The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1993 – Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar talked about positive upturns in the state’s economy during a visit to Vandalia. Edgar was the guest speaker at a special meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.
While in Vandalia, Edgar proclaimed the Vandalia Statehouse as the state’s first Heritage Site.
Five males – four adults and a juvenile – were arrested for breaking into and burglarized Vandalia Community High School. The five males were arrested in St. Louis after being stopped for a traffic violation.
Mr. and Mrs. Abner Ropp of Vandalia were making plans to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.
The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency began taking donations at the 18 historic sites in the state, including the Vandalia Statehouse. Donations given by visitors to those facilities were to be used to help cover maintenance expenses.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Sidwell of Brownstown were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

30 Years Ago

1988 – Dean Black of St. Elmo was elected president of the Fayette County Fair Board.
Kyle Blackerby of Vandalia won first in free sparring and second in form competition at the 24th All American Open Karate and Tae Kwon Do championships at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Jeanne Gustafson of Vandalia was hired as administrative coordinator of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

40 Years Ago

1978 – P.N. Hirsch & Co. announced plans to build a 100,000-square-foot addition to its warehouse building on Van Tran Avenue in Vandalia.
The Army Corps of Engineers shelved the Vandalia levee project. The Vandalia Levee and Drainage District is on the east bank of the Kaskaskia River, extending from milepoint 156 to 173.5 above the Mississippi River. The project provided protection for 12,000 acres, 11,000 of which were productive bottomland.
The installation of a new sewer line was approved by the Vandalia City Council. The new line was to have extended down Elm Street from St. Louis Avenue south to the city limits.
The Vandalia Junior High School band received a top rating at the district contest in Decatur.
First Class awards were presented to eight Vandalia Cadettes at a meeting in Mt. Vernon. They were Becky Sefton, Kelly Hill, Judy Tedrick, Teresa Schultz, Karen Vaughn, Carla Morrison, Christi Crotser and Julie Johnston.

50 Years Ago

1968 – Charity ball funds went to the support of a sheltered workshop in Fayette County.
The Vandalia City Council approved a trailer park ordinance.
Residents of Ramsey Township approved a tax for the improvement of their roads.
Mr. and Mrs. Russell Robison of Brownstown celebrated their silver wedding anniversary at an open house.
About 70 relatives and friends attended an open house held to honor Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Meseke on their silver wedding anniversary.
Montie Whitten was awarded the crown at the Miss Kaskaskia Beauty Pageant.

60 Years Ago

1958 – Michel’s Feed Store was holding an open house at its new building.
Fire destroyed a hog house near Ramsey at the William Sarver home. Damages were estimated at $3,000.
Jane Porter, who had given 50 years of service to the community as a businesswoman, retired.
Brownstown High School chorus girls received a superior rating at the music contest at Bunker Hill.

70 Years Ago

1948 – Dr. C.D. Washburn was out of commission for a month after fracturing his wrist when he slipped on a freshly waxed floor.
Irvin Ehlert received the Eagle Scout badge he had earned in 1943. The application for the badge had been mislaid in the Olney Scouting office.
Local veterans organizations and other civic groups were making plans to hold a parade on April 6, Army Day.
The Crawford-Hale American Legion Post of Vandalia reported record membership. There were 64 people on the membership rolls.

80 Years Ago

1938 – A.L. Trout, long-time basketball coach and athletic director at Centralia High School, was the guest speaker at Vandalia’s fourth annual basketball banquet.
Jean Schulte, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schulte, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Illinois.
The Okaw River was at flood stage for the second time in the past 10 days.

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