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Columns

  • The Lincolns are returning to town

    In a little more than a week, Vandalia will be host to the 2015 Abraham Lincoln Presenters annual convention. Vandalia’s own “Abe,” Lewis Clymer is this year’s host being joined by his daughter, Joy, in welcoming the Lincoln Presenters. In fact, the entire town is getting in on the action.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: These siblings grew up in Vandalia and Brownstown. The sister works in Vandalia, and both of the brothers are employed by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Kathy Schultz, administrator of Vandalia Memories, posted this 1955 photo from The Vandalia Leader and Union of the Tri City Grocery when the store opened.

    The building was later a Save-A-Lot store, and it now is part of the First National Bank in downtown Vandalia.

  • Vandalia and the Underground RR

    As many who read this column know, some of my free time is spent as a volunteer at the old state capitol in Vandalia. Last week, the site superintendent, Steve Riddle, told me of a “Network to Freedom” project he had recently heard of that is underwritten by the National Park Service.

  • Vandalia Memories

    After a post on the Vandalia Memories Facebook page started a discussion about Henry's, which was located at the northeast corner of Eighth Street and Veterans Avenue, members were asking for a photo of the restaurant. Kathy Schultz, one of the page administrators, found this found in a 1976 issue of the Vandalois, the Vandalia Community High School yearbook.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: These are four big-haired besties graduated from Vandalia Community High School in 1989.

  • Lee the last link to Vandalia's infancy

    When Benjamin Franklin Lee took his last breath on Dec. 22, 1916, the last living link that connected the infancy of Vandalia to the present matured city was broken.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: The young boy in this photo has four sisters, and he is good at numbers.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  Jim Staff was inducted into the Greenville College Hall of Fame.
    Dr. Brian Dossett announced he would be opening a family practice in Vandalia in August. His wife, Laura, is a registered nurse.
    Brownstown High School students were getting ready to present “The Wizard of Oz.”

    30 Years Ago

  • John Kurtz and wireless transmissions

    The headline of the article “The Wizard of Vandalia” in the Jan. 30, 1908, issue of The Vandalia Union caught my attention. I have mentioned before that the local newspaper is one of my favorite sources of subjects for this column.