The Way We Were

15 Years Ago

1998 – As landscape waste­ – and leaf burning – became a major issue statewide, Vandalia officials were looking at the community’s disposal options.
Mindy Williams and Josh Kreke were crowned queen and king at the South Central High School homecoming dance.
A 9-year-old rural Brownstown resident was injured when a friend accidentally fired a .22-caliber rifle they had while playing in a treehouse.
Jerilyn Reed and Shawn Cripe were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
The Vandalia Vandals placed fourth at the state wrestling tournament.

20 Years Ago

1993 – About 40 people attended a public workshop to give their opinions on some things they would like to see included in a community center. The workshop was part of a rec center feasibility study spearheaded by the community improvement committee of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.
The Vandalia City Council voted to allow the Vandalia Tourism Commission to pay $3,250 for the filing of a six-minute video that would be aired on Discovery American, a show on the Discovery Channel.
In a heavy snowstorm, Vandalia’s volunteer firefighters were called to a house fire on Ill. Route 185 Northwest of Vandalia. The next day they were called to the Pittsburg area for another house fire.
The St. Elmo Eagles defeated South Central to win their second straight boys Class A regional title. Staunton knocked the Eagles out of post-season play in the Vandalia Sectional.
Fayette County Hospital was making plans for its second annual health fair.

25 Years Ago

1988 – Jeanne Simon, wife of U.S. Sen. Paul Simon, visited with a group of Fayette County residents at First Bank. She was stumping for her husband, who was seeking the Democratic nomination in the presidential race.
A 40-foot shot at the buzzer by Kevin Maxey gave the St. Elmo Eagles a 60-59 win over Trenton Wesclin in the Vandalia Sectional Tournament championship game. The win advanced the Eagles to the Charleston Supersectional.

35 Years Ago

1978 – Hazardous weather conditions forced the cancellation of a Lenten service and a tractor safety school.
Gene Heinzman and Norm Zirklebach were co-owners of Transportation and Equipment, a new business in Vandalia.
Mode O’ Day, a new store in downtown Vandalia, held its grand opening.
Bernice Hinrichs and Sandy Johnson, two employees at Farmers & Merchants Bank, received promotions.
45 Years Ago

1968 – U.S. Congressman George Shipley and Vandalia Mayor Forrest Barbee presented flags and medallions to visiting mayors at the Charter Day banquet held as part of the city’s sesquicentennial celebration. The banquet drew 135 mayors.
The Vandalia Lions Club observed its 40th anniversary.
James E. Walker was assigned a 12-month internship at St. Angar’s Lutheran Church in Salina, Calif., as part of his theological studies.
Fayette County Sheriff Leonard Kelly took members of the Vandalia Rotary Club on a tour of the new county jail.
A Rock Hound Show was held during sesquicentennial week in Vandalia.

55 Years Ago

1958 – Thirteen Vandalia Community High School students were inducted into the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society – Kay Riedle, Maxine Boggett, Darlene Konrad, Suzanne Griendman, Sharon Tedrick, Linda Mabry Doris Mosley, Phillip Curry, Judy Gerkin, Donna Towler, Nancy Nutter, Maxine Harting and Lonnie Reidle.
Vandalia Cub Scout Pack 317 held its Blue and Gold banquet. Wayne Hale was the cubmaster, and Romeo Ireland was the assistant cubmaster.
Burr Hackleman was elected president of the Vandalia Band Parents Association.
Cyril and John Daniels were honored by the Illinois Department of Conservation for aiding wildlife.

65 Years Ago

1948 – Murville McCormick and Gene Watson bought Stine Grocery in Brownstown.
Richard Minor, competing with students from 12 area high schools, was rated first for an all-star cast that would perform a one-act play during a district contest at Sandoval.

75 Years Ago

1938 – Mr. and Mrs. George Gerkin opened Gerkin Ice Cream Parlor.
A large Democratic meeting was held at the Armory Hall in Vandalia. Lucas, Jensen and O’Hearn started campaigns here.
Vandalia auto dealers united in their effort to help end the business recession by participating in National Used Car Exchange Week.
R.C. Emerick began work on a new bank building in Patoka.
The 41st anniversary of Founder’s Day was observed by Vandalia PTA units in a joint meeting at Central School.

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