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Columns

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young girl grew up in Ramsey and married a Vandalia man who's handy.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Revisiting the story of Tramel

    The story of Joe Trammel is one I have visited before in this column. Along with George Welsh and Jefferson Hastings, he was charged with the murder of an Oconee farmer by the name of Morris.

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The annuitants of the ExxonMobil met on Thursday, June 29, in Vandalia at Ponderosa Steakhouse, with 18 members and six guests present.
    Dean Black gave the welcome, followed by the pledge to the flag. Black asked for a moment of silence for a former member Lois Jones, wife of Bill Jones, who passed away in May. LaVerne Laux followed with a meal prayer.
    After the meal, the meeting opened with the reading of the last meeting in Litchfield, which was the picnic at the Mulherns’. The treasurer’s report was also given.

  • The lost village of Manford

    Fayette County was sprinkled with villages and communities that played a major part in the lives of our residents before 1900. The majority of these villages have since disappeared, and our only hint as to their existence comes from maps or memoirs of the older folks.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – A Grand March and Grand Ball were added to this year’s Grande Levée to celebrate the event’s 30th anniversary.
    The Fayette County Relay for Life raised $23,500, $5,500 above the goal set by local event organizers. Since the goal was exceeded, Fayette County Sheriff Michael D. Kleinik agreed to have his head shaved.
    An open house for the new addition to Fayette County Hospital was held.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The cousins in this photo, taken about 70 years ago, grew up in the Brownstown/St. Elmo area.

  • John Sawyer's place in history

    When German traveler Frederick Gustorf visited Illinois in the mid-1830s, he kept a journal that was later published. In the journal, he described the traveling conditions and his impressions of the people he met along the way.
    Many travelers like Gustorf who visited America returned to their home country and wrote travel commentaries. Thousands of people, upon reading their books, were able to choose what place in America they wanted to settle.

  • Vandalia Memories