The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1990 –  Jim Staff was inducted into the Greenville College Hall of Fame.
Dr. Brian Dossett announced he would be opening a family practice in Vandalia in August. His wife, Laura, is a registered nurse.
Brownstown High School students were getting ready to present “The Wizard of Oz.”

30 Years Ago

1985 – The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce president, Leo Eisert, announced the Chamber’s plans for the largest family portrait in the area’s history at a breakfast meeting. The photo was to be part of a concentrated effort to bring new industry to the area.
The Fayette County Hospital Board of Directors gave Administrator Darrell Pile authority to start looking for a professional physician recruitment firm.
The Vandalia City Council heard that funding for the city’s waterworks and sewage construction project would not come until October at the earliest.
The Vandalia Community High School pep band, under the baton of Dew Schneider, performed during the Class A State Basketball Tournament at Champaign.
The Vandalia Community High School girls basketball team, coached by Bill Donaldson and Teresa Tomlinson, beat Shelbyville, 43-30, in the finals of the Pana Regional. It was the first regional title ever for the girls basketball team. Meg McKellar led Vandalia with 12 points. The girls then lost, 49-34, to Flora in the Newton Sectional.
The Vandalia Board of Education unanimously approved contracts for a number of teachers and OK’d extracurricular assignments. Four teachers were dismissed because of the district’s uncertainty in funding audits needs for the elementary level for the 1985-86 school year.
The St. Elmo City Council drew up a sample ordinance related to the sale of alcoholic beverages in the city.
Tom Dooley was named The Leader-Union “Player of the Year” and John Denton was named “Coach of the Year.” Others on the first team were Bill Hoffman and Dennis Estes of Ramsey, Carl Highes of Mulberry Grove and Mike Ehrat of Vandalia.

40 Years Ago

1975 –  Seven new members were inducted into Vandalia Rotary Club Tuesday: Robert Watson, Joseph Roebuck, Jerry McDowell, Delbert Miller, Gary Jenkins, Larry Cantrell and Darrel Spaulding.
In observance of National Arts Week, Vandalia schools had a display at Evans Public Library.
Drizzle and rain continued to make weather in this area typical of late winter.
Vandalia Woman’s Club sponsored a “Wearing of the Green” card party Monday afternoon at Evans Youth Center.

50 Years Ago

1965 –  B&T Construction was awarded the Vandalia Lake building project.
Vernon Berger was elected president of Vandalia Rotary Club.
Monday night, attorney Will Albert was presented his 50-year Masonic pin by Worshipful Master Paul Evans.
A Wednesday morning storm struck Altamont, doing considerable damage.
Public Housing required a building code. The city’s application was not accepted.
The documentary film on Vandalia produced by National Broadcasting Company was presented over Springfield, Champaign and Danville UHF TV stations.
Fayette’s quota for the Cancer Fund was set at $3,500.
Marilyn Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Voris Smith, won first with her contest essay, “Why My Dad Is The Best Dad.”
A grand opening of a Montgomery Ward catalog store was held Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The Max Mabry building was completely occupied now – Doug’s Shoes, Gochenour Insurance Agency and M&M Real Estate.

60 Years Ago

1955 –  Shriners in this area met at Hotel Evans on Monday to organize the Old National Trail Shrine Club.
The XI Alpha Omicron Chapter planned to make a porch-light drive to aid Red Cross.
Mrs. C.J. Loving, St. Elmo, was appointed chairman of the American Cancer Society’s 1955 educational and fundraising drive. The month-long campaign was to begin April 1.
Twenty counties planned to hold a two-day session here in the Fayette County Farm Bureau building.
The Methodist Youth Choir, under the direction of Mrs. Frank Worrell, presented several selections at the Sunday school hour, with Emily Van Zandt at the organ.
The St. Elmo freshman class enjoyed a skating party Monday at the local roller-skating rink.
During the week of March 19, 1,135 posts observed the American Legion’s 36th anniversary.

70 Years Ago

1945 – Killed in action – R.L. Childress of Beecher City and Verion Horton of Hargarstown.
Fifty Fayette County farmers were called by the draft board for physicals.
G. Kenneth Greer, county superintendent of schools, announced that for the first time in the history of the county, there would be 11 rural field days, the winners begin eligible to enter the county City Rural contest.
E.P. Clayton’s car stalled and a fast train wrecked it at the Seventh Street crossing. The occupants escaped by a few seconds.


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