The Way We Were

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By The Staff

15 Years Ago

1997 – A large crowd was on hand for the unveiling of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce’s new welcome sign.
Mr. and Mrs. James Thomas of Vandalia were planning to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.
The Fayette County Board agreed to get estimates on work needed on the county courthouse.
Fayette County Sheriff Michael D. Kleinik reported that 16 memorial trees had been purchased for the lawn of the county courthouse and jail.
Pamela Hemminghaus was named the first winner of an adult part-time scholarship offered by First National Bank of Vandalia, Ramsey and Patoka.
Pearl and Janie Davis of St. Elmo were planning to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary.

20 Years Ago

1992 – John Elleson, pastor of First Assembly of God Church, appeared before the Vandalia Board of Education to ask for the removal of all witches in district classrooms. Threatening a lawsuit, Elleson said witchcraft is now sanctioned as a religion.
Fayette County Sheriff Michael D. Kleinik reported that the construction of a jail addition was nearing completion.
Illinois Lt. Gov. Bob Kustra visited Vandalia, speaking at a Fayette County Republican Central Committee rally.
Dewayne Brown was installed as the new president of the Optimist Club in Vandalia.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Stokes of Vandalia celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
First Pentecostal Church of Vandalia was preparing to celebrate its 75th anniversary.

25 Years Ago

1987 – The Vandalia Community High School girls’ tennis team won the Mid-State Conference title. Members of the team were Kira Riegel, Kim Graumenz, Camilla Greiff, Kendra Sanders, Kim Lotz, Beth Herrington, Cindy Harrison and Jennie Kelly. Kim Dothager was the coach.
Forrest Claypool, a St. Elmo native, was handling political ads for U.S. Sen. Paul Simon.
Vandalia Mayor Rich Walker was elected vice president of the Illinois Municipal League.
Jeni Marquardt of Vandalia was named to the all-tournament team at the Highland Invitational Volleyball Tournament.
Mid-America Management Corp. purchased the Comfort Inn and named Richard Diebold as manager.
Mike Hunter of Randolph House won a gold medal in bowling at the Special Olympics’ tournament in Mt. Vernon.

35 Years Ago

1977 – Two new prisons were planned for the area, one in Centralia and one in Hillsboro.
Area farmers were encountering high yields and lower prices.
Late tax bills and delayed collections continued to cause problems for the Vandalia School District.
A house-to-house drive netted $3,778 for the Fayette County United Fund.
45 Years Ago

1967 – The Vandalia City Council approved a tentative plan for remodeling city hall, with the work estimated at $60,000.
An American Legion convention was to have highlighted the sesquicentennial celebration.
After great effort by Alderman Walt Barenfanger Jr., the Vandalia City Council passed a resolution seeking a new interchange off of Interstate 70. The resolution was sent to state and federal legislators, as well as highway department officials.
Due to wet conditions, the opening of Interstate 70 was delayed.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Johnson of Vandalia were honored at a dinner for their 25th anniversary.

55 Years Ago

1957 – VCHS football coach Mark Perrin had 15 players out with the flu, and he feared that he might have to cancel the Vandals’ upcoming game.
Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Dowds celebrated their golden anniversary at the city park.
The Glen Hodsons observed their silver wedding anniversary.
Edgar Jones was elected president of the Vandalia Country and Golf Club.

65 Years Ago

1947 – Fayette County Supervisors named P.O. Woods county veterinarian.
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Brannon were installed as worthy patron and worthy matron of Melrose Chapter No. 243 of the Order of the Eastern Star.

75 Years Ago

1937 – A defective wheel caused the wreck of a fast Pennsylvania Railroad train, “The American,” in Vandalia.
Dewey Fristoe won a scholarship at New York University because of his outstanding work in rural education.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Muma celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.