The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1989 – An estimated $39,000 was raised through the Family Y fundraiser “Putting On The Ritz” Saturday evening.
Brownstown won the Egyptian-Illini Conference volleyball tournament held in Ramsey last week.
Josephine Flood and Evelyn Faggetti were voting delegates from Vandalia who attended the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Conference held in Springfield.

30 Years Ago

1984 –  Vandalia Jaycees sponosored a Haunted House at the old Hasler Oil Co. building, located on the corner of South Fifth Street and St. Louis Avenue. Admission was $1. Chairmen of the club project were Gregg Hubler, Mark Etcheson and Denny Straub.
The third part in a three-part series about those running for election featured two running for state’s attorney. Those running were Don Sheafor and George Hubler.
Brownstown won the Egyptian-Illini Conference Volleyball tournament, beating Sandoval in the best-of-five series. Those chosen for the all-tournament team were: Tiffany Potter, St. Elmo; Shelly Frailey, Brownstown; Lisa Beach, Sandoval; Rhonda Sherhart, Sandoval; and Kara Easton, Patoka.
Vandalia Mayor Neil Donnals and Vandalia Correctional Center were honored for their outstanding service to the community by the Chamber of Commerce. They were given the Abe Awards. Bob Hardy of KMOX Radio in St. Louis was guest speaker for the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet.
John Ratcliff visited Jefferson School in Vandalia last week to show students how they could be made up to be both scary and safe at the same time.

40 Years Ago

1974 –  There was to have been a new look and new personnel in the Vandalia Police Department.
The 10-room house, corner of Fifth and Johnson, was being readied for the Spook House by members of the Jaycees and XI Alpha Omicron Sorority.
Vandalia Jaycees sponsored a chapter in St. Elmo. Steve Strullmeyer, president of the newly organized chapter, accepted the charter from Regional National Director C.E. “Duffy” Lowrance on Tuesday evening.
The five Vandalia High School band students selected to play in Illinois Music Educators Association District V Festival were Sharon Mahon, Debbie Kern, Debbie Goodin, Diana Thompson and Lloyd Lewis.
St. James Lutheran Church sponsored an Allie Doyle Day on Sunday, Oct. 20. Mrs. Doyle had been a lifetime member and ardent worker in the church, having taught in the Sunday school for many years.
Robert (Bob) Austin ran an ad advising voters about absentee voting in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 4.
George Walker completed work, which earned him a master’s degree from Boston University, European Division in Berlin, Germany. He was a master sergeant at the time.

50 Years Ago

1964 –  In Fayette County, there were 13,417 registered voters. Seven precincts were under the number registered two years before.
Vandalia High School homecoming parade was scheduled for Friday afternoon. The Vandal was to have highlighted the parade and also the band performance at the football game on Friday night, when they met the Greenville Comets on the home field.
Weather varied 54 degrees in three days; the temperature dropped from 84 on Saturday to 26 on Tuesday.
The state had given notice of $100,000 OK on Vandalia Lake funds.
Dr. J. A. Stocker, a Springfield speaker for Rotary Club, stated that air pollution causes emphysema.
Prairie Baptist Church observed its centennial anniversary Sunday.
The new Mulberry Grove Methodist parsonage was completed. The Rev. and Mrs. Alva Stoneburner resided in it. He had pastured the Mulberry Grove Church, Pleasant Mound and Hagarstown churches for his fourth year.
The Rev. Ron Chapel was sent to pastor Luster Chapel, Haley Chapel and Emmanuel Methodist.
Henry Klasing celebrated his 90th birthday anniversary at a family dinner on Sunday.

60 Years Ago

1954 – Delbert Sasse was crowned king of the Corn Day celebration.
VCHS queen candidates for homecoming were Carolyn Horsley, Shelby Yarbrough, Linda Mabry, Joann Gerkin, Nada Jo Binnion, Sandra Hoffman, Georgia Gaylor and Dorothy Doran.

70 Years Ago

1944 –  Beginning Oct. 2 and up until 4 p.m. on Monday, 2,000 packages of Christmas mail had been sent overseas through the Vandalia office.
Sharon McWilliams celebrated her eighth birthday anniversary by entertaining 13 friends on Oct. 13 at a Halloween party in her home.


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