The Way We Were-June 9, 2011

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By The Staff

15 Years Ago

1996 – Jeff and Jennifer Hester of Vandalia were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. The Rev. Reinhold and Mary Dierks were also celebrating their silver anniversary.
Albert and Violet Johnstone of rural Mulberry Grove were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
Fayette County Sheriff Michael D. Kleinik gave support for a new juvenile detention center in Southern Illinois.
As it planned Ramsey Daze, Ramsey was preparing a tribute for its favorite son, Sollie Paul “Tex” Williams, a popular country and western singer in the 1940s.
Vandalia attorney Paul Zeman died at the age of 47 after a six-month battle with cancer.
Long-time Vandalia businessman Don Jones died at the age of 80.
David Arnold, a custodian for Brownstown Schools, received the Outstanding Education Support Personnel award  from the Illinois Education Association.
Construction of a new work camp at Vandalia Correctional Center was ahead of schedule.
Dan and Barb Oberlink were planning to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary, as were Delbert and Sandra Lovett of Brownstown. Philip and Rosalie Hart were planning celebrated their 50th anniversary.
Seth VonBehren of Vandalia Community High School was named to the Chicago Tribune’s all-state baseball team for the second straight year and was also named the Decatur Herald & Review all-area baseball player of the year.

20 Years Ago

1991 – The Transportation Equipment building on Janett Avenue was destroyed by fire.
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Gillespie of St. Elmo were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
Jamie Elmore of Vandalia was selected to attend the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C., in July.

25 Years Ago

1986 – Danny Von Kanel, minister of youth and music at First Baptist Church of Vandalia, was the driving force behind “Framework Emphasis,” a program designed to provide the structure for God to bring about a spiritual awakening among Vandalia youth.
Bob Notorianni was hired as interim administrator at Fayette County Hospital.
Rhonda Bowles and Peg Cuppy won first in the A and B classes, respectively, in the St. Andrews Open at Vandalia Country & Golf Club.
Dave Scott, a Brownstown native coaching baseball at Cumberland High School, was named coach of the year by The Casey Reporter-Marshall Independent.

35 Years Ago

1976 – A marker honoring Fayette County Revolutionary War veterans was dedicated by the Genealogical Society.
Newly appointed directors for FAYCO Enterprises were Etta Payne, Adele Stewart and Max Grinnell.
Paul Stroble Jr. submitted a series of sketches of historical characters as a bicentennial attraction.
Mr. and Mrs. Carlos Biellier celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on June 4.

45 Years Ago

1966 – An ordinance concerning abandoned vehicles on city streets, public property and private property was presented to the Vandalia City Council.
Robert Gordon Burnside was among the 1,984 graduates at the University of Missouri.
The Vandalia Armory was being razed for an addition to Farmers & Merchants Bank.
First Baptist Church broke ground for a new church, which it hoped to occupy in a year.
Loretta Satterthwaite was granted a degree in biology from the University of Illinois.

55 Years Ago

1956 – Ray Davis was announced as manager of the local Kroger store.
Richard Kimes told the city of Vandalia about the situation at Vandalia Airport. The Vandalia City Council agreed to investigate.
Johnny Ropp and Harley Standefer were chosen by the city police to attend an expenses-paid camp trip at Camp Plasa in Alton.

65 Years Ago

1946 – Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia planned three days of celebrating the opening of the new Legion Home.
W.H. Barenfanger opened a lumber yard, H&B Lumber Co.
Liberty Church in Brownstown celebrated its 100th anniversary.
Howard Baker was the new worshipful master at the Masonic Lodge.
Don Conner was named a director of First National Bank of Vandalia.
Rita Mae Allen of Vandalia accepted a position as kindergarten teacher in the Wood River school system.