The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1989 – The St. Peter Business Development Committee kicked off its efforts with a picnic in Community Park for representatives of agencies that  could assist the village in its business development efforts. Lawrence A. Rubin chaired the committee.
Bob Jackson of Mulberry Grove signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Kaskaskia College.
The Vandalia Community High School Class of 1929 held its 60-year class reunion.
Kendra Sanders of rural Vandalia was crowned Miss Fayette County Fair.
The Vandalia American Legion baseball team ended its season with a 5-3 loss to Centralia in the championship game of the Trenton Sub-District. The team, coached by John Campbell, had its finest season ever with a 25-13 record.

30 Years Ago

1984 – The Vandalia City Council made a generous gesture on Monday, approving a motion made by Mayor Donnals to pay the balance owed on the Operation OUTING Inc. bus, which was about $2,000.
Dr. Hans Rollinger celebrated 25 years in Fayette County.
A grove of oak trees situated on 8 ½ acres of the land south of Patoka was given to the Pratt Cemetery Association as a memorial to Dale Tedrick by members of his family.
One month after acceptance, Walt Leidner’s resignation from the athletic director position at Vandalia High School, the Vandalia Board of Education voted to appoint him to the position. After presenting his resignation, Leidner applied for the job if the board would relieve him of his classroom duties. The board agreed to do so.
John Daniels was re-elected chairman of the Fayette County Hospital Board of Directors.

40 Years Ago

1974 – The Vandalia Country Club was annexed by Vandalia City Council by a vote of 6-2.
The service station attendant at McDowell’s Texaco was injured during an armed robbery early Wednesday morning. The robber took $300 at gunpoint.
Gene Smith, public works director, said that because of increases in the cost of material, only about two-thirds of the streets in Vandalia could be resurfaced.
Vandalia Board of Education accepted the resignation of Robert Dugan and Jerilyn Jones, two junior high teachers.
Many 4-H boys and girls entered exhibits in the Fayette County Fair.
Mrs. Phillip Cocagne and  Mrs. James Wheatly attended the district meeting of Illinois Federation of Woman’s Clubs in Salem Thursday.

50 Years Ago

1964 – Equipment and indiscriminate dumping were cited as problems at Vandalia’s landfill during a city council meeting Monday night.
The Vandalia City Council amended land purchase ordinance for the new city lake.
Quick take of a portion of the Richard Govia property west of Vandalia was ordered in Circuit Court on Monday. The action by Circuit Judge Raymond O. Horn concluded a lengthy session on rights and merits of the quick take law. The Govia suit was the last of a number of condemnation actions filed by the Department of Public Works and Buildings of land needed for Interstate 70.
Charles Kruenegel was elected president of Vandalia Citizens Committee.
Charlene Haslett, Brownstown, was among the top five finalists in the All-American Boy-Girl contest.
Norbert Firnhaber did a feature story this week on the home of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Smith of Ramsey. He called it an “antique collector’s paradise.”
The undefeated St. Elmo- Brownstown Little League team finished the season with a 14-0 record. They were Glen Pruett, Mike Booher, David Willms, John Willms, John Abendroth, Bert Whitehead, Charles Michael Harre, George Feezel and Bob Booher. The coach was Robert Booher and the manager was Elmer Feezel.

60 Years Ago

1954 – Cyclonic winds and record heat caused untold damage in Fayette County.
Major William Schulte was visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schulte, after having competed a tour of duty with the U.S. Air Force in France.
Eddie Chappelear left Sunday for Tulsa, Okla, where he was to have received training for two months as geophysicist for Carter Oil.

70 Years Ago

1944 – Five Fayette County seniors – Merle Underwood of Loogootee, Priscilla Masters of Ramsey, Helen Ernest of  LaGrove, Frank Hinton of St. Elmo and Kenneth Jones of Vandalia – earned college scholarships.
Effective July 1, a new law went into effect requiring health examinations for all school children.
Joe Greer, son of Dr. and Mrs. Frank Greer, enrolled in the summer term at Northwestern University.
Donald Ervin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Ervin, was one of eight Boy Scouts chosen from a large list of Region 7, as a finalist in competition for the Emily Jane Culvar Scholarship.
John Emert was again elected commander of American Legion.

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