The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1989 – Vandalia Correctional Center received word that its road camp was scheduled to reopen in October, a little more than two years after it was closed. It meant an additional 25 jobs at VCC.
Grace Kepner of the Wheatland HEA was named homemaker of the year at the annual meeting of the Fayette County Home Extension Association.
The First Baptist Church youth choir was readying its musical “Live It to the Max,” for a multi-state tour.
Ten girls were vying for Miss Fayette County Fair honors.

30 Years Ago

1984 – Fifty former employees of Princess Peggy Inc. gathered at Bonanza on Monday evening for their fourth reunion since the dress factory closed in 1974.
Seven members of Boy Scout Troop 141 of Vandalia cleaned up the Scout camping area at Vandalia Lake recently. Those participating were Bill Thierry, Travis Clark, Matt Daume, Todd Stevenson, Jon Olson, Scott Brown and Paul Daume.

40 Years Ago

1974 – The attendance at Fayette County Fair on the first few days was light. Entries in livestock approached last year’s level, however.
Ken Smith joined the Vandalia Police Department this week.
Supervisor of Assessments Lyle Balance warns of a possible multiplier increase.
Mayme Griffith of Brownstown presented a program of bells for members of the DAR at the June meeting.
Don Adams and Walt Leidner were credited with making a hole-in-one at Vandalia Country Club within the past week.
A.L. Cox and the Singing Finneys of Herrin conducted a three-day revival at Vandalia First Baptist. Cox was a former pastor at First Baptist.
By provisions of the last will and testament of Anna Gehle, executors C.C. Brauer, Filbert Gehle and Adolph Hartman engaged Glenn Francis to hold a public auction that included the sale of 600 acres of choice farm land. The sale was scheduled for July 12.
The Brownstown High School class of 1964 had a two-day reunion.
Bruce Moreland of Ramsey returned home after six weeks treatment and care at St. Mary’s in Decatur following an eye injury.

50 Years Ago

1964 – Terry Brown was named manager of the new Sears catalog store in Vandalia. Grand opening began on Thursday, July 9.
Vandalia aldermen granted a franchise for cable television.
Favorable crowds and fair weather marked the opening days at Fayette County Fair. More than 1,700 attended the first day. More than 300 youth had signed up for the Illinois Junior Sports Jamboree.
Brownstown hired William Cole as ag teacher.
Norbert Firnhaber, feature storywriter for the paper, wrote a story on Ethel Wright, artist and sculptor.
A shower in the home of Mrs. George Stombaugh honored Mrs. Jack Benefiel, the former Patty Cole, niece of the hostess. Co-hostesses were Mrs. Jesse Smith Jr., of Edwardsville and Mrs. Charles Lawler.
Thirty-eight ponies competed for prizes in Patoka Horse Show on June 28.
Fern Porter and Frieda Goad had just returned from a vacation in the East. They spent several days at New York’s World Fair.

60 Years Ago

1954 – A top racing card was drawing record crowds to Fayette County Fair this year. An estimated 7,000 witnessed the fireworks on Monday.
Wesley Bartimus was named superintendent of Brownstown Community School District.
Cliff Strugeon was promoted to manager of the Belleville Kroger Store.
Jack Kaley, who had served as head coach at Vandalia School, resigned Thursday to accept a similar position in Des Moines, Iowa.
Mr. and Mrs. Ned Easley of Maracaibo, Venezuela, South America, were home on a visit.
Nearly 500 pigeons were released in Vandalia for a 500-mile race to Pittsburgh.
Kenneth Matlock was elected commander of Voiture 1222 of 40 et 8.

70 Years Ago

1944 – The slave auction sponsored by the Vandalia Woman’s Club to meet the bond sales quota netted $19,025.
The Lions Club observed the Fourth of July in a park program and a dance at the junction.
Chinch bugs, drought and grasshoppers damaged many Fayette County fields. Many areas had been without rain since May 10.
Pfc. Bob Stevenson and friend from Camp Atterby, Ind., spent the weekend here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. Stevenson.
The Effingham Finance Co. opened an office in Vandalia on the second floor of the Easterday Building.
Mary Greer and Frances Stansfield left this week to spend the summer at Hazelhurst, Wis.
Kathryn Cocagne who attended Spaulding School, Chicago, spent two weeks with relatives.
Mrs. William Dewald left Vandalia Wednesday night to visit her husband, who was a Merchant Marine stationed in New York.
The following servicemen were pictured in this week’s Leader: B.F. Withers, Victor Donaldson, Earl Bowen, Charles Dayton, James Herell, Joseph Rhodes, Dwight Buzzard, Wendell Hoffman, Ellis Williams, Freddie Julius, Wayne Brannon, Donald Scott, Herbert Jannik, Howard Jones, Warren Lowry, Bill Sears, Lloyd Hill, Burle Smith, Harold Zimmer, Robert Lawler, Artez Bolles, Theodore Fishburn, Harold Linton, Paul Stroble, James Mitchell, Robert McMillan, Glen McMillan, Donald Davis, Newell Davis, Charles Owens, Cadet Nurse Louise Owens and Waive Ellen Owens.

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