 Years Ago

1967 – Mary Ginger was honored by fellow employees upon her retirement from Kroger. She had worked at the store for 20 years.
Since no funds were available for the upkeep of many plots in the old Vandalia cemetery, much of the grounds had grown up in weeds.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Elmo held an auction, selling the parish hall and garage, along with farm machinery and household goods donated for the new building fund.

55 Years Ago

1957 – More than 45 pastors of Central Illinois were guests of Carter Oil Co., taking tours of oil fields in Fayette County.
Vandalia defeated Pana, 13-6, in football, with Dan Hampton and Bob Metzger scoring the Vandals touchdowns.
Brownstown planned a fall harvest festival.

65 Years Ago

1947 – Dr. Edward Greer was released from the U.S. Amy and returned home to begin a medical practice.
Twenty model planes flew over Vandalia Airport as part of a demonstration put on by the Groanin’ Gremlin Club.
The Lincoln School Parent-Teacher Association carnival raised $345.
Vernon Drenckpohl was ready to receive his master’s degree in science and physics from the University of Illinois.

75 Years Ago

1937 – Six of eight aldermen  voted to prohibit dancing and music in Vandalia taverns.
Cain’s new Walgreen Drug Store opened last week, with the members of the municipal band – under the direction of George L. Whiteman – providing the music.
A train engine and six coal cars derailed in Ramsey.