The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1990 –  Mayor Rich Walker was elected mayor of the Southern Illinois Mayor’s Association.
Ramsey Superintendent Richard Nelson was named new superintendent of the Lovington School District. He had served as Ramsey superintendent since 1981.
Two Vandalia seniors received $1,000 scholarships. Jeff Scott was named recipient of the James Littleford Scholarship and Angie Harmeier received the Matthew Newman, M.D., Illinois Eye Consultant Scholarship.
Vandalia Rotary Club donated a large barbecue grill to the Vandalia Park District.
Jeff Scott, Quinn Bowen and Kim Lotz were the first winners of the Walt Leidner Awards at VCHS. The Vandals Sport Booster Club will present the awards annually to the outstanding senior boy and girl athlete.
Charter members of the Brownstown Community High School chapter of the National Honor Society were Meredith Stewart, Brian Wills, Juli Parkison, Becky Becker, Sherry Sidwell and Brenda Becker. Tracy Rohlfing and Sue Barrow were sponsors.
Among the SIU School of Medicine’s 65 new physicians who graduated were Rebecca Hewitt of Vandalia and Kelly Hunt of St. Peter.

30 Years Ago

1985 – Vandalia City Council approved by a 6-2 margin an ordinance that allowed Class C liquor license holders to have dances along with the sale of alcohol.
Tracy Biggs of Brownstown set a school record in the 1600-meter run at the IHSA Girls’ State Track Meet. Her time, 5:38.9 minutes, placed her 19th out of 31 in the state meet.
Holy Cross Lutheran Church celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Dr. Robert Bowen was hired superintendent of St. Elmo School District.
MVP awards at the VCHS Sports Banquet went to Mark Metivier, golf; Kevin Haupt, football; Tom Booley, boys’ basketball; Meg McKellar, girls’ basketball; John Anderson and Dave Walker, wrestling; John Campbell, baseball; Maria Blankenship, softball; Karla Rogers, tennis; Mitch Harrison, boys’ track; and Michelle Swain, girls’ track.

35 Years Ago

1980 – For the Memorial Day picture, Caroline and Tom White were shown decorating the grave of an old soldier. In the background was pictured a large American flag.
Walt Barenfanger, who had been attending school in France for the past year as part of a University of Illinois exchange program, was home. After his trip to Europe, Walt admitted he appreciated his hometown more.
Only the rain on Monday evening spoiled a perfect week. That day the .73 inch of rain, mixed with hail and strong winds, kept everyone on edge.
Thomas G. Diekroeger, vice president of First National Bank of Vandalia, announced that the annual report of the Ella G. McKee Foundation for the years of 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1974 was available for inspection during regular business hours at its principal office.
Nineteen Vandalois staff members enjoyed a 7 p.m. dinner at Jay’s Tuesday night.
Olga Studenberg was honored for her 50 years of nursing on May 8, at a dinner at Robbins. More than 50 doctors and nurses attended. They were later entertained at the lake home of Dr. and Mrs. Mark Greer.

45 Years Ago

1970 – Dr. Stephen Philips, pastor at Vandalia First Methodist, was replaced by the Rev. Ray Porter, of Nashville. Porter served the Nashville charge five years. Dr. Phillips had served the Vandalia Charge six years and was sent to Benton by the Southern Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church.
Vandalia Lions Club scheduled the annual Auto Safety check.
Stockholders at Vandalia Country Club voted to build a club swimming pool.
The area mosquito problem became serious. Park district workers were busy cutting grass and mowing weeds along the Town Branch.
Five new firms were listed for Fayette County this past year – Vandalia has 19; St. Elmo, 4; Farina, 3; Brownstown, 1; and Ramsey, 1.

Forty-one events were scheduled for the third annual Jaycees Junior Sports Jamboree to beheld Saturday, May 22, at VAdnalia Community High School track field. Bob Satterthwaite was chairman of the Jamboree.
Virginia Bingham was first place winner in the local American Legion Auxiliary essay contest.
Lawrence Chamness, Carbondale, was named assistant Fayette County Farm Adviser.

55 Years Ago

1960 – One hundred and six VCHS seniors were to have received diplomas June 3.
Work on the replacement of walls at city water plant began this week.
LaGrove graduated 21 seniors.
Elberta Ewbank entered the United States Air Force.
Barbara Craig and Larry Casey headed the Ramsey senior class.
State Department awarded contracts totaling $71,500 to Barenfanger for construction of a new dormitory at Illinois State Farm.

65 Years Ago

1950 – George F. Lytle, air school officer, encouraged Chamber of Commerce on airport plans. Seventy planes were expected to be at the airport Sunday morning for a fly-in breakfast.
Kenneth Howe, who succeeded W. A. Gilmore as manager of Illinois Bell Telephone Company, moved his wife and daughter here from Mt. Vernon.
More than 2,500 attended the First National Bank open house commemoration of the institution’s 50th anniversary. The public observed a complete redecoration and remodeling.
Henry Lange was the first town-ship assessor to complete his rounds and return his books to the courthouse authorities.
More than 300 attended a Democratic rally at Burtschi Cabin Friday evening.
Charles W. Mills, photographer, sports and editorial writer for Vandalia Leader, received notice to report for induction last week.


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