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  • Wayne Hale is well-known as a magician, a knowledgeable and honest buyer and seller of antique furniture, an astute businessman and a World War II veteran.
    He joined the Navy immediately after World War II began and received an honorable discharge after the war ended.

  • Gary D. Graumenz began working with wood when he was just 10 years old, and has become so proficient at the art that he can build anything by looking at a picture of it. He also has the ingenuity, talent and skill to design and build original and workable objects such as a child’s tractor that can be ridden and operated by a child and a wagon to pull behind it.

    A Chip Off the Old Block

  • Darlene Sullivan was born and grew up in Granite City and seems to have always had a connection with food in some way, a love of preparing and cooking it – especially for others – for all of her 75 years. Her generosity and caring for others have been evident through the sharing of her love of cooking and baking for others.

  • The word was out – Santa Claus was taking some R & R following his busy Christmas night at Al and Susann Schumacher’s Vandalia home, reindeer and all.

  • Tracy Smith came to Vandalia on Dec. 1 as the new youth minister at Northside Christian Church, with 15 years of experience in his chosen occupation, for which he felt a strong calling.

  • A special Christmas tree is gracing the Brownstown Library this Christmas, at no expense to the library.

  • When Jim Green attended the annual Methodist Christmas dinner at Emmanuel Church on Saturday evening, along with others from the Brownstown Methodist Church, he had no idea of the surprise that was in store for him.

  • Kay Johnson has been a volunteer at Fayette County Hospital for many years, but was named the gift shop manager in the fall of this year.

  • Peggy Schulze  has always been interested in photography,“even as a kid,” and once studied under a professional photographer who was an understudy for world-renown photographer Ansel Adams.

  • Simon Korte traveled from his homeland of Germany and Jacabo Maria Trabada from his home in Spain to visit the United States.  

  • Last year, Tammy Barker and some local friends saw a need for a closer, more accessible place for some Brownstown residents and friends to do their Christmas and gift shopping.

  • Many will remember the little bakery on the south side of West Gallatin Street, at the spot now occupied by Gallatin Street Grille.

  • Helen Hinshaw, in her early 90s, lives quietly in Ramsey, attending church with a friend when possible and enjoying eating meals with her friends and neighbors at the Ramsey Senior Citizen Center, and tries never to miss a concert or appearance by her favorite group, the FourGiven Quartet.
    “I went with a friend to hear them for the first time several years ago,” and she has been a faithful fan ever since.
    Her parents, both born in Ramsey, were Illinois Casey Hauskins and Dale Hauskins.

  • DeeDee Diveley’s Favorite
    Time of the Year …
    … is now! She has always loved dressing up for Halloween, and recalls that some of her favorite memories of nursing at Fayette County Long Term Care occurred at this time of the year.

  • The Sefton HCE Unit traveled to the Five Feline Hobby Farm in Charleston on a outing during garden harvest time this year.

  • Next week is proclaimed as Illinois Association Home & Community Week, and the Fayette County HCE is observing it by presenting a Noah’s Ark baby quilt to the first baby born to a Fayette County resident during the designated week, or after.
    The Fayette County HCE was organized 66 years ago, on May 18,1948, with about 300 women from Fayette and other counties gathering at the American Legion Home in Vandalia for the event.

  • Pictured here is the Do Drop Inn, a popular restaurant located east of Vandalia Community High School.

    This photo is from a 1969 issue of The Vandalia Leader. The photo was posted on the Vandalia Memories Facebook page by Kathy Schultz, the administrator of that page featuring hundreds of photos from Vandalia's past.
     

  • Last week’s Fayette Faces told of Jeanne Lawler Hohlt’s school days, up to and including graduation from Vandalia High School with the class of ’47.

  • Continuing on with the VCHS Class of ’47, this week’s focus is on Jeanne (Lawler) Hohlt.

  • Last week, Fayette Faces remembered Norman Wright, one of the 1947 graduates of Vandalia High School who went on to make a difference in their chosen careers.