The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1990 –  A Brownstown youth, 16-year-old Presley Gilbert “Gibby” Cannon, drowned in a rural Brownstown lake.
Jim Edgar, Illinois Secretary of State and the Republican candidate for governor, attended a fundraising dinner at Vandalia Lake. The cajun dinner raised more than $30,000.
Jo Collins was elected president of Vandalia Business and Professional Women’s Club.
First National Bank of Vandalia celebrated its 125th birthday.
Stan Kelton was the new part-owner of the Vandalia Ford-Lincoln-Mercury dealership. His partner was Len Taylor.
Brent Schwarm, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hershel Schwarm of Loogootee, received a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago.
Local Knights of Columbus donated $600 to the special education department of Vandalia schools to buy adaptive computer devices that allow handicapped students to work with them.

30 Years Ago

1985 –   Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Fayette County Board played host to a “First Acre Ceremony” at the Charles Baumann farm as a kickoff to the county soil survey.
Randy Edwards and Harry Satterthwaite were promoted to vice president posts at the annual meeting of the First National Bank Board of Directors.
James E. Smith, who was retiring as superintendent of St. Elmo Schools, was honored at a surprise retirement dinner.
Less than two months after it was organized, the Greater Brownstown Park District received a petition to dissolve the district. The petition contained the signatures of 427 people concerned about the impact of the park district on their real estate taxes.
Bruce Edwards was named principal of St. Elmo Jr.-Sr. High School.
Rod Shurtz, head basketball coach at St. Elmo, announced he was leaving to take a position as assistant basketball coach at Centralia High School.

40 Years Ago

1975 –   Dr. Chula, a native of Thailand, who was doing a residency at Colorado State Hospital in Pueblo, Colo, was expected to arrive in Vandalia in mid-July to begin practice here.
Douglas Rames, a medical student, graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., on June 1.
Guida Runyon and Les Thalman received their 50-year awards at a meeting of Melrose Chapter of Order of the Eastern Star.

50 Years Ago

1965 –  Nelson Lawler retired after 24 years as a school bus driver for Vandalia School Unit.
John Bratovich, Rotary Club president, presented Charles Evans with a birthday cake at the club luncheon on Tuesday. Evans had maintained a perfect attendance record for 25 years.
Tom Spurlin, a Vandalia Community High School graduate, was the No. 1 player on the Greenville College tennis team.
Members of Crown Point Church planned to break ground for a new church building about June 14. Donations were being accepted.

60 Years Ago

1955 –   Armed with signs, a dozen or more Vandalia merchants and businessmen joined in a statewide protest of a new sales tax in a mass parade before the state capitol on Thursday morning.
The Cameo Women’s Club presented firemen with $270 to buy new helmets.

70 Years Ago

1945 –   Tavern license rates in Vandalia increased from $500 to $750; a tax was also on jukeboxes.
Eber Roush, manager of the Southeastern Gas Co., was to have left this month with his family for Garden City, Kan.
Unofficial election returns indicated that Judge J.G. Burnside of Vandaliam Judge F. R. Dove of Shelbyville and Judge W.P. Holt of Salem were re-elected circuit judges.
Lewis Lamb received the Purple Heart posthumously for his son, Pfc. Russell A. Lamb. Beulah Doehring posthumously received a Purple Heart for her son, Pfc. Vern D. Davis.
A Vandalia soldier was one of two men accorded the honor today of standing guard at the entrance of the Guildhall in London during the ceremonies honoring General Eisenhower. He was Pfc. Raymond Alender, 23, of the military police, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Alender, Shobonier, and husband of  Violet Alender, Vandalia.


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