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  • Vandalia Memories
  • Yarbroughs among first families

    The Yarbrough family is truly one of Fayette County’s first families, appearing on the first census of Illinois in 1818.

  • Second part of Johns' history

    Jane Johns moved with her husband Dr. H.C. Johns and children to the hamlet of Decatur in 1849, although she absolutely did not want to leave Circleville, Ohio.
    In her book, “Personal Recollections, 1849-1865,” she wrote, “Illinois is heaven for men and horses, but hell for women and oxen,” and this phrase may have prompted her husband to promise to Jane that within five years of living in Illinois, they would attain great wealth from fattening cattle off the land at no cost.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 - The Vandalia Main Street Board of Directors went to the Vandalia City Council to request $15,000, with the money to be used as startup funds for the program.
    Eleven members of the Vandalia wrestling team advanced to die individual sectional tournament. Of the 11, six won regional titles – Shane Graumenz, Michael Mabry, Hank Stout, Nathan Graumenz, Chad Wilson and Nick Cocagne.
    Gilbert Olive was installed is worshipful master of Vandalia Temperance Lodge No. 16 A.F.&A.M.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The New Year's Baby at Fayette County Hospital 38 years ago is pictured with an OB nurse at the hospital.

  • Woman talks of meeting Lincoln

    One of the earliest residents of Decatur was a woman named Jane Martin Johns. Born on June 28, 1827 in Circleville, Pickaway County, Ohio, she was married on Oct. 29, 1845, in Circleville, to Dr. H.C. Johns.
    In May 1849, by pure chance, which included getting thrown from his horse 10 miles west of Decatur and breaking his collarbone, Dr. Johns chose that place as his new home. He had been on a deer hunt when his horse spooked.

  • Too many gaming licenses?

    Editor,
    Two weeks ago, discussion about gaming held during a Vandalia City Council meeting was published in this newspaper. When I read that Vandalia had 16 licenses and Decatur 20, I thought it was a misprint. It was not.  

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This brother and sister are shown in a photo taken in 1966 at their grandparents' home in Mulberry Grove. She works in downtown Vandalia, and her brother is retired.