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  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

     This week's photo: This photo of two brothers was taken about 60 years ago. One lives in Altamont and is retired from World Color Press, and the other lives in Indiana and is retired from two companies he owned in that state.

  • Vandalia Memories

    David Crye uploaded to Vandalia Memories this old photo of Vandalia's railroad depot in the 100 block of South Sixth Street.

  • Dug Out Bill and bandits

    The following story, by the Rev. August Forster, Ramsey’s Catholic priest, was reprinted in the April 9, 1936, issue of the Ramsey News Journal.
    At the time he reprinted it, the editor expressed reservations as to the reverend having his facts straight, even accusing him of using his imagination to come up with “an interesting portrayal of an episode that might have happened.”

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This little girl has three children, and she formerly worked at three banks in Vandalia.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Rosemary McMillan of Brownstown provided us with this 1941 photo of a rope bridge across the Kaskaskia River, presumably south of Vandalia. On the bridge are Farrell Gruenbaum, Bob Smith and Paul Jeff.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young woman, shown in a photo taken in 1940, has three children and lives in the Shafter area.

  • A day in the life in Vandalia

    Last week, while working on a research project that required searching back issues of The Vandalia Union, which are available on microfilm at Evans Public Library, I came across an article in the July 28, 1938, edition titled, “The Editor Cruises Around Town on A Dull Summer Day,” by Editor Ira Lakin.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  Kristen Jahraus of St. Peter was named Miss Fayette County Fair, and Aubrey Harre of Brownstown was chosen Little Miss.
    Vandalia Junior High School cheerleaders were chosen the best squad at the NCA camp at Lake Land College, attended by more than 300 girls. Mandi Wasmuth, a member of the squad, was one of six cheerleaders nominated for All-American cheerleader.