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The Way We Were

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By The Staff

25 Years Ago

1989 – Tim Wollin took second and John Wehrle third in the IHSA sectional wrestling tournament, earning a trip to the state tournament.
Nokomis beat Vandalia 47-36 in the championship game of the girls’ regional basketball tournament.
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Hortenstine of Ramsey were named Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation’s Farm Family of the Year.

30 Years Ago

1984 – Tom Allen, a Greenville man who managed the P.N. Hirsch Drapery Factory for about five years, planned to reopen the factory at the beginning of March under the name of Chelsea Enterprises Corp.
Nine members of the Vandalia High School wrestling team competed and placed third in the regional tournament at Shelbyville. Those competing were Mike Anderson, Rod Martin, Garry Garland, Jay Hill, Don Thierry, Roddy Clark, John Anderson, Dave Walker and Dave Smith. Jim Carmody was the coach.
Cheerleaders for the wrestling squad were Kelly Dean, Margie Goodin and Tammy Elmore. Their sponsor was Shayla Haas.
Janet McNew was presented the February “Teacher of the Month” award for the Vandalia Unit Teachers Association.
The Fayette County Board of Supervisors awarded an $85,498 contract to construct a new bridge in South Hurricane Township, about 2.5 miles northwest of Bingham, to Anvil Contractors of Pana.
A new company, Tri-State Water Services Inc., began operations in rural Vandalia. Larry Savage was president, Sande Jostes, office manager, and Kenneth Henry, vice president.
Jefferson School had medal winners in the Run, Dribble and Shoot competition of the Special Olympics held in Effingham. Those participating were Jacob House, Ronnie Thomas, Paul Smith, Jody Eyman, Marilyn Mayer, Angela Talbert, Jeff Johnson, Clara Johnson, Terry Hulvery, Steven Longwell and Gerry Hulvey.

40 Years Ago

1974 – Paul Simon was the speaker for Vandalia Historical Society’s celebration of Lincoln Day observance at the Old Statehouse.
Jack Johnston of Vandalia was elected president of Fayette County United Fund.
Fayette County jail received three ratings of excellent and eight of good, according to a report of the fourth quarter inspection by the Department of Corrections.
One of a series of Historical Landmarks articles was about the old Dieckmann Hotel in Vandalia. It stated that the hotel was the best in the area.
An article, “New at Vandalia – Audio Visual Teacher Assistance,” was written by Ann Rames for Teen Tab.
Winner of prizes at St. Peter Equipment’s 18th annual open house were Howard Reed, Robert Runge, Mrs. Robert Weger, Vernon Runge, Marjorie Burkett, Ross Stine, John Wuehler, Leon Gesell and Ivan Torbeck.
The annual Lions Sweetheart Dinner and Dance was held at the Moose Hall. Ed Taylor was president of the club.
50 Years Ago

1964 – Don Ferguson of Greenville furnished entertainment for the Lions Sweetheart Dinner on Monday night.
Susie Wentworth and Mike Winters were crowned queen and king of the Band Parents’ Valentine Dance on Tuesday.
Total cost for building a replica of the Old State Capitol was $4,750. Half of the cost was to be paid by regional tourism funds. The replica was to be displayed at the World’s Fair.
Curt Ray, radio entertainer, presided over the Jaycees' beauty pageant.
More than 600 attended the annual sausage supper sponsored by the St. Peter Lutheran Men’s Club on Sunday.
Vicky Lynn Jones was the youngest in the five-generation picture that appeared in the Feb. 13, 1964, issue of The Vandalia Leader. Others were her father, Larry Jones; grandmother, Mrs. Harry Daniels; great-grandmother, Julia Chesier; and great-great-grandmother, Zola Maddox.
The new addition at Liberty Church was dedicated Sunday – the church’s 50th anniversary.

60 Years Ago

1954 – Carolyn Hamblin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Hamblin, received the DAR award.
More than 100 men and women attended a Democratic rally in Vandalia on Monday night to lay election plans.
Dr. Archie E. Brown accepted a call to be the pastor at First Baptist Church. He came from Pickneyville.
The Vandalia water supply was being threatened by wastes from the Tuscola Petro Plant.
Fred Mattes was elected president to Fayette County Farm Bureau.
Vandalia lost 81-59 to Argenta on Saturday night. The Vandal lineup was Bob Michel, Bill Michel, Lester Doehring, Edwards, Barenfanger, Crotser, Philpot, Rinehart, Heather and Clayton.

70 Years Ago

1944 – Jane Washburn and Harriet Craycroft were registered at Washington University School of Nursing in St. Louis.
Fayette County servicemen bought $7,083 in “E” bonds to help reach the quota. City schools pledged more than $26,000 in the bond drive.
The Jefferson paving project was all set, according to mayor Fred A. Meyers. An amount of $50,000 was allocated from MFT funds for gutters, curbs and surfacing.
McKinley basketball players defeated Greenville 38-14 on Wednesday night. Jim Staff and Bill Harner were out of the lineup because of chicken pox.
The Vandalia Community High School honor students were: seniors, Viola Grandfield, Kenneth Jones, Jerry Krupp and Betty Reising; juniors, Tom Schulte and Jean Wilk; sophomores, Beverly Boaz, Audrey Fink, Charles Hampton, Ed Roush, Elynor Stapp, John Wills and Rena Woods; and freshmen, Norman Bass, James Hilboldt, Billy Joe Richardson and Gale Roush.
St. Elmo’s four cheerleaders, Mary Jane Dufford, Anna Justice, Billy Logsdon and Mearl Martin, were on hand to lead a large group of followers to cheer for the Eagles when they won 42-32 over Brownstown Bombers. Olson was high man with 23 points.