The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1989 – Bill Donaldson resigned as Mulberry Grove Junior-Senior High School principal to become assistant regional superintendent for Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties. Dennis West was named as his replacement. Vandalia’s assistant superintendent, Dan Meyer, left that post to take over as superintendent of the St. Elmo School District.
Jim Lewis was named Vandalia Community High School athletic director.
Four Mile Church dedicated a new wing of its church. The new wing included an education/nursery room and kitchen.
Dale Choisser was elected president of the Family Y of Fayette County.

30 Years Ago

1984 – Vandalia Railroad recently installed a material dump pit on the rail line located near the Wabash Asphalt Co. facility, which is a couple miles north of Vandalia, west of U.S. Route 51. The Vandalia Railroad would transport slag from St. Louis to Vandalia, said Walt Barenfanger, a principal investor in Vandalia Railroad.
Ramsey Lumber Co. won the Vandalia Women’s Slow Pitch Softball League's post-season tournament last week.
Jean Warner, president of the Crawford-Hale American Legion Auxiliary, presented awards for most poppies sold to Grace Etcheson, Ruby Carpenter and Carlie Kile.
Ramsey’s mayor, Mike Casey, resigned from that position to take over as the village’s water and sewer superintendent. Casey filled the vacancy left by the retirement of Raymond Wemple.
At least 200 people attended the ice cream social at FAYCO Enterprises last Friday.
Between 450 and 500 people crowded under the tent at Temple Baptist Church during the Vandalia Area Revival last Friday, despite the rain.

40 Years Ago

1974 – Vandalia prepared for a weekend Shrine celebration. A parking ban on Gallatin Street was ordered for the Saturday parade.
A hail storm Sunday damaged crops in Fayette County. The worst damage was in the Bluff City and Brownstown areas.
Patrolman Kelly Gibson resigned from the Vandalia Police Force, creating a third vacancy on the force.
The Rev. K.P. Meyhew replaced the Rev. H.H. Coates as pastor at Parkview Free Methodist Church.
Vandalia High School's gridders started practice Monday under coach Dick Hood. Some 30 boys were at the session.
Wesley Bartimus was honored by the Lions Club for his services to children’s camps.
Marie Bennett was pictured with her embroidered patchwork quilt in this week’s Leader.
One entire section of this week’s Leader carried items and ads complementary to the Shriners.

50 Years Ago

1964 – Vandalia Welcome Wagon Newcomers Club presented Fayette County Aid to Retarded Children with a check for $310.08, profit realized from the club’s annual style show. Diane Henna served as chairman for the show.
William Schumacher, local mail carrier, accepted a bi-state Red Cross committee post.
The Rev. Gerald P. Leaf was to have been installed pastor at St. James Lutheran Church, Aug 23.
City of Vandalia filed a condemnation suit for land needed for the lake project.
Drought conditions worsened as rain continued to evade Fayette County.
Vandalia Unit Schools expected this year’s enrollment to exceed last year’s by at least 100.
The Atwood family held its 21st annual reunion Aug. 16 at Rogier Park, Vandalia.
All clothing stores were catering to back-to-school clothes and shoes in their advertising this week.
Loren Morey of Shobonier and his wife, Helen, had been repairing furniture for the past 50 years.
The Bond County Fair was to be held Aug. 24-28 at Greenville. Nearly $50,000 was to have been given in premiums.
The 1924 graduating class of Vandalia High School held a reunion on Aug. 16.

60 Years Ago

1954 – Architectural plans for a new Country Club house were approved last week.
Laurene Mabry placed second in a golf tournament at Hillsboro on Wednesday.
Don Little took first place at the Illinois State Fair with his handmade hooked rugs.
Carlie Kile was elected LePetite Chapeau of Eight et Forty.
Paul McKeithan was awarded the Carter scholarship and planned to enter Oklahoma University in September.
Susie Schutz, bride-to-be, was honored at a shower in the First National Bank basement.

70 Years Ago

1944 – Early Saturday morning, an electrical storm caused fire damage of $300 by striking and causing three barns to burn.  A 2-inch rain fell, breaking the drought, which had lasted since Decoration Day.
By defeating Brannon's, the Ford team gained first place in the softball league. Pana defeated the Merchants, 7-4.
The men’s class of First Christian Church gave a good luck party in honor of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Yaw, who were  moving to Champaign, and also in honor of Marion Bingham, who was home on leave.
Dr. Mark Greer wrote a noteworthy editorial for this week’s Leader. “Let’s Build A Living Fitting Memorial.” It treated the subject of financing a Legion Home. The Auxiliary made a house-to-house canvas for funds.
In order to help the high school freshmen adjust themselves, a freshman day was planned for Sept. 5 at Vandalia Community High School.

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