The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1995 – A downtown revitalization committee was formed by the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce. Al Schumacher and Rodes Hood were chosen to head up the committee.
The Vandalia City Council accepted the bid of $359,158 by the Pennsylvania-based Simon LTI for a new aerial truck for the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department.
Robert and Winnie Grubaugh were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
The Fayette County Board approved a resolution putting on the November ballot a referendum on Enhanced 911 phone service. The referendum proposed a $2.55 monthly phone surcharge for the setup and maintenance of an Enhanced 911 system for county residents. Mike Davis, an assistant fire chief in St. Elmo, headed up a steering committee which proposed the referendum.
A 21-member steering committee was formed to study a countywide animal shelter for Fayette County.
David S. Challans of Ramsey, Fayette County’s Emergency Services & Disaster Agency coordinator since March 1994, resigned from the ESDA post to take another job.
Charles and Gladys Fisher of Brownstown were planning to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary. Herbert and Shirley Wright of Vandalia were observing their 40th anniversary.

30 Years Ago

1990 – A Fayette County child Sex Abuse Advocacy Board was formed. Doris Benefiel, chief managing officer of the Fayette County Probation Office, was chosen as chairman.
Charles and Gladys Fisher of Brownstown celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Vandalia’s 61-room Days Inn motel was ready to open. Eddie Lowry was named manager. The motel was owned and operated by Old Capital Hospitality Inc., a group of local investors.
About 370 attended the Brownstown Alumni Reunion dinner at the Vandalia American Legion Home, and 280 attended, the dance that followed.
Vandalian Susie Campbell was certified by the Illinois High School Association as a baseball umpire.

35 Years Ago

1985 – Ramsey Mayor Joe Casey died at a St. Louis Hospital, and Raymond Wemple was appointed to fill Casey’s term.
A gas explosion totaled the Shobonier home of Curtis and Debbie Horn and two children. Mrs. Horn was hospitalized for burns received in the accident.
Bill Donaldson was named Mulberry Grove Junior-Senior High School principal.
Jim Lewis was named the new head football coach at Vandalia Community High School.
John Campbell, an outstanding baseball player at VCHS, signed a letter of intent to play college ball at Greenville.
The Joseph Burrus family of Herrick took second place in the
Governor’s Conservation Family of the Year contest.
The Terry Denton residence in Vera was destroyed by fire.
The Ramsey Village Board and Rural Ramsey Fire Association agreed on a contract.

45 Years Ago

1975 – Dean Johnson, owner of Johnson Supply, recently expanded his business into a new location to be opened on Thursday. The building represented a $150,000 investment and a doubling of facilities, equipment and supplies for the new owners of the former Rothe Supply.
The city of Vandalia ordered the removal of bodies and the demolition of the old mausoleum at South Hill Cemetery.

55 Years Ago

1965 – The wall of the new swimming pool at Vandalia Country Club was poured this week. The kidney shaped pool was to be approximately 56 feet by 30 feet. Other projects already begun included an overhauling of several greens on the golf course and decking most of the area between the clubhouse and the pool for outdoor tables.
W. Harold Dunnagan, a native of Alton, was named principal at Central School.
Vandalia High School graduates of 1911 held a class reunion at the Buser cabin on Lake Hillsboro.
It was reported that 390 children had registered for the summer reading program at Evans Public Library. Friends of the Library sponsor the program annually.
Vandalia Park Parade drew 60 bike entries. It was followed by a 10-booth penny carnival.

65 Years Ago

1955 – Lloyd Swarm and Hilda VonBehren earned trips to Miami, Fla., for salesmanship. They were Illinois Brokerage employees.
Donald Kirkman won four events at a Boy Scout swimming meet.

75 Years Ago

1945 – By Tuesday, 104 had secured a city wheel tax license. The expected $3,500 was to have been used by the street and alley committee.
Edgar Etcheson sold his store at Shafter to Don Satterthwaite after he had operated the place for 25 years.
Corporal John Paulding, Vandalia, was killed in a plane accident in England.
Henry Hunter purchased the Lou Hackelman homestead and planned to convert it into an apartment house.
Winners of the University of Illinois scholarships were Elene Ruth Moore, Walter Eugene Kelly and Myron D. Pontious.

85 Years Ago

1935 – Officials explained the working of the approaching federal employment program to be known as WPA to 450 people from five counties at a meeting in Vandalia.
E.A. Wood, manager of Illinois Bell Telephone Co. in Vandalia, was transferred to Carlyle, Wash. Gilmore was sent here from Carlyle.
It was 102 degrees in the shade.
The firemen were soundly trounced by the city dads by a score of 15-7 Monday evening at a softball game at City Park.
G. Kenneth Greer, county superintendent of schools, assumed office Aug. 1.
There was a flower sale in Vandalia for the benefit of the blind. Among those who sponsored the sale were the Rev. A.E. Turner, the Rev. R.C. Carty, the Rev. Paul R. Bolman, the Rev. Francis Gribbin, Mrs. Charles Schulte, Mrs. Frank C. Humphrey, Mr. F.L. Rice and Arlyne Reeves.

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