The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1990 – Ed Mills was elected to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame as a “Friend of Basketball.” The VCHS basketball scorekeeper for 45 years was honored prior to the Vandalia-Pana basketball game.
Wrestlers John Durbin, Greg Emerick, John Swain, Tim Smith and Ray Rees advanced to the wrestling sectional after qualifying in the Litchfield Regional.
Brownstown won the Vandalia Eighth-Grade Basketball Tournament behind the MVP performance of Curtis Schwarm. Vandalia cheerleaders were chosen the top cheerleading squad.
Leon Bowen of Vandalia was appointed Outer Guard at the annual meeting of Ainad Shrine Temple.
Brad Simcox was named district conservationist for the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Vandalia Community High School’s pep band earned ‘Sweet Sixteen” honors as one of the state’s top 16 bands.
St. Elmo senior Scott Smith was honored for his many achievements on the school’s golf team. A plaque with his picture and accomplishments was hung on the school’s “Wall of Fame.”

30 Years Ago

1985 –  The city of Vandalia learned it was among the 25 Illinois cities that were not being considered for a General Motors Corp. Saturn plant.
The Vandalia City Council authorized a two-year extension on its contract with Vandalia Disposal.
A fire in Ramsey did between $20,000 and $30,000 damage to Denton Motors.
Bill Bruenderman was named new manager of the Vandalia Walmart.

40 Years Ago

1975 – More than 500 attended Fayette County Hospital open house on Sunday. Groups were given tours of the facility.
United Fund budget had reached 85 percent.
First National Bank of Vandalia ran a half page ad honoring Vandalia 100-year-old businessman George Hodson.
Jim Michels, a Leader-Union reporter, wrote a feature on ways to conserve energy in a story on Wayne Depew’s plan for running water coils through flames in a fireplace.
Vandalia’s eighth-grade basketball team hosted a district tournament Feb. 11-13.

50 Years Ago

1965 –  Construction of the Coles Street bridge was tentatively set for this spring.
Ten top senior students at Vandalia Community High School were Jane Landes, Linda DeJournett, Ellyn Craycroft, Connie Kirvin, Gary Kunz, Larry Pruitt, Bob Shulman and Bert Froehly.
Vandalia Community Unit Schools bands, under the direction of C. Oland Summers, presented the annual winter concert, “Band-Tasia,” Sunday afternoon in the gymnasium.
Straight “A” students at Vandalia Community High School during the first semester were: Marcia Doyle, Debbie Hartwick, Masha Wells, Cheri Royer, and Mary Nave, freshmen; Ken Shulman, Margaret Satterthwaite, Christi Corbell and Sharon Meseke, sophomores; and Charlotte Anderson, junior.
Miller and Doehring paced Brownstown to a 78-55 win over Ramsey. Miller had 25 points and Doehring 21 points.
Schwarm Brothers won first in National Show at Denver, Colo.,  Jan. 15-23 with a pen of three senior yearling Angus bulls.
All young men upon reaching their 18th birthday anniversaries were required to register for Selective Service.
Thermometer registered below zero four days this week: -6 on Saturday; -13 on Sunday; -5 on Tuesday; and -2 on Wednesday.

60 Years Ago

1955 –  Old Capitol Monument Works purchased a branch retail outlet in Edwardsville.
A spider bite was poisonous to Mrs. Harry Bosomworth of near St. James.
A Fayette County chapter of the American Cancer Society was organized in Vandalia at the home of Mrs. Robert Snyder.
Frank E. Hess of Ramsey died of burns and exposure, when he carried out a blazing kerosene heater from his dwelling.
Fayette County Hospital opened on schedule Tuesday with a transfer of 20 patients from Mark Greer Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Lineberry of Brownstown became parents of the first baby boy born in the new Fayette County Hospital, an 8-pound, 12½-ounce son, their third son.

70 Years Ago

1945 –  Killed in action: Pfc. Lester Pruett, Pfc. Jack Hawk and Pfc. Darrell Dothager.
Wounded in action: Pfc. Lawrence Hoyle, Bingham; Pfc. Royce Benefiel, Hagarstown; Sgt. William Boles, St. Elmo; and Sgt. Sylvester Niehaus, St. Peter.
An association of high school band and chorus directors in this area was formed at a meeting here Sunday afternoon. A clinic band composed of top ranking players of each band was to have presented a program in Effingham on April 28, and receive instruction from some outstanding band director.
Illinois Bell Telephone Co. announced its plan to lay a new underground set of cables as soon as weather would permit.
Vandalia won over Effingham, 42-31; Farina won the Midland Trail Tournament.


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