The Way We Were

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25 Years Ago

1988 – Majestic Drapery Fabricators Inc. agreed to purchase Chelsea Enterprises and create 18 new jobs.
Secretary of State Jim Edgar visited Vandalia and attended the old-fashioned picnic sponsored by the Fayette County Republicans.
Vandalia’s girls’ tennis team was 12-0.
The Vandalia golf team won the regional team title, Vandalia’s first since 1938. St. Elmo’s Scott Smith shot a 78 and claimed medalist honors.

35 Years Ago

1978 – Vandalia Chamber of Commerce took under consideration a renewal of the downtown area.
Greg Oldfield said he had no immediate plans for the eight lots he recently purchased on Eighth Street in the north end.
Taking a step closer to issuing up to $300,000 in industrial revenue bonds, members of the Vandalia City Council Monday night approved purchase of Benner-Nawman site from First National Bank of Vandalia, which is trustee of the property.
Harold Crawford’s woodcarvings were on display at Evans Public Library.
Five Crane Packing employees received cash awards for suggestions: Keith Manley, Gilbert McMillan, Ella Funk, Harvey Rickman and Merlin Roach.
VCHS selected Dirk McCoy as winner of National Merit Scholarship Program.
Craycroft Motors sponsored a Punt, Pass and Kick contest on Saturday. There were 18 winners.
A sprinkling system was installed at VCHS baseball diamond over the weekend.
Mary Balance and Grace Hensley were initiated into Salon No. 375, Eight and Forty, at the September meeting.
Employees at Fayette County Hospital were honored at an anniversary luncheon.
Frances Casey of Ramsey celebrated her 98th birthday Tuesday.
Joe Boaz grew a 4-foot-long, 60-pound, squash in his back yard.

45 Years Ago

1968 – Arthur Young headed the United Fund Drive in Fayette County this year.
Albright Apparel held open house and grand opening this weekend.
The new sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Vandalia was dedicated in a special afternoon service on Sunday.
The weather for the past week was ideal. The highs for the week ranged from 70 to 86.
Four parties were listed on the general ballot for Nov. 5.
There were 146 horses on parade Sunday in the final Okaw Saddle show.
Mrs. Jim McCarty was installed president of Vandalia Area Council PTA on Thursday night. Retiring president was Mrs. Wib Meyer.
An open house on Sept. 29 honored Mr. and Mrs. Zennie Dial on their 40th wedding anniversary.
Gayle Givens was elected VCHS homecoming queen.
Vandalia newcomers were the Eldon Fishers, the Ron Molers, the Robert Bells, the John Osbornes, the Bill Hohlts, the Gary Lutzes, the Edwin Themigs, the Jerry Seatons and the Jerry Pattons.
More than 100 attended a sectional rally at St. Elmo Church of God on Friday night.
Farina First United Methodists made plans for the turkey supper on Nov. 9.
Family honored Mrs. Matt Frakes on Sunday in her home on St. Louis Avenue. Mrs. Frakes was celebrating her 91st birthday anniversary.
Mr. and Mrs. Harley Rosenberger observed a silver anniversary Sept. 29.

55 Years Ago

1958 – Fayette County Republicans scheduled a fish fry for Oct. 17.
Dr. and Ms. D.H. Ecke received word that their son-in-law, Joseph LaPalombra, had received a full professorship and had been appointed head of the political science department of Michigan University, Lansing, Mich. The past year they had resided in Rome, Italy, where he had studied.
A new building went up to house Trexler’s OK Rubber Welders on North Route 51.
Leon Wilson met his successor, Andy White, manager of Illinois Power Company’s office in Vandalia.
A recipe for buttermilk biscuits was given by Gertle Brooks as this week’s Favorite Recipe.
Kay Sue Eadie left by plane Saturday to enter training as a TWA stewardess.
Richard Fee came to Vandalia High School as the new chemistry teacher.

65 Years Ago

1948 – In a harmonious session Tuesday night, Vandalia City Council voted to instruct the city attorney to draw up an ordinance prohibiting parking on Main Street between Fourth and Fifth streets.
James Staff, second of the sons of Floyd Staff of Vandalia to be signed by the St. Louis Cardinals, put his name to a contract at the Staff home on Saturday, and received the nice bonus of $825 for the mere act of signing up.

75 Years Ago

1938­ – An extra-heavy charge of dynamite being used by workmen at the bridge job at the corner of Fourth and Jefferson streets to blow out some of the old abutments on Saturday broke out the windows in several homes in that vicinity.
Fire of unknown origin destroyed a washhouse at the Mrs. E.C. Chesier home at Gallatin Street at 2 a.m. Tuesday.
Judge J.H. Webb, dean of the Vandalia bar, passed away at Mark Greer Hospital at 5 p.m. Tuesday after an illness, which had confined him at home for months.
The hottest spot in Fayette County’s oil development today is the Celia Hasler No. 1, six miles south of Vandalia in Section 8, Kaskaskia Township, watched by majors, independents, leasers, royalty buyers and land owners in that section.
The oil boom has brought life to the Bell Telephone Co. exchange here, which like other businesses had suffered a severe slump through the depression and repression. W.A. Gilmore said business had increased from an average of $175 a day a year ago to $500 a day at the present time.
During the five and one-half office days of last week and a day and a half of this week a total of 167 oil instruments were filed for record in the circuit clerk’s office here.
In a survey made recently by the Institute of Public Opinion, it was revealed that a large majority of the people of the United States believed that the World War was a mistake and a still larger majority thinks this country should not take part if another world war develops in Europe.
An 8-pound son was born Sunday evening to Mr. and Mrs. Raiston Edwards in Mark Greer Hospital.
Last Friday at 5 p.m., a Union reporter counted 70 out-of-state cars parked along the curb in the business section of Vandalia. This did not include Missouri cars, as there is usually a lot of these.
The Young Woman’s Foreign Missionary of the First Methodist Church was entertained Tuesday night in the home of Mrs. Ralph Wilk, with Mrs. E.J. Bost as assistant hostess.