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  • Banks of the Okaw-Sept. 22, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photos: These two young people were members of the Class of 1961.

  • Isham Reavis' grave marked in ceremony

    On Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, the Kaskaskia Chapter of the U.S. Daughters of the War of 1812 officiated at a grave-marking ceremony at Edwards Cemetery in Seminary Township honoring the service of Isham Reavis, a veteran of the War of 1812.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Sept. 15, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photos: These two members of the class of VCHS class of 1966 will be holding their reunion soon.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – More than 150 Vandalia Community High School students and faculty members gathered outside for prayer as “See You at the Pole” was observed nationwide.
    Louie and Josephine Franklin of Ramsey were observing their 50th wedding anniversary.
    A crew from NBC-TV was in Vandalia to interview local residents on such things as the economy, politics and the status of the country in general. The product was to be aired during the network news.

  • The Hurricane Settlement included church

    In 1816, a group of people moved from Warren County, Ky., to southern Bond County and formed a settlement. The Indians were unfriendly there, so the group headed northward, locating near the Dry Fork of Hurricane Creek, two miles south of the present village of Fillmore in Montgomery County.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photos: These two people are members of the VCHS class of 1966.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – An open house was being held at the new Vandalia Correctional Center work camp.
    Vandalia Police stepped up patrols around elementary schools after a 7-year-old student at Lincoln School reported that a man attempted to abduct her while she was walking home from school.
    The Fayette County Farm Bureau conducted its annual crop survey. The survey netted estimated yields of 108 bushels per acre for corn and 32.75 bushels per acre for soybeans.

  • 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.