15 Years Ago
1996 – Kevin Kaegy, president of the Bond County Historical Society, was the guest speaker for the Lincoln’s Birthday program at the Vandalia Statehouse.
Five members of the Vandalia Community High School wrestling team earned the right to compete in the state wrestling tournament. Advancing were Todd Hale, David Graumenz, Nathan Graumenz, Mike Mabry and Jeremy Durbin.
Former Vandalia residents Ray and Beatrice Davis were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
Kim Torbeck, daughter of Keith and Diane Torbeck of rural Vandalia, was selected to attend that National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C.
Jami Bassett was named the winner of the DAR Good Citizen Award at South Central High School.
20 Years Ago
1991 – The Brownstown School District was dropped from the State Board of Education’s Financial Watch List.
Fayette County Hospital employees were to mail a package to 13 U.S. servicemen deployed in Operation Desert Storm. Recipients were relatives of FCH employees and included Billy Eugene Stokes, David Walker, Gordon Peters, M. Turner, Norman Howe, Craig Horsley, George Diveley, R.W. Bryson, Thomas Hancock, Kevin Rickman, Tina Martin, Keith Wagner and Kirk Tillis.
In the opening game of boys’ IHSA Class A Basketball Regional at St. Elmo on Monday, Richard Bryant and Kevin Jackson led the Mulberry Grove Aces to a 57-54 win over Brownstown.
All administrators in the Vandalia School District were rehired on Tuesday by the Vandalia Board of Education. Administrators rehired included: Jeff Endres, district business manager and treasurer; Jim Lewis, assistant principal at the high school; Bill LaDage, junior high principal; Darrell Fesser, director of Okaw Area Vocational Center; Don Holtkamp, Jefferson Elementary School principal; Rod Deem, principal of Washington and Lincoln elementary schools; and Gale Meseke, teaching principal at Shobonier Elementary School.
First Baptist Church No. 2 was the winner in the Family YMCA church coed volleyball league with a 35-1 record.
Erma Gibbons, former Leader-Union society editor, celebrated her 91st birthday on Feb. 18.
25 Years Ago
1986 – The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce presented Abe Awards to Don Hecke, Marlys Hayner and Bob Thoman.
Mark Miller, Jay Hill, Mike Anderson and Brian Runge qualified for the sectional wrestling tournament after placing in the top four in their respective weight classes in regional action.
Mulberry Grove’s eighth graders lost 65-43 to Washington Pleasant View in state tournament action.
35 Years Ago
1976 – The city of Vandalia opened bids on two water pumps and investigated ways to make getting around downtown easier for residents in wheelchairs.
Seventeen at Crane Packing had completed a foremanship class at Kaskaskia College.
Family honored Daisy Carson on her 90th birthday at the home of a daughter, Rosa Merriman.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Sperry were to observe their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 29.
Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Wyant planned to celebrate their silver anniversary on Feb. 22.
Mr. and Mrs. Tim Goodbrake of Marion, Ind., brought their 2-month-old son to Vandalia for baptism at Mother of Dolors Catholic Church on Sunday.
The J.H. Weiners were just home from a two-week skiing trip at Aspen, Colo.
Mr. and Mrs. George Sears observed their 72nd wedding anniversary. Both resided at Sunnydale Acres.
Directors elected and who were to serve on the Farm Bureau Board were Charles Spears, Stuart Yagow, Bruce Lowry, Forrest Buzzard, Ed Workman, Paul Torrerce, Harold Casey, Floyd Cockenower, August Cole, Billy Wills and Don Busse.
Directors to serve on the Farm Service Board were Harold Janssen, Clarence Wodtka, Durwood Miller, Dale Burnam, William Sachan, Nelvin Williams, Stuart Yagow and Filbert Gehle.
45 Years Ago
1966 – Dr. and Mrs. Edward Greer and family moved here from Whitefield, N.H. He opened his office at Sixth and Jefferson streets.
Charlotte Anderson received the Soroptimist Citizenship Award.
The building formerly known as the Do Drop Inn was leased by the Vandalia Board of Education for two years to be used for school purposes.
Touch-tone telephones were to have been introduced in Vandalia in April.
Veteran radio journalist Ted Mangner and Ed Wilson co-hosted on KMOX radio “Country Journal” each weekday from 5 to 6 a.m.
John Cocagne and Mike Doran won the district wrestling tourney last weekend and advanced to the sectional.
Mr. and Mrs. Hillard Heather of rural Vandalia celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at a party in the Friendship Room, First National Bank, on Feb. 27.
Mr. and Mrs. George Meseke Sr. were honored by their children at a surprise 52nd wedding dinner Sunday, Feb. 13, at the Abe Lincoln Restaurant.
55 Years Ago
1956 – St. Peter Lutheran men butchered, cooked and served the meat for their annual sausage supper Sunday night.
Robert Kirkman was presented his Life Scout badge by Robert Clark during a ceremony held Sunday at Washington School.
Larry Bannister was named King of Hearts and Phyllis Kile was picked as Queen of Hearts at the annual Valentine Band Parents Dance.
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Zimmerman celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary on Feb. 12.
Sp-3 George H. Meseke Jr. was home for 14 days prior to an over-seas assignment.
Bob Isbell leased Hotel Evans from Charles Morrow.
Kincaid beat Vandalia 87-73; Altamont beat Vandalia 51-49.
Ellis Hicks was transferred to Vandalia from the Carlinville FHA office.
Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Buzzard observed their golden wedding anniversary on Feb. 4. Carolyn Hamblin was awarded a college scholarship.
65 Years Ago
1946 – His team ran away and as a result of the accident, Albert Ehrat, a Kaskaskia farmer, died.
Boy Scouts handled the city’s business Saturday. They collected $62.44 in fines.
Tornie Womack was named a highway patrolman.
Hotel Evans joined the fixer uppers and redecorated the lobby.
Kaskaskia was the only rural school in Fayette County to report perfect attendance in January.
Walton Tractor Sales extended invitation to the public to attend formal opening Feb. 19 at the junction of U.S. Routes 40 and 51, east of river bridge. It was to sell Ford Ferguson tractors.
P.T.A. Founders’ Day program was held in Washington School Feb. 21.
Mr. and Mrs. Arvel Wright celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary last Friday.
75 Years Ago
1936 – Monday was the first day of February term of Fayette County Circuit Court. Honorable William B. Wright of Effingham presided.
The city kept three crews busy defrosting water mains.
Icky Crain drove his Ford car up and down the middle of the Okaw River Monday afternoon. The ice had been frozen so solidly the river had become the scene of many skating parties.
Raymond Keeler, Hagerstown, found a small fortune in a baking powder can Monday morning.
Vandalia Ministerial Alliance, with the assistance of the Boy Scouts, planned to take a religious census of the town.