V. Y. Dallman was the editor of the Illinois State Register in Springfield for many years from the 1920s and he kept writing to the 1960s. Dallman rode on the plane with Charles Lindbergh in May 1926 to report on the first round trip mail flight from Springfield to St. Louis and back. He was a major influence on Springfield locally and on state government issues. He spoke to the annual dinner of the Illinois State Society of Washington, DC. on Jan. 17, 1940.