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The Way We Were

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By The Staff

25 Years Ago

1988 – Darrell and Lana Potter and Larry and Pat Coghland of St. Elmo opened the Midwest Country Antique Mall, the only antique mall located between Terre Haute, Ind., and St. Louis, Mo.
Improvement work on the intake structure at Vandalia Lake was completed.
Sophomore Lenora McNutt was crowned VCHS homecoming queen.

35 Years Ago

1978 – Charles Rummelin, who died in June 1977, willed the bulk of his estate to worthy causes that would enhance the general health and welfare of the community of Vandalia.
The register at the Old State Capitol showed that more than 10,000 had visited there in four months.
Young Vandalia school children were treated to a tour of nearby farms and were given the opportunity to see baby pigs, calves, chickens and ducks.
Maurice Feldpouch was named to the Ramsey village board.
Vandalia Lions Club was preparing for the annual Halloween parade.
A feature story about Thelma Olson, a St. Elmo musician, written by Maxine Koonce, appeared in this edition of the paper.
Brownstown’s Fall Festival was a grand success.
A group of Fayette County Farm Bureau women went to Washington, D.C., to try to influence their congressional representatives on farming legislation.
A recreation of the 18th century camp was planned at Ft. Massac.
Vandalia Cameo Women’s Club planned a salad supper for its Sept. 21 meeting at First National Bank.
Fayette County Cultural and Arts Society set Dec. 17 as the date of the Christmas concert.
Mrs. Eva Cunningham was honored at a birthday party.

45 Years Ago

1968 – Mrs. Dale Burnam headed the 1968 Christmas Seal campaign in Fayette County.
Cpl. Harold E. Feezel, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Warren Feezel of Loogootee, was reported killed in action in Vietnam. He was aboard a helicopter when it was struck by enemy fire.
Ray Neeley of Ramsey, owner of Ray’s Market in Vandalia, underwent surgery early Tuesday for the removal of an eye following an accident.
St. Peter gave 74 pints of blood to the American Red Cross.
Vandalia ninth graders beat Pana, 27-13.
Fayette County Salon received a state award because of its high contribution to the nurses’ fund.
Soroptimists planned to enter a float in the Vandalia Fall Festival.
Duane Luallen was elected president of the state Independent Accountant’s Association.
The Jaycees peanut sales was planned to coincide with the fall sesquicentennial event.
A burglar alarm at Beecher City scared off a hold-up man.

55 Years Ago

1958 – Lincoln School PTA reported that this year’s carnival was the most successful so far.
Daylight Savings Time was to terminate this year on Saturday, Sept. 28.
Sen. Paul Douglas spoke at a non-partisan dinner Friday night at Robbins Restaurant. More than 100 people attended. Douglas cited the need for Southern Illinois industry, and answered questions on Formosa and integration.
Church workers, making a religious census of Vandalia, made 1,530 calls on Sunday.
Friends and relatives honored Mrs. S.N. Cocagne on her 86th birthday.
St. Peter Sportsman’s Club sponsored a chicken and fish fry.
Vandalia Woman’s Club opened the season with a ham and bean supper in the Friendship Room at First National Bank.
There was an attendance of 123 FFA boys and advisers at a leadership conference at Mulberry Grove on Wednesday.

65 Years Ago

1948 – The Fayette County Selective Service Board finished the registration for young men. About 1,157 were registered during the four-day session.
The Chamber of Commerce made an appeal for articles to refurnish the Old Statehouse. The state was in the process of restoring some of the furnishings to the structure, which were of the same period as were the original furnishings.
Warren Mabry began work on a tourist court at the north edge of town. When completed, it was to include 15 motel units and a restaurant.
Actor Jon Hall landed at the Vandalia Airport during the weekend.
The first of 700 quail were released by the Sportsmen’s Club of Vandalia.
Illinois Central Railroad announced that it was improving the lighting at the depot to discourage loitering during the night.
Mrs. Eugene Steinhauer was installed as president of the American Legion Auxiliary by Mrs. Guy Kile, retiring president.
The Vandalia DeMolay softball team won the district championship at East St. Louis by defeating Alton and Belleville.
A charter of Incorporation was issued to the Old Pilcher Cemetery Association of Otego Township.

75 Years Ago

1938 – The fifth annual Settlers Reunion was acclaimed a great success after between 12,000 and 15,000 people tuned out for the two-day celebration. The parade was described as the best ever held here.
Maj. Walter Metz of the Veterans Administration was in Vandalia to inspect several sites as possibilities for a Veterans’ Hospital. The inspection was arranged by the Chamber of Commerce.
A robber broke into Allen Miller’s Café and stole $18 in cash.
The Chicago Daily News ran an article about Vandalia and the effects of the oil boom on Vandalia and Fayette County.
A truck belonging to Vandalia Fruit and Produce was destroyed by fire on Thursday afternoon at the foot of the shoe factory hill. The truck was being used to make some deliveries when it developed a short circuit in the wiring.
The Vandalia Lumber Co. was building sheds for storing lumber at their yard.
Plans for a new school on the site of Washington School were drawn. The school board planned to have the new building completed by next fall.`