The Way We Were

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By The Staff

15 Years Ago

1997 – The city of Vandalia was continuing to fight the spread of odor from its sewage treatment plant on the north edge of town.
The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce planned a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new welcome sign, which resembles the Vandalia Statehouse.
Charles Metzger received a pin for 50 years of service with Temperence Lodge No. 16 in Vandalia.
The Vandalia City Council approved a four-way stop at the intersection of Sunset Drive and Fillmore Street.
Hosick Motors obtained the GMC dealership in Vandalia. The local GMC dealer since 1964 was Clarence “Red” Walton.
Residents of Vandalia and Vandalia Lake were being required by the city to have house numbers displayed that could be seen by emergency personnel.

20 Years Ago

1992 – Twenty-four of 34 local candidates in the November general election participated in a candidates forum sponsored by The Leader-Union and WPMB-WKRV. County board candidate Dan Laack used his time to explain his proposal to reduce the ESDA coordinator from full-time to part-time.
St. Louis architect Bryce Hasting explained to a Vandalia Chamber of Commerce subcommittee the steps necessary to establish a community recreation center.
Jeremy Scholes struck out 19 Ramsey batters as Brownstown won the championship game of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament.
By an 8-6 vote, the Fayette County Board voted indirectly to reduce the position of ESDA coordinator from full-time to part-time. The board voted to have the board that’s in place after the November election take that action.
Merle Adermann, a member of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department since 1974, was elected chief of the VVFD. Adermann, an assistant chief since 1983, succeeded Jerry Beabout, who retired after 25 years with the department and eight years as chief. Tom File was moved up to first assistant chief and Keith Schaal was elected second assistant chief.
The Fayette County Board gave Sheriff Michael D. Kleinik permission to hold an open house in the newly renovated county jail later in the month.
Ken Gray, a former U.S. Congressman, was the keynote speaker at a fish and chicken dinner held by the Fayette County Democratic Central Committee.
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Willms were planning to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary.
Susan M. Street, a native of Shobonier, received her doctor of chiropractic degree from Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, Iowa.

25 Years Ago

1987 – George Thompson, a native of Vandalia was in town to film a seven-minute community video to be used in the city’s industrial recruitment efforts.
Brownstown won the Egyptian-Illini Conference volleyball tournament.
St. Elmo beat Mulberry Grove to win the Egyptian-Illini Conference baseball tournament.
35 Years Ago

1977 – The Fayette County Board turned down pay increases for county employees.
Officers in the Vandalia Police Department organized a unit of the Police Benevolent and Protective Association, with Bill Black serving as president.
The Vandalia Jaycees voted to assist the city in   the reduction of the prison population.
Don Carpenter and John Cocagne purchased an interest in Old Capital Monument Works from Leo Cocagne. Carpenter was owner of Old Shrine Memorial Mausoleum and Vault Co.
Julie Staff, the No. 1 singles player on the Vandalia Community High School girls’ tennis team, had a record of 23-7.
Memento Rebekah Lodge helped Jessie Craig, a member for 77 years, celebrate her 100th birthday.
Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Yagow celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.

45 Years Ago

1967 – Edyth Hausmann resigned as county nurse after filling that office for 19 years.
Vandalia Police officer Dick Donaldson attended a training school at Southern Illinois University.
Jesse Sefton was named to the Fayette County Board of Supervisors. He was appointed by the Sefton Township Board.
W.B. Tedrick was installed as noble grand of the Odd Fellows.

55 Years Ago

1957 – Mayor Cecil Smith listed three citizen police commissioners – W.W. Cain, C.C. Brauer and Louis Squibb.
The Rev. Thomas Auer resigned his pastorate at Zion Lutheran Church in Loogootee, accepting a call to a church in McMinnville, Ohio.
Helen Robbins was invited to a United Nations dinner in St. Louis honoring Eleanor Roosevelt. Mrs. Robbins was asked to show some photographs she had taken in Russia.

65 Years Ago

1947 – Tom Schulte, a member of the University of Illinois football band, played for the Illinois-Army game in New York City.
A Greenville College education class visited Vandalia schools.
Mrs. Howard Davitt was given a shower by the Tap Rum Club for her month-old daughter, Mary Ann.

75 Years Ago

1937 – A fire destroyed almost a block of buildings in the Patoka business district. Damages were estimated at $60,000.
The Vandalia Skeet Club held its first skeet shoot. Two thousand clay targets and practically as much ammunition were used.
Twenty-nine Vandalia Boy Scouts and their drum and bugle corps were guests at the Illinois versus DePauw football game in Champaign.