The Way We Were-July 21, 2011

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By The Staff

15 Years Ago

1996 – The Vandalia City Council voted 5-4 to approve water and sewer rate increases, which averaged about 16 percent.
The city council voted 6-2 to allow local taverns to have outside beer gardens.
Arthur and Marie Buchanan of Vandalia planned to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Joe and Evelyn Faggetti also planned a golden anniversary celebration.
The Fayette County Republican Party announced that it had filled its vacancy on the state’s attorney’s ballot with James Overholt, a Pana native living in Riverton.

20 Years Ago

1991 – The long-term care facility known as Heritage House in Vandalia was bought by Melvin Siegel and renamed Vandalia Terrace Ltd. The sale was effective Aug. 1.
Fayette County Health Department was to celebrate its 15th anniversary with an open house and pot-luck meal this week.
The Fayette County Awareness Committee was sponsoring “Summer Fun,” a street dance combined with other activities, designed to provide teen-agers with alternatives to using drugs and alcohol.
Kendra Siebert of Smithboro, as part of a Rotary Club-sponsored foreign exchange program, was scheduled to depart for New Zealand on Aug. 16 for a one-year stay to complete her high school career there.
Mr. Lube’s women’s softball team finished first in the league with a record of 16-0.

25 Years Ago

1986 – M. Jean Chambles was named administrator of Fayette County Hospital.
Hohlt and File Funeral Home won first place in the women’s softball league, downing Bluff Equipment 5-2 in the final game of the season. The two teams had been tied for first place.
The American Legion was looking for community support in a capital fund drive being held to finance the cost of a 64-foot-by-119-foot addition on the north side of the existing structure.
The Vandalia Board of Education hired four new teachers: Jean Ertel, Tim Woods, James Rodgers and Lavonda Nichols.

35 Years Ago

1976 – Swinging into Vandalia Lake on a rope, water skiing after sunset and parking motorcycles on sidewalks were to have become illegal acts here as a result of ordinance amendments adopted Monday night by the Vandalia City Council.
Joe Vittitow had installed 5.5 miles of wiring in the ceiling of the Vandalia Statehouse for the radiant heating system installed on the first floor. The project took 70,000 staples, and all of his work was covered with plaster. The restoration project at the historic site was to have been completed within a few weeks.
Walter Evans, 90-year-old Vandalia gardener, displayed some of the potatoes he grew. The largest weighed 1.75 pounds.
Kenneth Irish closed a 21-year career with the sale of the Farina News to Shirley Quick on Monday. She had worked for Irish for 15 years.
Rita Maske, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Maske of Ramsey, earned a master’s degree in home economics education from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston.

45 Years Ago

1966 – Seven Vandalia youths qualified for Jaycee State Jamboree: Steve Etcheson, Dale Konrad, Jim Koonce, Melody Carroll and Bonnie Nelson.
Herman Tanner fractured his hip in a fall from a ladder.
Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Shroyer and family enjoyed a vacation in the South. They returned via the Smoky Mountains.
Helen Robbins began her fourth tour of Europe, with her first stop scheduled in Scotland.
Mary Rose Reed was elected president of St. Peter American Legion Auxiliary.
Jim Koonce was elected president of St. Elmo Lions Club.
Roger Johann and Daniel Hall enlisted in the United States Air Force. Both left for Amarillo, Texas, for training.

55 Years Ago

1956 – John Daniels, a Seminary Township farmer, began to attempt to duplicate his plowing feats of 1954 at the district plowing contest here Friday.
Prize-winning zinnia growers for the First National Bank contest were Charles Curry, Vandalia; Anna Reichman, Shobonier; and Mrs. Herbert Fink.
The VCHS class of 1926 held a 30th anniversary gathering at the Vandalia City Park on Sunday afternoon.
Births – a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Eckle, Dupo; a son to Mr. and Mrs. August Wolff, Altamont; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Darrel Ford, St. Elmo; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Taylor, Vandalia; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Robinett of Mulberry Grove; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Dale Pryor, Shobonier; and a son to Mr. and Mrs. Voris Smith, Vandalia.
Helen Robbins left on a Russian tour as an ambassador of good will.

65 Years Ago

1946 – Old wheel tax stickers expired July 31. Revenue was to have been used on street improvements.
American Legion completed plans for an all-vets reunion.