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December 15, 2017

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Wanda is an unicorporated community in north-eastern Chouteau Township east of South Roxana. Originally called Old Salem, the area was the site of a post office starting in 1859. E. K. Fahnestock was the first postmaster, and he opened a general store in 1874. Following his death in 1900, his nephew LeRoy Fahnestock took over the store and postmaster duties.1  The Wanda post office closed in 1916.2

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1. W. T. Norton, ed., Centennial History of Madison County, Illinois, and Its People, 1812 to 1912. (Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1912), 488.
2. “Madison County”Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
Cite this article: Ben Ostermeier, "Wanda," Madison Historical: The Online Encyclopedia and Digital Archive for Madison County, Illinois, last modified January 30, 2018,
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