The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1990 –  Twenty “Vandalia” banners were purchased by Soroptimist International of Vandalia, with help from local organizations, businesses and individuals. They were to be hung from street lights along Gallatin and South Fourth streets. The banners featured the Vandalia Statehouse and an outline of the bottom portion of Illinois in white on a blue background with some red trim.
The Vandalia City Council organized a seven-member tourism council.
Richard and Linda Cohoon bought the Okaw Area Vocational Center’s building trades house at 2019 Thrill Hill Road for $78,000, $13,000 more than the minimum price set by the Vandalia Board of Education.
Kaskaskia College was considering establishing a satellite center in Vandalia.
Dick Moeller donated bone marrow to his 56-year old brother, Charles, at Willfield Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. For his unselfishness, Moeller received a certificate of appreciation while there.

30 Years Ago

1985 – Wayne Waggoner, Chairman of The Waggoners Trucking, announced that his company intended to open a trucking terminal in Vandalia as result of publicity he saw in “USA Today” on Vandalia’s Photo Day.
Michael D. Koonce joined the Vandalia Police Department as a patrolman.
New events at the Grande Levee were a tomahawk-throwing contest and a rug-weaving demonstration.
Jefferson School fifth graders in Billyanna Dugan’s class collected $200 for the Statue of Liberty restoration project.

40 Years Ago

1975 – United Presbyterian Women attended an All Church coffee Monday, June 2, at the church fellowship hall. Jo Bradford welcomed approximately 90 ladies.
St. James Lutheran ladies made and sold Raggedy Ann Dolls to raise money for a world service program.
Melrose Chapter, OES planned to honor all 50 year members during a meeting on Thursday night, June 5.
Florence Cocagne, Cecilia Mendenhall and Gladys Royer had just returned from a tour of Austria, sponsored by Federated Woman’s Club’s.
Bruce Blythe, a Vandalia Community High School junior, was named the outstanding history student for 1975 by three of the high school history teachers.
For Father’s Day, Bob’s IGA gave free 8×10 photographs to customers for Father’s Day gifts.
State of Illinois displayed the Steinhauer collection of birds in the state museum.
Daryl Tjaden was installed president of Vandalia Jaycees Friday evening at a meeting held at the Holiday Inn.
After having completed a tour of area farms, Russell Farley reported that the fields were wet but in not too bad a shape. Bottoms and the north and west areas were still very wet.
50 Years Ago

1965 – Finishing touches were put on the newly erected bleachers at mark Greer Field.
General scholarship winners included Linda DeJoutnett, Joe Goodbrake, both of Vandalia; Carl D. Frailey, Brownstown and Keith E. Miller of Beecher City.
Vandalia Park swimming pool was to have opened Saturday. Russell Hewitt was director of summer recreational activities at the park.
St. Elmo swimming pool opened Sunday.
Two inches of rain fell here in three days.
Sid McClure planned to hold a grand opening of the Sid McClure Standard Station, Friday and Saturday.
B.C. Christopher Company leased Kelley Elevator and began an expanding program immediately.
On behalf of Central School PTA, Principal James A. Spencer, and Secretary Margaret Bechtel, were presented with appreciation gifts for the help they had given the organization.

60 Years Ago

1955 – Rachel Arnold, Shobonier blind girl, learned to type and took a job in Washington, D.C.
The wall of the 89-year-old Ramsey Christian Church fell about 1 a.m. Tuesday, May 31.
Harold Gaffney resigned as coach of Vandalia Community High School to accept a coaching position at Peru, Ill.
Carter Oil Company was Fayette County’s biggest taxpayer. It amounted to $235,449.72.
Helen Robbins planned a trip over the North Pole and was one of the first women ever to take the flight.
The Ramsey Rizk family, back from Egypt, planned to make their home in New York City. Mrs. Rizk was the former Mary Louise Sibley, daughter of Helen Sibley, St. Elmo.

70 Years Ago

    1945 – Officials reported that the seventh bond drive was lagging. A Navy band show at the park was supposed to stimulate sales.
Circuit Court decided that the local community high school and the Ramsey Community High School were legally organized.
Bernice Ehrat graduated from St. Louis Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing, Lyda Mae Ecke and Helen Dees, from the University of Illinois.
Brownstown graduated 29 and Vandalia 69 this year.
Seventy-five patrol pupils were given free passes to the Liberty Theatre Tuesday evening with their teachers. All were treated to refreshments at the Wagon Wheel afterward.
St. Elmo Flower and garden Club observed the annual May guest meeting and luncheon in the basement of the Methodist Church, Wednesday. The committee impersonated Tom Brennaman’s radio program, “Breakfast in Hollywood,” as a form of entertainment.
Thirty-three Lions received attendance pins at the Monday night meeting.
Dean Culbertson, VCHS junior, was awarded the state farmer degree. He was the president of the local Future Farmers of America.

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