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Columns

  • Ancestry test gives some surprises

    This past holiday season I took Ancestry up on its offer for a basic DNA test. Many of my genealogy buddies had already done this and could talk about their ethnic background.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This boy, in a photo taken in 1986, grew up in Vandalia and now works at the federal correctional center in Greenville. He is married and has two sons.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – During a presentation to the Vandalia City Council, Bill Donaldson stressed that city participation in the Vandalia Main Street Program was a vital key in the success of the program.
    Jeff Lay and Tom Fackler of Vandalia won the doubles competition at the Mid-State Conference tennis tournament. Vandalia placed second in the conference tourney.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – Haier Plumbing & Heating of Okawville was hired by the city of Vandalia to lay a city water line to the new work camp at Vandalia Correctional Center.
    Adam Lach and Chris Mason of Vandalia Community High School were selected by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 to attend Boys’ State in the summer at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The girl in this photo, which was taken in the mid-1980s, grew up in the Shafter area. She now cuts hair at a salon in Vandalia, and she has a son.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Rheiner doctored early St. Paul

    Doctor Edward Rheiner was one of the earliest doctors to attend to the ills of the St. Paul community, which began forming into a village in the fall of 1864 with the migration of the Wisconsin German families, Lenz, Malchow, Maske, Sasse, Busse and Stein.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – A letter of intent was signed for the sale of Witte Hardware Corp., operator of a distribution center in Vandalia, to Orgill Corp., an independent hardware distributor based in Memphis, Tenn.
    Alicia Gerkin and Jay Keppler were crowned queen and king at the Vandalia Community High School prom.
    Members of Soroptimist International of Vandalia were to canvass the downtown business district over the weekend to plant flowers in barrels as part of its “Bloom in Historic Vandalia” program.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Childhood memories of wash day

    The washer broke yesterday. Oh, I can’t say it was much of a surprise. It had begun to make funny noises about three weeks ago.
    It didn’t owe me anything, as the saying goes. I had bought it used 10 years earlier and it had served me well. However, when it died, it was at the beginning of the wash cycle; I was faced with a medium-sized load of unwashed clothes.
    It was as I was wringing out a pair of socks that a picture of my mother came to mind, bent over a tub in the basement, scrubbing on her washboard.