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  • Many stories at the Statehouse

    As an interpreter at the Vandalia Statehouse, there is a wealth of known history to share with our visitors; however, the unknown is intriguing.
    Much happened within the walls of this historic building that we do not know about, and the personalities who made Vandalia home for the months of the legislative session were many.
    Enter Archibald Williams of Quincy, a self-made lawyer from Kentucky, who would become Lincoln’s fast friend. Williams was said to have had a physical resemblance to Lincoln, and rivaled him in homeliness.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  John Hall and Mark Ritter were selected to attend Illini Boys’ State at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
    Valedictorians at area high schools were: David Myers and Corey Wiegand, Vandalia; Donna Blankenship, Mulberry Grove; Melissa Jones, South Central; Beth Herrington and Angie Harmeier, Vandalia; Amy Cole, Brownstown; Lori Thull and Jamie Bolyard, Ramsey; and Sherry Britt, Patoka.
    The Vandalia Community High School boys’ tennis team tied for first in the Mid-State Conference Tournament.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: The young man in this photo is now retired from the Vandalia Correctional Center.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Vandalia native Paul Stroble uploaded to Vandalia Memories this old postcard of the current home of First National Bank at Fifth and Gallatin streets. As you can see, at the time this postcard was circulated, the bank was inside the Dieckman Hotel.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  Mayor Rich Walker was elected mayor of the Southern Illinois Mayor’s Association.
    Ramsey Superintendent Richard Nelson was named new superintendent of the Lovington School District. He had served as Ramsey superintendent since 1981.
    Two Vandalia seniors received $1,000 scholarships. Jeff Scott was named recipient of the James Littleford Scholarship and Angie Harmeier received the Matthew Newman, M.D., Illinois Eye Consultant Scholarship.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This woman was born and reared in Ramsey, in a family of seven girls and two boys.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: These three brothers from the Ramsey area are shown in a photograph taken in the late 1940s.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  Brandon Nash, 13, of Ramsey, drowned in the rain-swollen Ramsey Creek.
    High-straight winds or a tornado did damage to buildings in Mulberry Grove, Farina, Vandalia and Ramsey during the past week.
    Jim Lewis was named assistant principal at Vandalia Community High School, replacing the late Walt Leidner.
    Former St. Peter mayor and businessman Armin “Shorty” Hotz, died at Lutheran Care Center in Altamont.
    Mike Butler was hired as girls basketball coach at Vandalia Community High School.

  • Vandalia Memories

    The photo above was taken when fire destroyed the five-story Evans Hotel in 1969. The hotel, with the Abe Lincoln Cafe on the first floor, was located at the northwest corner of Fifth and Gallatin streets.

  • Peter Blair an early merchant

    F.M. Bolt, a former editor of The Ramsey News-Journal, contributed stories to his hometown newspaper on a regular basis. Over the years, I have looked at many back issues of the News-Journal on microfilm, and when I came across a Bolt article, I would print a copy and add it to my file.