The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1989 – The Grande Levée was to include period crafts, tours, music and lots of homemade foods.
Jody Eyman was queen of the Bond-Fayette TMH prom.

35 Years Ago

1984 – Robert E. McCart and Michael D. Kleinik were appointed to sergeant positions on the Vandalia Police force this week.
Vandalia Junior High and Brownstown Junior High students combined their talent with more than 120 students from 22 other schools to perform in the fifth annual Honors Band and Chorus Festival at Lake Land College. From Vandalia – Sonia Rickman, Mike Payne, Triste Walls, Mark Warren and Jan Savage, director, and from Brownstown – Tracy Biggs, Lori Haynes, Terri Moler, Michelle Smith and Theresa Haynes.
The annual Grande Levée was scheduled for the weekend. An old-fashioned ham and beans dinner kicked off the weekend and old-fashioned worship on Sunday wrapped up the event.
Four members of the St. Elmo-Ettes 4-H Club conducted four classes at the WIC clinic at the Fayette County Health Department in Vandalia on June 12.
Pastor Edward Lucas and board members of First United Pentecostal Church broke ground for the new building that would be house Fayette Christian Academy.
Lack of rain and high temperatures made the Vandalia swimming pool a cool place to be during the first half of June.
Members of the Vandalia High School Class of 1944 met for their 40th reunion June 9-10.

45 Years Ago

1974 – Activities for the seventh Grande Levée were well underway. Two truckloads of desks had already arrived as part of the plans to make the setting as it was during the capitol days.
Wet weather that had damaged the wheat crop was leaving its mark on the corn crop.
The Vandalia Cemetery Association and the city council Cemetery Committee decided Monday night to go ahead with plans to demolish the mausoleum at the cemetery.
Gary Jenkins, pastor at First United Methodist Church, was returned here for the third year.
Doug’s Shoe Store, in celebration of its 16th anniversary, again sponsored a wheel of fortune attraction. Everything in the store went to the wheel – shoes, luggage, panty hose and all new merchandise.
DuQuoin Fair was fighting to hold the Hambeletonian. They submitted their bid in October, but without a trust fund, it was doubtful they could get it.
Lawrence O. Watts, Mulberry Grove teacher, was chosen outstanding Secondary Educator of America for 1974.

50 Years Ago

1964 – A Hereford cow gave birth to triplet heifer calves Friday.
Dick Purdue was to have begun his duties as superintendent of Brownstown Schools July 1.
Paul Holaday was named assistant cashier at Farmers and Merchant Bank on June 3.
Van Tran, Vandalia’s newest industry, served a wide area. They made transformers used by power companies from Ohio to Iowa. They had an eight-state area.
Vandalia’s own Dr. Mark Greer was one of 2,000 surgeons from all over the world who attended the International College of Surgeons meeting in Vienna, Austria, last month.
Five Vandalia cheerleaders – Sandy Meyer, Judy Miller, Tiff White, Jody Dearth and Judy Elmore – attended cheerleaders school at Normal this week.
Carl Cater, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nick Carter Bluff City, was ordained Wednesday evening into the ministry of Southern Illinois Conference at Belleville.

60 Years Ago

1954 – Paul Doering, son of Christine Doering, was ordained at the May annual Synod in Chicago. He was called to a congregation in Waco, Texas.
The Fayette County Fair was offering $35,000 in prize money this year.
City lacked about $6,000 for meeting operating costs.
More than 2,000 dogs in Fayette County had been vaccinated for rabies.
Vandalia band members toured Chicago on a three-day,  all-expenses paid trip.
Kenneth Kirkman was seriously hurt in a truck accident in Minnesota.
Joan Hunter was capped at Michael Reese Hospital on March 5.

70 Years Ago

1944 – A truck-train crash at Remann Street crossing caused instant death to Rosalie Harris on Monday evening.
The Vandalia City Council demanded guards to be placed at the three railroad crossings. Citizens were aroused at the third fatality in the past seven months.
Cecil Smith followed the tradition of his father, the late W. Ferninand Smith, by being the first taxpayer of 1944.
The Allies started the invasion of Germany occupied area in Normandy on June 6.
All Vandalia churches united in a prayer hour on the Statehouse lawn on Wednesday, June 7.

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