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  • Vandalia Memories

    This week's photo shows the building that we now know as the two-story Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 Home at 321 S. Seventh St. in Vandalia. Pictured here, it's the three-story Fehren mansion.

     

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – An estimated $39,000 was raised through the Family Y fundraiser “Putting On The Ritz” Saturday evening.
    Brownstown won the Egyptian-Illini Conference volleyball tournament held in Ramsey last week.
    Josephine Flood and Evelyn Faggetti were voting delegates from Vandalia who attended the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Conference held in Springfield.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The young man shown with country music star Mickey Gilley is now married and has three children, and is a teacher.

  • Tribute thanks vets for their service

    This past Sunday afternoon, as I was heading to my car after attending the Armed Forces Tribute held in Sonnemann and Greer parks, I walked past two ladies in conversation with a veteran.
    It was then I heard one of the women say, “Thank you for your service,” and these words have stayed in my head.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This photo shows the store operated by Samuel and Rosa Skane Smith from 1920-50 in the 1400-1500 block of West St. Louis Avenue.

    The photo was posted by the Smiths' granddaughter, Pat Smith Frost.
     

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This brother and sister were born and reared in Ramsey. He lives in Effingham and travels for his job. She lives in Ramsey and works at school.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – St. Elmo Plastics received statewide recognition for its use of the Job Training Partnership Act program.
    Julius Hunter, news anchor for KMOV-TV (Channel 4), St. Louis, was the keynote speaker for the Tri-County Teacher’s Institute.
    Tracy Rohlfing was one of 159 people given an award of recognition at the “Those Who Excel” banquet in Chicago. The Brownstown Junior-Senior High School teacher received her award from the Illinois State Board of Education.

    30 Years Ago

  • Research finds Bowling Jones' grave

    Bowling Green was a village founded by Bowling Jones and located in Section 31 of Bowling Green Township. Some say it was named for him, while others maintain it was named for Bowling Green, Ky.  

  • Our disasters include tornadoes, quakes

    Visiting last week with my sister, Sandy, our conversation turned to earthquakes.
    Sandy left Illinois, and its accompanying earthquakes and tornadoes, when she was 18. She married James “Zeke” Sampson, a Navy man, and he took her to the world of hurricanes and rapid deployment.
    After living in Norfolk, Va., where she witnessed several hurricanes and had her first son, the family was stationed at Roosevelt Roads Naval Air Station, Puerto Rico, with its tropical depressions and daily 3 p.m. deluges.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago
    1989 – Brooke File, a Vandalia Community High School junior, was crowned homecoming queen.
    Scott Smith of St. Elmo won the IHSA Regional Golf Tournament at Robinson for the second straight year. The St. Elmo golf team made school history by advancing to the sectional for the first time. In addition to Smith, other top scorers were Randy Heckert, Matt Weaber and Anthony Ireland.