The Way We Were

20 Years Ago

1995 – Interstate Commerce Commission and Clinton County officials touted Enhanced 911 emergency phone services as Fayette County voters were preparing to vote on an Enhanced 911 referendum.
The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce’s downtown revitalization committee announced its City of Candles project. The committee was encouraging local residents and business owners to put electric candles in their windows during the upcoming holiday season.

25 Years Ago

1995 – Glenn Bunyard, who was completing his 18th year on the Fayette County Board and had served as board chairman for three terms, died.
Two Vandalia Community High School seniors were arrested in connection with a bomb threat at the high school.
Charlotte and Bob Cripe won the grand prize in the Family Y of Fayette County grand raffle.
Jerelene Lovall was recognized as employee of the month at Vandalia Correctional Center.
Democrat Michael Kleinik was elected sheriff in the general election, and winning re-election were Democratic Treasurer’ David Marty, Republican County Clerk and Recorder Isabelle B. Brandt and Democrat Regional Superintendent of Schools Delbert Maroon.
A referendum asking county voters to pay a monthly surcharge of $1.25 for Enhanced 911 emergency phone service was soundly rejected.
Republican Jim Edgar was elected governor of Illinois.
Vandalia’s Bonanza Family Restaurant was being converted into a Ponderosa Steakhouse.
Don Lunceford, a former resident of New York City, was the new librarian at Evans Public Library in Vandalia.

30 Years Ago

1985 – Vandalia won its own IHSA Regional Volleyball Tournament. The team, coached by Donna (Lay) Hughey knocked off St. Elmo and top-seeded Altamont.
Winners in the Vandalia Board of Education election were Tim Emerick, John Bumam, Dennis Whitten and Dennis Graumenz.
Winners in the Brownstown Board of Education election were Gary Oberlink, Harold Fisher, Thomas Stewart and Shirley Bruegger. Steve Heckert, Jean Hodson, Edgar Fulton and Sharon Belden were winners in St. Elmo.
A referendum for the Fayette County Health Department failed, 2,069-2,003. A referendum asking for the dissolution of the Greater Brownstown Park District failed to get the needed 67-percent margin.
Orville “Sug” Schukar took over the operation of the Dalee station in Vandalia.

40 Years Ago

1975 – The Vandalia Jaycees planned to hold a consignment sale on Nov. 23.
Max Reuscher and Beth Taylor played the leading roles in the senior class play at Vandalia Community High School, “Every Family Has One.” Also in the cast were Randy Seefeldt, Cindy Reams and Susie Street.
Nick Alton was promoted to manager of Linkon Auto Supply in Vandalia.

50 Years Ago

1965 – Owners of two properties in Vandalia were asked by city officials to dean up debris on those properties.
The construction of the Vandalia Lake dam was about 70-percent complete.
The Vandalia Jaycees were preparing for Peanut Day. Peanut sackers were Danny Michel, Dewayne Hoffbauer, Bob Lundin and Dave Valazco.
Six Fayette County residents left for service to their country: Vandalia residents Donnie Culbertson, Clayton Whitten and Ralph Kelly; Darrell Whitten of Bingham; Frankie Sanders of Ramsey; and Lynn Meyer of Shobonier.

60 Years Ago

1955 – Jeannine Boley was crowned homecoming queen at Vandalia Community High School.
Mary Ellen Wright was crowned queen of the Brownstown Carnival.
Senator Paul Douglas was scheduled to speak in Vandalia on Nov. 10.
Elvis Mattes purchased the cab station. He resigned as a deputy sheriff.

70 Years Ago

1945 – David Brown resigned his position at First National Bank of Vandalia and planned to start an implement business.
Dr. Miller Greer was discharged from the service.
The Rev. Rene Aeschliman resigned his pastorate at First Presbyterian Church to allow him to attend Harvard University after World War II.
Morris Beabout resigned as zone manager for the Ohio Oil Co.

80 Years Ago

1935 – Of the 956 voting, 860 favored the continuation of the hog-corn program in Fayette County.
Les Finley and Barney Isbell sponsored a six-team city basketball league to play at the Armory.
The Fayette County Farm Bureau celebrated its first birthday.
Five hundred unemployed men were to have been given work on WPA projects.
The Ford Roofing Co. donated a new roof for the new shoe factory addition.

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