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  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – Haier Plumbing & Heating of Okawville was hired by the city of Vandalia to lay a city water line to the new work camp at Vandalia Correctional Center.
    Adam Lach and Chris Mason of Vandalia Community High School were selected by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 to attend Boys’ State in the summer at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The girl in this photo, which was taken in the mid-1980s, grew up in the Shafter area. She now cuts hair at a salon in Vandalia, and she has a son.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Rheiner doctored early St. Paul

    Doctor Edward Rheiner was one of the earliest doctors to attend to the ills of the St. Paul community, which began forming into a village in the fall of 1864 with the migration of the Wisconsin German families, Lenz, Malchow, Maske, Sasse, Busse and Stein.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – A letter of intent was signed for the sale of Witte Hardware Corp., operator of a distribution center in Vandalia, to Orgill Corp., an independent hardware distributor based in Memphis, Tenn.
    Alicia Gerkin and Jay Keppler were crowned queen and king at the Vandalia Community High School prom.
    Members of Soroptimist International of Vandalia were to canvass the downtown business district over the weekend to plant flowers in barrels as part of its “Bloom in Historic Vandalia” program.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Childhood memories of wash day

    The washer broke yesterday. Oh, I can’t say it was much of a surprise. It had begun to make funny noises about three weeks ago.
    It didn’t owe me anything, as the saying goes. I had bought it used 10 years earlier and it had served me well. However, when it died, it was at the beginning of the wash cycle; I was faced with a medium-sized load of unwashed clothes.
    It was as I was wringing out a pair of socks that a picture of my mother came to mind, bent over a tub in the basement, scrubbing on her washboard.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This This young lady grew up in the Pittsburg area, and she has worked in the banking and insurance business. She has been married for more than 30 years, and has two beautiful daughters and an adorable great-granddaughter.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    There was no photo last week.
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    Unscrambling it were: RuthAnn Garrison, Larry Cable, Harold and Loretta Tidwell, Cy and Lorene Locke, Elizabeth Kasten, Diana Roe, Carolyn Maske, Andrew Crosswait, and Wayne and Bonnie Purtilar.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – A little more than 200 people took advantage of a hazardous home waste collection program offered at South Central FS in Vandalia.
    Clint Benhoff and Tim Worker of Ramsey were on the baseball squad at Lake Land College.
    Mr. and Mrs. Dale Nattier of Patoka were making plans to celebrate their 60th anniversary.