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The Way We Were-Sept. 2, 2010

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By The Staff

15 Years Ago

1995 – Historical Vandalia Inc., the operator of the Fayette County Museum, started selling engraved bricks, which will be placed in walkways around the museum.
According to an Illinois State Police report, crime was down in Fayette County in 1994. The total crime was 257, down from 314 in 1993.
Gene and Marette Durbin of Ramsey were planning to celebrate their golden anniversary, and Robert and Eileen Osborne of Vandalia were to celebrate their 25th anniversary.
Henry, Meisenheimer & Gende, a Carlyle engineering firm, presented final plans for the Vandalia Swimming Pool rehabilitation project to the Vandalia Park Board.
Footage for the movie “Dream Land” was being filmed in Vandalia.
Cecil and Helen Kersha of rural Fillmore were planning a 60th-anniversary celebration, and Junior and Joann Gelsinger of Brownstown were planning to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

20 Years Ago

1990 – Eighty food baskets were handed out at the first Come Share distribution. The county-wide program was sponsored by the United Fund.
A 4-H benefit at the Fayette County Fairgrounds included a petting zoo and auction.
The Exxon Co. in St. Elmo donated a $1,000 U.S.A. Involvement Fund grant to the St. Elmo Park District to be used to purchase a handicapped access ramp.
Keri Willms and Jeremy Scholes were crowned queen and king of the Brownstown S.C.C. Fall Festival.
The Family Y-sponsored soccer league attracted 144 children.

25 Years Ago

1985 – A bomb scare at Sunnydale Acres forced 111 residents to seek shelter at VCHS while local law enforcement authorities searched the facility. An “all clear” message was given 4½ hours after the scare.
The Family Y was trying for 100 new members during its membership campaign.
Nine bands competed in the 10th annual St. Elmo Band Day Parade. Greenville won first and Vandalia second in Class A. Brownstown won Class D.

35 Years Ago

1975 – Thefts and acts of vandalism dotted the police blotter.
Joe Brewer of Ramsey toured Europe to compare farming methods with those of the United States.
South Eighth Street, on the Carlyle Road, was being improved.
A rear tire from a moving vehicle came loose as it rounded Third Street and rolled through the Kroger window, doing about $300 in damages.
The Evans family joined forces in peeling and stirring apples to make an open kettle of apple butter for winter use.
The Vandalia girls’ tennis team remained unbeaten, winning over Teutopolis and Effingham this week.

45 Years Ago

1965 – Torrential rainfall early Wednesday caused flooding in Vandalia along the town branch. Several streets were covered with water.
Farm Bureau and state men were attempting to assist local area farmers in keeping Johnson grass under control.
A block picnic in the 500 and 600 blocks of North First Street was a great success. Streets were roped off, tables spread on the pavement and there was fun and food for everyone.
Charles Warren Evans received his diploma, declaring him to be a registered nurse, at Louis City Hospital School of Nursing.

55 Years Ago

1955 – A new German-made X-ray therapy machine had been installed at Fayette County Hospital. Its cost exceeded $15,000, but it was to have afforded treatment for deep tumors and other involvements of body cavities.
Roy Bennyhoff was busy at Kelley Elevator, taking samples of the soybeans being delivered in great quantities. The yield, which had been cut by recent dry weather, was averaging about 23 to 25 bushels per acre.
Johnny McLuckie, manager of Vandalia Coca-Cola Bottling Co., introduced the family-size bottles of the beverage in this area for his company.
Jesse Whitten, Bingham rural mail carrier for the past 45 1/2 years, retired.
“Religion Through the Ages” was the theme for the school parade on Corn Day.
The Vandals lost their opener to the Hearts, and the Eagles lost to Marshall.
Having completed three years of service with the U.S. Air Force, Don Walker returned and enrolled at Greenville College.
The new Farina School announced an open house for Sunday, Sept. 25.
Richard Crawford was home after having hitchhiked his way through Europe to see his brother, Sgt. and Mrs. Wayne Crawford, in Manheim, Germany.

65 Years Ago

1945 – Park District plans were laid before the city council by former alderman Ross Mallery, a member of the Citizen’s Committee. He suggested a bond issue and taxation. Mayor A.R. Stanberry referred it to a committee of aldermen.
Judge J.G. Burnside broke up a larceny gang by sending the leaders to jail.
The Vandals baseball team topped Kinmundy 20-1. F. Staff struck out 14 batters. Delmar Pruett allowed two hits, in a 4-0  win over Effingham.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Browning announced the opening of their new studio at 219 S. Third St.
The McKinley P.T.A. met Friday night. The Vandalia male quartet composed of Elmer Hachat, Curt Muelchi, D.W. Gibbons and Henry Aykens performed several selections.
Taxpayers in 24 counties, including Fayette, were promised statutory ceilings on local properties.

75 Years Ago

1935 – The first community sale was scheduled for Oct. 4. Retail Merchants Association voted to sponsor one here every Friday.
Businessmen started plans for the factory addition. Howard Stephens of St. Louis, president of Johnson, Stephens and Shinkle Shoe Factory, and John Senik, manager of the local plant, conferred with the businessmen of Vandalia in the Chamber of Commerce room Wednesday afternoon. An amount of $15,000 was asked for in donations.
Work on the new Barkley Funeral Home was begun here last week. Barkley had bought the property of J.C. Burtschi and C.A. Evans.
The Vogue Shop was opened for business on Thursday. Sol Katz was manager.
Rainfall for the month of August amounted to 4.49 inches, making a total of 30.95 inches for the first eight months of the year.