The Way We Were

15 Years Ago

1997 – The St. Elmo Board of Education interviewed one candidate for the district’s superintendent position.
A fire in the laundry room caused an estimated $50,000 in damage at TraveLodge.
The Fayette County Board discussed the need to begin addressing problems with the county courthouse.
At his final meeting as a member of the South Central Illinois Regional Planning & Development Commission, Vandalia Mayor Rich Walker received special recognition from the commission.

20 Years Ago

1992 – Haley and Morgan Meyer, twin daughters of Jeff and Melody Meyer of Bingham, were awarded a medal for the most identical girls, ages 4-6, at the 28th annual Illinois State Twins Convention in Danville.
Becky Murray and Mandi Langston were chosen as delegates to the American Legion Auxiliary’s Illini Girls State. Arpad Walker and Ben Culbertson were chosen to represent Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 at Premier Boys State.
Blake Denton and Casey Hutchins were crowned king and queen at the Vandalia Community High School prom.
The Brownstown eighth-grade boys track team, coached by Clayton Fisher, won its regional and placed second at the Vandalia  Invitational. Eleven Brownstown boys and four BJHS girls qualified for the, state track meet.
Doug Ricketts and Heather Wodtka were crowned king and queen at the Brownstown High School prom.

25 Years Ago

1987 – Jeremy Ruot and Andy Stine were picked to attend Premier Boys State.
The St. Elmo scholar bowl team just missed advancing to the state tournament, finishing second at sectionals.
The Ruemmelin Foundation Board of Trustees distributed $54,000 to the Vandalia Park District.
Rhonda McCall, a Vandalia sixth-grader, set a school record in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 6:10.
Jeff Parkison and Jenny Biggs were crowned king and queen at the Brownstown High School prom.
The American Legion’s new 5,000-square-foot addition was nearing completion.

35 Years Ago

1977 – The Fayette County Board hired a consulting firm to study bridges in the county.
The city of Vandalia hired two new police officers – Charles “Geno” Cearlock and Roger Veal.
Sheriff Dan Michel urged the county board to consider a merit system for county deputies.

45 Years Ago

1967 – Pfc. Harry Haslett was killed in combat in Vietnam.
About 200 people turned out to honor J.B. Turner upon his retirement as the county’s farm adviser.
Rowena Biellier was installed president of the Vandalia Woman’s Club.
About 100 parachutists were expected to enter a competition at Vandalia Airport.
The Vandalia Jaycees won awards for service projects – population category; community health and safety project; and beauty pageant.

55 Years Ago

1957 – The St. Elmo High School band won a top rating in the state contest.
Janet Sue Barbee was valedictorian and Joe Mabry was salutatorian of the class of 1957 at VCHS.
Sixty-six boys signed up to play on one of four Pony League teams in Vandalia.
Barenfanger’s was awarded the team and sponsor trophies after winning the bowling league title.  

65 Years Ago

1947 – The American Legion Auxiliary held a mass installation ceremony for 70 new members.
About 600 Lions Club members and their wives heard the Lions International president during a banquet at the Illinois State Farm in Vandalia.
Charles Kruenegel was elected president of the Vandalia chapter of the Future Farmers of America.
To meet the demands, V.A. Kelley erected a second concrete bin at his elevator, bringing his capacity to 65,000 bushels.
With C.C. Brauer as county fund chairman, the Red Cross raised its quota, $5,174.

75 Years Ago

1937 – Edwards Food Mart held a grand opening and open house. Bruce Edwards was a new partner.
A $200 liquor license brought the number of liquor dealers to 12 in Fayette County.
The Vandalia Board of Education approved a 10-percent raise for district teachers.
Morris Spenney planned to open a men’s ready-to-wear store in the building vacated by Edwards Food Mart.

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