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Yesteryear Oct. 29-Nov. 3, 1900 to 2010 – Local History is Local News

Posted on Monday, November 2, 2020 at 10:07 am

1950s political advertisement in The Vandalia Leader

Yesteryear Oct. 29,  2020, The Vandalia Leader

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120 Years Ago, Nov. 1, 1900:

Halloween was celebrated in Vandalia with the usual vandalism. When injury is inflicted, the Leader fails to see fun.

Worry over unpaid bills has probably killed as many creditors and debtors; Many is the man who builds castles in the air who does not pay his rent on earth; Men sometimes make money, but money never makes men.

Sunday’s Post-Dispatch contained a lengthy account of the experience of Samuel Soltz, well known in Vandalia where he peddled dry goods and notions for a number of years, in getting his family of seven from Russia one at a time. Soltz lived in Mexico for a number of years but he is now a resident of St. Louis.

Center has two more barber shops than she has any earthly need for and would trade them for almost anything that it will not be necessary to feed this winter.

The best method of cleansing the liver is the use of the famous little pills known as DeWitt’s Little Early Risers. Easy to take. Never gripe. –Gentle’s Drug Store

A child who habitually complains of a headache just before school time should be put on a sofa in a darkened room, not permitted to read, not look at pictures, and have a hot water bottle placed at his feet.

Oldest voter in Missouri: William Ratcliff, aged 99, cast his first vote for Andrew Jackson. He held the post of honor in the New Harmony delegation at the Democratic rally in Vandalia, Oct. 6.

The world is full of microbes. The tramp is a parasite that eats the bread of honest toil, the bore is a parasite that devours the time of the busy man; the gossip is a parasite that destroys the happiness in many a home with words of sugar-coated venom; the slanderer is a parasite that murders characters; the hypocrite is a parasite that entraps the unwary with falsehood while wearing a mask of fairness.

Albert Stephens, 19, was shot by Artie Lee and C.W. Bradbury at Farber. They claim that Stephens tried to break into Sisk’s store. Stephens, they claim, went to the back door and then to the front. When he stepped aside and they saw his form silhouetted against the window both opened fire on him, one ball taking effect in the right side and the other in the shoulder. Dr. Alford and Dr. Terrill probed for the bullets but could not find them. 

At a Mexico rally the other day, P.H. Cullen, in his speech presenting the flag to the Beagles Club, said in part: 

“This flag is not great because of its star-gemmed bosom, its lustrous fiber or the mingled red, white and blue that is blazoned on its folds. It’s not great because its annals are written in blood. 

“It is not great because it represents a power supreme above all other powers. It is not great solely because it hovered like an angel over our legioned hosts of battle in the hour of victory. This flag is great because it brought the sweet, benedictions of liberty to mankind. 

“This flag is great because it is so inseparably connected with the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of our common country that no man can put them asunder. This flag is great because it stands for the idea that ‘tis noble for a nation to stoop to protect a beggar, to pause to render justice to a weakling, to unfetter a human soul–to free a caged bird, but that it is ignoble and base for a nation to crown a money king or show favor to a plutocrat.

“This flag is great and glorious because it has opened the troubled eyes of slaves, leveled the castles of tyrants, and enthroned among the people equal justice. It is great because it has preserved and protected in honor, unsullied, the name and fame of all Americans everywhere.”

110 Years Ago, Nov. 3, 1910:

Champ Clark is offering a reward of $100 for the arrest and conviction of anyone using boodle against him in the election in the Ninth District.

Charles Schulze, who was attending the University, was forced to return home on account of having malaria fever. The doctors advised him not to attend school this semester.

Rev. Poole delivered a temperance lecture at the Prairie View Church.

Mrs. John Cowley is a brave woman. Last week, she was out at the New Harmony Christian Church burying ground and ran upon a bunch of black snakes. Four she killed and 10 got away. They measured four-feet each.

100 Years Ago, Nov. 3, 1920:

The ministers of Vandalia are arranging for a special Thanksgiving service to be held in the evening at the Methodist Church. Rev. H.S. Sealock of the Christian Church to occupy the pulpit. For several years this service has been neglected in Vandalia.

James Fowler’s body was brought to Vandalia from France where he died March 4, 1917.

Father O’Sullivan of Mexico will lecture Friday evening at the Opera House. Having recently returned from three months in Ireland, he will lecture on the Irish question.

90 Years Ago, Oct. 30, 1930:

There will be a masquerade Hallowe’en Party at the Liberty Community Hall Friday evening, Oct. 31. All are invited to come. Bring buns, wieners and pie.

Judge Forrester and Ely Sutton held a wider acquaintance than any two men who ever lived in Vandalia. Forrester was featured in the Post Dispatch Sunday last. Before World War I, Forrester was a classy hotel proprietor of the old City Hotel, one block north of the Chicago & Alton Depot. Forrester was known for his yarns and pranks, and he had a manner about him that made all of the businessmen of the city who wanted a good game of pitch to seek his place of business. The familiar call of “Dannie!” or “Chump!” was well understood by the traveling public, as it was by the inhabitants, serving as an introduction to strangers with its clarion tones seeming to have a welcoming ring. 

