The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1992 – Vicky Perkins of Vernon won $100,000 in the Illinois Lottery.
Joe Cearlock was president of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce for 1992. Other officers were: Dave Mahon, treasurer; Kevin Childers, secretary; and Paul Zeman, vice president.
Vandalia wrestlers John Kaiser, Todd Emerick and Chad Bowers advanced to the Vandalia Sectional after placing in the top three places in regional action Saturday at Litchfield.
Birth – Kayla Beth to Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Taylor of Vandalia.
Carl Clymer of Vandalia filled the position of Vandalia Park District superintendent left open due to the resignation of Boyd Ledbetter.
Mr. and Mrs. Rufus “Bud” Warner of Ramsey were to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Feb. 15.
Elizabeth Ann “Libby” Isbell was named first-place winner of the Soroptimist Club’s annual Youth Citizenship Awards. Coming in second was Bryan Hopfensperger of Ramsey, and third went to St. Elmo High School senior Brian Lee Carlson.

30 Years Ago

1987 – A Vandalia Correctional Center inmate escaped and was captured an hour later in Raymond.
The American Heart Association established a “First Hour Emergency Heart Care Program” at Fayette County Hospital.
The Fayette County Board rejected the appointment of Ron Ragsdale as coroner by a 9-4 margin.
Bill Michel was topic of a feature story for donating his 100th pint of blood.
Vandal wrestlers Tim Wollin and Mark Miller advanced to the sectional tournament after finishing first and third, respectively, in their weight classes at the Litchfield Regional.
Fred Metzger retired after 26 years at United Cities Gas Co.
40 Years Ago

1977 – Frozen water pipes were still a problem for residents of Vandalia. The severe winter cold had caused potholes in most streets and highways. Temperatures dropped to -10 one night this week. Intense cold continued into a second month.
An open house marked Crane Packing’s 20th anniversary in Vandalia.
Mike Orr broke the VCHS scoring record with 1,263 career points.
The Vandals basketball team clipped Effingham, 74-72, on its home floor and remained in contention for the conference title.
Michelle and Jamie, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Sargent, were winner in a Hummel Look-Alike contest, sponsored by the Goebel Co.
St. Peter Lutheran Church held its annual sausage supper on Sunday, Feb. 13.

50Years Ago

1967 – Members of Boy Scout Troop 141 were to have been in charge of the opening of Heritage Day with a flag ceremony.
First Assembly of God Church was to have been dedicated at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12.
Bob Little was chosen for a European trip with a United States youth band.
Ramsey won 88-55 over Odin on Tuesday night at Ramsey. Casey of Ramsey was high man with 17 field goals.
A birthday dinner on Sunday, Feb. 5, honored George Hodson on his 92nd birthday anniversary.
David Crye Jr., was 6 years old on Feb. 5.
L. Lyn Grandt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester O. Grandt of St. Peter, received national recognition for science achievement.
Sons were born this week to Mr. and Mrs. Warner Davis, Vandalia; Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Lotz, Farina; and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Augenstein, Hillsboro.

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