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The Way We Were Dec. 22, 2011

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By The Staff

15 Years Ago

1996 – The Vandalia City Council voted 6-1 to create the office of city administrator, with a job advertisement to go out later in the week.
Clem Schaal of St. Peter was recognized by the CEFS Economic Opportunity Corp. for his 10 years of service on the board.
A renovation to the front entrance of Fayette County Hospital was moved up to the first phase of the construction and renovation project at FCH.
Wayne and Aileen Schmitt of Vandalia were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

20 Years Ago

1992 – The Vandalia City Council signed a contract with Environmental Audits and Consultants Inc. of Vandalia to clean up and contain fuel that had leaked from an underground storage tank at the city garage.
Gene German of Vandalia won the top prize of $1,000 in the “Hometown Christmas” promotion, sponsored by Vandalia merchants.
According to records filed in the Fayette County Courthouse, 169 felony cases were filed during 1991, which represents a 40-percent increase over 1990’s total of 100 felony cases.
The Immanuel Lutheran Church in Augsburg was the site of an open house to honor Mr. and Mrs. George Sasse as they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 10.
Mulberry Grove High School homecoming queen candidates were Tasha Wehrle, Jody Henry, Angela Harris, Emily Snow, Elizabeth Britt and Amy Baldwin.
Larry and Ann Gehle of Vandalia won a trip to a dude ranch in Montana as a part of a national drawing through C&M Video, in connection with the video release of “Dances With Wolves.”

25 Years Ago

1987 – Deric Eugene McElroy, son of Janet and Darl E. McElroy Sr. of Vernon, was the New Year’s Baby at Fayette County Hospital.
A safe stolen from Fayette Service Co. in Brownstown was recovered in the Brownstown Park Lake. Several hundred dollars in cash and checks were emptied by the burglar.
About 200 participated in the interdenominational “Circle of Concern” around Vandalia Community High School.
Mary and Mark Miller were recognized as “Friends of Education” by the Vandalia Unit Teachers Association.
George Stombaugh received a plaque signifying 25 years as a Carrier dealer.

35 Years Ago

1977 – Christy Jo Dial, daughter of Gary and Edith Dial, was the first baby born at Fayette County Hospital in 1977.
A winter drought approached a critical point for most rural residents in this area. Farmers were hauling water.
Salary increases for city officials were approved Monday night at the Vandalia City Council meeting.
Don Funk, newly elected president of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, set his goals for the coming year to improve local industries and to increase the supply of local jobs.
A sudden snowfall on Tuesday made driving conditions rough and caused several accidents.
The city ordered traps for pigeon eradication.
This week, a feature story told of Vandalia’s official scorekeeper of 30 years, Edward W. Mills.

45 Years Ago

1967 – A trace of snow fell on three days this week. The highest thermometer reading was 48 and the lowest was 15.
Following a practice of more than 20 years, directors of First National Bank of Vandalia voted a profit-sharing bonus to its officers and staff for the past year. It was established on a point system that took into account the employees'  length of service and their salary levels.
Births – A daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Elvin Payne, Vandalia; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Riedle, Shobonier; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Glen Stewart, Mulberry Grove; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Ehrat, Vandalia; and a son to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Ritter, Kinmundy.
Paul Stroble Jr. celebrated his 10th birthday anniversary at a family gathering in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Stroble Sr.
The Brownstown Bombers failed to stop Teutopolis in tourney play, losing 73-53.
Bob Little and Gary Noffsinger, members of the Vandalia High School band, were selected to play in the All-State Band during the state festival in Peoria.

55 Years Ago

1957 – The New Year’s Baby was Lowell Ray Woolridge, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Francis of Farina.
Fred Tincher resigned as Fayette County adviser.
Dr. Miller Greer of Vandalia delivered 100 babies in 1956. The 100th one was Ronald Steven Oglesby. Two were twins.
An organization known as Fayette County Aid to Retarded Children was recently organized and adopted a set of bylaws.
Vandalia won 82-81 over Shelbyville for the tournament consolation title at East St. Louis. Fred Garland hit the final shot.
Rothe Farm and Supply ran a mammoth auction on Jan. 8, selling 20 tractors and six combines.

65 Years Ago

1947 – The Vandalia Post Office reported that 108,484 pieces of mail were sent from the local office in the last 10 days before Christmas.
Bee McGee was recovering in Mark Greer Hospital after he was hit by a car while fixing a blowout on U.S. Route 51.
Births – twin daughters to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Davis of Taylorville; twins (a son and a daughter) to Mr. and Mrs. I.W. Mast of Decatur; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Burnside of Vandalia.
The Brownstown basketball team beat Greenville, 55-51, at Brownstown.
“Holiday in Mexico,” a Technicolor picture with Walter Pigeon and Jose Iturbi, was showing at the local theater on New Year’s Day and the following day.
Roy Smith was named president of the AAA activities in 1947.
Joe Dees was admitted to the Illinois Bar Association by Justice of the State Supreme Court, June Smith, at Centralia on Dec. 30.
Paul Thomas made 22 points for Vandalia in the 49-36 win over Alton in the Centralia tournament. However, they lost to Centralia, 51-41, in the second game of the series. Kewanee beat Centralia for the championship.
Dr. E.A. Kuehn and Porter Simcox went by plane to Pasadena, Calif., to see the Rose Bowl game.

75 Years Ago

1937 – Mark Miller entered Worsham College of Embalming on Jan. 4. Christene Hammer succeeded him in the office at The Vandalia Leader.
Vandalia stores decided to remain open until 9 p.m. every Saturday night in January, February and March.
Twenty WPA men began working on the cemetery project on Dec. 30.
Members of Mrs. Will Ritter’s class at St. James Lutheran Church surprised her and her husband at an oyster supper in their home.
The Lions Club distributed between 300 and 400 toys to children of 65 needy homes in Vandalia.