The Way We Were-SEpt. 16, 2010

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By The Staff

15 Years Ago

1995 – At the request of Mayor Rich Walker, the Vandalia City Council agreed to hire a Missouri firm to update the city’s zoning, subdivision, lake and interchange regulations.
The city’s consulting engineering firm, HMG of Carlyle, recommended that the city increase its water and sewer rates. The proposed rate increase would be 35 percent. It would be the first rate hike since 1986.
Site work began on the new work camp at Vandalia Correctional Center.

20 Years Ago

1990 – Old Capital Settlers’ Day drew a big crowd to downtown Vandalia. Tina Burrus of Pana won first place in the chili cook-off.
Ramsey beat Mulberry Grove, 9-4, in the Egyptian-Illini Conference baseball tournament.
Brian Martie of Vandalia was a member of the Decatur Pride fast-pitch softball team.

25 Years Ago

1985 – Vandalia City Council turned down Comfort Inn’s request to extend the hours it could sell alcohol.
Vandalia was awarded a $1.1-million grant for the planned sewage and waterworks plant construction.
The Fayette County Board voted to join several other Southern Illinois counties in a lawsuit against the state, saying that the state was not reimbursing local units of government as required by law.
The Fayette County Board’s vote on the proposed budget for 1985-86 ended in a 7-7 tie, thus failing.
Vandalia was notified that it would receive a full EPA grant package for a sewage and waterworks construction project.
Donnie Cooper of Mulberry Grove was co-player of the year in baseball for the Egyptian-Illini Conference.
Mike Hall joined Dycus Insurance Co. as an associate.

35 Years Ago

1975 – The Vandalia City Council planned to conduct a study to determine water treatment costs.
Fayette County Hospital was running free blood sugar tests.
The United Fund goal this year was $31,800. It will benefit 13 organizations.
Vandalia Rotarians honored area farmers at a banquet Tuesday night. Jack Johnston was president of the Rotary Club.
A new sign at the Sixth Street entrance to the Vandalia Cemetery spelled out rules passed by the city council. The rules first told the hours that the electric gate would remain open (from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.); second, set the speed limit (10 miles per hour); and finally, banned horses, motorcycles, mini-bikes and trail bikes.
Benner-Nawman celebrated its 50th year in business. An open house was planned for Friday, Oct. 10.
Vandalia High School class of 1922 held its 53rd reunion at the home of Mrs. Mark Greer, a member of the class.

45 Years Ago

1965 – Bob Barker, Vandalia Community High School art teacher, portraying The Vandal, participated in the halftime show during the football game Friday night, a feature of the annual homecoming celebration.
The Vandalia City Council voted to install a temporary walkway at Jefferson School.
Vandalia Cub Scouts from  Den 3 of Pack 315 sold candy to benefit their Scouting gear fund.
The Rev. W.L. Young, pastor of Free Methodist Church, was elected president of Hospital Chaplains Association.
Mark W. Miller, a Ramsey mortician, received his funeral director’s license.
John Daniels Sr. and son, John Jr., arrived in Oslo, Norway, on Monday morning. John Jr. competed in the World Plowing Contest. John Sr. was president of the National Plowing Association and team manager for the American contestants. Just 10 years previously, John Sr. was a contestant. That year, the match was held in Sweden.
Sid Burgess was elected president of Fayette County 4-H Federation; Margaret Scribner, vice president; Judy Schwarm, secretary; Rhonda Provines, reporter; Mary Stine, recreation chairman; Meredith Rosenberger, program chairman; and Jolayne Rosenberger, treasurer.

55 Years Ago

1955 – Newly elected presidents of the Brownstown Community High School classes were: Norman Case, freshman; Francis Stewart, sophomore; Joanne Bartimus, junior; and Ronnie Gray, senior.
Cheerleaders in Brownstown were Mary Harre, Joanne Bartimus, Key Doll Lipscomb, Freddie Wasser, Iva Mae Stinebring and Karen Shelton.
The parsonage for Vandalia Methodist Circuit at Bluff City, was to have been dedicated at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9.
Gravel contracts in four townships were let at a figure of $17,290. Hunt Gravel of Ramsey was low bidder.
Vandalia High School seniors were to have presented the play, “Harvey,” on Oct. 11-12.
St. Elmo got one of the worst hail storms in years.
Marie Burton of St. Louis gave Fayette County Hospital a gift of $1,000 to buy a food conveyor and some wheelchairs.

65 Years Ago

1945 – Oct. 11 was the date set by the county superintendent of schools, G. Kenneth Greer, for a fall teachers institute and educational meeting.
Birthday gifts were sent to Scott Field Hospital patients by Vandalia Rotarians, Lions and Victory Mothers clubs.
Record of 8.63 inches of precipitation showed that September had been the wettest September experienced in a long time. October began with a rainy Monday, and the temperature was 66.
The Ministerial Alliance held a meeting in Hotel Evans and elected the Rev. J. Paul Carleton, president; the Rev. M.B. Van Leer, vice president; and H.A. Van Horn, secretary and treasurer.
Fayette County’s goal in a fund drive was $15,502, which included separate needs of all Scouts and Victory Mothers.
Vandalia Woman’s Club sponsored a festival in front of the Illinois Power Co. building. The proceeds went to benefit Boy Scouts and other activities of the club.

75 Years Ago

1935 – The Rev. O.F. Whitlock was reassigned to the local First Methodist Church by the Southern Illinois Methodist Conference.
The first community sale was held Friday by the Retail Merchants Association on the property of the Economy Feed and Milling Co., opposite the county jail. Local merchants made Friday bargain day, quoting many other dollar specials.
There was a pie and box supper at Frogtown School Wednesday night. Edith Donaldson was the teacher.
The Honorable J. Nick Perrin, Belleville, lecturer and writer, was guest speaker for the annual guest day of Vandalia Woman’s Club, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. in the Presbyterian Church.
The annual P.T.A. convention for the 15th District was to have been held in St. Elmo Methodist Church Oct. 15.
Fayette County Christian Endeavor Convention was held in Vandalia First Christian Church on Friday, Sept. 27.
A party of 60 men searched all night for Carroll Beesley, 2-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Beesley of near Bingham, who had wandered away from the yard clad only a sunsuit. He was found early Sunday morning in a ravine suffering from cold.