The Way We Were

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25 Years Ago

1989 – Shelbyville won the Vandalia Holiday Tournament with a 4-0 record. Paul Lusk of Wesclin was named tournament MVP. Vandalia sophomore Brian Kern was named to the all-tournament team.
Patoka took third in the Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament, with Scott Cain earning all-tournament honors.
DAR winners in Fayette County were: Stephanie McGuire, LaGrove: Crystal Myers, St. Elmo; Lisa Luster, Brownstown; Tracy Sanders, Vandalia; and Deanna Eller, Ramsey.
Dillon Patterson, son of Robert and Cindy Patterson of Brownstown, won the Leader-Union’s first baby of 1989 contest.

35 Years Ago

1979 – Crystal Jill Schulte, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Schulte, was the New Year baby.
Pete Burnam was installed as  president of Vandalia Chamber of Commerce Monday.
Vandalia Zoning Board gave McDonald’s permission to erect a sign larger than previously allowed.
St. Peter received $18,000 for park improvement.
James P. Dorr was named executive vice president of Farmers and Merchants Bank. He came here from New Berlin.
Fayette County Senior Citizens Committee asked the county officials Tuesday night to assist in raising funds for a senior citizens building.
Preliminary engineering was approved for the Vera Bridge over the Kaskaskia River at a cost of $389,000.
F & M Bank promoted four staffers: Ernie Chappel to senior vice president; Dick Black to vice president; Wanda Walton to assistant vice president; and Bob Meyer to assistant vice president.
Nine members of the Cardinals baseball team were to highlight the Chamber luncheon at the Moose Hall on Jan. 24.

45 Years Ago

1969 – Good Citizens DAR award winners were Belinda Dodson, Ramsey High School; Rebecca Johnson, Brownstown high school; Carole Corbell, Vandalia High School; Charlotte Quandt, LaGrove High School; and Susan Feezel, St. Elmo High School.
Vandalia Junior High band students were wearing new green blazers and turtleneck sweaters.
Representatives from a plastic container company and officials from Illinois Department of Business and Economic Development met in Vandalia in mid-December to view possible locations and obtain information about Vandalia. Dates for a new factory were confirmed.
Mulberry Grove schools were closed Monday due to icy highways.
The year of 1969 was ushered in by snow and sleet.

55 Years Ago

1959 – Illinois Power Company planned to spend about $36 million for additions this year.
Block coffees were planned for March of Dimes Drive in January 1959. Mrs. Jack Metzger was chairman of the coffees.
Vandalia Chamber of Commerce hosted its employers at a banquet Friday night at the Vandalia Country Club.
Sue Ann Neeley was the New Year baby this year. Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. Donald Neeley of rural Ramsey. She was their third child.

65 Years Ago

1949 – About 1,000 people attended the American Legion’s New Year reception.
Clyde Roberts of Vandalia and other recently elected state legislators took the oath of office in Springfield at 10 a.m. Wednesday of this week. Attending the session from Vandalia were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brannon and Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Bennett.
John Cocagne of Arabia had been visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.N. Cocagne.
After the Centralia basketball tournament, sportswriters named the following players from Vandalia to the all-star team: Bill Staff, honorable mention; Skip Carroll and Dale Hamby.
Members of the Vandalia High School basketball team, which won third place in the recent Centralia tournament, were: Bill Staff, Bob Engle, Bill Withers, Bob Duff, Walter Pyle, Lowell Carrell Ewart, Kenneth Caraker, Eddie Taylor, Skip Carroll, Roger Withers, Mark Delay and Bob Moore. The coach of the team was Vernon Drenckpohl, and the assistant coach was Edward Mills.
A charter of incorporation was granted to Ralph Tedrick, William McCoy and Leslie Ward to operate a place of business in Vandalia known as Fayette Frozen Foods.

75 Years Ago

1939 – Tom Stombaugh’s Tin Shop was broken into at night,  though nothing was taken.
Vandalia’s basketball team – Wolff, Fisher, Smith, Scott, Booher and Ort – defeated Hillsboro, 23-21.