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Columns

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Dwight Hagy resigned from the Vandalia Post Office after 23½ years as a government employee.
    VI Enterprises employees were on strike.
    The fall schedule for the Family Y of Fayette County included youth, adult and family programs.
    The I-70 Road Riders Honda Motorcycle Club donated a $600 savings bond to the Ronald McDonald House in Springfield.

    30 Years Ago

  • Abe will visit our Statehouse this Saturday

    Maybe you have heard the news that Abraham Lincoln is “hitting the road” this Saturday to visit three places important to him during his life.

    The first stop will be in Benton, from 9-11 a.m., at the Bryant Cottage State Historic Site.
    It was at the Bryant cottage that Lincoln and Stephen Douglas agreed to a series of debates. These historic debates were held at various sites around Illinois.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: Pictured here as a second-grader about 40 years ago, this young man is now seean on the streets of Vandalia daily.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These siblings were born and reared in Ramsey.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Illinois Attorney General Neil Hartigan, a Democratic candidate, was in Vandalia for a fundraiser.
    St. Peter residents were busy planning Prairie Days.
    Cevin Dugan, son of Billyanna Dugan of Vandalia and the late Clifford Dugan, was named a partner in Bruegge Funeral Homes in Breese and Germantown.
    Special services commemorated the 125th anniversary of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

    30 Years Ago

  • After 26 years, it's time for new adventures

    One hundred and fifty years ago, when H.S. Humphrey launched The Vandalia Union on the tempestuous seas of Fayette County journalism, he had no idea what the future held for his publication.

  • Henry Mitchell, an orphan, raised six orphans

    On the anniversary of his 83rd birthday, Henry Brown Mitchell wrote an article for The Vandalia Union newspaper.
    He wrote that he came on the scene on May 25, 1857, several miles northwest of Vandalia, in a one-room log home, 16 feet by 24 feet, with a seven-foot ceiling plastered up with yellow clay. His parents, Archibald Litell Mitchell and Jael (Jaily) Hackney Brown, died within four days of each other in October 1858 of milk sickness, leaving four children.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture was taken at the 50th anniversary of the couple in the center in 1957.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Bill Donaldson resigned as Mulberry Grove Junior-Senior High School principal to become assistant regional superintendent for Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties. Dennis West was named as his replacement. Vandalia’s assistant superintendent, Dan Meyer, left that post to take over as superintendent of the St. Elmo School District.
    Jim Lewis was named Vandalia Community High School athletic director.
    Four Mile Church dedicated a new wing of its church. The new wing included an education/nursery room and kitchen.

  • Albrecht family settled in St. Paul area

    This past Sunday was a very special day at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wilberton Township. This year, 2014, represents the 150th year since the founding of the church by emigrants from Dodge County, Wis.