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The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1995 – The Fayette County Board voted to seek bids for the removal of asbestos from the old county nursing home on Ill. Route 185, northwest of Vandalia.
Sophomore Gretchen Schneider was crowned Homecoming queen at Vandalia Community High School.

30 Years Ago

1990 – Molly Schumacher was crowned VCHS Homecoming queen.
The Vandalia City Council voted to purchase a recycling collection bin for public use. A VCHS group, Students Against Violating the Environment (S.A.V.E.), was to operate the recycling program.
Charlie Carroll of Ramsey was named baseball player of the year in the Egyptian-lllini Conference.
Kim Lotz received a $1,000 scholarship from the John Crane Inc. Scholarship Committee.
Randy Edwards was elected president of the Vandalia Optimist Club.
The Vandalia High School Class of 1940 held its 50-year reunion.
Kim Worker of Ramsey was named to the all-tournament team at the Raymond-Lincolnwood Round Robin Volleyball Tournament.
The Vandals Sports Booster Club purchased various items for athletes, including hooded jackets for the soft-ball team; sports bags for wrestling; track and girls’ tennis teams; sweaters for the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams; and hooded sweatshirts for the boys’ tennis team.
Kyle Blackerby, 15, of Vandalia, won a gold medal in the 14th United States Elite Tae Kwon Do championships in Dayton, Ohio.

35 Years Ago

1985 – Jeanette Gallion was crowned Homecoming queen at St. Elmo.
Larry and Lisa Rebbe were named winners of The Leader-Union “Good Neighbor” award.
Mark Metivier and Sean Leckrone of Vandalia and Pat Reiss of Ramsey qualified for the sectional golf tournament after placing in the top 12 at the Robinson Sectional.
Mayor Rich Walker, at a special press conference, announced that he had received written confirmation that the city would be awarded a federal portion of an EPA grant program. About $4.371 million was to be used in conjunction with state EPA grant money and local finances to fund construction of the city’s waterworks and sewage construction project.
At the same press conference, Marry T. Ferrando of the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, announced that Vandalia would receive a $340,000 CDAP grant to help The Waggoners Trucking Co. open a terminal in Vandalia.
Loyd and Delores Lynch of Mulberry Grove were injured when a gas water heater exploded in the cellar of their home.
Brownstown took second in the NTC volleyball tournament, losing to the No. 1-ranked team in the state, Stewardson-Strasburg, in the finals.

45 Years Ago

1975 – Most of the front page of this edition carried the trial and conviction surrounding the murder of Danny Cade.
High school classes and clubs were busy decorating floats for the homecoming parade. Queen candidates were Twila Russell, Glenda Johnson, Susan Walther, Janet Cuppy, Nancy Schwager and Kathy Kelly.
The historic Liberty Bell was to have been on exhibition in Vandalia Oct. 24.

55 Years Ago

1965 – Final approval was given by the Vandalia Board of Education Tuesday night for an election to be held Saturday, Oct. 30, on a bond issue to make possible a new junior high building.
The Vandalia Student Loan Foundation fund drive was scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 16, with a house-to-house canvas for “Dollars for Scholars.”
The annual Ford Punt, Pass & Kick contest for boys 8-13 years old was held Saturday.
First National Bank in Vandalia sponsored an auto show on their parking lot, Saturday, Oct. 16. The grand prize was a $100 bill.
A half bushel of Jonathon apples sold at 99 cents at A&P Store.
Extension planned an apple smorgasbord for Nov. 3. An Apple Queen was to have been crowned and a day of fun and good food was in store for all.
St. Elmo Furniture Store sponsored a “Quitting Business” sale, with discounts up to 55 percent.

65 Years Ago

1955 – “Kings Men,” Vandalia’s drum and bugle corps, left Vandalia Airport Sunday for Miami, Fla., to attend the National American Legion Convention.
Bernard Kaufmann was promoted and moved to Mt. Sterling. He was employed by the Farmers Home Administration.
The 11th annual Corn Day celebration was to have been held here Friday with the annual school parade, dog show, band concert, free acts, free gifts, crowning of the corn king and free dances.
St. Teresa’s Bulldogs beat the Vandals, 28-7.
The Rev. Edgar A. Doering, son of Christine Doering of Vandalia, took the pastorate of a Lutheran Church near San Francisco, Calif.
G.V. Blythe was named a delegate to the National School Conference.

75 Years Ago

1945 – Frank H. Meier sold his greenhouse to Edward F. Steffon, an Indiana florist. Meier planned to retire after having been in business 30 years.
The Vandals drubbed Altamont, 5-0, Friday afternoon here. Floyd Staff allowed only one hit.
“Kind Lady,” a school play, was in its third week of rehearsal at Vandalia Community High School.
Members of the Lions Club held a regular meeting Monday at the Ford cabin with the annual squirrel supper.

85 Years Ago

1935 – “Sweetheart” was the name of the new tomato developed and propagated by F.H. Meier Greenhouse as a result of the name contest begun last spring. The name was suggested by Tony Brown of Bingham.
A reported 5.23 inches of rain fell here in September 1935. In September 1934, the rainfall was 6.10 inches; and in September 1933, the rainfall was 4.64 inches.
The schools closed in Bowling Green Township on account of diphtheria.
J.J. Metzger was elected head of Fayette County Rural Mail Carriers at the October meeting held in the Shobonier Methodist Church.
Sixty-four percent of the total W.P.A. funds, or about $327,954, was to have been spent on roads and bridges in Fayette County.

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