15 Years Ago
1997 – A fire that apparently started in the kitchen area destroyed the home of the David Smith family in Vandalia.
The Leader-Union placed third in the annual advertising and marketing contest sponsored by the Illinois Press Association.
Sandra Leidner won six of nine precincts to become the first woman elected mayor of Vandalia.
Betty Anne and Duane Luallen of Vandalia were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary .
The city of Vandalia was trying a chemical to help fight the spread of sewer odor throughout town.
20 Years Ago
1992 – Chris Palmer, a Pana native, was sworn in as a new officer with the city of Vandalia’s police department.
Casey Hutchins was crowned queen at the Vandalia Community High School prom.
Jeremy Durbin set a new Vandalia Community High School record in the discus, with a toss of 104 feet, 9 inches.
After 31 years as a teacher and librarian in Farina, Merle Magnus was retiring.
25 Years Ago
1987 – Scott Holman and Maria Kelly were crowned king and queen at the VCHS prom.
Illinois Bell representatives presented the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce with copies of the 1987 Vandalia Facilities Guide.
About 180 people participated in McJail, a fund-raising project sponsored by McDonald’s for the Family Y of Fayette County.
Jeff Johnston, a Vandalia native, was named MVP of the tennis team at Millikin University.
35 Years Ago
1977 – Leo Brown was elected president of the Vandalia Park Board, Isadore Shulman was elected vice president and Wayne Brannon was appointed secretary-treasurer.
The VCHS Glee Club presented its spring concert.
45 Years Ago
1967 – Beliefs that events in Fayette County could be linked to the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy resulted in a two-week probe by reporters with the National Enquirer.
Cub Scouts and their fathers participated in a campout at Vandalia Lake.
55 Years Ago
1957 – Ned Atkinson, head of Vandalia’s water works for 28 years, announced his retirement.
The Free Methodist Church purchased three lots in the Mabry Addition.
After 17 years in business in Vandalia, Mrs. Clarence LeDuc sold their grocery store to Mr. and Mrs. Olin Cannon.
65 Years Ago
1947 – An estimated 1,000 people attended the dog races at the Burtschi Clubhouse.
The Presbytery of Mattoon named the Rev. Henry Aykens as the local pastor.
Twenty-six people assumed the obligation to join the American Legion.
75 Years Ago
1937 – Murvil McCormick of Brownstown participated in the state marble tournament in Champaign. Dean Stombaugh was in charge of the local tournament.