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Vandalia Board of Aldermen approves donation of police items to historical museum

Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 12:53 pm

By Barry Dalton
bdalton@vandalialeader.com

 

VANDALIA—The Vandalia Board of Aldermen met on Tuesday, Sept. 8, approving all items on its agenda, including the donation of items from the Vandalia Police Department to the Vandalia Historical Society.

 

The items to be donated have been on display at the police department for many years, according to City Administrator Darren Berry. The items are a Dec. 23, 1899, picture of fallen officer/night watchman Benjamin Eddelman; a Nov. 19, 1960, picture of fallen officer Orville Rosenstengal; a 1975 picture of Vandalia Police Officers Carl Smith, Dave Strausner, John Maple, Davis Jones, Jim Williams, Dempsey Dixon and William Hicks; two police wheel caps and three old Vandalia police car license plates.

 

“The items were up there in our interview room and we thought it really wouldn’t be looked at much now so we thought the best place for it to be for people to see it and remember would be at the historical society,” Berry said. He added that some of the officers in the 1975 photo still live in the Vandalia aera.

 

“Orville was shot right out there,” said Berry, pointing down the way from City Hall. “We dedicated the police station to him a couple of years ago.”

 

In other city business, the aldermen approved two new stop signs that created two new two-way-stop intersections. One was added at the eastbound and westbound intersection of North Sixth Street at Maple Street, and the other at the east side and west side of the intersection of Arlington Avenue at North Walnut Street.

 

The board also approved an additional use permit for a Nenen Daycare Center to be located at 1501 W. Hwy. 54. The owner of the property is the Second Missionary Baptist Church. The applicant’s name is Whittney Davis of Columbia.

 

Berry also reported that remodeling is scheduled to begin about Sept. 24 at the 1913 Holdings site on Lincoln Street. This is the location for a new medical marijuana cultivation greenhouse coming to Vandalia.

 

CAPTION:

A Dec. 23, 1899, picture of fallen officer/night watchman Benjamin Eddelman; a Nov. 19, 1960, picture of fallen officer Orville Rosenstengal; a 1975 picture of Vandalia Police Officers Carl Smith, Dave Strausner, John Maple, Davis Jones, Jim Williams, Dempsey Dixon and William Hicks; two police wheel caps and three old Vandalia police car license plates.