The Way We Were

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By The Staff

15 Years Ago

1998 – Eight Vandalia wrestlers advanced to the state wrestling tournament – Ty Kidd, Louis Smith, Adam Lape, Anthony Lach, Scott Street, Matt Emerick and Jason Clay.
The Vandalia City Council considered eliminating all parking spaces on the north side of Johnson Street between Fifth and Seventh streets, but ultimately decided to drop just one spot, on the east side of the alley between Fifth and Sixth streets. The council also voted to eliminate parking on the north side of Jackson Street between Seventh and Eight streets during the day on weekdays.

20 Years Ago
1993 – Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar talked about an upturn in the state economy while serving as guest speaker at a special Vandalia Chamber of Commerce luncheon. While in Vandalia, Edgar proclaimed the Vandalia Statehouse as the state’s first heritage site.
Five males – four adults and a juvenile – were arrested for burglarizing Vandalia Community High School. They were arrested in St. Louis after being stopped for a traffic violation.
Mr. and Mrs. Abner Ropp of Vandalia celebrated their 60th anniversary, and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Sidwell of Brownstown were celebrating their golden anniversary.
The  Illinois Historic Preservation Agency began accepting donations at the Vandalia Statehouse and 17 other state historic sites. The donations were to be used to help cover maintenance expenses.

25 Years Ago

1988 – Dean Black of St. Elmo was elected president of the Fayette County Fair Board.
Kyle Blackerby placed first in free sparring and second in form competition at the All-American Open Karate and Tae Kwon Do championships at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Jeanne Gustafson of Vandalia was hired as the administrative coordinator of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

35 Years Ago

1978 – P.N. Hirsch & Co. announced plans to build a 100,000-square-foot addition to its warehouse on Van Tran Avenue.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shelved a Vandalia levee project that called for work to protect 12,000 acres, 11,000 of which was productive farmland.
First class awards were presented to eight Vandalia cadettes during a meeting in Mt. Vernon – Becky Sefton, Kelly Hill, Judy Tedrick, Teresa Schultz, Karen Vaughn, Carla Morrison, Christi Crotser and Julie Johnston.

45 Years Ago

1968 – Charity ball funds went to the support of a sheltered workshop in Fayette County.
The Vandalia City Council approved a trailer park ordinance.
Ramsey Township residents approved a tax for the improvement of their roads.
Mr. and Mrs. Russell Robison of Brownstown celebrated their silver wedding anniversary.
Monti Whitten was awarded the crown at the Miss Kaskaskia beauty pageant.

55 Years Ago

1958 – Michel’s Feed Store held an open house at its new building.
Fire destroyed a hog house near Ramsey at the farm of William Sarver. Damage was estimated at $3,000.
Jane Porter, who had given 50 years of service to the community as a businesswoman, retired.

65 Years Ago

1948 – Dr. C.D. Washburn was out of commission for a month, fracturing his wrist after slipping on a freshly waxed floor.
Irvin Ehlert received the Eagle Scout badge he had earned in 1943. The application for the badge had been mislaid in the Olney Scouting Office.
Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia reported record membership. There were 64 people on the membership rolls.

75 Years Ago

1938 – A.L. Trout, long-time basketball coach and athletic director at Centralia, was the guest speaker at Vandalia’s fourth annual basketball banquet.
Jean Schulte, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schulte, was elected to Phi Betta Kappa at University of Illinois.
The Okaw River was at the flood Stage for the second time in the past 10 days.