The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1990 –  Dale ‘Pete’ Burnam was elected governor of Lions District I-L at the district convention held in Effingham. Burnam had 23 years of perfect attendance in the Vandalia club.
A 60-inch story in the Chicago Tribune featured Frogtown correspondent Mary Peyton Meyer, who had been covering that area since 1921.
About 600 attended Woolsey Bros. Farm Supply’s appreciation dinner.
Beth Herrington was selected as one of two first-place winners in the Soroptimist International of the Americas Youth Citizenship Award Program after placing first in local and regional competition.
A Vandalia Honor Chorus sextet received a perfect score at the state contest in Effingham. Members of the sextet were Courtney Oldfield, Lindsay Langston, Carla Moyer, Yvonne Clanton, Lindsay Braun and Heather Osborne. Sixteen students in a second group missed a perfect score by one point.
Brownstown’s eighth grade volleyball team was undefeated and headed for the Class 8A State Tournament. The fighters of Harlan Beckel lost in the first round of the state tournament to Divernon.

30 Years Ago

1985 – Work on Central High Apartments was about completed.
Vandalia was defeated by Madison 73-50 in the finals of the Vandalia Sectional Tournament. John Denton was coach of the Vandals, who finished the season with a 21-8 record.
The Vandalia Scholar Bowl Team won the St. Elmo Invitational. Amie Leander answered 34 correct questions to lead all players. She and Phillip Mattix of St. Elmo were named to first-team, all-tournament, while Brad Reznick of Vandalia was selected to the second team.
Vandalia FFA member Nathan Opfer was awarded the State Farmer degree.
Witte Hardware added 30 employees, upping the number of employees to 63.

40 Years Ago

1975 – Nickel candy bars were already gone – 10-cent phone calls were soon to go – Illinois Bell had requested a 20-cent pay for phone calls.
The 56th birthday of American Legion was to have been celebrated at the American Legion Home in Vandalia at Crawford-Hale Post No. 95 and Auxiliary Saturday night.

50 Years Ago

1965 – A new church, at a new location, was approved by Vandalia First Presbyterian church at a congregational meeting Sunday night.
Vandalia Independent Merchants elected Charles McDonald as president.
Total Valuation in Fayette County dropped $2 million. The drop was attributed to depletion of oil.
School Board approved construction of permanent bleachers to seat 1,372 people on Tuesday night.
Fern Porter, after 33 years as a elementary teacher, planned to retire at the close of the school year.

60 Years Ago

1955 – Mrs. Walter Ohley was named secretary of Red Cross Drive. Harry Nesbit was president to the county drive, which was to have started Monday.
Brownstown Bombers won the Regional tournament and advanced on to Decatur.
Junior Vandals took third in the tournament at Greenville. They won 35-28 over Carlyle and lost 29-24 to Nashville. Garland was Junior Vandals’ high score man in all-tournament games.

70 Years Ago

1945 – T-5 M.R. Harrison of Bingham was a German prisoner of war. Lt. Lewis Sawyer died in France; Pvt. Robert S. Vance was killed in Germany.
Dale Tedrick was appointed to fill vacancy created by resignation of Cecil Metzger on school board.
The National War Fund drive netted $15,604.34.
Sixteen teams opened the 38th State Tourney Thursday morning in Huff gymnasium, Champaign.
A clinic for crippled children was to have been held in Vandalia, March 20. The Woman’s Club was to have provided clerical assistance. The Junior Woman’s Club was to provide entertainment for the children waiting their turn for examination. Rotary was to have provided lunch.
Max Cox was reported missing in action in Japan.
Charles Low, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Low, N. Fifth St., was commissioned Second Lieutenant March 11.
A daughter, Carolyn Sue, was born to Virgil L. and Eloise Garrett Crane March 18 at Mark Greer Hospital.


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