The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1990 – The Vandalia City Council approved a 2-percent hotel/motel tax to help fund local tourism efforts.
School administration rehired by the Vandalia School District were: Larry Bennett, superintendent; Jeff Endres, business manager/treasurer; Bob McAllister, Bill LaDage, Gale Meseke, Don Holtcamp and Rod Deem, building principals; and Darrell Fesser, Okaw Area Vocational Center director.
Vandalia upset top-seeded South Central, 72-62, in the semifinals of the St. Elmo Regional Tournament behind Jimmy Joe Pruett’s 23 points.
Mindy Adams was crowned homecoming queen at Patoka. 30 Years Ago

1985 –  John Anderson won the 185-pound weight class at the Vandalia Sectional Wrestling Tournament and advanced to the state finals.
Brad Snow, a fifth-grader, won the district spelling bee at Mulberry Grove Grade School.
Four of 28 quality assurance standards at Fayette County Hospital were being violated several times, according to Administrator Darrell Pile.
Ice and snow made driving hazardous and closed schools in Fayette County.
The Vandalia Community High School pep band was chosen to play for the Boys’ Class A State Basketball Tournament at Assembly Hall in Champaign.
40 Years Ago

1975 –  Jerry Beabout was named to Vandalia School Board to fill vacancy caused by the resignation of Gail Barenfanger.
Three places of business had recently changed ownership: Gordon Luster sold his interest in the Monument Works to the Cocagne Brothers; West End Greenhouse, owned by Nadine Martin and Frances Simmons, was sold to Scott and Donna Luallen; and JoAnn Rothe sold Rothe Implement to Dean Johnson.
The goal for the heart fund drive in Fayette County this year was $3,400. Dan Michel, sheriff of Fayette County, was serving his second year as chairman of the drive.
50 Years Ago

1965 –  The city of Vandalia official pay scale was increased. The mayor’s salary was increased from $1,200 to $1,800. City clerk’s salary of $4,220 remained the same.
Construction on the new maximum-security building at Illinois State Farm was initiated recently. Clayton King was warden and Cecil C. Clausen, assistant warden.
For having served as president for two years and in many capacities for several years, Thureal Harre was presented with a lifetime PTA membership in Brownstown on Monday night.
Vandalia Lake project bids were opened Tuesday night. Low bid of 29 was $594,510.
29 bids were received.
Adele Stewart, who underwent open-heart surgery at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis on Jan. 17 and returned home Feb. 15.
Ramsey won, 63-50, over Beecher City Tuesday night. Brownstown beat St. Elmo, 54-44, Tuesday night, with George Feezel pumping in 24 points. Brownstown’s lightweight grade school team beat Vandalia, 61-21, in the finals of the Beecher City tournament on Monday night. Coach Delbert Maroon used eight players in the winning effort.
Warren B. Terry, a native of Vandalia, who was president of the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Fort Worth, Ind., recently, purchased the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Works of Lexington, Ky., at a public auction for a stated $3½ million. In November, Terry had purchased Coca-Cola plants located at Danville, Mt. Sterling, Richmond and Somerset, Ky. He was vice president and member of the board of directors of the San Jose, Calif., Coca-Cola Bottling Co., which at about this time purchased the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Santa Cruz, Calif. He also served as manager of the Quaker State Coca-Cola Bottling Co. in Pittsburg.

60 Years Ago

1955 – John Senik, former factory head here, died in Hamatite, Mo.
Vandalia churches cooperated in a World Day of Prayer” on Feb. 25.
Wallace Ward Lash of Loogootee was fatally injured when the car hit a culvert Tuesday.
Junior Vandals won over Nokomis, 31-28, and 38-33 over Assumption in the first two games of I.E.S.A. tournament at Stonington.
Harry Craycroft, Charles Evans, Frank Denny and Dr. C.D. Washburn were four charter members of Vandalia Rotary Club who had held continuous membership for 25 years of the club’s organization in Vandalia. Harold Newton was president of the club in 1955.
Nada Jo Binnion won the essay contest sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. Nancy Myers was second-place winner.

70 Years Ago
1945 – The Vandals saddled the Kincaid Ponies with a 44-41 loss; they won over Litchfield, 45-13.
Cecil Metzger accepted a position as chemist for Lebon Co., makers of Mulehide in Wilmington.
Paul Schmette was sealed dead by the War Department. Killed in action – L.H. Foley, Vandalia.


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