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Columns

  • Capt. Isaac Hill reports on survey mission

    Capt. Isaac Hill, accompanied by seven Kentucky Rangers and four Russell Rangers, entered the wilds of the Illinois Territory on a survey mission in 1809.

  • Fellwock memoirs trace path to Illinois

    When John Frederick Fellwock was in his 80s, he relived the days of his childhood in the village of Nahhausen, Germany, through his memoirs.  

    His story became the story of many Wilberton Township families who were part of the Lutheran migration from Dodge County, Wis., to the St. Paul area in 1864.

    John’s father, for whom he was named, was an important man in the village of Nahhausen (now Nowodna, Poland), serving as village trustee, tax collector and member of the school board.

  • The Way We Were (Sept. 1)

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council agreed that it was too late to move ahead with plan to put before city voters a referendum on a change in the form of local government.
    Travis Blain ran for 160 yards as the Vandalia Vandals defeated Nokomis, 21-0, in football action.
    The new work camp at Vandalia Correctional Center was ready to begin operations.

  • The Way We Were-Aug. 25, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Two-year-old Karley Dannielle Flanagan of rural Vandalia died from smoke inhalation as her family’s home in Daisley’s Trailer Court was destroyed by fire.
    Harold H. Pennock, 47, of Centralia pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was arrested for DUI in Centralia after being involved in a traffic accident less than an hour after serving on the bench in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    The Vandalia Vandals pounded Litchfield, 49-0, in football action to raise their season mark to 2-0.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Aug. 25, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These brothers, pictured in about 1961, both have businesses in Vandalia.

  • Letters lead to duel challenge for Abe

    Abraham Lincoln, who saw service in the Black Hawk War in Northern Illinois, is said to have joked that the only blood he shed during the conflict was from mosquito bites.

  • The Way We Were-Aug. 18, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Roger Gottman, 27, of St. Elmo, died from injuries sustained when he was hit by a train as he was crossing railroad tracks in St. Elmo.
    The Vandalia Community High School football team opened its season with a 38-6 win over Carlyle.
    David and Eileen Brown of Vandalia were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

  • Residents' impact felt after they moved

    Last week, I told the story of James Thomas Burbridge Stapp, who after living the first 41 years of his life in Vandalia, took his ideas and dollars – 20,000 of them – and moved to Decatur.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman, pictured when she was about 16, now lives in Brownstown. She has three children and three grandchildren. She worked at a local warehouse for 29 years.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Aug. 11, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This brother and sister, pictured about 65 years ago, were born in Oklahoma, but moved to the Brownstown area  during the oil boom in the late 1930s.