The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1990 – Fire gutted Claudia’s clothing store in downtown Vandalia on Monday, Jan. 15.
Kendra Sanders, the 1989 Miss Fayette County Fair, was vying for Miss Illinois County Fair Queen title at the state competition in Springfield.
Dr. Larry Oder was president of the Fayette County Hospital medical staff.
The Rev. Steve Diehl was the new minister at First Baptist Church, Vandalia.

30 Years Ago

1985 – Incumbent Neil Donnals, Orville “Sug” Schukar and Rich Walker filed candidacy petitions to run for mayor of the city of Vandalia on the first day of filing. Arlene Clymer was opposing incumbent Treasurer Charles Davis and Norma Cearlock and incumbent Rose Ann Mull both filed for city clerk.
St. Elmo and Farina residents turned in petitions calling for liquor referendums in the April elections.
A group of Brownstown residents met to consider the possibility of building another civic center, to replace the one extensively damaged in a Nov. 9 tornado.
Vandalia Holiday Tournament profits were about $5,000 higher than last year.
John Leckrone was appointed to the Vandalia Board of Education, replacing JoAnn Heppermann, whose family was moving from the area.
Rod Hunt set a new school assist record with 14 in Ramsey’s 91-53 win over St. Elmo.

40 Years Ago

1975 –First National Bank of Vandalia announced the appointment of Dr. D.H. Rames to its board of directors; Phil Craycroft as the board vice president; and Leslie Vaughn as data processing manager at the Jan. 8 meeting.
Darryl Tjaden was unanimously elected president of Vandalia Jaycees.
Marion Emerick resigned his post on the Fayette County Hospital Board of Directors.
Arline McElheney accepted a position in management with World Headquarters of Caterpillar Tractor Co. in Peoria.
Farmers and Merchants Bank was accepting sealed bids on sale of 40 shares of bank stock until Feb. 1.
An editorial in this week’s edition was captioned: “Oil Costs Bankrupting Britain.” The message sounded a grim warning, which fell on deaf ears in America.
A decrease of traffic deaths in Illinois was down 408 in 1974.
The county board was lending an ear to the proverbial dog problem.

50 Years Ago

1965 –A pilot program in vocational guidance under the new federal vocational act of 1963 was approved by Vandalia Community Unit School Board at the January meeting Tuesday evening.
Ray Davis was elected president of the Vandalia Retail Merchants Association.
The new year saw these changes in business in Vandalia: Cochenour Insurance Agency located in the new Max Mabry building; Forrest and Daniel Taylor, new owners of John Green Hardware Store; and John Frakes, operator of new Dog and Suds.
J.S. & S. Shoe Co. hired 166 people, Wayne Augenstein was named superintendent.
Industrial arts classes were integrated into a four-year program at St. Elmo Community High School.
Melrose Chapter No. 243 organized Order of Rainbow for Girls; O.E.S. Maye Towler was Mother Advisor.
Montgomery Ward advertised for manager of the new catalog store they planned to soon open in Vandalia.

60 Years Ago

1955 – Tom Waring, brother of Fred Waring, was soloist with the 39-voice chorus from the University of Tulsa, which appeared at Vandalia First Methodist Church, Jan. 22, under the auspices of Vandalia Ministerial Alliance.
Art Cocagne was recently appointed Chief Field Engineer of the Whitaker Aircraft Valve Co. Ltd. Los Angeles, Calif.

70 Years Ago
1945 – Supervisors agreed to spend $3,000 on road repair. They also voted to buy tractor, bulldozer and other equipment.
Wounded in action: Marion Bingham and Robert Stevenson.
Missing in action Sgt. Vernon Carlock, Vandalia.
A cow kicked Theodore Aukamp in the knee infection set in and he died within a week’s time.
The grade School Band in their colorful new uniforms gave a concert Jan. 15.
A speedy Vandalia rally defeated Paris 33-31 in last two minutes of play.

80 Years Ago
1935 – Retail Merchants association voted to close at 9 p.m., an hour earlier than usual on Saturday nights, during January, February and March.
In 1934 there was 36 percent less rain and 300 percent more snow in 1933.
Cowden won the Brownstown tournament.
Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Eaterday left Tuesday for Springfield, where he met as a representative with the 59th session of the Legislature.
An 11 pound, 4 ounce son was born New Year’s Day to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hall. Just eight years previously on that same day, they became parents of an 11 ½ pound daughter.


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