The Way We Were

20 Years Ago

1996 – The Vandalia City Council agreed that it was too late to move ahead with plans to put before city voters a referendum on a change in the form of local government.
Travis Blain ran for 160 yards as the Vandalia Vandals defeated Nokomis, 21-0, in football action.
The new work camp at Vandalia Correctional Center was ready to begin operations.
Students in Mike Patrick’s sociology class at Vandalia Community High School appeared before the Vandalia City Council to talk about finding a place in town where students could gather. City officials had been dealing with youths leaving trash and broken bottles on lots throughout town.
Louie and Josephine Franklin of Ramsey were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

25 Years Ago

1991 – Vandalia City Council voted Tuesday to outlaw the riding of skateboards on any city street, alley, walkway or other public way.
The Vandalia Board of Education stood behind a high school policy prohibiting students from wearing T-shirts bearing alcohol or tobacco advertisements.
Friday the 13th of 1991 proved to be an unlucky night for Vandalia’s football team, as it lost to Litchfield, 33-13.
Ryan Marks, Vandalia sixth-grader, participated in the N.A.S.A. space camp held at Huntsville, Ala.
Births — Christopher James to Mr. and Mrs. James Maske of St. Peter; Nicole Joann to Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Miller of Calif.; Jessica Lynn to Mr. and Mrs. Darin Willis of Mulberry Grove; Katelyn Sue to Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Vieregge of Vandalia; Dakota Diane to Mr. and Mrs. Danny Kellow of Vandalia.

30 Years Ago

1986 – Dennis Eith, controller at Fayette County Hospital for 2½ years, announced his resignation.
Vandalia’s Mark Metivier was medalist at the Mid-State Conference Golf Tournament for the third straight year. Joining him on the all-conference team was teammate Sean Leckrone.
Gubernatorial candidate Adlai Stevenson visited Vandalia.
Kent Robertson was named head basketball coach at VCHS, replacing John Denton, who resigned in late August.

40 Years Ago

1976 – Mr. and Mrs. Bob Peterson had returned from an extended visit in Saudi Arabia where they found the customs most unusual. Mr. Peterson served there as an adviser to the Agricultural Credit Bank. They found it a land of contrasts. On one side of a street, they found goats, on the opposite side, a million-dollar government building.
Eight housing units for seniors were planned in Ramsey.
The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce was seeking a buyer for the former Hotel Evans site.
Knights of Columbus planned its second annual German-style Fall Festival at Mother of Dolors on Saturday, Sept. 25.
Chris Durbin placed first in the 4-H Western pleasure class with her buckskin mare, Taffy Doll.
Stuart Yagow was re-elected as SEC director.
More than 850 area fanners attended a field day at the Brownstown Research Center of the University of Illinois.

50 Years Ago

1966 – Citizens Advisory Committee OK’d revised plans for Vandalia Lake.
Charlotte Ritter was crowned Southwestern Electric Queen on Saturday night.
New uniforms had been ordered for the Vandalia High School band.
Out for football for Vandalia this year were: Van Boatman, Mike McDowell, Mike Doran, Ken Shulman, Gary Plum, Alan Daniels, Lannie Johnson, Ed Stringer, John Cocagne, Jim Goatley, Brad Brannon, George Diveley, Bruce Bennyhoff, Ray Schultz, Bruce Wright, John Moyer, Everett Brown, Don Arndt, Lee Witbracht, Bill Blankenship, Tom Force, Reed Bechtel and Larry Hedgpeth.

60 Years Ago

1956 – Vandalia Rotary Club presented Fayette County Hospital with a gift of $200 to be used for purchase of new equipment.
Twenty chevrons were given Monday night for service to the Lions Club here.
Births — son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Barenfanger of Vandalia; son to Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Engeljohn of Loogootee; daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Don Rhodes of Brownstown; daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Adermann, Altamont; daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Beckett, Ramsey; daughter to Mr. and Mrs. James Irvin, Mulberry Grove.
The Vandalia football team roster included: Brazle, Carrico, Hartwick, Jones, Kern, Kleinschmidt, J. Metzger, Stabler, Trexler, Truitt, Young, Augenstein, Bernius, Cripe, Dugan, Ellison, Hampton, Hulskotter, McCain, McKay, R. Metzger, Pryor, Dale Stokes, Darrell Stokes, Thacker, Bowen, Garland and Michel.

70 Years Ago

1946 – Joe Boaz was proud of his soybeans raised northwest of Vandalia. One sample measured 5 feet, 6 inches and another stalk contained 276 pods.
Births — daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Bert Harrison, Shafter Township; daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Cocagne, Vandalia.
Glenn Coffey planned to revive the Rural Youth Organization.
George Stohs, teacher for 18 years at St. Paul, resigned to go to a Minnesota school.
The first PTA meeting for Lincoln School was held Sept. 13 and was attended by 60 mothers.
Twenty-one children registered as Brownies on Monday afternoon at Evans Youth Center. Senior Girl Scouts met Monday night in their first regular meeting of the year.
Twenty-three Fayette County students had enrolled at EIU.
The Vandalia Illini League champions honored four former players who lost their lives in World War II in an impressive pregame ceremony here Sunday. They were Charles Strobel, Luster Pruett, Ralph Edwards and Roy Smith Jr.
The Vandalia Junior Woman’s Club held its first meeting of the year Thursday night in the American Legion Home.

80 Years Ago

1936 – The annual flower show sponsored by the Vandalia Woman’s Club proved to be a most popular event.
The third annual Fayette County Old Settlers Reunion Homecoming had ideal weather, parades, music, contests and orations to add to the holiday spirit. An estimated 7,000 attended on Thursday and 15,000 on Friday. The Rev. Sidney Bagley, St. Elmo, 90, was the oldest settler present. F.M. Pope was re-elected president of the association at the reunion.
Births — daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bowen, Vandalia; daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harold Pruett, St. James; and daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bertram of Cowden.

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