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25 Years Ago
1988 – The Madonna of the Trail monument was rededicated on Saturday, the 60th anniversary of the Vandalia monument.
The team of Gary Gray, Danny Kellow and Randy Fechtler won first place in the Fifth Saturday chili cookoff.
Brownstown’s volleyball team won the Altamont Regional by beating Ramsey in three games. The Bombers were only 12-12 when they entered regional action. They were eliminated by Pana in the Casey Sectional.
Craycroft’s Oak Woods, which featured new oak furniture reproductions, opened at 113 S. Fifth St. in Vandalia.
35 Years Ago
1978 – Central School children, grades one through five, sang “Pumpkin Cards” (to the tune of “Christmas Cards”) on the steps of the Old State Capitol on Tuesday. Stacy Stewart, a fifth grader, directed.
Fayette County voters were to have received five different ballots when they went to the election on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Nine seats were up on the county board; Crane and Bruce were fighting for a seat in Congress and six circuit judges sought retention.
Physicians in the county favored Tuesday’s mental health referendum, which was on the ballot for the Nov. 7 election.
“Plaza Suite” was the name of the play that the VCHS senior class presented on Thursday and Friday nights.
Plans were finalized for the 95th annual Vandalia Fireman’s Ball on Saturday, Nov. 25, with dancing at both the American Legion Ballroom and the Moose Hall.
An interesting feature story, with pictures, in this week’s paper, was the underground home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Griffin.
Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Balance celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on Nov. 12; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Thompson St. of Ramsey celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, also on Nov. 12.
45 Years Ago
1968 – The 41st annual Halloween parade, sponsored by the Vandalia Lions Club, was held Thursday night. A sesquicentennial theme was to have influenced the entries.
A school tax referendum was proposed to relieve the financial deficit.
A five-day program was planned for the sesquicentennial celebration. Workmen were at work raising a huge tent, which was to house 27 booths.
There was an attempt to crack the safe at Brownstown Junior High School on Sunday night or early Monday morning.
Rubinoff and his violin, sponsored by the Vandalia Rotarians, was to have put on a program in the high school on Nov. 25.
Teresa Walton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Walton Jr., enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.
Between 300 and 400 attended a carnival associated with Ramsey’s homecoming.
Vandalia High School’s cheerleaders were Minna Shulman, Pat Kelly, Ann Bingham, Andrea White and Pat Ellis.
The Daughters of the American Revolution heard the history of unusual quilts.
A meeting of parents was called by Jim Staff on Monday for the organization of a Cub Scout Pack.
55 Years Ago
1958 – Dr. and Mrs. Mark Greer were honored at a reception in Springfield on Saturday by the State Medical Society. Greer had been named “Practitioner of the Year” recently.
First National Bank of Vandalia treated Boy Scout leaders and workers at a kickoff breakfast on Monday.
Vandalia Jaycees sponsored a bicycle safety day at the Vandalia schools.
The winning float in the Carlyle Ground-Breaking Parade was “The Capital Returns to Vandalia” or “Vandalia Capitol of Kaskaskia Valley.”
According to courthouse records, just under 250 pieces of real estate and mineral interests were sold for delinquent taxes on Oct. 6.
Vandalia lost the homecoming football game to Pana by the score of 27-20.
Rosalie Waddell was homecoming queen at Vandalia High School’s dance on Saturday.
Men presented their version of women’s styles at Central P.T.A. on Thursday night.
Becky Clark’s float, “She’s A Jewel,” won first prize in Vandalia’s homecoming parade.
65 Years Ago
1948 – Thousands of people will be in Vandalia on Friday, Oct. 29, to participate in the third annual Corn Day. The festivities begin with a school parade in the morning, and continue with band concerts and entertainment in the afternoon and evening.
Hearing aids for the hard of hearing were advertised at the Liberty Theater in Vandalia.
The State Highway Department last week installed a three-way flasher light signal above the intersection of new U.S. Route 40 and Ill. Route 51 on the north edge of Vandalia.