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The Way We Were

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By The Staff

25 Years Ago

1988 – Gary, Tim and Ron Emerick purchased the Ford-New Holland farm equipment dealership from Jim Poland, who retired after 37 years in the farm equipment business.
WPMB celebrated its 25th year of operation.

35 Years Ago

1978 – Lyle Balance was rehired as supervisor of assessments. Taking their seats on the county board Monday night were: Leonard Rubin of St. Peter; Zennie Dial of Beecher City; Charlie Diller of St. Elmo; Gary Hanagan of St. Elmo; Glenn Bunyard of Vandalia; John Daniels Jr. of Vandalia; James Gable of Vernon; Charles Griffin of Vandalia; Louie Turner of Ramsey; Gusta Walstrom of Ramsey; Steve Oertwig of Vandalia; Evert Schaub of Brownstown; and Hardie Shafer of Vandalia.
Zennie Dial was elected chairman of the county board and Harold Baumann, vice chairman. The board abandoned the public defender plan.
At the annual Christmas party for Leader-Union employees, Glenda Lawler, Raymond Alender and Fred Jones were honored with gold digital watches in recognition of 30 years service.
Work on Eighth Street was continuing in spite of the fact that it was uncertain how much the city would pay for opening the Eighth Street crossing.
45 Years Ago

1968 – Keith Dunaway, 26, a native of Cowden, began his duties at Farmers and Merchants Bank.
The Rev. David Ebs, Los Angeles, accepted a call to pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. The 36-year-old minister planned to move to Vandalia in January.
Vandalia slipped past Lakeview 51-49 in Tuesday’s opener.
Mr. and Mrs. Morris Spenney were installed as officers in the East at Melrose Chapter No. 243, O.E.S., Saturday night. The open installation was formal.
Miss Juna Willms, Brownstown, left Tuesday for New Mexico to teach Indian children on a reservation.
Thanksgiving boxes were distributed by members of the Daughters of Zion Lutheran Church in Loogootee.
LaGrove High School, Farina, planned its annual homecoming for the Dec. 6 weekend. The Bobcats were to have played the Clay City Wolves.
Vandalia Bus Lines Inc. ran a display ad giving its weekday and Sunday schedules to and from St. Louis. Patrons had three opportunities to and from the city weekdays and twice on Sundays.

55 Years Ago

1958 – Mrs. Gene Washburn won the Union’s $300 Mystery Merchant Contest.
A six-inch snow arrived on Thursday and Friday, and Santa on Saturday, to start the Christmas season in Vandalia.
Jaycees planned a hayride and sing as their first Christmas project.
A potluck dinner honored Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Dulgar on his retirement and also a farewell gesture just prior to their moving to Florida.
Janis Ennen was crowned queen of love and beauty at the Smithboro carnival.
Ilene Engel was the LaGrove homecoming queen.
Members of the Woman’s Society held a Christian fair on  Thursday and Friday, Dec. 4 and 5, at the Little House.
This week Fayette County Hospital has 42 admissions and 38 discharged patients.
The J.B. Sanders of Ramsey observed a golden wedding anniversary on Oct. 19.
William Black of Brownstown entered upon his duties as assistant custodian at the Vandalia Statehouse. He succeeds Herman Lemke, who has accepted a position as custodian at the Fayette County Courthouse.

65 Years Ago

1948 – Farmer-elected delegates, meeting in convention, selected George Dycus as chairman of the Fayette County (AAA) Conservation Committee for the coming year.
Brownstown’s new community unit school district for grades one through 12 had 14 candidates for the school election Dec. 4, when seven of the 14 were to be elected to compose the first administrative board of the recently formed district.
Hundreds of alumni and other friends and patrons of Vandalia Community High School were expected to attend the annual homecoming of the school Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10-12.
The Rev. O.I. Mendenhall was installed as pastor of First Christian Church.
J. Carl Smith, who was attending school at Southern Illinois University, spent the Thanksgiving holiday here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Smith. Mrs. F.H. Meier, who was injured in an automobile accident on Nov. 20, was in critical condition in Mark Greer Hospital.
Don Brummett and Don Hawthorn, secretary of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, took a plane to Chicago on Wednesday to interview industrial prospects.
Vandalia’s new street signs were expected to arrive in late December and would be installed as soon as possible.

75 Years Ago

1938 – As an unemployment relief measure, the HRS started to make a historical survey of Fayette County Courthouse records, a WPA program.
Bob Shaffer, senior, was named a member of the military council of the state university R.O.T.C. brigade.
Jessie R. Willis of Bloomington opened a law office in St. Elmo.