The Way We Were-Sept. 29, 2011

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By The Staff

15 Years Ago

1996 – The Vandalia City Council rejected proposed pay increases for the mayor, city clerk, city treasurer and aldermen, and also agreed to put the hiring of a director of community development “on the back burner.”
Odie Washington, the director of the Illinois Department of Corrections, was the guest speaker at the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting.
Vandalia defeated Hillsboro, 28-6, in varsity football play to remain undefeated and take over the conference lead.
Hugh and Lucille O’Dell of Vandalia celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
An inspection of the Vandalia Lake dam showed that the dam was being damaged by people riding all-terrain vehicles up and down the dam embankment.
A large photo of the state champion Vandalia Community High School wrestling team was mounted on the west wall of the VCHS gym, underneath a state championship banner.
Earl and Mary Ralston of Vandalia were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.

20 Years Ago

1991 – Fayette County received a $23,148 grant from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency that was to cover 70 percent of the first phase of a solid waste management plan. The remaining 30 percent was to be provided by the county through a combination of cash and donated services.
Henshel Manufacturing, a St. Louis-based company, was to begin producing hats and caps at the former VI Enterprises hat factory in Vandalia on Monday.
The Fayette County office of Regional Superintendent of Schools Delbert Maroon completed the move from the second floor of the Fayette County Courthouse to 300 S. Seventh St. in Vandalia.
Joe McNutt scored five touchdowns as the Vandalia freshman football team shelled Greenville 54-0 in action here Thursday night.
Five original members of Evergreen Outreach were on hand to celebrate its 12th birthday anniversary. Original members present were Carlie Kile, Grace Davis, Flossie Grandfield, Sherry Rigdon and Polly Grinnell.

25 Years Ago

1986 – Vandalia’s volleyball team took fourth place in an 11-team Kaskaskia College District High School Volleyball Tournament. Susie Campbell was named to the all-tournament team.
Wal-Mart had a grand opening for its pharmacy department.
Vandalia golfer Mark Metivier was medalist of the regional golf tournament and fired an 81 in the sectional to advance to the state tournament at Chillicothe. The entire Vandalia team advanced to the sectional after placing second at the Robinson Regional. Also advancing to sectionals were Tim Meyer of Ramsey and Kelly Wells of St. Elmo.

35 Years Ago

1976 – The county board rejected a request for a Senior Citizens Center.
The county’s board of review received an extension to equalize taxes.
William E. Wells Jr. successfully completed the May 1976 Certified Public Accountant examination. Awards were presented Sept. 30 in Chicago.
Robert Shulman of Pritchard and Jerden Inc. was awarded the Chartered Life Underwriter diploma and professional designation by the American College, Bryn Mawr, Pa., on Sept. 14 in Washington, D.C.
Because of more than 60 years of service to Vandalia Woman’s Club, Virginia Schulte was made a life member.
Melbourine Carter and JoAnn Guy co-chaired the Fayette County Homemakers Extension Bazaar on Oct. 19.
Abandoning dogs was a crime in Illinois. A search was on in the St. Elmo area for the person or persons guilty of the misdemeanor.

45 Years Ago

1966 – Joe Easterday of Ramsey was honored for 50 years in the banking business.
Fayette County Women Teachers Association held its annual dinner meeting Monday night and elected Flora Schellabarger of Ramsey, president; Allene Berner, vice-president; Loretha Peabody, secretary-treasurer; Eugenia Sprague, program chairman; and Gertrude Leigh, program committee.
Fayette County Board of Supervisors approved extra funds before building could continue at the new county jail.
Births – a son to Mr. and Mrs. Duane Grimsley, Vandalia; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Johnson, Mulberry Grove; and a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Elam, Brownstown.
Vandalia Woman’s Club enjoyed a tour of the Ralston-Purina plant, conducted by James Bradford.
Trophy winners for lady golfers were Esther Friedman, Charlotte Kelley, Mary Greer, Harriet Snyder, Mildred Clothier, Charlotte Simmons, Sally Miller and Jessie Bedell.
Mrs. Ron Templeton’s Twirlers put on a demonstration for Jefferson PTA Tuesday night.
A group of friends joined in a celebration of the ninth birthday anniversary of Richard Rames on Monday evening at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.H. Rames.

55 Years Ago

1956 – Fayette County Bank, St. Elmo, held an open house Friday and Saturday.
Vandalia High School Homecoming queen candidates were Sharon Horsley, Diane Walton, Maxine Harting, Mary Ann
Kirkman, Louise Campbell, Nancy Hamilton, Ruth Ann Forbes and Sharon Mills.
Brownstown’s Woman’s Club met with Joyce Eyestone.
Births — son to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thompson, Vandalia; son to Mr. and Mrs. William McAlpin, Vandalia; son to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Nations, Beecher City; son to Mr. and Mrs.  Leroy Stoneburner, Vandalia; son to Mr. and Mrs. Bobby
Hanaberger, Granite City; daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Nickles, Vandalia; daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Harpster, St. Peter; son to Mr. and Mrs. Gene Adcock, Greenville; son to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Pyle, Vandalia.
Country Club members elected Mark Greer president. He succeeded Grady Marchman.
The Rev. James Merriman, Baptist minister at Twin Oaks, Texas, accepted a call to the Fairfield Baptist Church.

65 Years Ago

1946 – More than $100 in prizes was to have been given to
Halloween paraders. Free acts had been engaged. County school bands had been invited to participate in the annual Halloween parade.
The Presbyterian Church dedicated an amplifier given to the church in memory of Harry Benjamin Craycroft Jr. by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Craycroft of Vandalia.
Soybean crop harvest worth an estimated $2 million dollars was in full swing.
Births — daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Culbertson, Vandalia; daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Otto Petchat, Vandalia; son to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Stokes, Ramsey.
Mrs. Wayne Robbins was honored at a stork shower Sunday afternoon in the home of Mrs. B.M. McKeithan.
Buzzie Edwards was honored at a party in celebration of his third birthday anniversary, Oct. 5.
Darrell Filer entertained a group of young people Oct. 3 at a hayride.
Ladies of Farina Methodist Church sponsored an antique show. Chicken sandwiches, potato salad, pie and coffee were served for 25 cents.

75 Years Ago

1936 – Vandalia ag boys won $1,024.25 during the season at fairs.
Vandalia merchants decided not to hold a fall festival because of lack of interest. The Halloween parade was to have been more elaborate instead.
Vandalia Boy Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps led the parade of more than 8,000 Boy Scouts at the University Of Illinois football game in Champaign.
The October general meeting of Vandalia Woman’s Club was held in the Moose Hall Monday afternoon. Mrs. Cecil Kell of Salem, who had helped establish dental hygiene at Kankankee Hospital, was the speaker.
Christene Hammer was hostess to the Junior Woman’s Club on Thursday evening. The subject of study was “The American Indian.”
A near capacity crowd filled the Armory Friday night to see the first amateur boxing card ever staged in this city. Promoter Cecil Kidd scheduled five bouts.
Harold Roberts, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Roberts, and a Navy man of S.S. Pittsburg, won first place in the three-mile marathon race in Chefoo, China, a second time.
W.W. Flowers of Brownstown was elected president of Fayette rural mail carriers. Mrs. Flowers was elected president of the ladies organization.
Cliff Sturgeon, who had been employed at local Kroger store for the past year, was transferred to the East St. Louis store and began there on Monday.