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Columns

  • After 26 years, it's time for new adventures

    One hundred and fifty years ago, when H.S. Humphrey launched The Vandalia Union on the tempestuous seas of Fayette County journalism, he had no idea what the future held for his publication.

  • Henry Mitchell, an orphan, raised six orphans

    On the anniversary of his 83rd birthday, Henry Brown Mitchell wrote an article for The Vandalia Union newspaper.
    He wrote that he came on the scene on May 25, 1857, several miles northwest of Vandalia, in a one-room log home, 16 feet by 24 feet, with a seven-foot ceiling plastered up with yellow clay. His parents, Archibald Litell Mitchell and Jael (Jaily) Hackney Brown, died within four days of each other in October 1858 of milk sickness, leaving four children.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Illinois Attorney General Neil Hartigan, a Democratic candidate, was in Vandalia for a fundraiser.
    St. Peter residents were busy planning Prairie Days.
    Cevin Dugan, son of Billyanna Dugan of Vandalia and the late Clifford Dugan, was named a partner in Bruegge Funeral Homes in Breese and Germantown.
    Special services commemorated the 125th anniversary of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These siblings were born and reared in Ramsey.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture was taken at the 50th anniversary of the couple in the center in 1957.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Bill Donaldson resigned as Mulberry Grove Junior-Senior High School principal to become assistant regional superintendent for Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties. Dennis West was named as his replacement. Vandalia’s assistant superintendent, Dan Meyer, left that post to take over as superintendent of the St. Elmo School District.
    Jim Lewis was named Vandalia Community High School athletic director.
    Four Mile Church dedicated a new wing of its church. The new wing included an education/nursery room and kitchen.

  • Albrecht family settled in St. Paul area

    This past Sunday was a very special day at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wilberton Township. This year, 2014, represents the 150th year since the founding of the church by emigrants from Dodge County, Wis.

  • St. Paul Lutheran Church celebrates 150th

    Last summer, I was invited to attend a meeting of the 150th anniversary planning committee from St. Paul Lutheran Church, which was already well into the planning of 2014’s events that would highlight the 150th anniversary of the church.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These brothers, pictured about 30 years ago, were born and reared in Ramsey.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Delbert Maroon was sworn in as regional superintendent of schools for Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties.
    Trent Kull, a 1985 graduate of Vandalia Community High School, graduated to the rank of second lieutenant from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
    South Central High School personnel were getting ready for their first school year. The South Central District was formed by consolidating the Farina LaGrove and Kinmundy-Alma districts. Joe Ross is superintendent.