The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1990 – The Vandalia City Council voted to designate four parking spaces downtown for special uses – two for 15-minute parking in front of First Bank and First National Bank and two for disabled/handicapped parking.
Ramsey Lions Club members were planning their annual community sale.
The Rev. Edward Lucas of First Pentecostal Church was honored by his congregation for 25 years as a minister.

30 Years Ago

1985 –  Only about 2,800 people turned out for Charlie Daniels Band concerts in Vandalia. There were 800 for Friday’s performance and 2,000 on Saturday.
Tom Dooley was named to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-State Team and was chosen to play in the IBCA All-Star Game in Peoria in June.
DAR Good Citizen Award winners honored were Anita Masset of Ramsey, Paula Mattix of St. Elmo, Mike Ehrat of Vandalia, Lisa Fisher of Brownstown and Mary Blomberg of LaGrove.
Rich Walker received 1,021 votes to become mayor of Vandalia. He beat the incumbent, Neil Donnals (764), and Orville “Sug” Schukar (536). Norma Cearlock unseated Rose Ann Mull as city clerk. Jerry Swarm, Von Duggins, Darryl Tjaden, Gary Blurton, Norman Lankow and Ed Themig won the aldermanic races.
Clifford Motley beat out three other candidates for village president of Brownstown. Ardin Brandt beat Kevin Borchelt in the race for St. Peter village president.
Liquor referendums failed in St. Elmo and Farina.
Brownstown residents approved the formation of the Greater Brownstown Park District by 10 votes.
Democrat Melvin Bone defeated Gene Daniels by 24 votes for Vandalia Township supervisor, but Republican Gerald Woolsey beat Joan Shafer in the clerk’s race. Democrat Helen Culbertson was elected assessor, and Democrat Lloyd Donaldson beat two other candidates in the race for highway commissioner.

40 Years Ago

1975 –  In his visit to Vandalia, Illinois Gov. Dan Walker appealed for support in his acceleration of the fund for the structural changes at the old state capitol.
All Fayette County communities were represented at the South Central Illinois Regional Planning and Development commission meeting held in Vandalia Monday night. Speaker for the event was Congressman Paul Simon.
Rich Rames headed Vandalia Community High School’s tennis team.
Joe Jones of Mt. Prospect, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Jones, received his master’s degree in chemistry from Illinois State University. The De Soto Inc. of Des Plaines employed Joe.
Patsy Schwarm of Loogootee, a teacher in the Highland schools, was name Outstanding Young Teacher.
The banks were encouraging people to borrow money – the people were told that bank’s money was a great buy. They wanted to help people change things for the better. For sound financing, people could use a land bank loan for any long term needed.

50 Years Ago

1965 –  One of the 12 team captains for an attendance contest at First Methodist Church, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Cearlock, had most points.
John Palecek was elected as vice chairman of the Kickapoo District, Boy Scouts of America.
Venice Village Pizza House No. 3, at the corner of South Fifth and Johnson, provided carry-out service.
The Vandalia Fire Department planned an open house at the new fire station on Sunday.
Moritz Inc. of Effingham was awarded the contract for two bridges over Hurricane Creek.

60 Years Ago

1955 – Saturday morning, a big snow fell and the thermometer dropped to 6 above.
Vandalia Grade School band soloists walked off with 13 superiors, 15 firsts and three seconds at the annual music contest held in Altamont on Friday and Saturday. The band was rated first superior. Lloyd Higgerson was director.
Hurricane farmers claimed that 27 sheep had been killed by dogs and asked for $480 from the county in settlement for same.
A new, 25-foot neon sign on the First National Bank gave the time and the temperature.
Among those awarded caps at Springfield Nursing School were Phyllis Engeljohn and Joyce Nowlin.
Cameo Club planned to send Nancy Nutter, an eighth-grader, and Jeanna Rose Porter, a sophomore, to Egyptian Music Camp, and to summer art camp at Monticello, Linda Mabry and Shelly Yarbrough.

70 Years Ago

1945 – The Lions and Rotary clubs were to have sponsored an athletic banquet on April 10 honoring the VCHS basketball team in the Methodist Church basement.
Wounded in action – Pfc. C.E. Elam, Mulberry Grove, and Cpl. Robert Stevenson, Vandalia.
The last seven words of Christ of the Cross were used as the themes of talks made by the Rev. J. H. Reeter, the Rev. H.A. Van Horn, the Rev. Cecil Smith and the Rev. J. Paul Carleton for the Good Friday service.
Union School led in school bond sales by more than meeting their quota of $3,375. The student council headed the VCHS drive.
The local Lions Club and ladies were invited to attend the Ramsey Club’s anniversary on April 17.


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