The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1989 – Fayette County farmers were busy harvesting wheat. In some areas, there was no wheat to harvest as a May hailstorm wiped out the crop.
The Fayette County Health Department and S.A.F.E. (Sexual Assault and Family Emergencies) sponsored self-protection seminars for female county employees and the general public.
Ashley Crabtree was named Little Miss at the Ramsey Daze celebration.
Vandalia Jaycees sponsored a Fourth of July celebration with fireworks at the Vandalia Lake.

30 Years Ago

1984 – The Family Y of Fayette County was making plans to sponsor a slow-pitch softball tournament the first weekend in August at the slow-pitch diamond in Vandalia.
The Rev. Robert H. Edwards moved to Vandalia on June 15 to become district superintendent of the Vandalia District of the United Methodist Church.
Six members of the Vandalia FFA Chapter attended the 56th annual Illinois FFA Convention,  held at the University of Illinois campus in Champaign-Urbana. Those attending were Paul Wollerman, Danny Summann, Scott Workman, Duane Dugan, Shane Forehand and Nathan Opfer. Also attending was Vandalia FFA adviser Darrell Fesser.
Stargazers had to brave some rain Wednesday night at the Jaycee’s Fourth of July fireworks display. Light precipitation did not prevent the Jaycees from putting on its presentation of the annual light show.
Forty-six girls were entered in the Little Miss Fayette County Fair contest.
Ninety-seven residents from the three Vandalia nursing homes, planned to be on hand for the dedication of Operation OUTING’s new 17-seat mini-bus on Monday at the Vandalia Statehouse.

40 Years Ago

1974 – A petition to annex was presented to the city council on Monday night by the Vandalia Country Club.
Rotary Club officers were G.V. Blythe, president; John Palecek, treasurer; Todd McKellar, secretary; Jack Johnson, vice president; and Dale Freeman, Paul Holaday, Bob Barker, Bruce Lowry and B.J. Clark, directors.
The wheat crop in Fayette County was better than expected, but garlic cut the farmers’ take-home profits.
Gene Schwarm, state president of FFA, completed his term of office and was home for a short visit before leaving on a trip to Europe, after which he planned to enter University of Illinois to pursue his education in agriculture law and economics.
The Happy Hour Club took a bus trip and visited Silver Dollar City, among other points of interest en route.
Maurice Nickle was installed as commander of Cyrene Commandery Lodge.
Peggy Braasch was named head of the Vandalia Dairy office.

50 Years Ago

1964 – On July 10, Vandalia was to again host the annual state crow shoot.
After 41 years with Humble Oil, O.B. Cotton retired. The Cottons plan to move to Wewoka, Okla.
The 35th annual Fayette County Fair opened Monday at the Brownstown Fairgrounds.
John Bratovich was installed president of Vandalia Rotary Club on Tuesday. Ted Bass was the  retiring president.
A story in this week’s paper featured M.S. McGlasson, banker and portrait artist.
The Vandalia Community High School class of 1954 held its first reunion this past weekend.
Mrs. Joseph LaPalombara and children arrived from Rome, Italy, to visit her parents, Dr. and Mrs. D.H. Ecke, and planned to make  their home in New Haven, Conn., where Dr. LaPalombara was employed as a professor at Yale University.
Pratt Cemetery advertised the annual picnic and coon dog field races for Saturday, July 4.
“The Sound of Music” was being presented at The Little Theatre in Sullivan, June 30 to July 12. Betty Ann Groves starred in the production.

60 Years Ago

1954 – Wayne Thompson, a Seminary Township youth, swung on a rope over Hurricane Creek and fell into a deep hole. He did not know how to swim and drowned in 15 feet of water.
Glen Scoles was elected commander of Crawford-Hale Post, Thursday night.
A basket dinner was part of a surprise birthday celebration for Rev. J.H. Reeter, pastor of local First Pentecostal Church, Sunday.
About 100 boys and girls competed Thursday night in a “Share-The-Fun” contest, held at Vandalia Community High School. Winners were: Carol Mills and Cindy Dickey, vocal duet; Jeanna Rose Porter, saxophone; Margaret Tucker, piano solo; Ramsey Rosebuds, novelty act; Helen Gluesen Kamp, Martha Ann Hotz, Marilyn Reiss, Carolyn Knauer, vocal group with Liz de Werff, pianist.
The Fayette County Fair opened Monday. Free bus transportation was offered to Vandalia people.
Gordon Denison resigned as Farm Bureau Youth Adviser.
Clayton Beery was installed president of Vandalia Lions Club.
Eugene Whitler was advised that he had satisfactorily passed the state examination, which entitled him to serve as a registered surveyor.
Drought-parched Vandalia received rainfall measuring .9 inch on Tuesday evening.

70 Years Ago

1944 – George Zahn, who for the past three years had managed Hotel Evans, leased the Dieckmann Hotel from First National Bank of Vandalia and took charge July 1.
June Knebel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louie Knebel, completed her eighth year at Evans School with a perfect record of attendance.


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