15 Years Ago
1996 – At its annual banquet, the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce presented Abe Awards to Paul Zeman and “Beeb” and Billye Staff.
Raymond and Betty Reiss of St. Peter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
20 Years Ago
1991 – Hundreds of people attended a patriotic rally Saturday night in the South Central High School gym in Farina in support of local servicemen in the Middle East.
If approved, Vandalia was to receive $75,000 in federal funds for work on Coles Street.
Vandalia Lady Vandals upset top-seeded Pana 60-35 in the semifinals of the Pana Regional Girls’ Basketball Tournament on Wednesday night.
New officers for the Sefton Clovers 4-H Club were: Shawna Stewart, president; Jeremy Durbin, vice president; Denise Carson, secretary; and John Straub, treasurer.
25 Years Ago
1986 – Lori Moore was crowned Patoka High School homecoming queen.
Mike and Robin Behrends of Vandalia witnessed the Challenger disaster in which six astronauts and teacher Christa McAuliffe were killed.
Judge Richard Hodson ruled in Fayette County Circuit Court that the new Illinois seat belt law, which went into effect last July, was unconstitutional.
35 Years Ago
1976 – The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce banquet was scheduled for March 24. Todd McKellar was president and Duane Luallen the banquet chairman.
A new $9,000 machine enabled the Fayette County Hospital lab to make quicker and more accurate blood tests.
A low of 3 degrees and a high of 46 was recorded this week.
As their way of saying thank you to all their favorite Valentines, Henry’s rolled back its prices on Tuesday, Feb. 10.
A garbage plan for Ramsey was stalled until April.
Richard Scott Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Johnson, was awarded a $500 scholarship.
The Natural Gas Pipeline Co. had stored some 56 billion cubic feet of natural gas in an underground storage plant near St. Elmo.
G.C. Murphy Store put on a big bicentennial sale Friday, Feb. 6, through Saturday, Feb. 14.
Several restaurants observed groundhog specials on Feb. 3, 4 and 5.
Vandalia’s ninth-grade basketball team was undefeated so far this season.
At its Valentine lobby party, Friday, Feb. 13, First National Bank gave flowers to the ladies, awarded attendance prizes and served refreshments to everyone. Saturday, Feb. 21, was the last day they sold counter license plates.
45 Years Ago
1966 – Sub-zero temperatures gave way to a 7-inch snowfall Tuesday. Low for the week was -9 on Saturday night.
The Vandalia Rotary Club president introduced a new member, LaVerle Knebel, at the meeting on Tuesday. Highway landscaping was discussed by Wayne Tipsword of the Illinois State Highway.
Matt Bratovich was the featured clarinetist on the program presented by Vandalia Concert Band.
Bob Cameron was appointed to the sales staff at Arthur Young Inc. this week.
A group of ladies met Monday night in the hospitality room of Farmers and Merchants Bank to organize a Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Club. Kathy Schukar was elected leader; Mildred Hall, secretary; and Betty Kringer, treasurer.
Marjorie Lockart was installed noble grand of Memento Rebekah Lodge No. 125.
First Baptist honored church leaders at a dinner held Thursday in the fellowship hall.
For health reasons, Dr. D.H. Ecke closed his office Saturday, Feb. 5.
Vandalia Board of Education began hiring teachers to fill Title I positions.
55 Years Ago
1956 – Vandalia stores held city-wide Dollar Days on Friday and Saturday.
Sponsored by 40 and 8, a Vandalia bowling team entered the state tournament in Decatur on Sunday. The team was composed of Mrs. Byron Wright, Laurene Mabry, Mrs. Roy Lockart, Mrs. Bill Schwartz and Mrs. Charles Lawler. Mrs. Lowell Fannin and Mrs. Bill Dewald Jr. bowled with them.
Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Barkley celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Jan. 28.
Clifteen Ritchie and Dorene Jackson were hostesses at a bridal shower for Carol Gillespie.
The Model offered a second dress for $1 when the first dress was purchased at the regular price.
Dock Boaz, who had written items for Vandalia Leader for 30 years, observed an 80th birthday anniversary Friday.
65 Years Ago
1946 – Between two and three tons of used clothing were collected in Vandalia in a house-to-house canvass Saturday for war-torn areas.
Mrs. Harry Truitt was installed noble grand of Memento Rebekah Lodge on Thursday night.
Knitted garments made by the Fayette County Chapter of the American Red Cross were distributed to the 260th Infregiment at Tarcento, Italy.
The Salvation Army Drive netted more than $1,500 in Fayette County.
75 Years Ago
1936 – More than $400,000 in taxes was to have been received this year. Collections were to have started about March 10. County rate was about 53-per-cent higher this year on account of pauper aid.
A banquet was given in Pfaus Coffee House for all Morris Store employees on Thursday night. Manager, assistant manager and all sales girls received bonus checks.
Fayette County veterans were to have received a quarter of a million dollars appropriated by the United States Senate, payable June 15.
Temperature of -18 was reported Monday and -16 Tuesday. Eight inches of snow fell Monday. Damage to the local peach crop was estimated at $1 million dollars.
The Vandals defeated Centralia, 45-33, on Saturday night and Effingham, 46-21, on Friday night. Vandalia players were Spurlin, Scott, Frank, Thomas, Steinhauer, Harris, Lawler, Hilton, Humphrey and Dewald. Coach was Luke Ashby.