The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1990 – Harlan Newbold was named the new superintendent of the Brownstown School District, effective July 1. Newbold had served as Ramsey High School principal for four years.
Fifty years of band music in the Vandalia school system was to be celebrated at a special concert in the high school gymnasium. Carl Dollinger of Waukesha, Wis., who helped organize the band program in the Vandalia schools in 1940, was to direct the high school band as it played “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”
Dwayne Brown was named manager of Landreth Lumber.
The VJHS scholar bowl team won its first regional tournament.
Special events license plates advertising the Grande Levée featured a drawing of Abraham Lincoln and his stovepipe hat. The Fayette County Homemakers Extension Association was selling the plates for $25 per set.

30 Years Ago

1985 – Kathy Yancey, a USA Today “Cover Story” editor, was in Vandalia to do a story on Vandalia’s Photo Day.
A Taylorville couple, Tom and June Harmon, purchased Bob’s IGA from Bob and Nelda Cearlock.
The Vandalia Community High School Board of Education approved 12 resignations, mostly from teachers wanting relieved of extracurricular assignments.
The Brownstown Village Hall opened, with the offices of village clerk and treasurer located in it.
Jim Miller accepted the position of farm loan representative at Farmers and Merchants Bank.
Two local women, Darlene Williams and Barb Sefton, purchased The Closet from Jim and Jackie Koonce of Greenville.
Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held during the grand opening of Jr. Food Mart at the corner of Third and Gallatin streets in Vandalia.

40 Years Ago

1975 – Illinois House Bill 654, introduced by Don Brummet of Vandalia had passed the house without a dissenting vote. It was not in the Senate. It was a guarantee employees would have to wait only 10 days in the future before drawing benefits.
Vandalia Boy Scouts and Vandalia Jaycees spend Sunday afternoon cleaning up Jaycees Park at Vandalia Lake.
Holdover councilmen were Bob Thoman, Joe Hulskotter, Charles Deverick and Edwin Themig. Elected Tuesday were Larry Cable, Dean Cearlock, Wilbur Prather and Ronald Tompkins.
An auction Tuesday morning at the county highway garage in Vandalia brought Fayette County $73,000 for surplus equipment.

50 Years Ago

1965 – John Daniels was re-elected president of the Vandalia Unit school board; Golda Shulman was re-elected secretary.
Vandalia Lions Club was to sponsor the annual Easter egg hunt on April 18.
Vandalia was to decided on city officers at the Tuesday, April 20, election. On the Progressive ticket were Cliff Rasler, Irene Moore, “Cotton” Mabry, Herman Miller, Dale Binghan, Everett Clark and Harold Moyer. On the United ticket were Forrest Barbee, Marie Bennett, Duane Luallen, Charles Schilling, Don Kimberlin, John E. Thompson and Melvin Long. On the Vandalia First Ticket were Jack Martin, Pauline Simcox, Edgar Jones, William Kirvin, William Wright, Dick Bresee and Paul Gruenbaum.

60 Years Ago

1990 –Dr. E.A. Kuehn was elected president of the Vandalia Community School Unit board. Elected as members were Luis Opfer, John Daniels and Golda Shulman.
Children found 500 prize eggs and more than 1,000 colored eggs at the annual Lions Club Easter egg hunt on Sunday.
Carl and Don Casey began operating the new Texaco Service Station on Gallatin Street.
More than 200 were expected to attend Lions Club district meeting, which was to have been held in Vandalia on Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Thoman were killed in an auto mishap Sunday evening.
Mrs. Robert Snyder was elected president of Area Council of Parent-Teacher Association.


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