1997 – A fire that apparently started in the kitchen area destroyed the home of the David Smith family in Vandalia.
The Leader-Union placed third in the annual advertising and marketing contest sponsored by the Illinois Press Association.
Sandra Leidner won six of nine precincts to become the first woman elected mayor of Vandalia.
Betty Anne and Duane Luallen of Vandalia were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary .
On Sept. 15, 1995, with my sons, Aaron and Ethan, I accompanied the late Agnes Grubaugh on a cemetery hunt. We were looking for the burial ground of Agnes’ ancestors, John and Mary Seagraves Depew, who settled in Fayette County around 1821.
1997 – The Vandalia City Council was closer to hiring the first city administrator for the town. The field of 43 applicants was narrowed to four finalists, and they were interviewed by aldermen.
The Deb Keeling family was chosen as the first partner family for a Fayette County Habitat for Humanity house.
Rebecca and Jack Hill of Ramsey were celebrating their 40th anniversary.
1997 – Wanda Walton retired from First Bank in Vandalia after working there 44 years.
A reorganization of the Vandalia School District’s central office was approved. The reorganization included the reassignment of Jeff Endres, the district’s business manager for 13 years, to a teaching position.
The city of Vandalia was still working to get rid of the odor spreading from the city’s sewage treatment plant.
The Vandalia Main Street Executive Board began the work necessary to get a program manager hired.
In May 1923, The Ramsey News-Journal newspaper reported that seven hooded Knights of the Ku Klux Klan entered the Christian Church at Herrick and presented the pastor with $50 for the church building fund.
It was generally believed they were members of the Ramsey Klan, although it had been reported that there was a goodly number of the Klan in and around Herrick.