The Way We Were

15 Years Ago

1997 – The Vandalia City Council voted to make an offer on four tracts of land. The offer included three tracts at or near the former site of the Johnson, Stephens & Shinkle Shoe Factory and a vacant lot in the 300 block of West Gallatin Street.
Brownstown School District officials and district teachers were to meet with a mediator concerning a new contract for the teachers.
Ed and Doris Helm of Vandalia were to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary, as were Albert “Pete” and Wanda Tippitt of Vera, and Alvin and Ruth Rubin of St. Peter.

20 Years Ago

1992 – Jerry Beabout, a member of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years and chief of the department for eight years, was named grand marshal of the Vandalia Lions Club’s Halloween parade.
The Vandalia Vandals football squad tied for second place in the Mid-State Conference after defeating Greenville, 31-8.
A week before the general election, a caravan of Democratic candidates, including State Comptroller Dawn Clark-Netsch, stopped at the Vandalia Statehouse.
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Wasser were planning to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.

25 Years Ago

1987 – The Vandalia park located at Jefferson and Locust streets was renamed Ruemmelin Park, after Charles Ruemmelin, a Vandalia man who established an endowment that provides for improvements to – among other things – Vandalia parks.
VCHS teacher Steve Oldfield was one of 12 teachers honored at Eastern Illinois University as outstanding educators in the area.
The Brownstown Bombers defeated Ramsey to win the Egyptian-Illini Conference volleyball tournament.

35 Years Ago

1977 – Ron Ramsey succeeded John Mars as manager of the Crane Packing facility in Vandalia.
Robert L. Johnson, former St. Elmo resident, ended his career at the University of Illinois as head of extension courses.

45 Years Ago

1967 – The United Fund drive was kicked off with Harold Hartwick, president of First National Bank of Vandalia, and Coral Brooks, president of Farmers & Merchants Bank, presenting drive chairman G.V. Blythe with donations exceeding $950.
Ernie Myers was serving as the United Fund drive chairman in St. Elmo.
Mrs. Frank V. Davis was the speaker at the guest night program held by the Old State Capitol Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.
Iris Rademacher read Halloween stories to children who attended a story hour at Evans Public Library in Vandalia.

55 Years Ago

1957 – Because of a flu outbreak, more than 100 students were absent at Vandalia Community High School.
Hazel Berlin was elected to the state Democratic board from the Southern Illinois region.
V. Ralph Knepper was hired as the band director for Vandalia’s schools.
The VCHS football game with Kincaid had to be canceled due to a flu outbreak.

65 Years Ago

1947 – The Rev. W.O. Petzoldt, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, celebrated the 20th year of his ministry.
Charles Mills was elected president of the Illinois Press Association during the IPA’s convention in Decatur.
More than 100 Legionnaires from Vandalia attended the county Legion meeting in St. Elmo.
Dick Stombaugh and Ed Burkett, dressed as an inmate and a prison guard, took first place at a Halloween party for VCHS students.
Dean Isbell accepted a position with National Cash Register in Carbondale.
Vandalia Plumbing & Hardware held its grand opening.
The Brownstown High School baseball team, coached by Dale Reeter, won its 10th straight game.
Fayette County had 27 students at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

75 Years Ago

1937 – One hundred and eight quail arrived for the Vandalia Sportsmen’s Club. Members of the club were to care for them until spring.
The crowning of a Halloween queen was to be among highlights of a Halloween parade in Vandalia.
Armistice Day, Nov. 11, was declared a legal holiday in Illinois.
George Gerkin bought Boley Ice Cream Store.

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