Mrs. D.D. Hudson could well qualify as an artist for her wool blanket on display at the Methodist Ladies Quilt Show. 

Billy Wayne Thomas while downtown Saturday and crossing the street in front of the Bankhead Confectionery was knocked down by an auto driven by four young boys.

While fixing one of the Missouri Power and Light Company poles, in the city limits of Farber, Lee Hicks, John Ryan and J.W. Bland were poised in the air when the pole broke and crushed to the ground. They were rushed to Dr. Bland’s office in Vandalia. 

Alfred Ellis continued in critical condition at the Audrain Hospital Tuesday after a disturbed and painful night. The young Audrain County farmer was shot just under the heart while at the wheel of his car at the Elk Fork bridge, two miles south of Paris. He became so relentless Tuesday that he was again straightjacketed to his hospital bed to keep him quieter. 

80 Years Ago, Oct. 31, 1940:

Funeral rites for William Hirth, Missouri farm leader and head of the Missouri Farmers Association, were held at Rush Hill, his old home. He had been a state and national figure and was sought on many occasions by the president for his advice on the national farm program. He organized several rural telephone lines, the first of which was in Rush Hill. He aided farmers at Vandalia to do likewise, and for many years Vandalia was served by two systems.

D.C. McGee has purchased the Wood restaurant, better known as the Parkview, formerly owned by Mr. and Mrs. Reed Mitchel.

70 Years Ago, Nov. 2, 1950:

A Halloween party was given Friday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Myers for their sons, Kester and Lester. Prizes were given to the best masked: Charles Heim, Richard Jones and Lee Alan Pearson. Games included bobbing for apples, pass the pumpkin, meet the ghost, truth or consequences and poor old cat. 

A fire had been raging at the Raymond Motley farm northeast of Vandalia since Sunday, and finally extinguished on Tuesday, where a scheduled bird dog trial was to take place.  

Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Naysmith are driving a new green Kaiser.

During the regular meeting of the Civic Council, delegates from the Mother’s Study Club led an open discussion on the kind of movies shown in Vandalia on Saturday nights and the possibility of having movies on that night better suited for children.

60 Years Ago, Nov. 3, 1960:

Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Allen entertained the young people of St. Johns Lutheran Church with a Hallowe’en party, Sunday evening, at their farm home. Decorations of pumpkins, witches, scarecrows and bales of hay provided a Hallwe’en atmosphere, held in the Allen barn. 

Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Ennis returned Friday from Maynard, Ark., where they visited relatives and friends for the past 10 years.

50 Years Ago, Oct. 29, 1970:

Police Chief Don St. Clair appealed for all Vandalians to drive with the “highest degree of care Saturday, Halloween night.”

40 Years Ago, Oct. 30, 1980:

About 600 brave souls ventured into the dark recesses of the Witch’s Attic held above Mac’s Appliance. The event was sponsored by Vandalia Merchants Association and directed by Mrs. George Pease.

Held for the younger members in the community was “Trick or Treat on Sesame Street” at the Towne and Country Cafe. Mr. and Mrs. Larry Nation were in charge.

A new engine for the Laddonia & Rural Fire Association arrived Saturday. Association directors are Wayne Todd, Russell Summers, Eddie Stone and Abner Clarkston. Association officers are Joe Teague, president; Charles Gorman, secretary-treasurer; and Robert Schlemmer, fire chief.

30 Years Ago, Nov. 1, 1990:

A crowd of about 400 people visited the Vandalia Haunted House Saturday night, Oct. 27. Attractions included Charlie’s Creative Crematorium, the Dairy Scream, Dracula’s castle and Frankenstein’s Lab. Mr. and Mrs. Tracy Maiden provided outside entertainment for those waiting in line. Assisting were Mrs. George Pease, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Nation, Keith Nation, Gary Fowler, Mrs. Phyllis Reading, Ronnie Waters, Glenn Null, Larry Smith and members of the Vandalia Area Chamber of Commerce. 

City of Vandalia water customers were placed under a 48-hour boil order as the result of the opening of five fire hydrants by pranksters early Saturday morning. 

20 Years Ago, Nov. 1, 2000:

The Vandalia Branch Library’s Story Hour program warmed up for Halloween by visiting several Vandalia businesses. Participating youngsters included Brooke Johnson, Angela Topia, Lucas Exendine, Sara Motley, Ashley Myers, Emily Snodgrass, Tyler Kemry, Abilene Gatson, Kenedy Hays, Jack McCurdy, Jake Stuart, Emily Ayers and Brooke James. 

10 Years Ago, Nov. 3, 2010:

Local, reputable dog breeder’s like Cunningham’s Cuddly Canines say their facilities already abide by the state regulations set in the 1992 Animal Care & Facilities Act. They say Proposition B will only hurt good breeders, like themselves, who care about the wellbeing of their animals. It will not affect the unlicensed, backwoods puppy mills.

Bob Gilmer’s former salvage yard on Hwy. 54 has been sold to Kirk and Kelly Woehler, owners of the Wrecking Crew Salvage & Towing, LLC. The Woehlers, who also own salvage yards in Winfield and Troy, said they like the central location that Vandalia provides.