The Way We Were

20 Years Ago

1996 – The city of Vandalia received 38 applications for the position of community development director.
Stewart and Verble Meador were planning to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.
Lucas Clanton, a rural Mulberry Grove resident and member of the Vandalia chapter of Future Farmers of America was named a Star American Farmer candidate.

25 Years Ago

1991 – The Leader-Union ran a two-page “Salute to Soldiers” sponsored by area merchants in tribute of the men and women who served in Operation Desert Storm.

30 Years Ago

1986 – Ron Ragsdale’s appointment to the Fayette County Hospital Board was nullified when the county board failed to amend hospital district bylaws. Those bylaws prohibit a government employee or officer to serve on the board, and Ragsdale was chief deputy coroner.
Walter Evans celebrated his 100th birthday.

40 Years Ago
tnging on the Fourth of July was among the many special activities planned for the Bicentennial Fourth.
Joe Faggetti was installed as president of the Vandalia Rotary Club. Kenneth Blunt was president of the Vandalia Lions Club.
The Vandalia Jaycees sponsored a tractor-pulling contest at Jaycees Park on Vandalia Lake.
Dan Barenfanger was elected commander of Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 in Vandalia.
David Marty, Fayette County treasurer and tax collector, mailed real estate and personal property taxes out July 9.

50 Years Ago

1966 – County Republicans picked Carl E. Towler as their chairman, and the Democrats selected Gene Cearlock.
Rebecca Cocagne and Linda Forbes received nursing scholarships from the Fayette County Health Improvement Association.
Bob Cearlock was installed as president of the Vandalia Lions Club.
Sergeant Tornie Womack of the Illinois State Police received a plaque for outstanding service from Gov. Otto Kerner.
The new Heritage House began taking applications for residents.
Mr. and Mrs. George Tucker of St. Elmo were celebrating their 50th anniversary.

60 Years Ago

1956 – Three hundred Democrats attended a Jackson Day Dinner.
Mr. and Mrs. Otto Haseley of Shatter observed their golden wedding anniversary.
Stanley Schwarm was the Fayette County Fair superintendent, and Gene Boley was the fair board president.

70 Years Ago

1946 – Dr. Mark Greer told the Vandalia Lions Club of the need for a 100-bed hospital in Vandalia.
The new $60,000 Legion Home was dedicated in a three-day slate of activities.
Crawford-Hale Unit 95 Auxiliary initiated 40 new members, with 125 members present.
Jane Washburn graduated from the Washington University School of Nursing.
William Charles Schulte received a degree from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry.

80 Years Ago

1936 – In Fayette County, 135 miles of road had received one or more coats of gravel.
Mr. and Mrs. Otis Oldham of Shobonier celebrated their silver anniversary.
Bus fare to Chicago was $3. It cost $1.40 for a trip to St. Louis and $3.75 to Indianapolis.

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