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Columns

  • Some early facts about Farina

    The village of Farina began as a station on the Chicago Branch of the Illinois Central Railroad. It was surveyed by James Carson on Nov. 9, 1857, and a post office opened the following year, with William L. Dillon as postmaster. It is not known who chose the name.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These three children are pictured at day care. The girl seated is having her hair done by her sister. One of the girls is married and has a baby.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Vandalia native Paul Stroble posted on Vandalia Memories an advertising card featuring a photo of Augenstein's Gulf Service, which was located at 1129 N. Fifth St. in Vandalia, the corner now occupied by Elephant's Attic.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: lal nhtsgi rea slbpeiso ot mih atht elhvibete.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Creativity has a lot to do with a willingness to take risks.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  The Vandalia Community High School Class of 1927 held its ninth and final class reunion.
    Gertrude Rosenberger of Ramsey was HEA’s “Homemaker of the Year.”
    Mary Peyton Meyer, Frogtown’s most popular resident and a Leader-Union area correspondent, was one of 20 people to be pictured on the cover of a Parade magazine that inserted in many daily metropolitan newspapers. The article was entitled, “What People Earn.” Meyer’s earnings were $3,900 as a substitute teacher.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Officers, directors and male employees of Farmers and Merchants Bank in Vandalia are shown in a photo taken on Aug. 13, 1959.

    The photo was provided by Jim Staff of Vandalia. In front, from left to right, are Bill Welker, Art Buser, Ira Lakin, Joe Burtschi and Coral Brooks. In back are Harry Craycroft, Bill Rademacher, Charles Evans, Wilbur "Wempy" Cains, Darrell Isbell, C.C. "Cornie" Brauer, M.S. "Mack" McGlasson, Don McKellar and Charles Schulte.

  • Some Bluff City School history

    As the 1938 Bluff City School Reunion approached, P.C. Bascom, a former early resident, was contacted regarding his earliest memories of the school. His response by letter and dated Aug. 8, 1938, was published in The Vandalia Union and contained the earliest history to date on this school.
    Son of Schuyler Stone Bascom and his second wife, Mariah Smith, Perry Carley Bascom was living in Boundbrook, N.J., when he was contacted about the upcoming school reunion. Bascom was a good choice because he first attended school in Bluff City in 1857.

  • Bunyard Bible given to museum

    It has been several months since Scott Bunyard telephoned me to tell me of the existence of the Samuel Bunyard family Bible. An inscription on the inside of the hand-tooled leather cover bore his name and the date, Feb. 17, 1866, both written in a stylistic script.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Several thousand people braved the heat to attend the Grande Levée. One of the most popular attractions was Abe Lincoln presenter Joseph Woodard of Greenup
    Alpha Mu sorority sponsored a three-day babysitting clinic for 28 area children.
    The Vandalia Board of Education approved a 5-percent pay hike for administrators.
    Peg Williams and Dave Bell were the top female and male finishers in the Grande Levée 5-K run.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    In last week’s photo was: Jane Langston
    Identifying her was: Sherry Dunahee.
    This week’s Scrambler: tivaryetic sah a tol ot od hiwt a nigsenslwil ot kaet siksr.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Instinct is untaught ability.