The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1990 – Several thousand people braved the heat to attend the Grande Levée. One of the most popular attractions was Abe Lincoln presenter Joseph Woodard of Greenup
Alpha Mu sorority sponsored a three-day babysitting clinic for 28 area children.
The Vandalia Board of Education approved a 5-percent pay hike for administrators.
Peg Williams and Dave Bell were the top female and male finishers in the Grande Levée 5-K run.

30 Years Ago

1985 – The Fayette County Hospital Board of Directors voted to apply for a certificate of need for the proposed expansion renovation project that would cost between $2.5-$3 million, despite objections from several area residents who felt this would result in a tax increase.
Mayor Rich Walker was given the authority to develop a contract for an industrial coordinator for the city of Vandalia.
Astronaut Steve Nagel, who had many relatives in Fayette County, was one of seven people involved in an international space shuttle mission involving 27 nations and astronauts from the United States, France and Saudi Arabia.
The Fayette County Board learned about I-Search, a new state program designed to aid in the search for missing children.
Terry Gooding and Libby Kinnison were winners in the Family Y-Pepsi Cola 10K Run held in conjunction with the Grande Levée. Travis Haslett of Beecher City won the one-mile Fun Run. About 12,000 attended the annual celebration on the grounds of the Vandalia Statehouse.
Bill LaDage was named principal at Vandalia Junior High School.
The Vandalia Board of Education, in an attempt to improve attendance at Vandalia Community High School, approved a new attendance policy.

40 Years Ago

1975 – The New Hub celebrated its third anniversary by releasing 100 silver dollar certificates in helium balloons Friday.
The Vandalia Board of Education voted Tuesday to spend $7,296 for 40 new band uniforms.
A tour by wagons was arranged for one of the Grande Levée attractions. Other features included crafts such as spinning, churning, leather-making, rope-making, soap-making, weaving, candle dipping and chair canning. In charge of needlework and dolls were Florence Cocagne, Gwen Caldwell and Malinda McClure.
The Fayette County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee was to serve refreshments. As an added attraction, Richard Blake portrayed Abraham Lincoln.
Two sisters in the LaClede area took a hammer to a would-be-thief. One added to the confusion by hurling things at him. He fled.

50 Years Ago

1965 –Tim Goodbrake and Roy Yarbrough were selected to attend Boys’ State. Crawford-Hale Amercian Legion Post No. 95 sponsored them.
Michael Catanzaro was re-elected chairman of Fayette County Red Cross. Bill Michel succeeded Mrs. Maurice Friedman as the county blood drive chairman.
Vandalia Citizens Committee recommended a 6-3-3 school plan and the building of a new junior high.
Mr. and Mrs. James Spencer and Mr. and Mrs. Allan Spencer attended the graduation of their daughter and sister, Rita Jane Spencer, on June 13 at St. John’s Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis.

60 Years Ago

1955 – The new $50,000 Illinois Central bridge opened Monday.
The old First Methodist Church bell, because it could not be welded, was replaced with a bell purchased for VanBurensburg Methodist Church.
Sixty Vandalia boys signed up for summer sports. Jim Staff directed the program.
Vandalia was to host the National Crow Shoot this week.
John McLuckie was the new president of the Lions Club and Robert Snyder of Rotary Club.
Holy Cross Daily Vacation Bible School had an enrollment of 78. There was an enrollment of 140 at Methodist-Presbyterian Bible school.
Larry Staff won the shot put event for University of Illinois at Chicago on Saturday.
Lavern Woerner received the Elizabeth Wright Steidley Award during his junior year at Blackburn College, Carlinville.


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