The Way We Were

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By The Staff

20 Years Ago

1993 – U.S. Rep. Dick Durbin (D-Springfield) held his first town meeting in Fayette County since picking up all of this county through a redrawing of congressional district boundaries. The town meeting drew about 50 people.
H. Edward Smith, a former employee of the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA), visited with students of Vandalia Junior High School.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Harner of rural St. Elmo were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan 23.
The Mount Vernon firm of Wilson, Hodge & Groh gave its stamp of approval for the new weight-lifting facility at Vandalia Community High School.
An electrical fire destroyed the home of Bobbye and David Williams near Frogtown, and a second electrical fire caused considerable damage to the home of Wayne Stevenson at the south end of Sixth Street in Vandalia.
Evaluation instruments for Vandalia’s superintendent of schools and the Vandalia Board of Education were being put into final form.
Larry Ernest, the owner of Vandalia Bowl, rolled a 289. He had 10 strikes, then saw his attempt at a perfect game end when the seven pin remained standing on his second ball in the 10th frame.

25 Years Ago

1988 – United Fund of Fayette County distributed $25,326 to 19 area agencies.
Sue Zera of Columbia, a sister of Betty Walker of Vandalia, won $10 million in the Illinois Lottery’s Lotto 7 drawing.
Three area basketball players – Greg Feezel of St. Elmo, Jeff Ireland of Brownstown and Nick Casey of Ramsey – scored the 1,000th points of their high school careers.
 A huge crowd filled the VCHS gym to see a basketball shootout between the East St. Louis Lincoln and Argo boys basketball teams, and the East St. Louis Lincoln and Teutopolis girls basketball teams. Argo was coached by former VCHS coach Rick Moss. LaPhonso Ellis, a 6-foot 10-inch all-stater, awed the crowd of about 2,600 with 20 points, seven slam dunks, 19 rebounds and three blocked shots.

35 Years Ago

1978 – A delegation of farm strike supporters from Oklahoma passed through Vandalia on the way to Washington, D.C., to deliver 1,000,000 letters supporting the strike.
Residents around the proposed Wood Apartments site filed a complaint in Fayette County Circuit Court on Tuesday, asking the court to find that the property was not zoned R-2, and enjoined the city not to issue R-2 building permits until actual zoning status was determined.
For the third time this winter, the VCHS vs. Charleston basketball game had to be postponed because of severe weather.
Mary Meyer, Jeanne Themig and Bobbie Schwabe of VCHS sang with the Illinois All-State Chorus at the Illinois Council of Music Educators convention Jan. 19-21 in Chicago.
On Jan. 7, Second Baptist Church changed its name to Temple Baptist Church. The church was first named Edwards Street Baptist. The congregation planned to build a new house of worship. There were 250 resident members and 100 non-resident members.

45 Years Ago

1968 – Headmasters from secondary schools in Nepal visited the Vandalia School System for three weeks. They were especially interested in audio-visual teaching.
Cub Scouts, fathers and den mothers spent Tuesday evening making pinewood racers for a derby to be held at a later date.
A 12-inch pipeline was laid through a section of Vandalia Lake. By the end of the week, construction was to have been completed and the lake refilled.
The snow, which had plagued this area for some time, stopped this week.
The Vandalia freshman basketball team beat Greenville and Litchfield this week.
The Vandalia Lions Club sponsored its sixth annual pancake and sausage day at the Moose Lodge.
Debbie Simcox of Vandalia High School and Freeda Weir of LaGrove were Betty Crocker Homemakers Award winners.

55 Years Ago

1958 – J. Richard Royal announced his candidacy for state’s attorney on the Democratic ticket.
The Vandalia City Council approved the sale of city warrants to aid finances. An amount of $7,000 was needed.
The Vandals beat Taylorville 55-46 Friday night and Gillespie 63-35 on Saturday night.
The Junior Woman’s Club, with Mrs. Maurice Friedman as president, met in the home of Marie Schenker on Tuesday.
Two Cub Scout packs were organized on Jan. 22. A poll conducted by Clayton Beery indicated that there were more than 100 boys interested.
Mrs. Wilbur Johnson entertained Westminster Guild.
Romeo Ireland and the Rev. Henry Neal were hosts to the Lutheran Brotherhood.
The thermometer dropped from 60 to 1 above in the latter part of this week.
Betty Brooks received the D.A.R. award.
65 Years Ago

1948 – Jim Staff, junior high coach in Vandalia, filed for county superintendent of schools in the office of Fayette County Clerk Bob Austin.
Connie Dycus, local chapeau, and Ann McManus of Chicago, were honored by Fayette County Eight and Forty on Sunday at a birthday dinner and party.
Mr. and Mrs. “Bud” Wiss purchased the Merriman Hobby and Gift Shop.
J.R. Etter of Indianapolis took over the management of the G.C. Murphy Store.
Ray Davis, Kroger store manager, was elected president of the Vandalia Retail Merchants.
Charles Nutter, manager of Illinois Bell Telephone, was elected president of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.
Tornie Womack was promoted from corporal to sergeant by District 12 of the Illinois State Highway Police.

75 Years Ago

1938 – While erecting a radio aerial Monday evening, Eugene Webb and Dwight Cripe were severely burned when the wire they were working with came in contact with a power line.
L.S. Squibb was elected president of Ford Fellowship Club. He succeeds George Walker.
W.P.A. was to have cindered the park drives.
In observance of Thrift Week, Vandalia Girl Scouts, through the courtesy of the Vandalia Rotary Club, enjoyed a financial tour of St. Louis.
Mrs. Clem VanZandt spoke for the St. Elmo PTA to the children of the school on the subject of “The American Indian.”
“Living Pictures” were presented to Vandalia Woman’s Club in the Chamber of Commerce rooms on Monday.
Dorothea Studenberg was hostess to 17 members of St. James Lutheran Missionary Society.