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15 Years Ago
1996 – The city of Vandalia received 38 applications for the position of community development director.
Stewart and Verble Meador were planning to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.
Lucas Clanton, a rural Mulberry Grove resident and member of the Vandalia chapter of Future Farmers of America was named a Star American Farmer candidate.
20 Years Ago
1991 – The Leader-Union ran a two-page “Salute to Soldiers” sponsored by area merchants in tribute of the men and women who served in Operation Desert Storm.
David Hoover of Bingham and Blair Williams of Fillmore drowned as a result of a boating accident at Ramsey Lake State Park.
25 Years Ago
1986 – Ron Ragsdale’s appointment to the Fayette County Hospital Board was nullified when the county board failed to amend hospital district bylaws. Those bylaws prohibit a government employee or officer to serve on the board, and Ragsdale was chief deputy coroner.
Walter Evans celebrated his 100th birthday.
35 Years Ago
1976 – Bell ringing on the Fourth of July was among the many special activities planned for the Bicentennial Fourth.
Joe Faggetti was installed as president of the Vandalia Rotary Club. Kenneth Blunt was president of the Vandalia Lions Club.
The Vandalia Jaycees sponsored a tractor-pulling contest at Jaycees Park on Vandalia Lake.
Dan Barenfanger was elected commander of Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95.
David Marty, Fayette County treasurer and tax collector, mailed real estate and personal property taxes on July 9.
45 Years Ago
1966 – County Republicans picked Carl E. Towler as their chairman, and the Democrats selected Gene Cearlock.
Rebecca Cocagne and Linda Forbes received nursing scholarships from the Fayette County Health Improvement Association.
Bob Cearlock was installed as president of the Vandalia Lions Club.
Sergeant Tornie Womack of the Illinois State Police received a plaque for outstanding service from Gov. Otto Kerner.
The new Heritage House began taking applications for residents.
Mr. and Mrs. George Tucker of St. Elmo were celebrating their 50th anniversary.
55 Years Ago
1956 – Three hundred Democrats attended a Jackson Day dinner.
Mr. and Mrs. Otto Haseley of Shafter observed their golden wedding anniversary.
Stanley Schwarm of Loogootee was the Fayette County Fair superintendent, and Gene Boley was the fair board president.
65 Years Ago
1946 – Dr. Mark Greer told the Vandalia Lions Club of the need of a 100-bed hospital in Vandalia.
The new $60,000 American Legion Home was dedicated in a ceremony that included three-days of activities.
Crawford-Hale Unit 95 Auxiliary initiated 40 new members, with more than 125 members present.
Jane Washburn of Vandalia graduated from the Washington University School of Nursing this spring.
William Charles Schulte received a degree from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry.
75 Years Ago
1936 – In Fayette County, 135 miles of road had received one or more coats of gravel.
Mr. and Mrs. Otis Oldham of Shobonier celebrated their silver anniversary.
Bus fare to Chicago was $3. It cost $1.40 for a trip to St. Louis and $3.75 to Indianapolis.