The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1989 – Vandalia Chamber of Commerce was seeking volunteer greeters for the tourism center.
Between 250 and 300 honored Jim Staff at a retirement reception. Staff served in the field of education for 38 years and was superintendent of schools for Fayette County since 1959. Effingham and Bond counties were later added to his region.
Jane Eaton won the 11th annual St. Andrews Ladies Open Golf Tournament.

30 Years Ago

1984 – People from all over packed into The Way Inn in Vandalia Saturday afternoon to view the works displayed at the Regional Town and Country Art Show.
Plans for the Fayette County Fair were being finished. The fair was planned for July 8-14. At the same time, Ramsey was planning a three-day festival for Aug. 3-5.
Jan Ennen of St. Louis was the winner of the championship flight of the Vandalia Women’s Open Golf Tournament held Tuesday and Wednesday at Vandalia Country Club.
The Vandalia Jaycees’ Fourth of July celebration in Vandalia this year included a dance, BMX bike racing and a horseshoe tournament, as well as the annual favorite, the fireworks display.
The Family Y of Fayette County surpassed its Partnership with Youth program drive goal by 25 percent, according to Y Executive Director Dennis Mohrman.
New officers were installed at the Rotary Club’s regular meeting. They were David Marty, president; David Miller, vice president; Gary Brown, secretary and Steve Stombaugh, treasurer.
New officers of the Fayette County Knights of Columbus treated the trainees at FAYCO Enterprises an afternoon of food and fun last week at Vandalia Lake.

40 Years Ago

1974 – Vandalia Lions Club sought eye donations to help the blind. According to the information published June 27, “Eyes are never bought or sold.”
Vandalia was assigned to the Kaskaskia College District.
Vandalia Jaycees again announced sponsorship of the Fourth of July fireworks display for Vandalia and surrounding area.
Don Funk was installed president of Vandalia Lions Club Monday night.
Postmaster Charles "Chippy" Higgins was to retire Friday after 17 years with the Postal Service.
Meals on Wheels sponsored by First United Methodist Church of Vandalia were delivering 22 meals every noon, five days a week.
Dr. and Mrs. James Blythe, former Vandalians, returned from Iowa City, Iowa, to Creve Coeur, Mo., where he joined the staff at St. John’s Mercy Hospital.
It was announced that the Rev. and Mrs. Leigh Early and family would soon be moving to Vandalia, where he has been employed as pastor at First Christian Church.
Eads Bridge over the Mississippi River at St. Louis was 100 years old on July 4. It opened July 4, 1874.
Richard Lowe, agriculture teacher at St. Elmo High School, was honored for his 25 years of teaching.

50 Years Ago

1964 – Frank Worrel was installed president of  the Vandalia Roberto Klestorny Brouda left Sunday to return to his home in Urguary after having lived in the Maurice Shulman home for 10 months. He was an exchange student.
An interesting article regarding the training of dogs at Illinois State Farm appeared in this week’s issue.
Ronald Keith Hoover, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Hoover, Brownstown, had a perfect attendance record for the 12 years he attended school.
Some 175 members were in attendance at chapter room at Melrose Chapter No. 243, O.E.S., Thursday when Worthy Grand Matron Emma Ansley and her official family visited here that evening.
Ed Lambert began his duties as director of Fayette County Farm Bureau earlier this month. He succeeded Bill Wilson.
Mike Catanzaro and Wayne Walton were elected co-chairmen of the Fayette County Chapter of American Red Cross.

60 Years Ago

1954 – With an approximate average attendance of 40, Haley Chapel Bible School came to a close on Friday.
Charley Smith was chosen by Vandalia Police for a week’s camping trip at Marquette State Park, June 27-July 3.
McCloud Stephens, president of Johnson, Stephens and Shinkle Shoe Factory, was Rotary Club speaker Tuesday at Hotel Evans.
Mrs. Wayne Walton was honored Thursday at a stork shower in the home of Mrs. Frank Worrell.
Bill and Bob Michel were honored at a party Thursday night in celebration of their 19th birthday anniversary.
According to a report by Rollie Eakin, supervisor, Seminary Township had a balance of $184.32 on hand as of March 30, 1954.

70 Years Ago

1944 – William O. Watts, local laundryman, was killed in a train-auto crash near Highland.
W.C. Turner, Illinois Central maintenance man in Ramsey, died at the hospital after having been struck by a Nickel Plate train.
The Vandalia Youth Band opened the summer series at the City Park on Friday evening under the direction of David Welsh.
So many women took advantage of the Vandalia Canning Center that night sessions were opened, as well as a cannery at Jimtown two days a week.
The Girl Scout Camp, under the leadership of Edna Bringaman and Billie Hasberger, proved popular with a capacity attendance.

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