The Way We Were

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By The Staff

15 Years Ago

1998 – The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, at its annual banquet, presented Abe Awards for community service to Jean Stombaugh, and Katie and Orville Schukar.
The city received ongoing complaints about youths littering and walking into traffic near Vandalia Community High School.
A school facility committee was touring Vandalia’s schools to form a recommendation to the Vandalia Board of Education on how to improve district facilities.
Lester and Beatrice Grandt of rural St. Peter were celebrating their 50th anniversary.
The National Road Association and Vandalia’s “Looking for Lincoln” project were chosen for Heritage Tourism Program grants.

20 Years Ago

1993 – Bed races, a car cruise and a community-wide garage sale were among the activities planned for the Cumberland Road Fest being sponsored by the Vandalia Tourism Committee.
Vandalia Junior High School students were studying the “Roaring ‘20’s” during a weeklong, across-the-curriculum activity. The week included special instruction about the 1920s and a USO show put on by the students.
John Lotz and Chad Austin were named to the Mid-State Conference’s all-conference boys’ basketball team, and Angela Conder and Angie Wehrle were named to the all-conference girls’ squad.
Deanna Rosenberger, a Ramsey resident who was a freshman at Millikin University, was a photographer for The Decaturian, the college’s student newspaper.
Fayette County Hospital officials announced that a room on the third floor of the hospital had been remodeled for pediatric patients.
The Fayette County United Fund distributed $16,500 among 13 area agencies.
John Behrends, a student at Brownstown High School, participated in the Presidential Classroom’s 1993 Senior High School Program in Washington, D.C.
The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce announced that Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar would be the speaker at a special chamber luncheon on April 7.
U.S. Sen. Paul Simon (D-Ill.) was to hold a public forum in St. Elmo.
Jim Kling of The Rogers Co. in Pittsburgh, Pa., proposed to a group of about 15 local residents that Vandalia hold a special celebration for its 175th birthday.
Mr. and Mrs. Russell Robinson of Brownstown were planning to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
Sara Portz and Cassie Rosenberger, seniors at Ramsey High School, were chosen to participate in the all-state band convention and festival in Peoria.

25 Years Ago

1988 – Judy Baumann of Vandalia was named site manager of the Vandalia Statehouse.
Gene Schwarm, a Vandalia attorney, received 296 write-in votes for the Democratic state’s attorney nomination, but he announced that he would not seek that office.
Brian Kern was named to the Mid-State Conference’s all-conference boy’s basketball team. Cindy Harrison and Monica Schumacher were named to the girls’ squad.
Barbara McKellar of Vandalia had the lead role in the Centralia Cultural Society’s production of “Hello, Dolly!”

35 Years Ago

1978 – The name of Vandalia Junior High School was changed to Vandalia Middle School, effective with the start of the new school year.
Morris Beabout presented Fred Mattes with a 50-year card at a meeting of Temperance Lodge No. 16 of Vandalia.
Mr. and Ms. Henry Graumenz were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.
45 Years Ago

1968 – Mark Claypool, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Claypool of St. Elmo, had the honor of meeting Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr at a Springfield hotel. He had written a 50-page paper on why he would like to meet the star football player.
Bess Tedrick presented Irene Moore with a lifetime membership in the American Legion Auxiliary, Unity 95, in Vandalia.
The city of Vandalia and Shell Oil Co. reached a settlement that called for the city to pay $35,000 to rewrap a line running through Vandalia Lake.
55 Years Ago

1958 – Scout leaders held a district roundtable at the Vandalia Statehouse, with about 100 in attendance.
The Vandalia Lions Club celebrated its 30th birthday with a banquet in the high school cafeteria.
Plans were announced to break ground in October for Carlyle Dam.

65 Years Ago

1948 – The first insured loan made by the Illinois department of the Farmers Home administration was made by a Fayette County borrower through the Brownstown bank.
Mary Carol Albert, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Will Albert, reported for duty with the State Department in Washington, D.C.
Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia was celebrating its 30th birthday.

75 Years Ago

1938 – Vandalia Boy Scouts conducted a door-to-door paper drive to raise money for a summer camping trip.
M.E. Bone was elected to serve on two committees of the Sanitary Milk Producers during a meeting in St. Louis.
Fifteen members of the Fayette County Old Settlers’ Association attended a meeting to discuss plans for the Northwest Territory Pageant in the summer.
Mark Miller was in Chicago taking the State’s undertaker examination. He had already passed his embalmer’s examination.