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The Way We Were-Jan. 6, 2011

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By The Staff

15 Years Ago

1996 – Seniors Clint Flowers and Jani Torrence were crowned homecoming king and queen at Patoka High School.
The city of Vandalia was gathering information about downtown buildings to use for such things as recruiting tenants for vacant buildings and firefighting pre-planning.
Dana Adermann, the 1995 Miss Fayette County Fair queen, was representing the county at the Miss Illinois County Fair Pageant this week in Springfield.
The First United Methodist Church of Vandalia held a dinner to honor Vandalia’s police and volunteer firefighters.

20 Years Ago

1991 – Kristen Jahraus of St. Peter beat out 65 other contestants to become the 1991 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen.
Senior Janet Wilkerson was crowned 1991 Homecoming queen at Patoka High School. Her escort for the evening was Jeff Huffman.
Effective Jan. 1, a new law required children under the age of 4 to be properly secured in a child restraint system.
A four-cent increase in first-class stamps brought the cost to 29 cents.
Vandalia junior varsity wrestlers won all three matches at Centralia this weekend, posting wins over Centralia, Carbondale and O’Fallon.
Benner-Nawman’s Vandalia plant was manufacturing phone booths to be shipped to Saudi Arabia.
25 Years Ago

1986 – Construction was ahead of schedule on the new Gene’s Red Fox Store in Brownstown. The old grocery store had been destroyed in a Nov. 18, 1985, fire.
Mulberry Grove’s cheerleaders were voted the top squad at the Mulberry Grove Tournament. Cheerleaders were Carla Sugg, Nicole Hawkins, Randi Obermark, Nancy Tompkins, Billye Jo Bowen, Beth Blankenship, Katie Snow, Mary Greer, Shelli Carter, Melissa Palm, Jackie Pryor and Ember Willis.
Fayette County Hospital hired a physician recruiting firm, Jackson and Coker, based in Atlanta.
The Vandalia City Council passed an ordinance adding six stop intersections in the city.
Fayette County was host to six foreign exchange students, three attending VCHS, two at St. Elmo and one at Brownstown.
Livingston beat Patoka 61-60 in overtime to win first place in the Mulberry Grove Tournament. In the third-place game. Mulberry Grove was a 57-55 winner over Witt in overtime.
Max K. Atwood resigned as president of Fayette County Bank in St. Elmo. He served as president for about 13 years.

35 Years Ago

1976 – Vandalia Board of Education agreed to provide cheerleader transportation to ball games. Payment for three sponsors to accompany them brought a lengthy discussion.
The future of the Loogootee Postal Services was a bit unclear. Rural delivery from Loogootee was being handled from the Farina Post Office. Postmistress Audrey Heutis handled only local delivery.
A 1 degree temperature reading was recorded Sunday for the low of the week. The high was 40, recorded on Thursday.
Ron Edwards, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralston Edwards, was promoted to associate creative director at Keller-Crescent Co. of Evansville, Ind.
Ben Franklin ran a 10-percent discount on storewide sales on Thursday and Friday.
Girl Scouts began their annual cookie sales Friday afternoon.
Fayette County Cultural and Arts Association started rehearsal for a three-act play, “Blithe Spirit.”
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Deverick attended a Dairy Queen convention in Las Vegas last week.
Dr. and Mrs. D.H. Rames attended a medical seminar in Grand Cayman Islands.

45 Years Ago

1966 – Under the chairmanship of Mrs. Raymond Alender, there was a house-to-house canvas for cerebral palsy Thursday and Friday. Future Nurses Club at the high school donated $25 to the fund.
It was announced that beginning July 1 of this year, all people 65 years of age become eligible for hospital insurance.
Louise Koehler, R.N., was named director of nurses for Fayette County Hospital at the January meeting of the hospital board. Fleeta Mattes, R.N., who had held that position, was named hospital administrator Dec. 28, 1965.
First snow of the season fell Tuesday. Low for the week was 6 degrees on Wednesday.
The Vandalia City Council passed a landfill ordinance.
The first steps toward public housing were launched here Monday night.
Final plans for a Fayette County Jail been completed. Letting of bids was to have taken place in February.
James McClintock was appointed to the sales staff at Craycroft Motor Co.
Herrick Hootenanny groups held a public supper at the American Legion Hall in Herrick on Jan. 15. There was a profit of $284.75.
Vandalia Lions Club sponsored a pancake and homemade sausage supper on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at the Masonic Temple.
In celebration of her 80th birthday anniversary, Maude Scott was honored at a reception in the fellowship hall at First Methodist Church on Sunday, Jan. 23, from 2 to 5 p.m.

55 Years Ago

1956 – Susan Flitz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Flitz and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Stapp, underwent a rare lung operation in Germany.
An extensive remodeling program was on at The Model store.
Gale Alcorn had to have both legs in a cast at Shriner’s Hospital, St. Louis.
Tornie Womack had completed 10 years as patrolman.
Dr. and Mrs. Archie E. Brown entertained the deacons and trustees of the church and their wives at a dinner in the basement of First National Bank on Thursday evening.
Attorney John W. Metzger was elected to membership in the Illinois State Bar Association.
Nine courses in adult education were being offered at Vandalia Community High School.
William Hobler joined the Vandalia Police force on Jan. 1.
Mrs. U.G. Smith was honored on the occasion of her 81st birthday at a dinner in the home of her son, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Smith.
Charles Thoman was installed noble grand of I.O.O.F. Lodge Tuesday night.
Charles Arnold observed his 87th birthday anniversary Jan. 14.

65 Years Ago

1946 – Flashers at the Pennsylvania Railroad crossings were to have begun functioning this week. Workers planned to install new gates on Friday.
Fayette County headed the list in bond attainment drive started Oct. 29 and ending Dec. 31, 1945.
Vandalia Woman’s Club held a meeting at Evans Youth Center with Vernon Nickell, state superintendent of public instruction, as speaker. A potluck dinner preceded, which had been postponed since Christmas on account of a flu epidemic.
Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Barkley were to have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Tuesday, Jan. 28, with a dinner for relatives and an open house for friends.
Western Electric employees withdrew pickets from local phone office Monday.
McKinley trounced St. Elmo 42-21.
Mrs. Charles Schaal and Mrs. Ronald Oliver gave a kitchen shower for Gertrude Oertwig, who was to become the bride of Herbert Hulskotter.
Mr. and Mrs. Otto Haseley of near Shatter became grandparents twice within an hour. A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. William Haseley of Shafter Township and a son to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Heitmann of Decatur.

75 Years Ago

1936 – Lions held tryouts Friday and Saturday for local talent to take part in the Barn Dance Show in the high school gymnasium Jan. 22 and 24.
National Old Trails Road Association was voted $150 by the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.
New bulk plant for Schultz Oil Co. was opened for business at the Corner of Main and Sixth streets.
The basketball team, coach Luke Ashby, assistant coach G.D. Cox and superintendent G.G. Ricker, were noonday luncheon guests of Vandalia Rotary Club in Hotel Evans on Tuesday. A report of the Pontiac Tourney was given.
On Thursday night Herman Tanner invited the basketball team to see the picture, “Melody Lingers On.”
Farmers and Merchants Bank’s big clock began to chime the hour, half hour and quarter hour after it had been taken down for redecoration.