25 Years Ago
1989 – The Vandalia Halloween Parade, sponsored by the Vandalia Lions Club, was a huge success.
A Cumberland Road Festival in the spring and an Old Capital Settlers’ Association Festival in the fall were to replace Fifth Saturday celebrations in Vandalia.
Brownstown’s volleyball team repeated as regional champions with a 15-11, 15-3 win over Vandalia in the tournament finals. The Bombers lost to Newton in first-round sectional action.
Vandalia’s football team recorded a lopsided 50-3 win over Breese Central in the final game of the season.
Eddie Lowry of Vandalia was a Greenville College homecoming king candidate.
30 Years Ago
1984 – U.S. Congressman Paul Simon was in Vandalia on Wednesday for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Conrail-Vandalia Railroad interchange, near the old deport.
The Brownstown High School volleyball team was the winner in the St. Elmo Regional last Thursday. The Bombers beat Altamont in the championship match. Shelly Frailey was captain of the Bombers squad. Other members of the team were Lori Fisher, Mia Garrett, Susan Cole, Missy Ireland, Cindy Morrison, Heidi Pryor, Julie Biggs, Lisa Fisher, Tammy Hagy and Jenny Biggs. Manager was Harlan Beckel and coach was Sue Barrow.
Several members of the band flag corps, cheerleading squad and football team, along with their parents, were honored prior to Friday night’s football game. Those honored were Kim Alstat, Molly Barenfanger and John Anderson.
With the election coming Tuesday, the Nov. 1 issue of The Leader-Union offered a list of candidates and positions to be filled for voters a last minute look. Sample ballots were also included in this issue.
The annual Lions Club Halloween Parade was held last Thursday. Bob Cearlock, a past president of the club, served as parade marshal.
40 Years Ago
1974 – Oct. 31 marked the beginning of The Leader-Union’s third year in offset printing.
Those who received Abe Awards at Vandalia Chamber of Commerce banquet Tuesday night were James Horn, Marie Bristow Harry Truitt, Harold Hartwick, Jo Smith, Wanda McNary, Neil Clark, Coral Brooks, Glenn Bunyard, Elvin Washburn, G.V. Blythe, Arthur Young, Herman, Tanner, R.O. Hasler, Charles Mills, Dale Freeman, Phil Craycroft, Zennie Dial and K.V. Haslett.
United Cities Gas Co. opened its new office at 224 S. Sixth Street in Vandalia on Monday, Nov. 3.
Mike England and Karen Martin were crowned king and queen of the Ramsey Carnival.
50 Years Ago
1964 – Cash awards of $1,120 were to have been awarded to some 244 boys and girls, winners of the county fair prizes. Hundreds of 4-H members throughout the county entered exhibits at the fair.
The Junior America Legion Auxiliary held a conference in Vandalia. Becky Elmore presided.
The Rev. George Leathers began his pastorate at mulberry Grove Baptist Church on Nov. 1.
Rolland Summann left this week for a year’s duty at the South Pole.
60 Years Ago
1954 – Talmadge De Frees, vice president of the Illinois Agriculture Association, was the principal speaker at the annual meeting of the Fayette County Farm Bureau on Tuesday, Sept. 24.
Scouter Harry Truitt congratulated a father and son, Jim and Bob Chandler, upon receiving Eagle Scout badges at the same time. Others to receive badges were Eagle Scouts Bob Clark, Leslie Mahon and Tom Schulte. Gale Roush and Wayne Deal were presented bronze badges in addition to the 21 required for the Eagle award.
70 Years Ago
1944 – Mrs. Floyd Rush of Brownstown won the new gas range given by Southeastern Illinois Gas Co. during the Cameo Club Cooking School in Vandalia.
Nada Jo Binnion was elected queen of the Vandalia Community High School homecoming by popular vote Saturday night.
Farm Bureau was to consider buying new quarters.