The Way We Were

15 Years Ago

1997 – The Vandalia Community High School wrestling team captured fourth place at the IHSA dual team finals.
The Vandalia City Council approved a $15,000 contribution to the Vandalia Main Street Program in each of the next three years.
Rhet Spengel of Springfield was hired as a patrolman for the Vandalia Police Department.
Harland Bartholomew & Associates of Chesterfield completed the update of the city’s lake ordinance. The work included pulling together several documents governing the lake.

20 Years Ago

1992 – The Leader-Union won five awards – four in news and one in advertising – in a contest conducted by its parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Eckhardt were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
The Ramsey Lions Club’s Community Sale generated $119,000 for the sellers.
Jeremy White and Ashley Wells received their first communion at Zion Church in Loogootee.
The Vandalia Junior High School scholar bowl team won its regional. Team members were Tiffany Roberts, Stefanie Hutson, Becky Lawson, Elizabeth Zeman, Andrea Kaiser, Ja’Nette Kuehn, Margaret Smith, Jamie Bowen, Kelly Manley and Andy Kerkhoff.
Vandalia Superintendent of Schools Larry Bennett presented an award to Joyce Staff in recognition for her 30 years in teaching, and one to Carol Osborne for her nomination for the “Excellence in Teaching” award.
B. John and Brenda Clark welcomed more than 500 people to their new Subway restaurant on North Fourth Street on its first day of operation.

25 Years Ago

1987 – Only 21.52 percent of the registered voters in Fayette County turned out for the primary election.
Incumbents Dan Michel, Von Duggins, Norman Lankow and Larry Cable were re-elected to the Vandalia City Council.
Gene Etcheson was elected village president in Ramsey, Jesse Miller was elected village president in Brownstown and Jesse V. Whitten won the spot in Bingham.
The Vandalia Community High School band was preparing for a trip to Disney World.

35 Years Ago

1977 – Jim McDowell was chairman of the Vandalia Lions Club’s Easter egg hunt. The Lions put 2,200 plastic eggs out in Sonneman Park.
Large flakes of snow fell here.
Sharon Shelton, a mother of two small children and an OB nurse at Fayette County Hospital, was conducting a prenatal class for 12 mothers at the hospital.
Bobbi Schwabe of Vandalia, and Karen Travis and Pauline Wollin of St. Peter, were competing in the finals of the Illinois State Science Fair at Charleston.

45 Years Ago

1967 – Republicans retained control of the Fayette County Board following the election.
Vulcan Corp. was setting up a heel factory in Vandalia, with plans to employ 50 people.
Ray Elliott, assistant director of athletics and former football coach at the University of Illinois, was the speaker for the VCHS all-sports banquet.
The former chairman of the Fayette County Democratic Central Committee, Gene Smith, submitted his resignation as precinct chairman to the present county chairman, Gene Cearlock.
Ramsey’s volunteer firemen assembled a pumper unit for rural usage.

55 Years Ago

1957 – Crane Co. operations were growing in Vandalia. There were now 20 employees.
Don Smith was the new president of the Fayette County TB  Association.
Democrats enjoyed a 13-8 majority control of the Fayette County Board.
Paula Craycroft, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phil Craycroft of Vandalia, was recommended to attend the Allerton Art Institute in Monticello in June.
The Fayette County Board approved a secondary road improvement project.

65 Years Ago

1947 – A 5-inch snow blanketed Fayette County at the end of March, and it was the county’s coldest March in two decades.
Sam Gillespie of St. Elmo quit basketball officiating with the last whistle of the state tournament in Champaign. He was planning to devote more time to his personal business.
John Lester won the Vandalia Lions Club’s free throw trophy.

75 Years Ago

1937 – Seven people were injured when the car in which they were riding was struck by a Nickel Plate fast freight train going through Vandalia.
William Albert was appointed master-in-chancery of Fayette County by Judge William Wright.
More than 2,000 children attended the Vandalia Lions Club’s annual Easter egg hunt.

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