The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1989 – The Vandalia City Council hired Jeanne Gustafson as director of economic development. The Leader-Union unveiled its new farm page, to be a regular feature on the first and third Fridays of each month.
Local farmers were experimenting with canola.

30 Years Ago

1984 – Area law enforcement agencies worked together to find and destroy at least 1,200 marijuana plants in Fayette County last week. The estimated street value of the marijuana was at least $25,000.
Fall YMCA programs were being planned and included aerobics, bridge, baton twirling and others.
The Vandals’ first football game of the season was scheduled for Friday night at St. Jacob Triad.
Fayette County Hospital Auxiliary presented a $500 scholarship to Becky Hewitt, a premedical student at Millikin.
The line was long Friday at Bob’s IGA in Vandalia as Lotto Fever hit Fayette County. Because of the large jackpot, people bought tickets in record numbers.
Thirteen ladies from three area churches met at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ramsey to pack tote bags for the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s Convention in Springfield Step. 29-30. The ladies were from St. Joseph’s of Ramsey, Mother of Dolors of Vandalia and Sacred Heart Parish in Oconee.
The people of Evergreen Outreach were treated to Chad Johnston’s impression of Michael Jackson on Monday afternoon. He was assisted by Beth Herrington.

40 Years Ago

1974 – Following a severe storm, Mr. and Mrs. Slim Bashear of Mulberry Grove picked up 142 dead sparrows from under a single tree in their yard.
Co-captains Rich Rames and Bob DePaolo were to lead Vandalia Community High School’s football team in its opening game with Triad on Friday night on Mark Greer Field.
Bill Michel lacked three pints of having given 8 gallons of blood to the Bloodmobile program for Vandalia.
Fayette County Board approved a pension plan for employees.
Stephen Morton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Morton, was assigned duty in Korea with the U.S. Air Force.
Jennifer Deem celebrated her fourth anniversary at a party in the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Deem, Aug. 28.
Scott McAllister, an SIU student, spent the Labor Day weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert McAllister.

50 Years Ago

1964 – Members of the Vandalia Student Loan Foundation completed plans for the launching of a “Dollars for Scholars” Fund drive on Sept. 14. Funds had been allowed for the painting of the Old State Capitol in Vandalia.
Returning lettermen from last year’s undefeated Vandals were Larry Pruett Keith Wright, Gary Adams, Dwight Nestrick, Marc Shulman, Ted Smith, Dennis Whitten, Mike Summers, Bob Shulman, Joe Ellison, Mike Kelly, Pat Lay, Mike Marks and Larry Stine.
Gregory Baumann celebrated his fourth birthday anniversary at a cowboy and Indian party in the Friendship Room at First National Bank on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 26.
There was an interesting feature story in this week’s Leader on Hershel Noffsinger, a city mail carrier who turns out ornate wedding cakes in his off time.
An article this week told about Edgar Lloyd, who for 30 years had been a first aid instructor.
A letter to the editor this week read:”$85,000 more Social Security income for people in Fayette County would be nice. However, if we knew the cost for the future generations, I doubt if we would think it would be worth it. Let’s not obligate our children to pay anymore indebtedness.”

60 Years Ago

1954 – Mrs. Celura Stapp, Bluff City, was thrilled with her first plane trip. She went to California to visit her son.
Oil recovery by water flooding was increasing production in Fayette County.
The 12 new teachers added to the teaching staff this year were Edwina D. Tucker, Wilda Hill, Ethelyn Hunsaker, Marlene Bates, Edna Dey, Michael T. Setina, Robert L. Roussey, Harold Gaffney, J. Lee Chenoweth, James R. Martin, Wilma Stampfler and Gloria Orner.
Football practice at Vandalia High School began Monday. Only two lettermen returned.
Mrs. I.J. Pasley, president of the American Legion Auxiliary, appointed committees to serve during her term.

70 Years Ago

1944 – Mrs. Augusta Hahn, 85-year-old Wilberton Township woman, was given the citizenship oath this week.
Gustav (Buster) Schert was appointed city chairman of the National War Fund Drive in Fayette County, with Cecil Grandfield and Norris Little as co-chairmen.
Clearing the indebtedness of their new $35,000 church in a three-year period was the accomplishment of First Baptist Church, St. Elmo.
The Kroger Store planned to move from the bank building and be open in their new quarters in Armory Hall on Sept. 7, according to Les Finley, manager.


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