The Way We Were

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By The Staff

15 Years Ago

1998 – A fire,    reportedly caused by a cigarette, did an estimated $5,000 in damage to an apartment at the High School Apartments in Vandalia.
Vandalia hosted a meeting of the I-70 Growth Association.
Area meetings were being held on a proposed expansion of the Mulberry Grove Fire Protection District.

20 Years Ago

1993 – A children’s activity area was being added to the Grande Levée. The activity area was being sponsored by Baroque Folk and staffed by members of Girl Scout Troop No. 381.
Tonya Cox was the valedictorian at Vandalia Community High School, and Arpad Walker was salutatorian.
Tiffany Slater and Jennifer Britt were the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, at Patoka High School.
Co-valedictorians at Ramsey High School were Tara Casey, Joe Ertel, Jessica Blair and Sara Portz. Stephanie Forbus was salutatorian. Ertel received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy.
John Lotz and Angie Wehrle were chosen as recipients of the Walt Leidner Award at Vandalia Community High School, and J.D. and Amy Vieregge were given the “Super Vandal Fans” award.
Friends and Families of Fayette County Hospital was buying an image intensifier tube for the hospital. The cost of the new equipment was $30,790.
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Green were celebrating their 50th anniversary.
Joyce Beabout was installed as president of the Vandalia Business and Professional Women.
Christina Sarchet, daughter of Deloris Sarchet of Vandalia, received her medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, and was to do a residency in pediatrics at St. Louis University School of Medicine.
Pat Michel and Vince Gustafson were chosen by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post No. 95 to attend Boys’ State.
25 Years Ago

1988 – Frances Kelly, the widow of Sheriff Leonard Kelly, received a five-month appointment as sheriff.
Amy Blunt and Andy Stine were co-valedictorians at VCHS.
The Family Y of Fayette County Board of Directors accepted the resignation of its executive director, Randy Todd.
Vandalia’s first tourism billboard was erected just east of the first overpass east of the Brownstown Weigh Station.
Pharmacist Kevin Bandy joined the staff at Cuppy’s Pharmacy.

35 Years Ago

1978 – About 50 students, under the direction of Drew Schneider, presented the two-act play, “Bye, Bye Birdie.”
The St. Elmo High School Class of 1928 had six of its teachers present for its 50-year reunion – Lulu Bails, Feryl Crabbs, Lucille Brown, Erma Gibbons, George Lackey and J.K. Bolds.
Hermine Grandt was honored for 45 years of teaching at LaGrove Schools in Farina.
Mike Wehrle won the President’s Golf Tournament at Vandalia Country Club.

45 Years Ago

1968 – Debbie Hartwick and Marsha Wells were co-valedictorians at VCHS. Mary Nave was salutatorian.
Delbert Sasse was awarded the contract for razing the old Fayette County Jail.

55 Years Ago

1958 – Vandalia Union publishers sold their interests to Vandalia Leader owners. As of June 3, the Union was to be printed on Tuesdays and the Leader on Thursdays. Norman F. Jones retired after 57 years with the Vandalia Union.
The Rev. Hilton Longberry was returned to First Methodist Church of Vandalia by Bishop Charles Brashears.
Vandalia adopted Daylight Savings Time amid an old-fashioned campaign. Of the 1,302 people casting ballots, 787 voted for it and 515 against it.
Harry Satterthwaite of Vandalia won the University of Illinois Sportfest Award in wrestling.
The Rev. Lester Dean was secured as pastor of Second Baptist Church.

65 Years Ago

1948 – Grace Hilboldt was installed as president of the Vandalia Woman’s Club.
Jim Staff set a new record in the 200-yard hurdles in the county track meet.
Bob Berry of Brownstown set a new record in the 200-yard dash.

75 Years Ago

1938 – Charles Myers was the speaker at the Memorial Day program at Seminary. The Rev. A.D. Hawley, a veteran of the Spanish-American War, was the speaker at the Vandalia program.
Forty-eight businesses in Vandalia voted to close on Thursday afternoons in June, July and August.
Clarence Leever and Lewis Hackleman observed 30 years of service as city mail carriers in Vandalia.