The Way We Were

20 Years Ago

1997 – The Vandalia Main Street Board of Directors went to the Vandalia City Council to request $15,000, with the money to be used as startup funds for the program.
Eleven members of the Vandalia wrestling team advanced to die individual sectional tournament. Of the 11, six won regional titles – Shane Graumenz, Michael Mabry, Hank Stout, Nathan Graumenz, Chad Wilson and Nick Cocagne.
Gilbert Olive was installed is worshipful master of Vandalia Temperance Lodge No. 16 A.F.&A.M.
Preliminary construction work on the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce’s welcome sign was well under way.
The Vandalia branch of Citizens Bank was named “Branch of thee Year” from among 90 branches in the company’s tri-state area.
Vandalia native Richard Johnson was named vice president of quality assurance of the UPS Incorporated Hospitality Division.
Delbert and Agnes Diveley of Brownstown were celebrating their 60th anniversary.
Misty McGee and Chuck Garrett were named queen and king at Patoka High School’s homecoming dance.

25 Years Ago

1992 – The Fayette County Hospital District Board and me St. Peter Village Board agreed to purchase the St. Peter Clinic building from Richard Courson.
The St. Elmo High School boys basketball team won the title of the regional it hosted.

30 Years Ago

1987-Tom Robertson resigned from the position of superintendent of the Brownstown School District.
Kinrnundy-Alma defeated St. Eimo to win the boys basketball regional. It was the second straight regional title for coach Gary Shirley’s team.
Travis Adcock won the spelling bee at Mulberry Grove Elementary School.
The St. Peter Spirits won the Class C state championship in Springfield.
John Palecek reared after 40 years at First National Bank of Vandalia.

40 Years Ago

1977 – A big reception at the St. Elmo Clinic welcomed the town’s new doctor, Dr. Hasin Shah.
Winners of the essay contest sponsored by Soroptimist International of Vandalia were Deborah Koerner and Gabrielle DeMoulin.
Tillie Gable celebrated her 83rd birthday at the home of her daughter, Virginia Wright.

50 Years Ago

1967-A state crew spread special food over a large area in Vandalia to eliminate Japanese beetles.
St. Elmo Funeral Home changed hands-Mr. and Mrs. George Moeller sold their interest in the Brown-Moeller Funeral Home to Howard May of Pocahontas.

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