The Way We Were-April 21

15 Years Ago

1996 – A letter of intent was signed for the sale of Witte Hardware Corp., operator of a distribution center in Vandalia, to Orgill Corp., an independent hardware distributor based in Memphis, Tenn.
Alicia Gerkin and Jay Keppler were crowned queen and king at the Vandalia Community High School prom.
Members of Soroptimist International of Vandalia were to canvass the downtown business district over the weekend to plant flowers in barrels as part of its “Bloom in Historic Vandalia” program.
Emerson Smalley, the county executive director at the Farm Service Agency office in Vandalia since 1982, was retiring.
The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce was planning to pitch to city aldermen Vandalia’s participation in the nationwide Main Street Program.
Melvin Donnelly of the Vandalia Lions Club was the recipient of the Melvin Jones Award, the highest honor in the Lions Club.

20 Years Ago

1991 – An automobile accident northeast of Ramsey claimed the life of 21-year-old Ramsey resident, Toni Moreland.
Christy Lawson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lawson of Vandalia, was named to the first team of the all-tournament scholar bowl team at the Dieterich Eighth Grade Invitational Tournament.
Dan Meyer resigned as superintendent of the St. Elmo School District to become superintendent of the Trenton School District.
Vandalia was preparing for the second annual Cumberland Road Festival.
Vandalia native Mike Wolf was named media coordinator for the men’s and women’s volleyball games at the 1991 Olympic Festival in Los Angeles in the summer.
Bud Wiss, after 45 years of managing gas stations, retired from Wareco Oil Co.

25 Years Ago

1986 – Dennis Mohrman resigned as executive director of the Family Y of Fayette County to accept a similar job at Monmouth.
At its annual awards banquet, Soroptimist International of Vandalia honored seven individuals: Phyllis Rames, Marlys Hayner, Camilla Diveley, Malinda Bolyard, Staci Harris, Eddie Lowry and Whitney Provines.

35 Years Ago

1976 – Funds and volunteers were needed for the old Presbyterian Church museum project. Jack Johnston was the president of the group working to preserve the historical building.
State Rep. Don Brummet of Vandalia was named to the Illinois Atomic Energy Commission.
Temperatures the past week ranged from below-freezing to the mid-80s.
Charles and Gladys Fisher were honored with a retirement party at Fayette County Hospital.

45 Years Ago

1966 – Harold Hartwick, 42, was named president and chairman of the board of directors of First National Bank of Vandalia.
A shelter care home was under construction at the junction of U.S. Route 40 and Ill. Route 185 in Vandalia.
The Soroptimists sponsored a dance as a fundraiser for the local teen center.

55 Years Ago

1956 – Democrats chose Emet Brown of Ramsey as the party chief. C.J. Metzger was picked to head the Republicans in the county.
Martin J. Corbell was elected president of the Vandalia Rotary Club.
Ed Mills retired as track coach at Vandalia Community High School.
Alice Walton was chosen as president of Cameo Club. She was succeeding Mary Miller.

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