The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1995 – The auditor for the city of Vandalia, Dale Timmermann, told the Vandalia City Council it should consider hiking water rates, citing water and sewer deficits.
The signing of a new operating agreement between Fayette County Hospital and CH Allied Services was scheduled for Sept. 7, and a groundbreaking ceremony for a hospital addition was set for Sept. 8.
Charles and Yvette Hall of Mulberry Grove were planning to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.
Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar announced a new plan for the construction of a new work camp at Vandalia Correctional Center. Edgar announced a private firm would build the facility and sell it to the state through a lease-purchase program. 
A meeting held by a Vandalia Chamber of Commerce committee on downtown revitalization attracted more than 60 people to Vandalia City Hall.

30 Years Ago

1990 – Fayette County Hospital’s District Board of Directors voted to initiate steps that would officially close the second floor of the hospital’s Lone Term Care wing, which hadn’t been occupied by LTC residents for two years.
St. Peter was hosting its 15th annual Prairie Days celebration.
Bob Barker, 52, long-time art teacher at VCHS and the Okaw Area Vocational Center, died at St. Louis University Hospital, where he had been hospitalized since a motorcycle accident two months earlier. Barker was also well known for serving as the Vandal mascot for several years.
Ramsey’s Little League team won the Vandalia League tournament.
More than 100 people attended the first Loogootee School reunion.
Ed Haas was elected Lions Club president.
School got under way, but excessive heat and high humidity resulted in early dismissals the first two weeks.
Jerry Peacock headed the Vandalia Rotary Club.
Richard Stone resigned as pastor of First Christian Church.

35 Years Ago

1985 – The 1986 tax levy was set at the same level as in 1985 by the Fayette County Hospital Board of Directors.
Vandalia received a $100,000 CDAP grant to help The Waggoners Trucking Co. open a branch office in Vandalia.
School was set to begin in less than a week and Vandalia was still searching for a junior high athletic director, assistant girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball coaches, and a wrestling coach.

45 Years Ago

1975 – Executives and officials of Benner-Newman Co. met at the Vandalia plant Tuesday morning to view the new telephone booth display.
Larry Lovell was hired as the new principal at Lincoln School.
The Vandalia City Council approved regulations regarding traffic in Vandalia cemeteries, as well as changes of parking regulations on private property.
Vandalia Chamber of Commerce slated Aug. 24 as “Doctor Day” at Fayette County Hospital. The general public was afforded an opportunity to meet and talk with local doctors.
Vandalia residents were again asked to curtail use of water, since consumption exceeded the output.
Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Hoffman and their son, Kent, who had been named Fayette’s Conservation Family of the Year, said their key word was “conservation.” Mr. Hoffman bought the farm 29 years previously and immediately began to practice a soil conservation program.
Neighborhood children staged a carnival in the yard at the Don Bernhardt residence to benefit muscular dystrophy. They netted $77.50.
David Richards, a Vandalia Eagle Scout, had returned from a European Jamboree.

55 Years Ago

1965 – The Vandalia City Council granted a wage increase for city police.
A new $32,000 hanger at Vandalia Airport was under construction.
Vandalia Airport sponsored free parachute jumps and other attractions on Saturday and Sunday. For $1.50, one could take an airplane ride over the Carlyle Lake.
Mrs. Erlin Eakin was elected chairman of the Vandalia Community Schools Citizens Committee.
On Aug. 28, Hi-Lanes gave a free lunch and free bowling to league bowlers and prospective bowlers.
Elders at St. Paul Lutheran Church were installed. They were Leonard Gehle, William Sachan, Lawrence Rubin and Walter Lotz.

65 Years Ago

1955 – Kenny Berkbigler began his duties as manager of the Vandalia Kroger Store. He was preceded there by Ray Davis of Vandalia.
The new Sinclair Gas Station in St. Elmo was dynamited Wednesday night.

75 Years Ago

1945 – Vandalians laughed, roared and paraded for victory as the Japanese admitted their defeat on Tuesday, Aug. 14. Church bells rang, sirens sounded and every whistle in town blew. President Harry S. Truman appointed Douglas MacArthur to administrate the terms of surrender.
Lest the celebrants forget those who had died for a peaceful world, 79 names were on the honor roll on the old Statehouse lawn and were marked with gold stars.
Vandalia merchants voted to donate to aid the park board and youth center. In a special meeting of supervisors, Marjorie Scaife was retained as county nurse.

85 Years Ago

1935 – The county superintendent of schools, G. Kenneth Greer, held a pre-school institute Aug. 30 and announced his program this week. A.W. Clevenger, U of I high school visitor, and Professor L. Bracken, Clayton School superintendent, were main lecturers. Palmer writing method instructor was Miss Humphrey of Chicago.
Farm Bureau made plans to install a bulk plant and sell to members and others. The meeting Friday night was attended by 150 people.
Leon Green successfully passed the bar examination held in Chicago, according to word received Thursday, Aug. 8, by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Green.
A law was passed requiring a report within 24 hours of all accidents resulting in injury to or death of an individual.
Fayette County’s oldest citizen was Margaret A. Walters of Farina, who had her 100th birthday anniversary on Aug. 10.
The Vandalia Lions Club planned to sponsor a Biblical play, “The First Commandment,” Aug. 29-30 on an outdoor stage.
Edwards Food Store installed a new electric cooling unit in the storeroom.

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