The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1995 – The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency gave Historical Vandalia Inc. $50,000 to use toward the restoration of the old Presbyterian Church, which houses the Fayette County Museum and Artworks Gallery.
Vandalia School District officials and the Vandalia Unit Teachers Association agreed to a two-year extension on the contract for district teachers. The extension gave teachers a pay increase of 5 percent in each of the two years.
Floyd and Lucile Bingaman of Brownstown were planning to celebrate their 65th anniversary.

30 Years Ago

1990 – Vandalia Community High School’s Class of 1970 had its 20-year reunion at the Vandalia Country and Golf Club.
Mr. and Mrs. John Warner of Vandalia celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
Cindy Caldwell got her 100th victory as Ramsey High School volleyball coach.

35 Years Ago

1985 – Ramsey Mayor Raymond Wemple died after suffering several heart attacks. He was the second Ramsey mayor to die in a little over a month. Wemple had replaced Joe Casey, who died Aug. 4. Kenneth Farber was named acting mayor.
Vandalia hired its first woman police officer, Lisa Osborne of Vandalia. Also hired was Curt Bingham of Greenville.
Plans for the 10th annual Band Day in St. Elmo were finalized.
The Vandalia City Council was studying a request to allow Class E liquor license holders to sell alcohol until 2 a.m., two hours longer than the current midnight cutoff time.

55 Years Ago

1965 – The Vandals were to have opened the season with a game in Effingham. Cheerleaders were Jeanine Boley, Dorothy Ann Doran, Linda Mabry, Barbara Steinhauer and Sandra Hoffman.
The Rev. and Mrs. J.H. Reeter, who had pastored the Vandalia Pentecostal Church for the past 26 years, were honored in a special service Sunday.
Lincoln School was making plans for the annual carnival. Mrs. Edgar Jones and Mrs. Curt Muelchi headed the committee.
Approximately 40 blocks of streets in Vandalia had been oil treated and graveled.
Floyd G. Staff had earned his master’s degree in education at the University of Illinois.
Egyptian Nursery, Farina, announced Sept. 18 as its fall opening date.

75 Years Ago

1945 – Minnie Bailey, switchboard operator in Farina, retired after 34 years of service with the company.
The Brownstown Community High School enrolled 172 students, the first day of school.
The LaGrove Community High School opened Sept. 2 with an enrollment of 190 students.
Betty Hawk of Cape Girardeau received the Bronze Star medal posthumously for her husband, Jack Hawk.
Supt. W.E. McAllister received the annual award of the Vandalia Grade School from Chicago Motor Club for the fourth consecutive year, honoring the fact that there had been no serious accident at street crossings during that school year.
The Vandalia Community High School classes elected the following class officers: senior, Robert Graham; junior, John Lester; sophomore, Jim Staff; freshman, Robert Duff; student council, Don Ervin; GAA, Betty Steinhauer; home economics club, Iris Brooks; and FAA, Dean Culbertson.
Myrtle Dawson opened her Tea Room on Sept. 16.

85 Years Ago

1935 – The average daily attendance at Fayette County Fair was 3,000 and prizes totaled $5,000. Vandalia ag students won a large share of the premiums.
A general rain fell here Sunday night. According to Dock Boaz, there was a light frost the latter part of the week. However, it was of no consequence.
Ruth Butts opened a millinery store and dress making shop in the Fehren building.
“First Amendment,” sponsored by the Lions Club, was the best show of its kind held in Vandalia for years. Eighty local people participated and the proceeds went to the state convention fund.
Vandalia Thespians held its first meeting of the year Sept. 5. Arthur Cocagne, Joe Frank and Opal Harris were the new officers.
Kroger put on a huge “grand opening” for its newly remodeled store.
Hale peaches sold at $1 per bushel; yellow freestones at 35 cents to 75 cents per bushel. Baskets were 10 cents extra.
Gregg Green left Monday for Tuscon, Ariz., where he was to have entered the University of Arizona to pursue a medical course.

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