The Way We Were-Feb. 24, 2011

15 Years Ago

1996 – Mayor Rich Walker reported that the project to extend sewer lines to the city’s western Interstate 70 interchange was nearing completion.
South Central was knocked out of postseason play with a 79-55 loss to Freeburg at the Vandalia Sectional Tournament.
During a meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, Fayette County State’s Attorney Rod Irvin and Vandalia Police Department Sgt. Fred Willms told local business owners what they could do to fight shoplifting and bad check offenses.
Wal-Mart donated $1,500 to the city of Vandalia to be used for marketing materials.

20 Years Ago

1991 – The Brownstown Junior High School volleyball team, coached by Harlan Beckel, advanced to the state tournament at Lewistown with a sectional win over Grayville.
Jeff Mefford, who prepped at Vandalia High School, was named honorable mention on the Midwest All-Conference squad. He attended Illinois College.
Tickets were on sale for an April 8 address by astronaut Steven Nagel. Soroptimist International was sponsoring the visit by Nagel, who was pilot of the space shuttle Challenger in October 1985.
Stanley Johnson, assistant regional superintendent of schools for Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties, announced his retirement. Delbert Maroon was appointed as his successor.
Duane Dugan and Brent Doehring of Vandalia were named to the Mid-State All-Conference Academic Team.

35 Years Ago

1976 – First Baptist Church  of Vandalia this week started a drive to raise funds to build a new sanctuary at the church, located on South Sixth Street.
The city of Vandalia adopted a building code.
The Vandalia City Council passed an ordinance designed to control peddlers.
Melvin Donnelley was elected president of the Vandalia Band Parents Association.
Vera School had an enrollment of 41 students.

55 Years Ago

1956 – Brownstown won the boys regional basketball championship with a 79-48 win over Altamont.
Joe Greer purchased Atkinson Shoe Store from Joe Scarpaci and George Kelly, who had co-managed the store for the past six years.

65 Years Ago

1946 – The Vandalia High School basketball squad  beat  Beecher City, Brownstown and Altamont on the way to winning the St. Elmo Regional Tournament, advancing to a sectional contest against either Pana or Hillsboro.
Franzy Eakin, a former Vandalia resident who was the president of Staley Manufacturing Co. in Decatur,  was the guest speaker at a meeting of the Vandalia Retail Merchants.
Vandalia was awarded a $4,961 grant from the state of Illinois for sewer improvements.

75 Years Ago

1936 – Eleven men, including four expert brick layers, went to work on the shoe factory addition.
After 37 years with Standard Oil Co., “Ki” Manion was honored in a retirement party in Alton.

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