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Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 10:07 am

105 years ago, 

July 2, 1908

The grass in the parks and along the streets has been cut the past week and the appearance of the town is much improved. Now if those in authority would issue an injunction to stop the throwing of waste paper in the streets and parks, Vandalia would be a clean looking town.

The following were here shopping from Farber Friday: Mrs. Billie Gray, Mrs. Price Branstetter, Mrs. Lee Gray, Mrs. S.R. James, Leona Kreutell, Ola Tucker, and Anna Tucker.

Mayor’s Notice: From the fact that the discharge of fireworks and firecrackers on Main Street is very annoying to the public and liable to cause serious injury to someone by the frightening of teams, I hereby give notice that fireworks of any character on Main Street, between John Thole’s blacksmith shop to the north and Heckler’s machine shop on the south are strictly forbidden and, second, that the following fireworks will be prohibited anywhere in the city limits, namely: firing of guns, revolvers, pistols with or without blank cartridges, cannons, anvils, cartridges, torpedoes and carriage canes. John S. Gatson, Mayor.


80 years ago,

June 29, 1933

Friday evening at 7:30 we will give a shower for the benefit of the little folks in front of our office. This is permitted through the kindness of the city officials and the men who will manage the hose: Allen Baker, Dick Ryan, Mr. Yellowstone, and Warren Griggs.

Little Randall Lee Branstetter, small son of Mr. and Mrs. Will Branstetter, happened to be too close to his brother, Brooks, when he was chopping wood and his knee was badly cut. He was taken to Dr. Shotwell and had it dressed.

Mrs. Francis Hoffmeyer and Marvin Barnes attended a Sunday School picnic for the little children at the home of Marie Hoffmeyer Wednesday afternoon. Refreshments of ice cream and cake were served. Norma and Lois Hoffmeyer, who had visited their grandparents and aunt since Sunday, returned home with their mother and Marvin.

Predictions of dollar wheat have been many in the last few months and now it has arrived. Corn has advanced in keeping with the demands. Oats likewise are rising.


70 years ago,

July 1, 1943

The B-Sharp Music Club met Thursday with Clara Mae and Donald Gamblian. Those taking part in the program were Suzanne Stoutz, Marvin Williams, Phyllis Louney, Clara Mae Gamblian, Marilyn Maune, Donald Bass, Esther Middleton, June Rodhouse, Donald Gamblian, and Martha Coss.

Wilmer Butts of Camp Cooke, Calif. arrived here Saturday for a furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Butts.

A fitting celebration of their centennial anniversary was held at the New Harmony Christian Church Sunday.

The ladies of Mt. Olivet did just twice as well with their lunch Thursday as they would have when Henry Hillebrand matched the money they cleared with money from his own pocket. We regret to have the Hillebrands leave our community but wish them success in their new surroundings.

Bevy Jo Jackson of Fulton spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Jackson.


60 years ago,

June 25, 1953

A picnic supper was given at the park Thursday evening in honor of Mrs. Don Voss and sons, Billy and Gordon, of Pueblo, Colo. Others present were Mr. and Mrs. Francis Breneman, Jimmy, Jerry, and Carolyn Sue, Mr. and Mrs. Sydney Smelser and Linda Fay, Mrs. Leonard Tribble, Rev. and Mrs. Dale Tribble, Debby and Jan, Mr. and Mrs. Selby Goodpasture and Eugene, Mrs. Lillian Voss of Chicago, Mrs. Floyd Hearn of Curryville and Mr. and Mrs. Marion Hellyer and Fayne Ann of Mexico.

Saturday, June 13 was the birthday of Jimmy Williams when 12 little boys arrived to spend the afternoon with him. Present were Eugene Lewis, Earl Wayne Flansburg, Billie Traynor, Paul and Mark Dickerson, Shannon Reading, Rodney Rose, Gary Ulrich, Ronnie and Billy Colbert, and Joe Blevins.


50 years ago,

June 27, 1963

Albert’s Service Station will move across Highway 54 to their new location Saturday, June 29.

Mr. and Mrs. Gene Bass of Kirksville are the parents of a daughter born at 12:15 a.m. Sunday, June 23, at Kirksville Osteopathic Hospital. The second daughter for the couple, the baby weighed 6 pounds, 4 1/2 ounces.

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Browning announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Marcia Kay Browning to Myler Ray Harrelson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl (Pat) Harrelson. The couple is planning an August wedding.


40 years ago,

June 28, 1973

On June 30, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Kristofferson and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Lovelace, co-owners of Albert’s Service Station, will retire after more than 24 years.

Anthony Ziegler Jr., M.D. announced this week that he and his family will be leaving Vandalia after July 15.  They will move to Houston, Texas.

Erika Hauss, American Field Service student from Germany, is to leave Saturday after spending the year with Mr. and Mrs. Vic Davis, Vicki, and Doug.


30 years ago,

June 30, 1983

The Prairie Days Parade will kick off the Vandalia Area Fair Saturday, July 9 with a full schedule of events.

Miss Teresa Kay Hogue and Michael William Klott exchanged wedding vows in an afternoon ceremony, June 18, at St. Clement Catholic Church. Following their honeymoon, the couple will reside at RFD 3, Bowling Green.

Brian Sparks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Barry Sparks, was the guest of honor at a party June 23 in celebration of his third birthday. A “Dukes of Hazard” theme was used for decorations and the birthday cake. Guests were Melinda Allen, Mexico; Bernie Suddarth, Lizabeth Barber, Jeff Gay, Kristin Gay, Melissa Holt, and Kevin Allen.

Members of Boy Scout Troop 54 who attended Camp Thunderbird June 19-26 were Alan Moore, senior patrol leader; David McGlasson, Jackson Campbell, Tim Marshall, David Peery, Troy Overstreet, LaDon Atkinson, Kevin Vines, Brad Elzea, and Jerry Beatty. They were accompanied by Scoutmaster Wayne Atkinson and Gary Vines, assistant scoutmaster.


20 years ago,

June 30, 1993

The 1993 Vandalia Area Fair officially opens at its new home early Sunday morning, July 4. The day will begin with a pancake and sausage breakfast sponsored by the fair board.

Brian Wood, member of Boy Scout Troop 54, was presented the Eagle Scout award by Assistant Scoutmaster Tex Williams during a Court of Honor June 19.

Cub Scouts attending camp June 16-19 were Kyle Hayden, Michael Ogden, Will Wilburn, Jason Babb, Joshua Kiner, Jarred Ingram, Justin Overton, Derek Thompson, Andrew Fletcher, Brian Grote, Tarver Knepp, Steve Brookshier, Brandon Straube, Jonathan Clark, Caleb Owens, Wesley Embree, Jason Wilson, and Craig Wenzel.

10 year ago,

June 25, 2002

Karen and Sterling Holbrook, Farber, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary June 15 on the Mark Twain Riverboat in Hannibal. Their two daughters, Teresa Hart, Kirksville, and Lisa Jennings, Columbia, hosted and were assisted by Caitlyn Hart, granddaughter, for a reception and cruise.


1 year ago

June 27, 2012

Community R-VI head boys basketball coach James Benson ended this past school year with high expectations for his Trojans team that dropped down from Class 2 to Class 1 during the 2012-2013 season.

Benson has turned in his letter of resignation at Community R-VI and accepted the job as a JV coach, varsity assistant basketball coach, Social Studies teacher, and a position involving physical education at Legend High School in Parker, Colo.