The Way We Were

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By The Staff

15 Years Ago

1998 – Students at Vandalia’s junior high and high school were being asked to address concerns voiced by local residents about students walking into traffic before school, during lunch and after school.
The Vandalia City Council was considering a one-block extension of Kennedy Boulevard, by renaming the 100 block of South Third Street.
Brownstown’s Erik Sefton was chosen to participate in the fifth annual Central Illinois All-Star Basketball Game.
Alicia Dothager, a Vandalia resident who was an architecture major at University of Illinois, appeared in a photo on the front page of The New York Times. The photo was taken when President Bill Clinton visited the U of I.
Lacey Branham and Elizabeth Zeman, both members of Vandalia Senior Girl Scout Troop No. 380, were chosen to go to Our Chalet, the Girl Scout World Center in Switzerland.
Taylor Ready-Mix of Vandalia, which had plants in Vandalia, Greenville, Altamont and Ramsey, was sold to Effingham-based Mid-Illinois Concrete.
Kenneth and Madeline Eyman of Mulberry Grove were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, as were Lawrence and Helen Hoyle of Vandalia.

20 Years Ago

1993 – John and Marlene Hooper of Vandalia purchased the house built by the building trades class at the Okaw Area Vocational Venter. The house is located on East Fork Drive.
The Ramsey railroad Tower Museum was ready to open for Memorial Day, upon the completion of restoration work.
Vandalia’s Jake Tjaden earned the right to compete in the state high school boys’ tennis tournament.
The Vandalia School District honored its retiring teachers: Billyana Poe Dugan, Rob Robinson, Phyllis Thoman, Alberta Wooten, Larry Ashdown, Don Schneider and Margaret Carroll.
Charles Mills was honored by the Vandalia Rotary Club for his 50 years of membership in the organization.
At a grand opening at Vandalia Airport held by its new operators, Dave and Dianne Verner, the Vandalia Park District honored Al Hourigan and Bob Burnside for their many years of service to the district and airport.
25 Years Ago

1988 – Fayette County Sheriff Leonard Kelly, 61, died at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis after a battle with cancer.
The village of Brownstown issued individual home addresses to all residents.
Vandalia won its first regional softball title by upsetting Stewardson-Strasburg and then defeating Altamont in the title game.
Mark Oertwig of Vandalia advanced to the state track meet in the 100-meter dash, Ed Moss of St. Elmo advanced in the triple jump, and Jason Hoover of Brownstown advanced in the high jump.
Bruce and Joyce Lowry of Vandalia won $10,000 in the Family Y of Fayette County grand raffle.
35 Years Ago

1978 – A group of St. Peter residents, with encouragement from local and state law enforcement officials, banded together to devise an arson prevention plan.
Allie Doyle, a 101-year-old Vandalia resident, made a contribution to the Vandalia Lions’ glaucoma fund.
Dale Freeman of Vandalia celebrated 30 years with Bell Telephone.

45 Years Ago

1968 – The Vandalia City Council passed an ordinance making it illegal to have junk vehicles on property inside city limits.
Barbara Oberlink was installed as president of the Washington School PTA.
Teresa Lach of Mulberry Grove High School and Steven Hoover of Farina LaGrove High School won trips to Washington, D.C., by winning an essay contest.
Loretta Satterthwaite, who was working on a master’s degree, was honored by University of Illinois professors for outstanding teaching achievement.

55 Years Ago

1958 – Robert Sloan was hired as band director by the Vandalia Board of Education.
The Johnson, Stephens & Shinkle Shoe Co. moved into its new building.
A. Dale Curry received a permanent promotion as manger of Southeastern Illinois Gas Co.’s Vandalia office.
Felma Nell Hunter and Phil Curry were crowned queen and king at the VCHS prom.