The Way We Were-March 10, 2011

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By The Staff

15 Years Ago

1996 – The Vandalia City Council voted to seek candidates for the vacant position of director of community development.
The Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department purchased a new set of hydraulic cutters and a new power unit. Half of the $7,500 for the equipment came from city funds, and the fire department paid the other half of the bill.
Landreth Lumber & Home Center in Vandalia was sold to R.P. Lumber, the owner of lumber yards in a number of Central Illinois towns.
Vandalia Middle School students were preparing for the 1996 edition of theme week at the school. The week was to be filled with numerous activities and educational opportunities related to the 1950s.

20 Years Ago

1991 – After completing police training, Bob Bowen of Vandalia began work as the chief deputy at the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.
Ed Moss of St. Elmo began training to compete in the decathalon at Millikin University.
Dan Rickett, a sixth-grader at Vandalia Junior High School, advanced to the regional final of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch spelling bee.

25 Years Ago

1986 – Dr. Robert Brown resigned as superintendent of the St. Elmo School District after one year in the position.
Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held at the new Gene’s Red Fox in Brownstown.

35 Years Ago

1976 – Vandalia Girl Scouts planted 500 white pine seedlings as a council-wide bicentennial project.
The Vandalia Jaycees sold grape jelly to finance a trip to summer camp for local disabled children.
Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 celebrated its 57th anniversary with a dinner.

45 Years Ago

1966 – Dick Purdue resigned as the superintendent of the Brownstown School District. He was succeeded by Howard Johnson.
A city law that allowed burning at the city landfill was stricken from the books.

55 Years Ago

1956 – Nancy Nutter was chosen as delegate to the National Girl Scout Camp, and Sharon Tedrick was picked as the alternate delegate.
Mary Doehring of Brownstown received her nurse’s cap in ceremonies at Springfield Memorial Hospital.
Many attended a spring style show at The Model in downtown Vandalia.

65 Years Ago

1946 – Only 18 percent of the Red Cross quota in Fayette County had been met.
Vandalia Chamber of Commerce members talked over new ideas on how to attract industries.
Ed Greer graduated from Northwestern University Medical School and was commissioned a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Medical Reserves.
Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Tish celebrated their 55th anniversary.
The Vandalia City Council approved a league ball club, and considered a radio equipment company’s inquiry about space for a factory here.

75 Years Ago

1936 – The Vandalia High School basketball team reached the state sectional for the first time in the school’s history.
Clem VanZandt successfully germinated seed corn using an incubator and a violet ray lamp.
Pupils absent from school cost Fayette County $4,000 in one year.