The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1995 – The city of Vandalia expressed interest in joining the recently formed Illinois Presidential Corridor. Mayors in Dixon, Eureka, Galena, Springfield and Tampico – communities which served as homes for U.S. presidents – were forming the group.
Janice Isbell was sworn in as an alderwoman in Ward I for the city of Vandalia. She was appointed to the seat by Mayor Rich Walker following the death of her husband, Tom.
Floyd and Joann Hopkins were planning to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.
Frank Watson, a Greenville Republican representing Fayette County in the Illinois Senate since 1982, announced that he would seek re-election.

30 Years Ago

1990 – Santa Claus made his first official visit to Vandalia, riding on a sleigh pulled by Don Collier of Shobonier.
DAR winners in Fayette County were Meredith Stewart, Brownstown; Andy Lay, Ramsey; Rebekah Hopper, St. Elmo; and Karin Oldfield, Vandalia.
The executive director of the Family YMCA of Fayette County, Randy Todd, announced his resignation, effective Dec. 31.
Vandalia varsity cheerleaders won first place in the cheerleading competition of the River Bend Tip-Off Classic at East Alton-Wood River. Brian Kern was named to the all-tournament team.

35 Years Ago

1985 – The Vandalia Jaycees were offering a unique Christmas gift, a Vanopoly game, based on the popular Monopoly board game but using Vandalia businesses instead of the regular properties.
The Vandalia Fire Department received a new aerial fire truck. The combination ladder-pumper truck cost $139,500 and replaced two aging vehicles in the fleet.

45 Years Ago

1975 – Proceeds from the Jaycees consignment sale netted that organization $15,000. The project was to defray Fourth of July expenses.
Leo Myers retired after 30 years at Vandalia Correctional Center in the clothing department.
Alpha Mu chapter welcomed seven new members: Linda Dugan, Diane Collins, Georgi Adermann, Norma Degenhart, Vera Durbin, Ruth Dolle and Bonnie Tjaden.
Hunters killed 142 deer in Fayette County in the first three days of the season.
Churches of the county had begun collecting food for the starving world.
Vandalia’s “Running Runts” began their cage season on Saturday when they met Nokomis.

55 Years Ago

1965 – Residents of Vandalia were invited to attend a meeting at Hillsboro regarding the creation of a junior college.
Santa Claus was expected to arrive by way of parachute on Friday.
American Legion Auxiliary prepared baskets of fruit for nursing home patients and shut-ins for distribution on Tuesday before Thanksgiving.
Christmas decorations were going up in downtown Vandalia, thanks to Vandalia Chamber of Commerce. Esther Elmore, president of the Vandalia Cameo Club, presented Otto Cuppy, president of Chamber of Commerce, with a check for $250 in support of the project.
Firemen’s 82nd ball was scheduled for Saturday night. The 20 members of the department served without pay. Proceeds from the ball would be used to purchase equipment, provide training, etc.
With no lettermen returning, coach Dan Schnake was suiting up an inexperienced basketball team Tuesday night against Sandoval.
The Methodist Church entertained some 40 people over 70 years of age at a party at the church Sunday.
Olga Studenberg and Elaine Schultz attended a meeting of District VI The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists on Nov. 10-13 at the Pick-Congress Hotel in Chicago.
Arthur Young celebrated five years of business in Vandalia. On Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, with the purchase of every new or used car or truck, customers received a $50 gift certificate.

55 Years Ago

1955 – Potentate Ray Hilroy, East St. Louis, presented Walter Ohley, president, and Cliff Rasler, vice president, a charter for the Old National Trail Shrine Club on Thursday night.
Vandalia stores were ready for Christmas. The season was to have officially begun Friday. Santa Claus was due to arrive Saturday.
Sam Miranda was a new coach at Vandalia Community High School.
A group of Vandalia sports fans arranged a trip for coach Mark Perrin and the football squad to see the Washington University versus Bradley University football game.
Dr. Roscoe Coen compiled a history of religious life in Vandalia.
After three years in Germany, Tom Rigdon received his discharge from the U.S. Air Force.
First sales tax check was received by the Vandalia City Council this week. Mayor Cecil Smith made several suggestions on ways to use it.

65 Years Ago

1945 – Mr. and Mrs. William Beuthien sold the Feed Store to John Merriman.
Fifteen telephone operators took the company’s offer and returned to work. A local strike lasted from 6 a.m. Monday until 4:55 p.m. Wednesday.
Mildred Murray, Vandalia librarian, reviewed "Class Timberline,” a novel by Sinclair Lewis.
With hunting season in full swing, hunters were warned concerning tularemia.
First Christian Church honored returned veterans as a potluck and variety program held in the church dining room Tuesday evening.

75 Years Ago

1935 – Due to bad weather, the Lions parade was postponed until Saturday, and the showing was not as large at it might otherwise have been.
Fifty-four and four-tenths percent of Fayette County sales tax collected went for schools.
Star Service and Ford Roofing led the city basketball games.
Charles Rummel was held up Thursday by a man and a woman who escaped by were later apprehended in Bloomington.
The Old Age Pension Bill was passed by the state legislature.

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