The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1989 – Dwight Hagy resigned from the Vandalia Post Office after 23½ years as a government employee.
VI Enterprises employees were on strike.
The fall schedule for the Family Y of Fayette County included youth, adult and family programs.
The I-70 Road Riders Honda Motorcycle Club donated a $600 savings bond to the Ronald McDonald House in Springfield.

30 Years Ago

1984 – Schools opened this week. Because of the hot weather, classes at Vandalia schools were dismissed early each day this week.
Goal for the Red Cross Bloodmobile visit was 200 pints. The visit was scheduled for Aug. 30 at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.
New mailboxes on Fourth Street in front of the post office replaced the ones being used on Johnson Street.
Brenda Benhoff was sworn in as postmaster of the Ramsey Post Office on Aug. 31. She had been a part-time clerk in Ramsey since 1980.
The Mulberry Grove Eagles, coached by Stan Bruchaud, captured first place in the Brownstown Junior High Invitational Baseball Tournament. Ramsey Junior High took second place; they were coached by Terry Milt.
The board of directors of the Fayette County United Fund met this week to formulate plans for the 1984-85 campaign. Ernie Chappel was president; Tom McCarty, vice president; Dave Hauskins, secretary-treasurer; and Cathie Murphy, campaign chairperson.
A big crowd attended the annual St. Peter Prairie Days, which featured a garden tractor pull, fashion show, an aerobatics pilot and lots of games.
John Wright of Vandalia was the winner of a Panasonic AM/FM stereo cassette player in a fundraising event for the Muscular Dystrophy Association sponsored by McDonald’s.
A special fall sports section was included in this Thursday’s paper.

40 Years Ago

1974 – Vandalia Woman’s Club turned an eyesore into a place of beauty. They made a park at the corner of Sixth and Gallatin.
Work was started on construction of a new bank in St. Peter.
Harry Satterthwaite shot a hole-in-one on the Ramsey Greens.
Gary L. Sporleder of St. Peter was among graduates to receive diplomas at graduation ceremonies of the Illinois Bankers Association in Carbondale, Aug. 23.
Vandalia's Old State Capitol became the subject of research by state historians.
Brenco Bearing Service was one of Vandalia’s newest industries.
New subscription rates for Vandalia Leader-Union went into effect this week.
50 Years Ago

1964 – The Pirates won the Little League trophy. John Caldwell, on behalf of Vandalia Rotarians, made the presentation.
Patoka planned to celebrate its fifth annual Fall Festival on Sept. 4 and 5. The nationally famous Scott Air Force Band was engaged to play a concert.
Don Ferguson was appointed director of a three-county T.B. project.
A rash of traffic accidents followed a lot of rain. Slippery pavements prompted several mishaps in the area.
August 30 was closing day set for Vandalia swimming pool.
Illinois Central removed another track siding on Gallatin – there is now only one, instead of three.
A five generations picture of the Kenneth Ortegren family picture Mrs. Christine Ortegren, Auroa, Nev.; Thure Ortegren, Marquette, Neb.; Kenneth Ortegren, Vandalia; Kay Ortegren Spencer; and 15-month-old Marty Spencer of Charleston.
Vandalia Airport featured a penny-a-pound airplane ride, a minimum $1 per person.
Bob Satterthwaite accompanied four Vandalia youths; Gary Nevinger, Lee Witbracht, Doug Jones and Tom Force, to the State Jaycee Sports Jamboree at Sterling-Rock Falls Thursday.
Dr. Phillip Cocagne, a guest of his father, Edward Cocagne, at a Vandalia Lions Club meeting Monday, told of projects the Kiwanis Club of River Forest conduct for financing special events.
Illinois Bell Telephone reduced the price of installation of colored phones.
State Police report indicated that Fayette County highway fatalities had increased over the previous year.

60 Years Ago

1954 – D.O. Britt and Chas Griffin formed a new partnership and reorganized the Bluff Equipment business.
Loss by fire of the warehouse and contents located behind Vandalia Dairy was estimated at $5,000.
John Leskera came to Bitzer Motors in Vandalia as the new manager from East St. Louis.
Bill McGehee was appointed manager of Illinois Brokerage.
The Vandalia Post Office was burglarized Friday night.
Hart-Carter closed for lack of orders.
Alex Reed, a Carbondale professor formerly of Brownstown, accepted an assignment for two years as associate professor in dairy science at the Allahabad Agricultural Institute in India.
Bryon Wright passed the state examination in pharmacy.
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Sutton opened the new Sunset Court at Brownstown.

70 Years Ago

1944 – Reported wounded in action: John Griffin and George Schaefer, St. Elmo; Carol Jahraus, of Farina; Ray Cortelloni, Brownstown; and Ray Guffey, St. James.
Reported killed in action were: Claude Fisher, Williams Camp, W. L. Donaldson, of Shobonier; and Walter Huth and Eldon McEndollar, both of St. Elmo.
The city council entertained firemen at a chicken dinner and pinochle party at the country club Wednesday night.
J.R. Berner of Oblong was awarded the contract for the Randolph Street bridge with his bid of $7,903.88.
Mr. and Mrs. George Carter sold their coffee shop to Mrs. Lester McDaniels, Monday.
A and concert in St. Elmo on Saturday night honored C.N. Jones of St. Elmo for her 21 years of devoted service and support to the St. Elmo band.


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