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30 Years Ago
1990 – Joe Martin, Fayette County Cooperative Extension adviser in agriculture, told an Agronomy Day crowd that he was leaving that position as of Feb. 9 to begin work as land manager for Alcoa Aluminum in Newburgh, Ind. Because of a university-wide hiring freeze at the University of Illinois, his position would not be filled for at least a year.
Brian Kern was named to the all-tournament team at the Olney Mid-Winter Classic. Vandalia went 0-5 in the tournament.
St. Elmo beat Mt. Pulaski, 77-70, in four overtimes in the Central Illinois Shootout at Shelbyville. Randy Heckert led St. Elmo with 30 points and 12 rebounds, and earned MVP honors for the game.
35 Years Ago
1985 – Temperatures plummeted to a frigid 21 degrees below zero Sunday, playing havoc with car motors.
Several Brownstown citizens appeared in Fayette County Circuit Court, asking for permission to vote on the establishment of a new park district in the upcoming election.
Mulberry Grove won its own invitational tournament with a 4-0 record. Carl Hughes (MVP) and Briann Chapman of Mulberry Grove and Rick Burks of Patoka.
Darryl Engeljohn of St. Elmo was named an Illinois State Scholar.
Mayoral/village president races in the county included Neil Donnals (incumbent), Orville “Sug” Schukar and Rich Walker in Vandalia; Ron Moler, Cliff Motley, Jesse Miller and Virginia Wilbur in Brownstown; and Ardin Brandt and Kevin Borchelt in St. Peter. Running unopposed were John S. Roberts in Farina, Joe Casey in Ramsey and John “Jack” Belden in St. Elmo.
Clement Schaal’s request for a full recount was denied. Schaal, a Democrat and District 5 Fayette County Board member, lost his seat to Merle Magnus by five votes in the November election.
St. Elmo Superintendent James Smith announced his retirement, effective the end of the 1984-85 school year.
Kendra Smith of St. Elmo represented Fayette County at the 1985 Miss Illinois County Fair Pageant in Springfield.
Tammy Elkins was crowned homecoming queen at LaGrove High School in Farina.
45 Years Ago
1975 – A new $73,000 X-ray machine was to go into operation at Fayette County Hospital this week.
A fire that destroyed a hangar and 13 planes at Greenville Airport early Monday left an estimated half million damages.
Fayette County Hospital marked its 20th anniversary with a open house on Feb. 1.
A fine snow made the secondary roads in Fayette County slippery and hazardous.
55 Years Ago
1965 – Bids were authorized Monday night by Vandalia City Council for construction of a city lake.
Twenty-one Vandalians went to St. Louis Tuesday to offer to give blood when Mrs. Herbert Stewart was scheduled to have open-heart surgery at Barnes Hospital. Nineteen were successful donors.
A morning blaze in Vandalia left two families homeless. Mr. and Mrs. Norman Reinhardt and children, and Janet Robertson and children, who resided in an apartment at 125 Randolph.
Central School basketball team stretched winning string to nine by downing Shelbyville and Nokomis.
Vandalia High grapplers won, 26-23, at Highland on Tuesday night.
Lyle Doehring scored 22 points and Dave Miller 19 points Tuesday night when Brownstown downed Stew-Straw, 70-63.
Clarence Alender, native of Shobonier and former employee at First National Bank, Vandalia, was recently promoted to vice president and cashier at Benton Community Bank.
Snow drifts reduced attendance at Liberty and Bethany churches in Sefton Township.
Lynda Harris, Brownstown High School, received the DAR award: Shirley Spradling, Mulberry Grove, received the 1965 Betty Crocker award.
65 Years Ago
1955 – The home of Edith Brummett was gutted by fire Thursday.
Shelbyville won, 59-57, here in an overtime game Friday.
Junior Vandals lost, 24-36, to Effingham.
New Fayette County Hospital was open for visitors Sunday, and on Feb. 1, patients were transferred from Mark Greer Hospital to Fayette County Hospital.
25 Years Ago
1945 – Vandalia High School presented a minstrel program on Jan. 23. It was sponsored by the student council.
Reported killed in action in World War II were: Vernon Cearlock, Vandalia; Richard Forbes, Vandalia; S.M. Hanley, Vandalia; Jesse Oldham, Vandalia; Elwin Willms, Brownstown; and William Lipsey Jr., Vandalia.
Reported missing in action: Stanley Schwarm of Loogootee; Max Foster, Vandalia; Melvin Branham, Vandalia; and Willard Gehle of St. Peter.
Fayette County over subscribed all three quotas for the sixth war bond drive.
Taylorville beat Vandalia, 40-38. Vandalia beat Pana, 34-31.