The Way We Were

15 Years Ago

1998 – Charles Davis, 34, of Assumption was arrested for the armed robbery of First National Bank in Ramsey in December.
Senior Courtney Ulm was crowned queen at the homecoming dance at Patoka High School, and Fred Venturini was crowned king.
Glenn Poshard, a Democratic candidate for Illinois governor, and Bob Churchill, a Republican candidate for secretary of state, visited Vandalia.

20 Years Ago

1993 – The city of St. Elmo received a Tree City USA designation for the National Arbor Day Foundation for its participation in a comprehensive urban forestry program.
Alan Metzger of Mulberry Grove was one of four players advancing from the Vandalia Sectional Tournament to the state competition in the Country Companies Three-Point Showdown.
A worker with The Lincoln Legal Papers spent a week searching through records at the Fayette County Courthouse, but he could not find any documents related to the law practice of Abraham Lincoln.
At the age of 93, Erma Gibbons announced that she was retiring from The Leader-Union. She had written countless society stories during her 42-year career.
Melvin and Edna Branham of Brownstown were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
25 Years Ago

1988 – Fayette County Hospital’s second annual health fair drew 625 people, more than twice as many as the inaugural event.
A party was held at the Senior Citizens Center to honor Lottie Hobler on her 90th birthday.
The Vandalia School District learned that the low bid for additions to the junior high and vocational center was $1,802,273 – more than  $300,000 above the original estimate.
Clifford and Blanche Greenwood of South Fillmore Township were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
The Glen Mills family of rural Brownstown was named the Farm Family of the Year by the Fayette County Soil & Water Conservation District. Anna Jean Rhodes was named the Conservation Woman of the Year, and John Doedtman of Bluff City was the Goodyear Award winner.
St. Elmo finished fourth in the Class A boys’ basketball state tournament in Champaign. The Eagles defeated Forreston in the first round, lost to eventual champ Pana in the second round and lost to Walter Lutheran in the third-place game. Greg Feezel was named to the all-tournament team’s first team, and Kevin Maxey was named to the second team.
Vandalia Community High School band director Drew Schneider was the guest conductor at the 44th annual Lincoln Trail Band Festival at Charleston.

35 Years Ago

1978 – The Fayette County Board renewed its contract with FAYCO Enterprises for the former county nursing home on Ill. Route 185 northwest of Vandalia.
Six Chileans were hosted in homes of Vandalia Rotarians when they visited Vandalia  as part of an international exchange program.
Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Thompson were celebrating their 40th anniversary, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bruegger were observing their 50th anniversary.
45 Years Ago

1968 – The Vandalia Woman’s Club scrapbook, which was compiled by Margaret Newton and featured artwork by Sharon Morgan, was sent to Chicago for competition in a city beautification contest sponsored by the club.
A 5-inch snowfall closed all area schools.

55 Years Ago

1958 – Rex Goad, a native of Vandalia, was recently appointed director of all radio and television news programs for the National Broadcasting Co. His office was to be in New York.
John Strain of Bowling Green Township was appointed the county’s assessor of appointments.
The recent polio fundraising drive collected $4,547.77. Mrs. George Stombaugh was the treasurer of the county campaign.
Mr. and Mrs. Rube Filer celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary.
Jim Staff was re-elected commissioner of Vandalia Little League, and Bob Schultz was elected secretary-treasurer.
A St. Patrick’s Day party was planned for the 92nd birthday of Cora Goad.

65 Years Ago

1948 – Julia Miller, a world traveler and lecturer, was the main speaker at the Lions Ladies Night.
More than 100 people were in the cast for the American Legion’s riot show, “Fun For You.”
Stewart Meador caught a golden eagle on his farm south of Shobonier.
First Baptist Church of Vandalia dedicated a new organ.
Floyd Gene Staff returned home after being discharged from the Army, and he was to report March 22 to spring training with the St. Louis Cardinals.

75 Years Ago

1938 – Freda Lane and Marcella Funk moved their beauty shop into the Easterday building.
Twenty-year-old Robert Wadlow, known as "the Alton Giant,” saw himself in a newsreel shown at Liberty Theater. Wadlow visited on the invitation of theater manager Herman Tanner.

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