The Way We Were

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By The Staff

15 Years Ago

1997 – Vandalia officials announced that local businesses could apply for loans through the city's Community Development Assistance Program revolving loan fund. Previously, the funds were available only for industrial projects.
A Mt. Vernon architectural and engineering firm presented Vandalia School District officials with a study on district facilities. That study showed that the district needed more space, and that it would be expensive to address that problem.
Construction on the new surgical addition to Fayette County Hospital was coming in under budget and being completed ahead of schedule.
Karl and Fay Julius of Beecher City were celebrating their 50th anniversary.

20 Years Ago

1992 – Mayor Rich Walker told the Vandalia City Council that the city would be receiving its first reimbursement check from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for the cleanup of the gas spill at the city garage. That check would be for $7,800, meaning that the state would still owe the city about $190,000.
The Mt. Vernon architectural firm of Wilson, Hodge & Groh reported that drawings for four building projects in the Vandalia School District would be done by June. Those projects included additions to the junior high and Okaw Area Vocational Center, a new roof on the junior high and a new heating and cooling system at the junior high.
Flora was the top seed in the Vandalia Holiday Tournament. The host Vandals were the fourth seed.
South Central beat the host team to win the 33rd annual St. Elmo Holiday Tournament. Brownstown took third place, and Mulberry Grove won the consolation title.
A Vandalia Junior High School food drive headed by the school's student council netted 1,932 items for Fayette County Caring & Sharing.
Ross Pippin, purchasing and transportation manager, was honored for 40 years with Ralston-Purina.
Fayette County Caring & Sharing handed out Christmas baskets to 544 needy families in the county.
Friends & Families of Fayette County Hospital presented FCH officials with a check for $60,000. The money was going toward the purchase of an ultrasound radiological system. Friends & Families was to pay $100,000 of the $149,000 bill for the equipment.
Mr. and Mrs. William Wells were to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary at a dinner given by their children in Las Vegas.

25 Years Ago

1987 – Kenneth Sparks won $1,000 in the "Grand Christmas" promotion held by Vandalia merchants.
Winners of the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award were Jennifer Deem of Vandalia, Michelle Smith of Brownstown, Jeremy Hopper of St. Elmo, Brian Lau of Ramsey and Tricia Sporleder of Farina LaGrove High School.
35 Years Ago

1977 – Zion Lutheran Church observed its 125th anniversary with special services.
The Vandalia Board of Education tabled plans for the renovation of Central School, pondering how far to go with the project.
The Vandalia Board of Education adopted a plan to return to a four-year high school.
The Vandalia City Council discussed the possibility of removing downtown parking meters on a trial basis of 30 or 60 days.

45 Years Ago

1967 – Nicholas Theodore Smith, son of Cpl. and Mrs. Ted Smith, arrived home from Vietnam for Christmas.
Ara Jeanette Prahm was celebrating her 100th birthday.
The county was to conduct an all-out drive to collect delinquent taxes, according to County Treasurer Ken Blunt.
The city of Vandalia, through Mayor Forrest Barbee and city aldermen, and the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, through President Phil Craycroft, sought the support of citizens for a western interchange on Interstate 70.
Louise Murray, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Murray, accepted a position with IBM and was to join the company in Des Plaines after graduating from the University of Illinois.
Jerry Parsons, formerly of Vandalia, was named state editor of the Decatur Herald & Review.
A plan for an educational program for handicapped children was coming along, according to County Superintendent of Schools James Staff.

55 Years Ago

1957 – Jennie Hastings was crowned queen at the Brownstown High School homecoming dance.
Damage ran high as a tornado ripped through the St. Paul area. Roofs were ripped off of houses, and barns were knocked in.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Houck observed their golden wedding anniversary.
Carlie Kile was in charge of the American Legion party for the children of Fayette County.

65 Years Ago

1947 – Plans were made to open public kindergarten here. Mrs. Herbert Garland of Brownstown was employed as a teacher.
Approximately 1,400 children attended the Rotary Club’s Christmas party.
Mr. and Mrs. D.W. Leigh of Ramsey were to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
Sharon Bass was hostess to GAA of VHS at a Christmas party at her parents’ home. Mr. and Mrs. William Wells were the group’s sponsors.

75 Years Ago

1937 – Joe Frank and Orval Spurlin played on the Illini basketball team on a New York tour.
The new theater was about ready for a grand opening. It promised to be one of the most up-to-date showhouses in this part of the country.
Vandalia lost to Collinsville, 29-21, in basketball.