25 Years Ago
1990 –Walter and Viola Meseke celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Nineteen VCHS students were inducted into the National Honor Society.
Morrison Excavating placed first in the women’s volleyball league tournament and also won the regular season competition.
30 Years Ago
1985 –About 7,000 people gathered on Gallatin Street in Vandalia to pose for a community photo that the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce’s Industrial Commission was going to use on the cover of a brochure to be sent to industries all over the country. The event drew state, national and international news coverage. Mike Baker of Vandalia won the grand attendance prize, a seven-day all-expense paid Caribbean cruise.
Hospital Buildings and Equipment of St. Louis, Mo., presented a proposal to Fayette County Hospital Board of Directors that included renovation work and the construction of a one-story addition at the hospital. The proposed work would cost between $2.5 and $3 million.
Warner-Amex Cable TX spent about $800,00 to rebuild the cable system for St. Elmo and Altamont residents, increasing the number of channels from 11 to 27.
William Holman was elected president of the newly formed Greater Brownstown Park District at the organizational meeting of the District Board of Commissioners. Other members of the board were Dave Sefton, vice president; Earl Pemberton, secretary/treasurer; Glenn Gurtner; and Rob Moler.
40 Years Ago
1975 – Mike Marberry, a native of Flora, joined The Leader-Union staff this week.
The 10th annual Fayette County Music Festival was to have been held April 29 in the VCHS gymnasium.
According to Fayette County Civil Defense, there were 23 shelters still stocked with food and medical supplies in the county.
The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department recently installed a new radio unit at the county jail, at a cost of $3,500.
VanTran was suing the union, seeking $28,000 damages as a result of a spill of 14,000 gallons of insulating oil.
An exhibit of vintage cars on the lawn at Robbins Restaurant, Sunday brought out a crowd of 500-600 people on a beautiful spring afternoon. Jim Staff’s Model T took antique honors on the day.
Marion Kirkpatrick wrote a history of the Vandalia Post Office through 159 years for The Leader-Union.
50 Years Ago
1965 – Elected to city offices were F.L. Barbee, mayor; Marie Bennett, city clerk; Duane Luallen, treasurer; and Charles Schilling, William Wright, Everett Clark and Paul Gruenbaum, aldermen.
Vandalia Citizens’ Committee proposed a new junior high school for Vandalia at a regular meeting on Tuesday, April 20.
J.K. Morgan was elected mayor of Brownstown and Armin Hotz of St. Peter.
Barbara Nelson was named editor-in-chief of the Vandalois staff; co-business managers were Gary Konrad and Gary Houck.
Tri City Grocery observed its 51st anniversary this week. It had 22 supermarkets in Illinois and Missouri.
Vandalia schools got six days vacation at Easter this year.
60 Years Ago
1955 – Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 63, president of the United States, was buried Sunday morning on his family estate atop the Pallisades of the majestic Hudson River. He died at 3:25 p.m. on Thursday following a cerebral hemorrhage.
In Tuesday’s election, Dr. A.R. Stanberry won the three-way mayoral election. Hartman, Scott, Ruthledge and Curry were new members of the board of aldermen. Democrats named Clyde Roberts head of the Central Committee. Supervisors named Purcell chairman, and Janetzky and Dothager were elected to their first terms as supervisors.
Six hundred Fayette County pupils participated in an optional contest held here Saturday. Of this number, there were 18 first-place winners.