The Way We Were

20 Years Ago

1997 – The city of Vandalia was considering rejoining the I-70 Growth Association, several years after dropping its membership.
Amy and J.D. Vieregge of Vandalia bought the 28th house built by a building trades class at the Okaw Area Vocational Center. The house is located on East Fork Drive.
Wilbert and Elenora Yagow of St. Elmo were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, and Wilmer and Pauline Yagow of Kinmundy were celebrating their 40th anniversary.
The city of Vandalia received a $275,000 state grant to help fund local water and sewer improvements. The improvements included the extension of water and sewer lines to land near Crane Packing and Owens-Brockway that the city bought for industrial development.
Becky Lawson was the valedictorian of the Vandalia Community High School class of 1997, and Lindsay Braun was the salutatorian. Krista Creason and Danilee Bell were valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, at South Central High School. Tara Gillett was valedictorian at Patoka High School, and Joni Walker was salutatorian.

25 Years Ago

1992 – The armed robbery of a Vandalia banking facility was being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Aaron Jaworski signed a letter of intent to play football at St. Francis College in Joliet.
Nine girls were scheduled to compete for the Miss Fayette County Fair title – Michelle Hovious, Stephanie Lotz, Maranatha Felmlee, Casey Hutchins, Kristi Gehle, Holly Manley, Tamara Niles, Keri Gillan and Betheney Butts.
Dr. Ward Sussenbach was appointed to serve as pastor of Parkview Free Methodist Church in Vandalia.

30 Years Ago

1987 – Charles Mills was honored at a reception at the Vandalia Country and Golf Club for 50 years of service to the community and to the field of journalism. More than 170 people attended the reception.
Robert Isaacs was hired as superintendent of the Brownstown School District.
Angela Condor, Cathy Outland and Rhonda McCall advanced to the regional Junior Olympics after qualifying at the state track meet.
The Sky’s the Limit Teen Center received a $500 state grant.
Martha Rosenberger of Ramsey was presented the Homemaker of the Year award at the annual meeting of the Fayette County Homemakers Extension Association.

400 Years Ago

1977 – The thermometer registered 107 degrees on a Tuesday afternoon in June.
The Vandalia City Council voted to spend $8,000 for two projects at Vandalia Lake. They included the remodeling of the restrooms and the construction of a concession stand near the gas pumps.
Sue Cheney opened a catering service out of her apartment on South Sixth Street.

50 Years Ago

1967 – Dottie West and Merle Travis performed at the Fayette County Fair.
The Vandalia City Council approved zoning for the lake area.
Mary Catanzaro was in charge of the summer recreation programs in Vandalia’s parks.

55 Years Ago

1957 – Flash floods sent the Kaskaskia River to a record high. Water stood over thousands of acres in low-lying areas.
Ben Perkins sold his hardware store to John David Greer. Perkins had operated the store for 35 years.
Burr and Ewing Mabry were honored upon their retirement from the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department.


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