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  • Vandalia Memories

    Sherry Smith-Stanford posted on Vandalia Memories this photo from Vandalia Remembered, printed during Vandalia's 175th anniversary.

    The photo, which was taken in the mid-1910s, shows Hausmann Corner, the northwest corner of Fourth and Gallatin streets. In Vandalia's capital days, that corner housed Charter's Hotel, an inn used by state legislators, including Abraham Lincoln. In the background of the photo at right is the cupola that sat atop the Masonic building on Fourth Street.

  • Relatives tell the Stephen Wright story

    I was surprised and thrilled to receive a call from Jessie Neathery of Greenville in response to my story about Newton Coffey, published in this newspaper two weeks ago.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This photo, posted on the Vandalia Memories Faecebook page by Paul Stroble, shows the Ford Bathing Pool, located off of Main Street near the Ford Roofing Plant (now Vandalia Warehouse).

  • Many of Lincoln's first were right here

    This past Sunday afternoon Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, co-sponsored by the Vandalia Historical Society and Friends of the Vandalia Statehouse, was celebrated at the Vandalia Statehouse.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Lincoln’s life in Vandalia was remembered during a Lincoln’s Birthday program sponsored by the Vandalia Historical Society.
    The Vandalia Optimist Club donated $2,584.06 to the VCHS Lettermen’s Club, the amount representing half of the proceeds made by the club when it hosted the University of Illinois basketball scrimmage.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This young lady graduated from high school in 1970, and now works to help our county run better. She's also a great neighbor, too.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This young girl was born and reared in Vandalia, and she still lives here, working as a registered nurse. Both of her parents live in Vandalia, and she has a brother.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Ed Mills was elected to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame as a “Friend of Basketball.” The VCHS basketball scorekeeper for 45 years was honored prior to the Vandalia-Pana basketball game.
    Wrestlers John Durbin, Greg Emerick, John Swain, Tim Smith and Ray Rees advanced to the wrestling sectional after qualifying in the Litchfield Regional.

  • Vandalia Memories

    With the high school basketball season nearing an end, here's a look at the scorer's table years ago. From left to right are Ed Mills, Charles "Chick" Lawler, Bill Brown.

  • Coffey one of first Montgomery settlers

    During my search into the early roots of my son’s family tree, I have often bumped up against Newton Coffey, although never connected with him.