The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1990 –  A Fayette County Child Sex Abuse Advocacy Board was formed. Doris Benefiel, chief managing officer of the Fayette County Probation Office, was chosen as chairman.
Charles and Gladys Fisher of Brownstown celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Vandalia’s 61-room Days Inn motel was ready to open. Eddie Lowry was named manager: The motel was owned and operated by Old Capital Hospitality Inc., a group of local investors.
The Illinois High School Association certified Vandalian Susie Campbell as a baseball umpire.

30 Years Ago

1985 – Ramsey Mayor Joe Casey died at a St. Louis Hospital, and Raymond Wemple was appointed to fill Casey’s term.
A gas explosion totaled the Shobonier home of Curtis and Debbie Horn and two children. Mrs. Horn was hospitalized for burns received in the accident.
Bill Donaldson was named Mulberry Grove Junior-Senior High School principal.
Jim Lewis was named the new head football coach at Vandalia Community High School.
John Campbell, an outstanding baseball player at VCHS, signed a letter of intent to play college ball at Greenville.
The Joseph Burrus family of Herrick took second place in the Governor’s Conservation Family of the Year contest.
The Terry Denton residence in Vera was destroyed by fire.
The Ramsey Village Board and Rural Ramsey Fire Association agreed on a contract.

40 Years Ago

1975 – Dean Johnson, owner of Johnson Supply, recently expanded his business into a new location to be opened on Thursday. The building represented a $150,000 investment and a doubling of facilities, equipment and supplies for the new owners of the former Rothe Supply.
The city of Vandalia ordered removal of bodies and the demolition of the old Mausoleum at South Hill Cemetery.

50 Years Ago

1965 – The wall of the new swimming pool at Vandalia Country Club was poured this week. The kidney shaped pool was to be approximately 56 feet by 30 feet. Other projects already begun, include an overhauling of several greens of the golf course and decking most of the area between the clubhouse and the pool for outdoor tables.
W. Harold Dunnagan, a native of Alton, was named principal at Central School.

60 Years Ago

1955– Lloyd Swarm and Hilda VonBehren earned trips to Miami, Fla., for salesmanship. They were Illinois Brokerage employees.
Donald Kirkman won four events in a Boy Scout swimming meet.

70 Years Ago

1945 – By Tuesday, 104 had secured a city wheel tax license. The expected $3,500 was to have been used by the street and alley committee.
Edgar Etcheson sold his store at Shafter to Don Satterthwaite after he had operated the place for 25 years.
Corporal John Paulding of Vandalia was killed in a plane accident in England.
Henry Hunter purchased the Lou Hackelman homestead and planned to convert it into an apartment house.
Winners of the University Illinois scholarships were Elene Moore, Walter Eugene Kelly and Myron D. Pontious.


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