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Columns

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This little girl, shown in a photo taken early in 1964, lives in Vandalia, has three children and currently works at a local doctor's office.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  A Brownstown youth, 16-year-old Presley Gilbert “Gibby” Cannon, drowned in a rural Brownstown lake.
    Jim Edgar, Illinois Secretary of State and the Republican candidate for governor, attended a fundraising dinner at Vandalia Lake. The cajun dinner raised more than $30,000.
    Jo Collins was elected president of Vandalia Business and Professional Women’s Club.
    First National Bank of Vandalia celebrated its 125th birthday.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Some women went to the big city

    The traditional beginning of the Easterday family takes us back to the time of Martin Luther, the late 1400s to early 1500s.

  • Some women went to the big city

    Last week, while looking through a box that I had packed away some years back, I found a recipe box full of recipes that had belonged to my Aunt Frieda Torbeck.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Now the home of Allen's Furniture, at the southeast corner of Fourth and Gallatin streets, this building was the home of Star Store.

    The photo was found by Vandalia Memories Administrator Kathy Schultz as she looked through 1910-12 copies of the Vandalois, the Vandalia Community High School yearbook.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  Twenty “Vandalia” banners were purchased by Soroptimist International of Vandalia, with help from local organizations, businesses and individuals. They were to be hung from street lights along Gallatin and South Fourth streets. The banners featured the Vandalia Statehouse and an outline of the bottom portion of Illinois in white on a blue background with some red trim.
    The Vandalia City Council organized a seven-member tourism council.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This "premie" will turn the Big 3-0 in June. He has lived in Fayette County all of his life, and he still loves wrestling, football and fishing. He is the youngest of three boys.

  • 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.

  • 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.