The Way We Were

20 Years Ago

1997 – Vandalia Police Department dispatcher Christy Brown and Richard Winters of Greenville split a $16,000 reward for information they gave that helped police capture murderer Kelly McGinnis of Greenville.
Ruth Lape of Vandalia was celebrating her 90th birthday.
Marc Sikma of Vandalia moved on to the finals of the Country Companies’ Three-Point Showdown.
The Vandalia Board of Education moved its meeting to the Vandalia Community High School gymnasium after more than 100 people showed up to a school board meeting. Some of those attending addressed concerns about inconsistent implementation of the district’s athletic code.
The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the office of attorney Rod Irvin in the 500 block of West Gallatin Street.
Candidates for municipal offices in Vandalia spoke during a forum sponsored by The Leader-Union and WPMB-WKRV Radio.

25 Years Ago

1992 – Fayette County was to provide $513,200 to complete construction of phase II of the Fayette County Jail renovation.
William “Beeb” Staff was inducted into the Greenville College Athletic Hall of Fame.

30 Years Ago

1987 – FAYCO Enterprises Executive Director Gary Cecil announced his resignation.
Rhonda McCall ran the 1,600-meter run in 6:30 to set a new Vandalia Junior High School record.
Jeff Marquardt, a student at Southwest Baptist University, was named a collegiate academic all-American.
John Gehrke was the new Fayette County supervisor for Farmers Home Administration.
Robert Cearlock and K.V. “Cap” Haslett filled two vacancies on the Fayette County Hospital Board of Directors.
Area drivers were gearing up for the new 65-miles-per-hour speed limit on interstate highways.

40 Years Ago

1977 – The 77-year-old bridge over the Kaskaskia River that once linked Carson and Sefton townships was up for sale to the highest bidder who could remove it in 60 days.
Fayette County gave $2,800 for a senior citizens center.
Vandalia Community High School was gearing up for a musical in May. David Autenrieth and Mary Meyer were in the lead roles.
The Vandalia Senior Citizens Center was beginning to serve lunch.
Bryan Francois, who was serving in the U.S. Navy, was severely injured while aboard the Constitution.

50 Years Ago

1967 – Stanley Schwarm was elected president of the Brownstown Board of Education.
Mike Doran set a VCHS record in the high jump with a jump of 6 feet.

60 Years Ago

1957 – Connie Long, a 15-year-old sophomore, was chosen to attend art school at Allerton Park in Monticello in August.
The VCHS band won first place in the district competition.
“Chip” Higgins was appointed temporary postmaster at the Vandalia Post Office.
With Lyle Skasick as chairman, the county unit of the American Cancer Society started its drive to raise $3,692.
April showers brought more than 4 inches of rain.

70 Years Ago

1947 – The Vandalia City Council altered the city water rule and considered Daylight Savings Time.
Phone service was curtailed as operators walked a picket line.
Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Meyer of St. Peter celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary.
A stove explosion was blamed for the destruction of the Kirgan home in Woodyard.
McKinley School’s girls chorus placed first at the Hillsboro music contest, and Loy Simcox and Nancy Turner placed first in the solo competition.
The Vandalia City Council gave notice that residents needed to keep dogs and chickens penned up.

75 Years Ago

1937 – Democrats gained control of the Fayette County Board of Supervisors after holding a 6-4 edge in the election. The Democrats held an 11-10 majority on the board.
Edwards Food Mart planned to move into the Kelly building.
Vandalia Merchants voted out closing stores on Thursday afternoons in June, July and August.
Plans to dedicate the new First Baptist Church annex were being made.


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