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The Way We Were-May 12, 2011

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By The Staff

15 Years Ago

1996 – Walt Barenfanger asked the city of Vandalia to take over maintenance of the road that runs west of Majestic Drapery and the old Crane Packing building. The council gave Mayor Rich Walker the authority to work with Barenfanger. The local postal food drive netted about 5,500 pounds of food for the CEFS Food Pantry in Vandalia.
Darrell Gummert, principal of Vandalia Community High School, was elected president of the Charles R. Ruemmelin Foundation Board.
The Fayette County Hospital District Board of Directors viewed plans for the second phase of a building improvement project at FCH. That phase included a new $1.7-million emergency room.
Brownstown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9770 announced that it would dedicate its new memorial wall at the village’s Memorial Day program. The wall includes residents of the village who have served in the armed forces.
Vandalia native Richard Johnson was named a vice president for relational marketing for Days Inn of America.
Jennifer Wehrle and Brian Scott were named the winners of the Walt Leidner Award at VCHS.
Cortney Miller was announced as the valedictorian at Patoka High School. Lura Walker was the salutatorian.
Carla Ford was the valedictorian at South Central High School. Shara Barlage was the salutatorian.
Correctional Lt. Bill Beard was named the volunteer of the year at Vandalia Correctional Center.
Floyd and Helen Daniels of rural Ramsey were making plans to celebrate their 71st wedding anniversary.
20 Years Ago

1991 – The Vandalia City Council approved two ordinances related to Vandalia Lake. One increased the maximum horsepower for boats to 175, and one banned horseback riding at the lake.
Carl and Alice Miller of Vandalia were planning to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.
John Stout was named head varsity football coach at VCHS. He succeeded Jim Lewis.
Mike McCall of Vandalia was the winner of the Military Order of World Wars Award for a high grade-point average and high standing in his freshman ROTC class.
Jeff Shelton won two events at the Class A Eighth Grade Boys State Track and Field Meet.

25 Years Ago

1986 – More than 800 people got a rare chance to see the Goodyear Blimp up close when it moored overnight at Vandalia Airport.
Ed Moss of St. Elmo and Jeff Ireland of Brownstown placed first and second, respectively, in the triple jump at the Olney Track Sectional.
Beulah Brown, who had taught kindergarten in Vandalia for 34 years, announced that she was retiring.
Becky Zwilling resigned as youth adviser at the Fayette County Extension Office.

35 Years Ago

1976 – A former VCHS graduate, Dr. Robert Chandler of Rochester, Mich., was the speaker at the high school’s commencement exercises.
After years of discussion, the old mausoleum at South Hill Cemetery was being torn down.
Vandalians learned their cost of water was going up. Minimum bills were increased by 7 percent.
Connie Moreland was the prom queen at Ramsey High School. Brenda Riedle was the VCHS queen.
Receiving nursing degrees from Kaskaskia College were Sheila Roberts, Dianna Bowen, Georgi Adermann and Deanna Salmons.
Leonard Kelly and Verle Laswell caught two big fish, one weighing 41 pounds and the other weighing 21.
Gene Schwarm of Loogootee, a 1974 graduate of Brownstown High School, was the BHS commencement speaker.

45 Years Ago

1966 – A fund to pay for mosquito spraying was being sought.
Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Hartman of St. Peter were celebrating their golden wedding anniversary.
Private Keith Snyder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Snyder, arrived in Vietnam for his tour of duty.
The Brownstown PTA and school children honored Bertha Laue, who was retiring after 23 years at the school.

55 Years Ago

1956 – A class of 90 seniors was graduated from Vandalia Community High School.
Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Ricke of Fillmore celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.
Mary Carol Albert, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Will Albert, was a graduate from Syracuse University.
Dr. Mark Greer bagged two bears on his Alaska hunting trip.
J. H. Craycroft of Richmond, Calif., visited Vandalia for the first time in 50 years.