The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1989 – Dale Timmerman, Randy Edwards and Rich Walker were re-elected officers of the Vandalia/Fayette County Enterprise Zone.
Vandalia’s 11- and 12-year-old Little League team won first place in the Hillsboro Little League Tournament.
Dave Crye was elected commander of Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95.
Beth Blankenship of Mulberry Grove was crowned Miss Bond County Fair. It was the third title in one year for Blankenship, who was also crowned Mulberry Grove High School’s homecoming and prom queen.
Wehrle Brothers hosted a group of Zambian farmers, who were on the last leg of a two-week U.S.A. farm tour.
Sean Leckrone won the Vandalia Open golf tournament.

30 Years Ago

1984 – The eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 from the Route 51 exit to the Brownstown exit were closed again Monday because of construction work being done on one of the overpasses. Because of the work, interstate traffic was rerouted through Vandalia for about four hours.
Kathy Betts of St. Elmo took first place on Thursday in the 4-H flower arranging competition, winning a trip to the state competition.
Fern Porter was featured in a front-page story this week, describing and reminiscing about her attendance at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles. She was shown in a picture holding the program (sold for 10 cents) and her jacket, which was good for July 20, 1932,  and cost $3.
Cliff Mills of Greenville was the winner of the seventh annual Vandalia Open held last weekend at the Vandalia Country and Golf Club.
The Central Comprehensive Mental Health Center recently sponsored a two-day Adult handicapped camp at the Bond-Christian Service Camp near  Mulberry Grove.
40 Years Ago

1974 – Petitions were filed Tuesday requesting a referendum to decide which part of Vandalia School District should remain in Kaskaskia Community College District.
Bands, carnivals and entertainment highlighted St. Elmo’s 103rd birthday celebration. Jessie Culbertson of Ramsey took first place in all Zinnia contest classes except original entry and men’s entry.
Mr. and Mrs. Marion Blythe and son, Bruce, returned from an extensive trip to the West Coast.
James Webb, physical education teacher at LaGrove, resigned to accept the position of principal at Beecher City.
Cleve Fulton, at the age of 88, placed fourth in the annual old fiddler’s contest in Shelbyville on Saturday night.
The Braves, Dodgers and Pirates were the contesting teams in the city's Little League baseball competition.

50 Years Ago

1964 – Mr. and Mrs. Charles Manion chaperoned Miss Betsy Tompkins to the Miss Illinois contest in Aurora on Monday morning.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Truitt attended the Lions International convention in Toronto, Canada.
Almost all retail stores in Vandalia were observing Dollar Days specials.
Denzil Boley and Jack Johnston were named outstanding Jaycees of the year.
The DeWerff reunion was held July 26 in the Hospitality Room of Farmers and Merchants Bank in Vandalia.
Gene Bednar and Dale Boatman were recently named to operate the Vandalia Airport.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hunter hosted a basket dinner on Sunday for 87 people in celebration of the second birthday anniversary of their son, Greg.
The personal assessment, Vandalia Township, was published in this week’s Leader.
60 Years Ago

1954 – Harry Arkebauer, with 24 years’ experience, took over as superintendent of the St. Elmo Community School Unit.
Harold Gaffney was hired as coach for Vandalia Community High School.
On July 26, Les Finley took over the duties as manager of the Kroger Store here.
Joe Burtschi wrote a documentary history of Vandalia.
Bill Meyer was hired as coach at St. Elmo.
Miss Helen Mitchell resigned after having taught in Vandalia for five years. She planned to go to Alaska to marry S. Sgt. Frank Virgil.
Betty Schmitt was honored at a bridal shower in First National Bank basement Friday night with relative and friends attending.
John Barrett, the president of the Methodist Brotherhood, was master of ceremonies when some 75 men and their ladies enjoyed an ice cream and homemade cake supper at the city park on Thursday evening.

70 Years Ago

1944 – Frank E. Crawford, veteran educator and pastor, died at his home, July 25.
The State Department started to improve U.S. Route 40 east to Ill. Route 185. The portion of U.S. Route 40 between Vandalia and Mulberry Grove was not included.
Brannons took the lead in the senior softball league by defeating The Hub and the newly organized team, which replaced the Johnson, Stephens and Shinkle Shoe Factory team.
The Sunday School orchestra and choir at the First Methodist Church spent Thursday in St. Louis and attended the opera and visited the zoo.
Miss Rosalie Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Smith, accepted an invitation to dine at Meier's cabin. Mr. Meier prepared the dinner.
Harry E. Rogier was elected president and Dale Tedrick, cashier, of First National Bank of Vandalia, on Friday night, July 21.

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