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  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This woman was born and reared in Ramsey, in a family of seven girls and two boys.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: These three brothers from the Ramsey area are shown in a photograph taken in the late 1940s.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  Brandon Nash, 13, of Ramsey, drowned in the rain-swollen Ramsey Creek.
    High-straight winds or a tornado did damage to buildings in Mulberry Grove, Farina, Vandalia and Ramsey during the past week.
    Jim Lewis was named assistant principal at Vandalia Community High School, replacing the late Walt Leidner.
    Former St. Peter mayor and businessman Armin “Shorty” Hotz, died at Lutheran Care Center in Altamont.
    Mike Butler was hired as girls basketball coach at Vandalia Community High School.

  • Vandalia Memories

    The photo above was taken when fire destroyed the five-story Evans Hotel in 1969. The hotel, with the Abe Lincoln Cafe on the first floor, was located at the northwest corner of Fifth and Gallatin streets.

  • Peter Blair an early merchant

    F.M. Bolt, a former editor of The Ramsey News-Journal, contributed stories to his hometown newspaper on a regular basis. Over the years, I have looked at many back issues of the News-Journal on microfilm, and when I came across a Bolt article, I would print a copy and add it to my file.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: These three sisters are from the Woodyard area. One lives in Chicago, one lives in Tennessee and one lives in Brownstown.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Kyle Barker uploaded to Vandalia Memories on Facebook this photo of Flack's Hotel.

    In 1836, Col. Robert Flack took over the the three-story frame building and operated it under the name of Vandalia inn. The building originally stood at the southeast corner of Fourth and Gallatin streets and was later moved a block south to Johnson Street.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Representatives of several Vandalia businesses participated in Vandalia Night ceremonies at Busch Stadium.
    Jeremy Miselbrook and Jill Neal were crowned king and queen at the South Central High School prom.
    Fayette County Hospital received state-of-the-art mammography equipment.

  • Relatives tell about Bosco Sears

    I can still remember the way she said the name Bosco Sears and then shuddered.
    I was visiting with Bernice Spires, in Bingham when her 90-year old brother, Wilbur Meyer, stopped for a visit. Uncle Wilbur had made the acquaintance of some long-lost Sears relatives in Bond County and had come to tell Grandma of his findings.
    The talk continued on to other Sears’ relatives, and then she said the name as if dredged up from a long-distant memory – “Bosco Sears – ooh, I was afraid of him. He was mean.”

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Frogtown correspondent Mary Peyton Meyer was a big hit on “The Tonight Show.”
    Burglars entered Jane Isbell Jewelry at about 5 a.m. Monday, doing about $4,000 in damage and stealing several thousand dollars worth of items. One of the alleged burglars was apprehended on I-70, about two miles east of Vandalia.
    Thirty-four relatives and friends attended the induction of Edward W. Mills into the IBCA Hall of Fame at Illinois State University in Normal.