The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1995 – A child playing with matches started a fire which caused extensive damage to his family's home and destroyed two buildings near the house.
Charles W. Mills, former owner and publisher of The Leader-Union, was selected as the parade marshal for the 53rd annual Vandalia Lions Club's Halloween parade.
Vandalia officials held a pre-construction conference for the extension of sewer lines to the city's western Interstate 70 interchange. Construction was to get under way the following week.
Bob Foster, a native of Vandalia, returned to his hometown and joined the Vandalia Police Department as a patrolman.
The village of Brownstown received a $50,000 grant from the state for its sewer collection system project.
Jill and Gary Graumenz were planning to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.
Vandalia Girl Scouts Cindy Van Patter, Jamie Davison and Brittney Scribner returned from a 28-day trip overseas.

30 Years Ago

1990 – The Vandalia Lions Club Halloween Parade attracted thousands of people. Alpha Mu won the float competition, while Centralia and Odin won first place in large and small school band competition, respectively.
Brian Kern announced plans to attend and play basketball at Illinois State University at Normal following graduation from Vandalia Community High School.
Brownstown won the Effingham St. Anthony volleyball regional tournament.
Regina Dothager of Mulberry Grove, a graduate of Vandalia Community High School, was a homecoming candidate at Greenville College.

35 Years Ago

1985 – Junior Regina Dothager was crowned VCHS homecoming queen.
A total of $4,407 was collected during the United Fund's door-to-door drive.
Take It Home video opened in St. Elmo.
The Leader-Union all-area baseball team had tri-MVPs. They were Donnie Cooper, Mike Palm and Curt Thacker, all of Mulberry Grove. Others on the first team were Pat Matthews of Mulberry Grove; Jim Fadberg and Lonnie Moore of Patoka; Barry Jahraus of LaGrove; Jeff Parkison of Brownstown; and Tim Whitten and Nick Casey of Ramsey. Second team picks were Brian Bird of Patoka; Alan Whitt, Brady Jahraus and John Smith of LaGrove; Curtis Sidwell, Jeff Ireland, Toby Tackett and Chad Smith of Brownstown; and Bob Jackson and Jon Linton of Mulberry Grove.
Genevieve Diveley was honored after retiring from a 36-year career in office work.

45 Years Ago

1975 – P.N. Hirsch moved its drapery plant to Vandalia.
First National held its fifth annual Apple Cider Week Oct. 27 through Nov. 1. Free apple cider for everyone all week and free donuts on Friday and Saturday.
Father Gribbin enjoyed a visit in his native Ireland.
The Irvin Probsts had just returned from a month's moose hunt.
At the talent smorgasbord Friday night, John Nipper and Ruth Hipsher played in the humorous skit, "Who Gets the Money?"
Farmers and Merchants Bank staged its ninth annual Apple Dividend Days Oct. 27-31.

55 Years Ago

1965 – “Dollars for Scholars" drive brought $844 for scholarships.
Former pastors at St. James Lutheran Church planned to return for the church's celebration of its 100th anniversary.
Funeral services for Sp.4 Ronald Schukar, who was killed in Vietnam were scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church.
Densmore Sales and Service moved to new offices and warehouse on West Randolph Street.
Reed Bechtel was elected president of VCHS freshman class; Bonnie Hourigan, vice president; and Susan Albright, secretary-treasurer.
Stalk rot was causing great loss to owners of Illinois corn producers this year.

65 Years Ago

1955 – Democratic Women were to have held a county-wide potluck Oct. 26 at Washington School basement.
At a meeting at city hall, Vandalia Retail Merchants planned for a "Ridiculous Days" as a trade promotion.
An estimated 10,000 attended Corn Day Friday in Vandalia.
Eugene Norton won the G.E. home freezer given away on Corn Day. Also given away were an air conditioner and a refrigerator.
"Penny," a toy Manchester puppy exhibited by Crystle Manion, received first in smallest dog division in the dog show on Corn Day.
Charlie Sturgeon was crowned Corn King of 1955.
American Legion Auxiliary sponsored a magazine sale to benefit its plan for sick-room equipment.

75 Years Ago

1945 – Fayette County oil valuations dropped 24 percent under the previous year's valuations.
The Lions planned to sponsor a Halloween parade and dance and free acts. They planned to give away about $100 in prizes.
Johnson, Stephens and Shinkle Shoe Factory changed personnel and enlarged the industry. Ross Mallery was promoted from packing room foreman to assistant superintendent; Joe Chernisky took Mallery's place as foreman.

85 Years Ago

1935 – More than 200 Fayette County dairymen attended the dairy show in St. Louis on Wednesday.
Ross Carson was elected the new commander of the American Legion Post.
Clark Lynn was appointed manager of the new Central Cash and Carry Wholesale Grocery Co. on East Gallatin Street.
The Pythian Sisters played pitch, bridge and pinochle in the Fehren building Monday evening. Prizes were chickens and cakes and the admission was 25 cents.

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