The Way We Were

15 Years Ago

1998 – Dr. Phillip Good was the new emergency medical director at Fayette County Hospital.
First National Bank in Vandalia, Ramsey and Patoka handed out checks to 30 area organizations. In the first five  years of its Hometown Support Program, the bank handed out more than $50,000 to more than 50 organizations.
As they considered changing the city’s form of government, Vandalia officials discussed the roles of a mayor and city administrator under the city administrator form of government.
Retired Pana police chief Mike Harris was appointed by Sheriff Michael D. Kleinik as chief deputy of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.
John and Bernice Walton of Vandalia celebrated their 50th anniversary.

20 Years Ago

1993 – Metalize Illinois began taking its first orders out of its new facility on Ill. Route 185 northwest of Vandalia.
John Lupton of The Lincoln Legal Papers spent a week going through old records at the Fayette County Courthouse. His search for documents bearing the name of Abraham Lincoln was unsuccessful.
Ben Culbertson, a senior at Vandalia Community High School, was chosen to attend the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C.
The Fayette County Board’s ESDA committee recommended to full board that the position of ESDA coordinator be dropped from full-time to part-time status.
State Sen. Frank Watson (R-Greenville) was appointed the assistant senate majority leader in the Illinois Senate as he was sworn into office for a new term.

25 Years Ago

1988 – Between 1,500 and 2,000 people took part in Vandalia’s second Fifth Saturday Celebration. The event included a collector’s carnival, bridge tournament and 2-on-2-basketball tournament.
Lonnie Langley was installed as Worshipful Master of Temperance Lodge No.16 in Vandalia.
St. Elmo placed second in the National Trail Conference boys’ basketball tournament. Brownstown won the consolation title. Three days later, St. Elmo avenged a loss in the tourney by defeating Teutopolis, breaking T-Town’s 42 game winning streak.
35 Years Ago

1978 – Marie Bristow began her term as president of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, becoming the first woman to hold that office.
Fayette County Hospital celebrated its 23rd anniversary with a dinner in the hospital cafeteria. Twenty-three-year employees of the hospital were honored.
45 Years Ago

1968 – Because of road conditions, school buses were limited in providing service for school children.
Farm Services Board of Directors launched a $208,000 expansion program.
Need for a nursing home wing at Fayette County Hospital was termed “urgent.” It was hoped that construction could begin in April.

55 Years Ago

1958 – Sharon Tedrick, Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Tedrick, was named the winner of the Betty Crocker Future Homemaker Award at Vandalia Community High School.
Vandalia won the consolation trophy at the Salem Tournament.
Darlene Konrad, a VCHS senior, passed the 1958 Science Search aptitude test given to determine the winners of Westinghouse Scholarships.
Marilyn Stonecipher won the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Good Citizen Award at LaGrove High School in Farina.
Demishing coffees were gaining momentum in Vandalia and bringing in much money for the March of Dimes fund drive.
The Vandalia Band Parents held a Valentine’s Dance at Central School.

65 Years Ago

1948 – County records show that there were 598 births and 321 deaths in Fayette County in the past year.
The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce hired Dan Hathon as a full-time secretary to replace R.S. Denny, who retired after 22 years.
Mrs. William Jones was installed as the new Noble Grand of the Rebekah Lodge.

75 Years Ago

1938 ­­– The mercury dropped 52 degrees, to 0, during a 48- hour period.
Spanish-American War Veterans and auxiliary held a joint installation and dinner.
Maxine and Kathleen Burnside were hosts for a Vandalia Junior Women’s Club meeting.

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