The Way We Were

20 Years Ago

1994 – Officials with the city of Vandalia and Illinois Department of Corrections met for a preliminary design meeting for the new work camp at Vandalia Correctional Center.
Roy Pulver, the retired supervisor of assessments for Clinton County, was getting ready to end his term as interim supervisor of assessments for Fayette County.
He was appointed after long-time supervisor Lyle Ballance retired, and would step down when Cindi Lotz was sworn into office on Dec. 1.
Vandalia Community High School band students Doug Forbes and Sara Zimmer were picked as members of the Illinois Music Educators Association’s All-District Festival Band.
A representative of ISO Commercial Risk Services completed a two-day survey of Vandalia’s fire department and water supply system. It would be a few months until city officials would learn whether it had earned a lower ISO rating, which would help lower local insurance rates.
City officials asked HMG Engineers to perform a study of Vandalia’s water and sewer rates.
John Stout stepped down as the head football coach at VCHS.
After operating with a deficit budget for the past few years, officials of Evans Public Library told city officials they planned to ask local residents to increase the library tax from 15 cents per $100 of equalized assessed valuation to 30 cents per $100.
Working with Paul Willms and other Illinois Department of Natural Resources, students at Shobonier School developed a wildlife habitat plot.
Gary Carmen of Vandalia bagged a 17-point buck.
Wally Bertram and George Meseke announced that they were retiring from Ameritech, Bertram after 30 years of service and Meseke after 37.  
The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce held ribbon-cutting ceremonies for Vandalia Real Estate/Better Homes & Gardens, and Driftstone Pueblo and Chuckwagon restaurant.
Betty and Dennis Arnold of Brownstown were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

25 Years Ago

1989 – The work camp at Vandalia Correctional Center was operating again after being closed for two years.
The Fayette County Farm Bureau’s “Ag in the Classroom” program was awarded honorable mention at the annual meeting of the Illinois Farm Bureau.
The Reading is Fundamental (RIF) program received a Waldenbooks grant for outstanding service in motivating children to read.

30 Years Ago

1984  –  Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia Fire Department and ESDA participated in a disaster drill at Vandalia Junior High School. Several VJHS students were “injured” during the planned emergency.
Homecoming queen candidates at Brownstown High School were Theresa Haynes, Becky Ledbetter, Chris Boaz, Margaret Bolyard, Lisa Barnick, Cindy Morrison, Tammy Hagy and Lori Fisher.
Arthur Young Inc. was again conduting the “Toys for Tots” program to collect toys for Fayette County Caring & Sharing.
Tim and Tom Dooley played big roles in the VCHS basketball overtime win over Highland.

40 Years Ago

1974 – Vandalia firefighters penetrated dense smoke to extinguish a blaze at Van Tran Electric.
The first phase of the planned remodeling and construction project at Fayette County Hospital was to get under way. That project included the completion of the north wing on the third floor.
Bob Schwarm and Javonda Harner were crowned king and queen at the homecoming dance at Farina LaGrove High School.

The 314 workers at the Coffeen mine were on strike. Twelve of those were residents of the Vandalia area.

50 Years Ago

1964 – Christmas decorations were installed along Gallatin Street.
Leo Whitehead opened Leo’s Studio at 527 W. Gallatin St.
The VCHS wrestling team had 42 members this year.

60 Years Ago

1954 – Linwood Leever was presented with a wrist watch upon his retirement from Standard Oil Co.
Ann Dippold was homecoming queen at Farina LaGrove High School.
Vandalia Rotarians toured Old Capital Monument Works.
Mr. and Mrs. G.T. Anderson announced plans to open a fabric shop in Vandalia.

70 Years Ago

1944 – A banquet was held to honor Joseph Burtschi for his 50 years in business.
Approximately 40 percent of the $2,300 war fund quota had been collected.
The annual newsboy party was held by the Woman’s Club at Evans Public Youth Center, with 24 boys attending.

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