The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1989 – Delbert Maroon was sworn in as regional superintendent of schools for Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties.
Trent Kull, a 1985 graduate of Vandalia Community High School, graduated to the rank of second lieutenant from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
South Central High School personnel were getting ready for their first school year. The South Central District was formed by consolidating the Farina LaGrove and Kinmundy-Alma districts. Joe Ross is superintendent.
Blanche Konz of Van Burensburg was honored on her 101st birthday.

30 Years Ago

1984 – The Fayette County Farm Bureau was celebrating its 50th anniversary this week. Special celebration activities were scheduled for Aug. 18-19.
The annual Arts and Crafts Festival, sponsored by the Fayette County Cultural and Arts Association, was scheduled to be held Sept. 15 on the grounds of the Old State Capitol in Vandalia.
Kathy Rhoades, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Rhoades of Ramsey, and Cheryl Sanders, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Sanders of Bingham, returned home on July 19 after spending 22 days in Europe performing with the “Sound of America Honor Band.”
Charles Green, commander of Farina American Legion Post 411, dedicated the new Legion Hall in that village “for everybody’s use.”
It was Glenn Goodman Appreciation Night at the Vandalia Lions Club meeting Monday. He was a member of the club since 1936. Harry Truitt gave the tribute and Cecil Williams was club president.
Mulberry Grove held its annual Fireman’s Parade and Picnic over the weekend.

40 Years Ago

1974 – Schools at Mulberry Grove and Smithboro faced a severe building problem.
A regional air pollution test was conducted in the Vandalia area on Monday.
Fayette County approved a full-time Civil Defense director on Tuesday night. The board also was seeking bids for radio equipment to replace the 16-year-old base station.
The Rev. Leigh Earley conducted his first service at First Christian Church on Sunday.
Vandalia Summer Youth Band was to give two performances at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield on Saturday.
Mrs. Roy Chrisman of Vandalia and Mrs. John Rupert of Bremmerton, Wash., formerly of Vandalia, enjoyed a 1,000-mile camping trip in Alaska.
This week’s Vandalia Leader carried a feature story on 12-year-old Melody Staff, who plays 11 instruments.

50 Years Ago

1964 – Kaskaskia River The 200 yards south of the new Highway 51 bridge at the east edge of Vandalia was little over ankle deep. A fund was being raised to employ the services of a cloud-seedling firm in an effort to bring relief.
Mayor Norman Michel was a patient at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.
County supervisors delayed action on lake land sale to the city of Vandalia until September.
Brownstown Unit Schools announced Aug. 27 as the opening date for classes.
This week, an interesting story on the county’s only racing stable was read by subscribers to The Vandalia Leader. Effie Allgood was pictured with some of her mares, and her grandson was shown with Stately Silver, one of the 21 horses and ponies grazing at the Allgood Farm south of St. Elmo.
From June 15 to Aug. 3, Mrs. Harlan Stickler of Ramsey and Mrs. Francis Lingle, Vandalia, teachers in the Vandalia Unit Schools, vacationed in Europe.
Kathy Palecek and Jenna Tedrick, counselors at Girl Scout Camp Cedar near Carbondale for the past 12 days, returned home on Thursday.
Democratic Women heard  Fayette Congressman George Shipley of Olney at a luncheon at Robbins Restaurant on Thursday. Kathryn Tedrick presided and introduced Mrs. Shipley.
Kent Lee Chrisman, Navy corpsman, who was stationed at Guatanamo Naval Base, Cuba, returned to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hillard Chrisman, on Saturday for a 30-day leave.

60 Years Ago

1954 – Lynn Kuehn and Janice Libell attended Art Camp at Robert Allerton Park in Monticello for a week.
Rothe Implement was robbed Monday night. Also, someone robbed the Harris Grocery Store on Sunday night.
Brownstown and Beecher City were listed with 21 other Illinois towns with water shortages.
Cindy Dickey and Coral Mills appeared at the Illinois State Fair on Monday.
Haroldson Lafayette Hunt, reported to be the richest man in the world, was then a resident of Dallas, Texas.

70 Years Ago

1944 – The Illinois Commerce Commission approved a plan for the Pennsylvania Railroad to install safety gates at the railroad's intersection with Fifth, Sixth and Remann streets in Vandalia.
The Vandalia City Council voted to borrow $500 on an anticipation warrant for use in the cemetery fund.
Cliff Walker, former salesman for Denny’s, took over the management of the Toot’n Tell’m.
E.R. Jones and G.M. Hasler, deputies of Internal Revenue, checked up on $5 motor vehicle stamps, which should have been purchased and placed on vehicles on or before July 1.
A petition was in circulation for lakes in Fayette County.
Members of the Willing Workers class of Edwards Street Baptist Church, with the teacher, Miss Rachel Miles, enjoyed a swimming party at Greenville Lake on Tuesday.

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