The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1995 – A ground-breaking ceremony was held for an addition to Fayette County Hospital & Long Term Care.
The Vandalia Police Department received a $6,664 federal COPS MORE grant. The department was to buy up to six cages for squad cars.
Ralston Edwards, a community leader and grocer in Vandalia for more than 60 years, died at the age of 82.
Ann Schwarm of Loogootee was appointed coordinator of educational services for the Regional Superintendent of Schools.
The Fayette County Board approved a resolution requiring inmates in the county jail to pay $20 a day for room and board.
Lynn and Dorothy Paine of Mulberry Grove were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

30 Years Ago

1990 – The restored Madonna of the Trail statue was rededicated in special ceremonies marking the completion of a renovation project undertaken by the Illinois Daughters of the American Revolution.
The Fayette County Board voted to purchase Dr. Howard White’s dentist office near the courthouse and relocate the Regional Superintendent of School’s office there.
Vandalia native Dr. Roy E. Yarbrough of Lynchburg, Va., was inducted into the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association Hall of Fame.

35 Years Ago

1985 – Fayette County Hospital was sponsoring a new program, Care-a-Van, which enabled residents from area towns to have a free checkup without going to the hospital. The van was to stop in five area communities on the second and fourth Friday of each month, offering blood pressure and EKG stress checks and diabetes testing free of charge.
A large crowd attended the U of I Field Day at the Agronomy Research Center south of Brownstown.
The Fayette County Board voted to look into the feasibility of getting a computer system for the courthouse.
Junior Tami Harrison of Vandalia was a member of the Millikin University volleyball team.
Dorothy Fanin retired after almost 25 years of service with Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service.
Leroy Stanberg retired from Fayette Service Co.

45 Years Ago

1975 – P.N. Hirsch Warehouse was winner of the American Red Cross Big Drip Award this time. Twenty-five percent participated.
A group from Mid-Kaskaskia River Basin Coalition was to have met with an officer from the Army Corps of Engineers Friday night regarding flood control.
The county board approved more than $2 million for the county’s general fund for the coming year.
Ledbetter Apparel recently stocked a new juniors department.
Fayette County surpassed its goal on Sept. 8 by 34 pints when the bloodmobile visited here.
Dennis Hutchison, a graduate of St. Louis University, accepted a position as chief therapist at the Milan City Hospital in Milan, Term.
A full page this week carried pictures of 30 varsity and sophomore football players at Vandalia High School, as well as a schedule of their games for the coming season.

55 Years Ago

1965 – Gary Corzine was named manager of the Vandalia Sears Catalog Sales Store.
Leo Brown purchased Barenfanger Lumber and was open for business under the name of Leo Brown Lumber.
Hall’s Bargain Center, St. Elmo, advertised a sale since the store was going out of business.
School started in St. James on Tuesday with an enrollment of 29 students.
Hall’s Motor Sales advertised cars ranging all the way from $85 to $2,875.

65 Years Ago

1955 – Area reservists were receiving tank training at Ft. Knox.
Feller trucks driven by Raymond Jackson and Loyd Pittenger were badly damaged in a mishap of vehicles just east of Mulberry Grove.
The Vandalia Drum and Bugle Corps went to Miami for Legion National parades.
More than 1,500 children had been enrolled in Vandalia schools.
Corporal Grover Bennett Jr. arrived home Friday after having been assigned to a medical attachment for the past two years as an ambulance driver in Germany.
Mrs. Eugene Cearlock, the former Bea Brauer, graduated from Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis on Sept. 4.
LaVern Woerner entered Washington University School of Dentistry, St. Louis. Woerner had previously attended Blackburn College, Carlinville, where he had been a medical student.
Twenty-four freshmen turned out for football under Coach Perrin.
The Woman’s Society of Christian Service observed its 15th anniversary at a dinner meeting Friday in the dining room of First Methodist Church.
After having completed two years of service with the United States Navy, Bob Lingle returned to continue his education at the University of Illinois. He was a Greenville College graduate.

75 Years Ago

1945 – Homer Horath, Cowden, drowned in the Okaw River near Cowden on Sunday, Sept. 2.
Junction Park added new improvements at a cost of $45,000.
Dr. A.R. Stanberry purchased the site for a private lake about two miles south of Bluff City.
Allie Meyers retired after 25 years of service in the tire and battery business. Recently, he leased the business to his assistant, Fred Toach.
High school went into full swing with 427 students enrolled. Grade school enrollment was 749.
Out of a possible 2,000, only 600 residents had paid the wheel tax by Sept. 1. City police were instructed to arrest violators.
Cleo Robbins, county treasurer and collector pro-tem, said 95 percent of the 1944 taxes collectible this year had been received.
Fayette County led in being the first to have a refresher course, later known as “shop course,” and also having the first “roving” library and then was to have led in having the first model rural school.

85 Years Ago

1935 – Fayette County’s $369,350 WPA project was approved. One hundred and twenty-eight miles of state aid roads were to have been graveled, over half of which had already been graded.
More than 400 attended a county teachers’ meeting held here on Friday.
Jean Schulte gave a buffet supper and party for all University of Illinois prospective students in her home Saturday night.
The restrooms at the Vandalia Statehouse were completed.
Murl Henderson bought the Matheny Grocery on South 10th Street, near Edwards Street.
Fayette County used $25,204 for relief work in September.

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