The Way We Were

20 Years Ago

1996 – An open house was being held at the new Vandalia Correctional Center work camp.
Vandalia Police stepped up patrols around elementary schools after a 7-year-old student at Lincoln School reported that a man attempted to abduct her while she was walking home from school.
The Fayette County Farm Bureau conducted its annual crop survey. The survey netted estimated yields of 108 bushels per acre for corn and 32.75 bushels per acre for soybeans.
The football Vandals ended a 13-game losing skid against Breese Mater Dei with a 16-0 win over the Knights.
Loren and Esther Stine of Brownstown were planning to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary. Bert and Nadia Ritter were celebrating their 50th anniversary.

25 Years Ago

1991 – More than 500 students were enrolled in the fall semester lineup of classes offered at Kaskaskia College's Vandalia Center.
Births — Emily Jane to Mr. and Mrs. Todd Davis of Broken Arrow, Okla.; J'Erika-Lynn Brianne to Mr. and Mrs. Terry Bell of St. Elmo; Nathan Thomas to Mr. and Mrs. Tommy
Anderson of Vandalia; David Lee to Mr. and Mrs. David Orr of Effingham; Jessica BryeAnne to Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Johnson of Vernon; and Jacob Andrew to Mr. and Mrs. David Walker of Vandalia.
The Agape Word Fellowship Church in Vandalia was to dedicate its new building this weekend with several special activities. All of the work on the building, with the exception of plumbing, was done by volunteers.
Vandalia golf team captured the Mid-State Conference title Monday afternoon at Greenville Country Club. Team members included Blake Denton, Jason Lollio, Todd Emerick, Shane Miller, Tim LaDage and Jason Laack.

30 Years Ago

1986 – Vandalia golfer Sean Leckrone fired a hole-in-one during a match with Ramsey and St. Anthony.
Mother of Dolors Catholic Church had a nice crowd and warm weather for its fall fest.
Vandalia and Brownstown bands won firsts in the St. Elmo Band Day Parade.

40 Years Ago

1976 – The old elevator on South Sixth Street was demolished by owner Earl Denning.
A surprise breakfast gathering Monday morning marked the 50th anniversary of the employment of Margaret Torkelson at First National Bank of Vandalia.
Traffic was halted in the northbound lane of Kennedy Boulevard Tuesday afternoon as workmen installed an overhanging electric traffic signal.
The Vandalia City Council approved Eighth Street expendi-tures, and library changes were planned.
The Vandalia School Board increased three tax levies — transportation, fire and safety, and working cash. The three other funds remained the same — educational, building and municipal retirement.
Fayette County Democrats served a free fish fry Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Vandalia Community High School. Special guest was Michael Hewlett.

50 Years Ago

1966 – Because of injuries, it was thought that Bruce Wright would be out of action for the Vandalia football team for the season. Coach Russell Hewitt told Rotarians the Vandalia team was better than it looked at Friday night's game against Mt. Vernon.
More than 3 inches of rain fell Monday.
James Bradford presented safety certificates to employees Friday.
Dr. Michael Cocagne opened a dental office in Champaign last week.
A road in Pope Township was raised 20 feet and a new bridge put in over the North Fork Creek.
Craycroft Motors announced the appointment of "Joe" Hooker, St. Elmo, to their sales staff.
Lincoln School Fun Fair was advertised for Thursday, Sept. 22.
Northside Motors served free coffee and doughnuts and gave away many free prizes Thursday, Sept. 29, when they had a showing of the 1967 Buicks and Pontiacs. A 1967 Pontiac of the winner's choice was the main prize.
Linda Forbes entered nurse's training at St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis this fall.
Mrs. Herb Stewart was elected president of United Presbyterian Women Tuesday evening.
Eight and Forty held a hobo party Tuesday night in St. Peter.

60 Years Ago

1956 – Manager C.A. Nutter announced that Bell Telephone would hold an open house Oct. 3-4.
Legion gave a pledge of $3,000 to the new shoe factory and promised to raise the pledge to $5,000 if any other individual or organization met the figure.
The first of three cooking schools sponsored by Cameo Woman's Club was scheduled for Oct. 4.
W.I. "Jay" Lyeria rounded out 50 years of service for Pennsylvania Railroad.
A dessert business meeting at the home of Mrs. William Wells, with Mrs. Robert Cramer as co-hostess, marked the opening of the 1956-57 Girl Scout season in Vandalia.
American Legion Reds and their managers, Martin Corbell and Dick Royal, were presented the Rotary traveling trophy and arm patches Thursday night.
Births — daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sproat, Decatur; son to Mr. and Mrs. Cody Logsdon, St. Elmo; son to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Cole, Vandalia; son to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bockstruck, Mulberry Grove; daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Pacatte, Vandalia; daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Miller, Brownstown; daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leon Blunt, Vandalia; son to Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Rogers, Vandalia; daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Wasmuth, Shobonier; and twins to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Tessman, Vandalia.

70 Years Ago

1946 – O.P.A. lowered meat prices as much as 30 cents per pound. However, butcher shop cases were empty.
Pfc. Archie Xeenan, accidentally killed in Berlin, Germany, was the first Fayette County boy returned home for burial.
Johnson, Stephens and Shinkle Shoe Factory was closed one week because of lack of leather.
Births — daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hall, Vandalia.
Fayette County men who received their degrees from University of Illinois, Champaign, Sept. 15, were William Thalman and Russell Weger, both of Vandalia, and Donald Metzger of Shobonier.
June Brown assumed duties as deputy to Paul Houck, circuit clerk and recorder, and Maxine Mammen as assistant deputy.

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