The Way We Were-April 7, 2011

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By The Staff

15 Years Ago

1996 – After learning its insurance carrier, the Illinois Counties Insurance Trust, had added a new surcharge late in 1995, the Fayette County Board decided to look at other insurance providers.
Dustin Sefton and Christy Yokley were crowned king and queen at Brownstown High School’s prom.
The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce was getting ready to proceed with the construction of its welcome sign.
Fayette County Hospital announced that it was adding a home health program.
Mayor Rich Walker announced that the city was making available to downtown merchants loans for downtown improvements. The city offered to make loans from the fund built up on the repayment of Community Development Assistance Program monies loaned for industrial projects.
Charles and Betty Cothern of Vandalia were planning to celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary.
20 Years Ago

1991 – Sgt. Kevin Rickman visited with fifth graders at Lincoln School to show his appreciation for letters they wrote while he was representing our country in Operation Desert Storm.
The Vandalia Board of Education unanimously approved the hiring of Darrell Gummert as principal of Vandalia Community High School.  

35 Years Ago

1976 – The Vandalia Union hosted a dinner in connection with a “Red Carpet” promotion at the Moose Lodge. The purpose of the event was to promote Vandalia as trade center.
The Vandalia Woman’s Club hosted the 67th annual convention of the Illinois Federation of Woman’s Clubs.

45 Years Ago

1966 – Stanley Schwarm was elected president of the Brownstown School Board.
John Daniels was re-elected president of the Vandalia School Board.
The Vandalia Jaycees voted to donate $400 for a new youthcenter.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lay of Ramsey were honored on their golden wedding anniversary.
The Jesse Normans of Farina also observed their golden wedding anniversary.

55 Years Ago

1956 – Jim Staff was named summer director for park activities.
Evelyn Daniels won first place in the 1956 Cencer Society poster contest in Fayette County. Glenda Roadarmel was second, and Laura Davis placed third.
Lea Smith was presented with an award for 19 years of service to United Cities Gas Co. during a  dinner at Hotel Evans.

65 Years Ago

1946 – At the athletic banquet held at First Methodist Church, Harry Combs, coach of the state champion Champaign Maroons, made the assertion that Vandalia has the finest basketball team he has seen all year.
The first bricks were laid for the new Bitzer Garage at the corner of St. Louis Avenue and Eighth Street.
The public was invited to visit the new American Legion Home on April 11.

75 Years Ago

1936 – J. Ed Cooper of Shobonier, a teacher and rural mail carrier, was promoted to superintendent of the rural mail division by the U.S. Postal Department.
The Illinois State Farm of Vandalia was to have a new hospital and six new dormitories in the coming year.
J.D. Ray was elected president of the new county soil association.
The Melrose Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star hosted 160 out-of-town OES members for a meeting.