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The Way We Were

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By The Staff

20 Years Ago

1993 – Mike Baker, a former assistant warden at the Vandalia Correctional Center, was appointed to the warden’s post at VCC by the Illinois Department of Corrections. Austin Randolph Jr. was named assistant warden of operations.
The Vandalia Lady Vandals defeated state-ranked Breese Mater Dei, 49-45, recording their first win over that school in girls basketball.
Dannon Cole of Vandalia was given honorable mention honors as an NAIA Division II All-American. He was a defensive back at Greenville College.
Bob Dowell of Vandalia won $25,000 on an instant lottery ticket he purchased at Day ‘N’ Nite Supermarket in Vandalia.

25 Years Ago

1988 – Vandalia attorney S. Gene Schwarm was going door to door in Iowa, campaigning for presidential candidate Paul Simon.
John and Virginia Mabry purchased The Village Shoppe from Don and Hazel Jones. The Joneses had been in business for 51 years.
Donna Weiner was crowned as Sweetheart of the Year by Soroptimist International.
Winners of the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award were Brian Lau of Ramsey, Jennifer Deem of Vandalia, Jeremy Hopper of St. Elmo, Michelle Smith of Brownstown and Trisha Sporleder of Farina/LaGrove.

35 Years Ago

1978 – Construction began on a new home for Vandalia Citizen Savings and Loan.
Frank Hartman was named general manager of the P.N. Hirsch drapery factory in Vandalia. The plant had been in operation for two years.
Students from 12 area high schools were enrolled at the Okaw Area Vocational Center.
Larry Peyton joined the staff of Craycroft Motors as a salesman.
Don Moore completed a 29-year career at the local Kroger store.
45 Years Ago

1968 – Homer Gilbert was transferred to the management of Doug’s Shoe Store in Salem. Dick Eckhardt succeeded him at the Vandalia store.
Todd Beebe of Brownstown was named to the dean’s list at Western Illinois University.
Edgar E. Etcheson, formerly of Vandalia, was appointed manager of the appliance department of the Sears store in Hillsboro.

55 Years Ago

1958 – Lutheran Hill was roped off to give local children a good place for sledding.
Nada Jo Binnion, a student at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, was granted a scholarship from the Presser Foundation Music Scholarship Fund.
Fire destroyed the home of Charles Oldham, leaving his family of 13 homeless.
The Vandalia High School wrestling team won its 10th straight match.
Earl Bone was appointed manager of Fort Shelby Hotel in Detroit.
Pfc. Harold Hamblin was on active duty in Germany.

65 Years Ago

1948 – Two 1,000-kilowatt diesel-powered generators were unloaded here by Illinois Power.
Oscar Rothe, proprietor of Rothe Tractor and Equipment of St. Peter, held a grand opening.
Mr. and Mrs. Morris Spenney received degrees from the Order of the Eastern Star at a Melrose Chapter No. 243 ceremony.
Jen Walk, a student at the University of Illinois, was initiated into Phi Chi Theta, a professional commerce sorority.

75 Years Ago

1938 – The Moose Lodge sponsored a dance at the armory in observance of President’s Day. More than 100 people attended, and the proceeds of $55 were donated to fight against polio.
Dr. Miller Greer spoke to the Central School PTA about communicable diseases.