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Columns

  • Eliza Browning and the Lincolns

    Many of Abraham Lincoln’s “firsts” happened in Vandalia: his first legislative office; his first public protest against slavery; his first challenge to duel (by fiery William Lee Davidson Ewing); and his first, long-lasting friendship, with a lady, Eliza Browning.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Bill Davis uploaded to Vandalia Memories this photo of one of the previous bridges over the Kaskaskia River.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –Walter and Viola Meseke celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
    Nineteen VCHS students were inducted into the National Honor Society.
    Morrison Excavating placed first in the women’s volleyball league tournament and also won the regular season competition.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This photo of these two girls from the Bayle City area was taken about 50 years ago. One of them now lives in Greenville and the other in Texas.

  • Nadine returns to Fayette County on Saturday

    Nadine, the comedienne “Church Lady” on the RFD TV show “Larry’s Country Diner” has become a familiar “face” in Fayette County, and she is returning this Saturday evening to visit with friends she has made here. And she always likes to make new ones.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Dorothy Donley posted on Vandalia Memories photos that Burtschi Brothers published of the unveiling of Vandalia's Madonna of the Trail statue and the East Meets the West pageant in 1928.

    This is a photo of the Gallatin Stree parade held as part of the festivities, with Boy Scouts leading as the parade approaches Sixth Street.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Harlan Newbold was named the new superintendent of the Brownstown School District, effective July 1. Newbold had served as Ramsey High School principal for four years.
    Fifty years of band music in the Vandalia school system was to be celebrated at a special concert in the high school gymnasium. Carl Dollinger of Waukesha, Wis., who helped organize the band program in the Vandalia schools in 1940, was to direct the high school band as it played “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: The two kids in this photo, which was taken in the early 1940s, are cousins; their mothers were sisters. Both live in the Shobonier area.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – The Vandalia City Council voted to designate four parking spaces downtown for special uses – two for 15-minute parking in front of First Bank and First National Bank and two for disabled/handicapped parking.
    Ramsey Lions Club members were planning their annual community sale.
    The Rev. Edward Lucas of First Pentecostal Church was honored by his congregation for 25 years as a minister.

    30 Years Ago

  • Vandalia Memories

    Fred Cohoon posted on the Vandalia Memories Facebook page this photo of the students at Woodyard School taken in September 1932.