The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1990 –  The Vandalia Community High School Class of 1927 held its ninth and final class reunion.
Gertrude Rosenberger of Ramsey was HEA’s “Homemaker of the Year.”
Mary Peyton Meyer, Frogtown’s most popular resident and a Leader-Union area correspondent, was one of 20 people to be pictured on the cover of a Parade magazine that inserted in many daily metropolitan newspapers. The article was entitled, “What People Earn.” Meyer’s earnings were $3,900 as a substitute teacher.
More than 150 people honored Jake Kringer, who recently retired after 41 years with the Illinois Department of Conservation. He was recognized for his efforts on behalf of area sportsmen.
New Interstate 70 road signs proclaimed “Vandalia State Capitol– Lincoln Historic Site.”
Tonya Maxheimer Bowen, DMD, graduated from the SIU School of Dental Medicine.

30 Years Ago

1985 –  Darlene Wenner of Staunton won the Vandalia Women’s Open Golf Tournament. Rosie Gerkin of Vandalia won in Class A, and Cindy Booher of St. Elmo took top honors in Class B.
The first shovel of dirt was turned at a groundbreaking ceremony at Brockway Plastics for its $2-million expansion project.
The new mandatory seat belt law went into effect.
Walt Leidner recorded a hole-in-one on hole No. 9 at Vandalia Country Club.
The Vandalia Leader-Union bowling team of Lou Hulskotter, Adelaide Kelly, Glenda Lawler, Audrey Fink and Judy Vaughn took sixth out of 2,306 teams in the State Bowling Tournament at Peoria.

40 Years Ago

1975 – A brick house was moved on U.S. Route 51 from the Shell Pumping Station near the Vera bridge to a location across from Vandalia Correctional Center without one window broken, and was set own upon a freshly finished basement.
A.F.S.-Sgt. Teresa Walton was attending Nuclear Medicine School at Bethesda Naval Hospital, Md.
Captain Gary Konrad, a native Vandalian, flew an airlift bringing Vietnamese orphans to California. His wife is the former Jane Blythe.
The city of Vandalia learned that a grant of $44,625 for the sewer project was to come from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Because the water was so muggy, Vandalia consumers were asked to curtail water consumption as much as possible for three or four days.
Harold Wisley was the 1975 Fayette County Fair chairman. Other board members were Jack Durbin, Florence Tate, Ray Abendroth, Charles Cothern, Ed Burrus, Neil Muma, Max Grinnell, Warren Bayles, Chuck Dehring, Ed Harre, Neil Buzzard, K.V. Haslett, Eugene Gillespie, Durward Miller and Ed Tackett.

50 Years Ago

1965 –  Among the 13 from Fayette County to receive degrees from Southern Illinois University were: Keith Washburn, Brownstown; James Huddleson, LaClede; Marian Lambert and Dale L. Rowley, both of Ramsey; Dennis Koeberlein and Alan Walker, St. Elmo; Larry K. Blunt, Burr K. Hackleman  Jr., Ramona Harrison, Eileen Kleinschmidt, Carol Ann (Mills) Smith, Teddy Tischauser and Eileen Whitten, Vandalia. Others in the area were Mary Gerish, Donald Harper, Tom Oates, and Maida Quick, Patoka; and Barbara Conlin, Eugene Cammermann and Sandra Jenkins, Altamont. Tischauser, Rowley and Lambert received master’s degrees.

60 Years Ago

1955 – The Hillsboro school suffered a $50,000 fire loss Sunday morning.
Dr. Archie E. Brown, pastor of First Baptist Church, planned to tour the Holy Land and see Europe during June and July.
Willie Gordon was the first farmer in this community to market wheat again this year. He delivered his first load June 20.


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