The Way We Were

25 Years Ago
1989 – Brooke File, a Vandalia Community High School junior, was crowned homecoming queen.
Scott Smith of St. Elmo won the IHSA Regional Golf Tournament at Robinson for the second straight year. The St. Elmo golf team made school history by advancing to the sectional for the first time. In addition to Smith, other top scorers were Randy Heckert, Matt Weaber and Anthony Ireland.
Olive Funk of Vandalia celebrated her 90th birthday with a party at First United Methodist Church. The 4-year-old class from the First United Methodist Church Preschool entertained. Class members included Funk’s great-granddaughter, Jamie Freeland.

30 Years Ago

1984 – During the fourth annual applebutter festival at the Brownstown Civic Center, sponsored by the Golden Years Club, they offered crafts, food stands and applebutter-making.
Vandalia’s eighth-grade girls’ basketball team won the Teutopolis Invitational, beating the host team, 31-24, in the title game.
It was Parents' Night at the St. Elmo-Brownstown volleyball match on Thursday. Senior girls and their parents were honored: Bruce, Janetia and Janelle Dilley, Helen, Kari and Jim Koonce, Iris, Karen and Glen Mahon, and Joyce, Dan and Deb Orr.
About 400 attended the Southern Illinois Conference United Methodist Women on Saturday, Oct. 6, in the First united Methodist Church, Vandalia.

40 Years Ago

1974 –In observance of Fire Prevention Week, Vandalia's volunteer firemen visited schools and displayed their equipment.
Members of the Vandalia Community High School girls tennis club were Micki Bone, Rose Westendorf, Lisa Goodbrake, Lynn Cocagne, Shayla Wiss, Dawn Diehl, Carol Revis, Mary Rames, Judy Forehand and Stacy Brown.
Al Hourigan of Vandalia took first prize for the best restored aircraft at the Greenville Airport show.
Thirteen of the 35 remaining members of the graduating class of 1922 held a reunion Saturday night in the Hospitality Room of Farmers and Merchants Bank.

50 Years Ago

1964 – Vandalia was just three pints short of its quota when the America Red Cross Bloodmobile visited here for two days this week.
Governor Otto Kerner released $125,000 state funds for Vandalia Lake.

60 Years Ago

1954 – Vandalia was host for a two-day State Historical Association meeting Oct. 8-9. Interesting exhibits were on display in many places of business. Delegates were led on a tour of historic landmarks and to the library to view the Lincoln collection.
Senator Paul Douglas was principal speaker at the Citizen’s Luncheon at Hotel Evans on Friday. Nearly 100 attended. Robert Hasler was chairman of the luncheon.
Shelbyville shut our the Vandals out, 23-0.
J.R. Corneille began his duties as general agent for Farm Bureau Insurance.
Frances Andrea Melick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph L. Melick of Clio, Mich., was christened here Sunday at St. James Lutheran Church. Mrs. Melick is the former Christene Hammer of Vandalia.

70 Years Ago

1944 – Morris Beabout was elected chairman of the Illinois Lions District in a meeting held recently in Jacksonville.
The Rev. J.H. Reeter was elected resident of Vandalia Ministerial Alliance on Friday.
“Vandalia Churches Welcome You” signs were erected for the benefit of visitors coming into town and "Attend Church Somewhere Sunday” signs for travelers leaving town.
Drummer Paul Doyle VanZandt was elected president of the Vandalia Youth Band, succeeding Tom Schultz, clarinetist, who graduated the previous year. Gertrude Metzger was elected vice president and Audrey Fink, secretary; councilmen were Audrey Fink, James Holboldt and Betty Brooks.
Effingham defeated the Vandalia Merchants, 6-1. Staff struck out 22 batters for the locals to win 3-2 over St. Elmo Thursday afternoon.
Gilbert Meseke, head of the locals Future Farmers of America, represented Vandalia at the Nashville meeting.


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