The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1990 – Lincoln’s life in Vandalia was remembered during a Lincoln’s Birthday program sponsored by the Vandalia Historical Society.
The Vandalia Optimist Club donated $2,584.06 to the VCHS Lettermen’s Club, the amount representing half of the proceeds made by the club when it hosted the University of Illinois basketball scrimmage.
Wendell Hoffman and Clarence Smith retired from the Fayette Service Co. board. The first recipient of the “Service to Agriculture” award was Dr. Charlie Durbin, a St. Peter Veterinarian.
Harry Lakin received his 75-year Masonic Lodge pin during a party commemorating his 100th birthday.
Erma Gibbons, longtime society editor of The Leader-Union, celebrated her 90th birthday. An open house was held in her honor, with more than 300 attending.

30 Years Ago

1985 – Mark Miller, Brian Runge, Troy Schukar, Jeff Storey, Dave Walker and John Anderson advanced to the sectional wrestling tournament after placing in the top three of their individual weight classes in the regional.
Ramsey’s Bill Hoffman surpassed the 1,000-point plateau in basketball.
Ramsey won its first Egyptian-Illini Conference basketball crown in eight years, as it defeated Mulberry Grove, 58-52.
John and Sally Burrus of Carson Township were named Conservation Family of the Year by the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District.

40 Years Ago

1975 – Featured as the Valentine picture this week were 5-year-old Beth Kidd, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Kidd, and 5-year-old Topper Doehring, son of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Doehring.
Nearly six years after a fire destroyed Hotel Evans, the debris still lay there; however, school children had painted a mural on the retaining fence.
Lions Club conducted a glaucoma screening test for 380 people Monday and found three cases. The van was to visit Vandalia every two years.
Rain, snow and a drop in temperature below zero made news the past week.
John Cearlock was capped during a ceremony on Sunday afternoon at St. Francis Convent, Springfield.
To stimulate the economy in the area, First National Bank of Vandalia was offering cash rebates to purchasers of automobiles.
Arthur Young Inc. offered a triple rebate through Feb. 28.

50 Years Ago

1965 – The Junior Chamber of Commerce planned for the seventh home show and beauty pageant to be held in June. Bob Metzger and Bob Satterthwaite were co-chairmen of the show, and Todd McKellar and Ginny Roberts of  the beauty pageant.
The new Carlyle Lake prompted Fayette County supervisors to plan a county zoning study.
Scout Week, Feb. 7-13, was observed in Vandalia.
First National Bank, Vandalia, observed its 100th birthday anniversary on Feb. 13, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The power plant installed near Coffeen was the biggest construction project in Southern Illinois.

25 Years Ago

1955 – First twins born in Fayette County Hospital were Robert Dale and Roberta Gail Bingham, children of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Bingham of Vandalia, born on Feb. 2.
The Roy Holman property at 314 S. Coles St. was badly damaged by fire about noon. Quick work by the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department brought the stubborn blaze under control in about an hour, working in freezing weather.
Founder’s Night was observed by the Vandalia PTA on Tuesday, including the Vandalia Mother Singers, under the baton of Mrs. Frank Worrell, and a panel discussion “How A Good School Board Does Its Work,” with Dr. Hans Olsen of EIU in Charleston as moderator.
Four Vandalia cagers – Dick Lester, Tom Philpot, Ray Radliff and Larry Bannister – turned in their suits after the Salem game Friday night. Coach Harold Gaffney started a new lineup against Pana on Tuesday, losing by a score of 42-58. They lost over the weekend: Salem 95, Vandalia 45 and Litchfield 93, Vandalia 64.

70 Years Ago

1945 – Fayette County’s quota was $18,000 to cover local and national Red Cross activities this year.
Killed in action was Orville S. Grigg, Shafter Township.
Wounded in action were Pfc. Alvin Wodtke, St. Peter; Pvt. Clarence Warner, Vandalia; and Donald Anderson, LaClede.
School districts entered upon a new project of compiling World War II history.
Eighteen percent of Fayette County High School tuberculin tests proved positive, according to Marjorie Scaife, county nurse.


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