The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1990 – A minor earthquake measuring between 3.4 and 4.0 on the Richter Scale woke many Fayette County residents from their sleep.
VI Enterprises closed its hat manufacturing plant in Vandalia.
About 450 teens attended Teen Aid V at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.

30 Years Ago

1985 – About 70 people turned out to “Meet the Candidates” who were running for city offices in Vandalia.
Vandalia Inn asked the Vandalia City Council that dancing be allowed in privately owned establishments that sell alcohol.
A St. Louis physician’s group was to begin proving full-time emergency room coverage at Fayette County Hospital in April.
The board of directors entered into a two-year contract with National Emergency Services.
Vandalia won its ninth straight regional title by beating Altamont, 88-70. Tom Dooley scored 28 points, Mike Ehrat added 20 and John Bernhardt finished with 16 for the Vandals.
ESDA Director Eldon Dugan said two new sirens had been ordered for the city. One was to replace the one that burned out during severe weather the previous year. The sirens were to be placed near Brockway Plastic Co. and Jefferson School. The siren on Fillmore Street was to be moved to the roof of city hall.
Julius “Sonny” Banal was hired to fill a vacancy on the Vandalia Police Department.
In the Vandalia Sectional, the Vandals defeated Trenton Wesclin, 67-65, in two overtimes. Tom Dooley, who scored 30 points, made two free throws with 0:00 showing in the second overtime to win the game. Vandalia had trailed by six points with one minute left in regulation.

40 Years Ago

1975 – A new Citizens Band radio tower was installed at Vandalia City Hall this week, to be used in conjunction with the regular police radios. The CB unit was also to have been hooked in with Civil Defense and was to be used mainly in emergencies.
Claims against Fayette County for livestock killed by dogs during the past year totaled $2,255.
Research work on the Vandalia Statehouse was completed and construction on the building was to have begun around July 1. An amount of $150,800 had been appropriated for reconstruction and rebuilding. It was hoped that the work would be completed before the 1976 Bicentennial.
Sunshine had been a welcome change during most of the past week, although some snow flurries were recorded over the weekend.
A mini-van helped senior citizens of Fayette County retain their independence. It made regular runs weekly over the county, taking senior citizens to the doctor, to the grocery stores, etc.
Vandalia Implement held its grand opening Friday and Saturday, March 7-8. They had a western band, refreshments, free prizes, free movies and super discounts.

50 Years Ago

1965 – A group of 26 Vandalia stores agreed Tuesday to stay open Friday nights until 9 p.m. and close at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
More than 5½ inches of snow fell this week.
Pruitt’s basket gave Vandals a 56-54 win over St. Paul Vikings in first-round games at the regional tournament here Tuesday night.
Vandalia Jaycees named Darrell Potter an Outstanding Farmer.
With Jan Johnston president of Vandalia Newcomers Club and Mary Cochrane as chairman, the Charity Ball was scheduled for May.
Twenty-two partners of 8&40 enjoyed the hospitality of Jean Stanberry Tuesday night.
Barbara Atchley succeeded Mary Evans as president of the Vandalia Band Parents Association.
St. Elmo High School Band had received new uniforms. Charles Davis, drum major, had a uniform especially made to coordinate with the uniforms of the members.
Bill Robinson, Brownstown, was chosen Sectional Farmer of the year at Carlyle, Feb. 17.

60 Years Ago

1955 – Gale Alcorn, who was being assisted by Vandalia Shriners to walk again, was honored at a birthday party in the Masonic Temple on Tuesday night.
Lowell Brazel, Lynn Hites and Larry Peyton graduated from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts Friday night.
Vandals were cold at the hoop, losing 67-44 to the Hiltoppers.
FFA Vandalia held the annual corporation contest Feb. 28. Freshmen winner was David Schmid, second-place winner was Gary Crawford and third-place winner, Mike Mason. Upper class winners were first place, Louis Greenwood; second place, Joe Prosise; and third place, Errol Grishman.

70 Years Ago

1945 –The War Department on Feb. 22, in a release as to civilians liberated recently by the Yanks to Santo Tomas, Japanese prison camp, Manilla, included the name of Mrs. Ruby Lockart, sister-in-law of Mrs. Julius Lape.
Judge J.T. Bullington declared the Fillmore Community High School to be a valid school district.
Vandalia won 62-35 over Altamont. Ramsey won, 48-24, over Coffeen in the regional tournament here Tuesday night.
Vandalia edged out Centralia, 53-51, here Saturday night.
Collinsville beat Vandalia, 59-46, Friday night.
The Marathon Co. sponsored a contest with a prize of “gasoline without cost the rest of your life.”
Dr. E.W. Farthing, Ramsey, sold his drug store to Gerald Humphrey, who took possession on March 1.


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