The Way We Were

20 Years Ago

1997 – Wanda Walton retired from First Bank in Vandalia after working there 44 years.
A reorganization of the Vandalia School District’s central office was approved. The reorganization included the reassignment of Jeff Endres, the district’s business manager for 13 years, to a teaching position.
The city of Vandalia was still working to get rid of the odor spreading from the city’s sewage treatment plant.
The Vandalia Main Street Executive Board began the work necessary to get a program manager hired.
Nathan Graumenz, a state wrestling champion at Vandalia Community High School, was getting ready to travel to a national wrestling meet.
Larry and Barbara Berg of St. Elmo were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary.

25 Years Ago

1992 – Washington Elementary School in Vandalia was awarded second place in the statewide Child Abuse Prevention Fund banner contest.
Ramsey native Ronnie McDowell was appointed manager of the Heinhold Hog Market in Pana.
The American Legion Auxiliary in Vandalia planted a dogwood tree on the south side of the Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 Home in honor of Carlie Kile, a 70-year auxiliary member.

30 Years Ago

1987 – Area fishermen were reporting catching 8- to 10-pound walleyes in the Kaskaskia River.
Fayette County Hospital hired the management firm of Christian Health Care Systems to manage the hospital, signing a two-year contract with the St. Louis-based firm.
Russell Hewitt, an educator in Vandalia’s schools for 39 years, announced his plans to retire at the end of the school year.
Darrell Hume joined the staff of First National Bank as a senior loan officer. Wynn Provines was elected to the bank’s board of directors.

40 Years Ago

1977 – Kenneth Blunt was the new president of the Vandalia Board of Education. Teacher negotiations were under way.
Newcomer Darryl Tjaden and incumbent Charles Deverick gained seats on the Vandalia City Council. Elvin Washburn was unopposed in his re-election as mayor, as was City Clerk Rose Ann Mull. Also unopposed were aldermen Bob Thoman, Ed Themig and Duane Luallen.
Mr. and Mrs. Dean Edwards of Patoka celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Sandy Leidner was the new president of Xi Alpha Omicron.
Patty Otto and Janet VanUytven of Ramsey qualified for the state badminton tournament.

50 Years Ago

1967 – National Jaycees honored Duane Grimsley by including him on the list of Outstanding Young Men of America.
Hillard Heather was named chairman of the Fayette County Board of Supervisors.
Lt. Willis R. Clark was promoted to captain.
C.A. Griffith of Brownstown celebrated his 86th birthday.
Earl Brandt, Robert Runge, Floyd Magnus, Fred Drewes, Gerald Drewes and Clem Schaal of the St. Peter area found three barrels of mushrooms.
Terri Brannon and Ellen Straub attended a youth conference in Peoria.

60 Years Ago

1957 – Fire destroyed the home of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kirkman in Vandalia Township.
The Vandalia Board of Education re-elected Dr. E.A. Kuehn as its president.
Dan Hortin caught a 29-pound catfish in the Kaskaskia River.
Clifford Tedrick, financial secretary and treasurer of the Boot and Shoe Workers’ Union, presented a check for $11,659.98 to H.B. Craycroft, finance chairman for the Chamber of Commerce’s new factory drive.

70 Years Ago

1947 – Clyde Roberts presided over the Jefferson Day Dinner at the IOOF Hall.
Tharl Fisher graduated from Eastern Illinois State Teachers College in Charleston and began work as a teacher and coach in Stockton.
Mrs. James Dennison Jr. was elected president of the Vandalia Junior Women’s Club.
First Aid contests for Boy Scouts were held at Washington School.

80 Years Ago

1937 – The Fayette County Board of Supervisors set a flat rate of $200 for tavern licenses.
George B. Kelly was elected mayor of Vandalia with 887 votes.
Fourteen-year-old Dorothy Tevis had a perfect attendance record at Seminary School the past eight years.

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