The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1989 – Jeanne Gustafson was named interim economic development director for the city of Vandalia.
Dave Bell won the 10K run held in conjunction with the Grande Levée.

30 Years Ago

1984 – Jim Kelly and Anna Ruth Kains retired from the Fayette County Hospital Board of Directors. They were presented plaques by Chairman John Daniels. Marie Bristow of Vandalia and Elbert Finley Jr. of Ramsey replaced Kelly and Kains.
After being athletic director at Vandalia Community High School for five years, Walt Leidner gave his resignation.
About 7,000 people visited Vandalia’s Grande Levée this year, up almost 1,000 from the year before, according to Site Superintendent Nan Wynn.
Dick Payne, Lions Club district governor, presented the charter to new Lioness president Loretta Garrison, marking the official beginning of the Mulberry Grove Lioness Club.
After 34 years of government service, Willis E. Strong of St. Elmo retired from the United States Postal Service.
The Vandalia City Council voted to pass an ordinance to change city-zoning regulations. The ordinance approved included 18 zoning districts.
40 Years Ago

1974 – The Community College Board recommended that Vandalia be assigned to Kaskaskia College.
A contribution of $4,000 for the upkeep of the Vandalia cemetery was made by Floyd Staff, on behalf of his sister, the late Elsie Staff.
Fee hikes for water services in Vandalia were under consideration. The water project bids soared far beyond past estimates.
Senior citizens from five counties gathered at Rogier Park Wednesday for a picnic and an afternoon of fun and frolic.
Of the 3,000 registered this month at the Old State Capitol, 2,500 registered during Saturday night of the Grande Levée.
Sergeant Maj. Duane Tedrick, a native of Vandalia, received the Meritorious Service Award on retiring for the Army, April 30. He and his family live in Vandalia.
Gene Schwarm, State FFA president, presented his parents, Stanley and Edith Schwarm, honorary Illinois F.F.A. degrees.

50 Years Ago

1964 – Swimming classes began for 139 boys and girls, Tuesday at Vandalia swimming pool.
Members of Fayette Board of Review, which opened last week in their office at Fayette County Courthouse were: James Feezel, Zennie Dial, Mrs. Stewart Manion, Gus Schert; oil assessors were Herbert Metzger and Don Smith.
Friends of the Library planned to appear on the streets of Vandalia over the weekend wearing period costumes for the annual Book Fair.
A 23-year search for an adequate water supply for the village of Herrick ended, or so it would seem. After having drilled more than 50 holes, 1941 to 1964, they located a well, which produced 100 gallons per minute.
St. Paul Lutheran congregation planned to observe the 100th anniversary of the church, Sunday, June 21.
Wheatland Township annual Sunday school convention was to have been held Wednesday evening and Thursday June 24 and 25, at Prairie View Methodist Church.

60 Years Ago

1954 – Harold Newton was elected president of the Rotary Club and J.C. Beery was elected president of the Lions Club.
Pentecostal Bible School closed Friday with an average daily attendance of 74 children.
Holy Cross Lutheran Bible School closes Friday with an average daily attendance of 70 children.
St. Paul planned to observe its 90th anniversary June 20. The Rev. A.C. Marquardt was the pastor.
Alice Gross and Mary Maske won an all expense trip to Miami, Fla. from Greenberg Mercantile Co.
Charles F. Houston received a 50-year jewel at Royal Arch
Masonic Lodge, Vandalia, Friday night.

70 Years Ago

1944 – At a Chamber of Commerce meeting o Friday a plan was proposed for the erect of a recreational building after the war. The Chamber of Commerce had received communications from airlines in regard to making Vandalia a regular stop for new air routes.
The Mark Greer Hospital employed five young lady volunteers who had been instructed by Mary Ellen Lutz to aid the hospital nurses since there was such a shortage of nurses due to the war.
Automobile stamps went on sale in denomination of $5 at the local post office by the Department of Internal Revenue.
Edward F. Greer received a Liberal Arts Degree from Northwestern University.
Carolyn Sue Reed daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Reed, Brownstown, was presented a superior award in primary voice of the 1944 Junior competitive festival, held in the Gold Room of Hotel Abraham Lincoln Springfield, on Sunday, May 28.

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