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  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young woman was born and reared in Vandalia. She married a Vandalia fellow, and they have two children.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago
    1989 – Brooke File, a Vandalia Community High School junior, was crowned homecoming queen.
    Scott Smith of St. Elmo won the IHSA Regional Golf Tournament at Robinson for the second straight year. The St. Elmo golf team made school history by advancing to the sectional for the first time. In addition to Smith, other top scorers were Randy Heckert, Matt Weaber and Anthony Ireland.

  • Our disasters include tornadoes, quakes

    Visiting last week with my sister, Sandy, our conversation turned to earthquakes.
    Sandy left Illinois, and its accompanying earthquakes and tornadoes, when she was 18. She married James “Zeke” Sampson, a Navy man, and he took her to the world of hurricanes and rapid deployment.
    After living in Norfolk, Va., where she witnessed several hurricanes and had her first son, the family was stationed at Roosevelt Roads Naval Air Station, Puerto Rico, with its tropical depressions and daily 3 p.m. deluges.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These cousins were reared in Ramsey. One now lives in Vandalia and the other lives in Belleville.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Blood tests were no longer required for Fayette County and Illinois couples planning to get married. The state legislature repealed the mandatory premarital AIDS and blood testing.
    Mayor Rich Walker announced Vandalia would be getting a 60-room Days Inn.
    Vandalia Community High School’s No. 1 girls doubles tennis team of Beth Herrington and Kim Lotz won first place in doubles at the Centralia Orphan Annie Invitational Tournament.

    30 Years Ago

  • Old state cemetery has five effigy stones

    Since early this year there has been a pink telephone call Post-it note tacked to the bulletin board at the Vandalia Statehouse announcing the scheduled arrival of an Angie Johnson of the Association for Gravestone Studies, along with members of her group, on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 9:30 a.m.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Fire destroyed the Ronald Daisley home in rural Vandalia.
    Tom Diveley of Vandalia was named Sandoval’s postmaster.
    Arcola’s powerhouse football team crushed Vandalia 44-0.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 –  The Fayette County United Fund Board of Directors set the 1984-85-campaign goal at $32,875. Seventeen agencies, two more than the previous  year, will receive funds from this year’s drive was Ernie Chappel.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    We do not have a Banks photo this week.
    We did not have a Banks photo last week
    This week’s Scrambler: ctouinade stsoc nomye. tub neht os seod nreagiocn.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: I would rather die of passion than of boredom.

  • Lankfords donate 1840 land documents

    About a week ago, I received an emergency e-mail from Susan Etcheson, who had company coming into town to accomplish some genealogical research in a very short amount of time.
    The extended relatives, Tom and Pam Lankford, and his sister, Binky, were coming to Vandalia to visit their mother’s hometown.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Kathy Schultz, the administrator of the Vandalia Memories page on Facebook, posted this old photo of the Frier Barber Shop.

     

     

    This and other photos from Vandalia's past can be seen on the Vandalia Memories page on Facebook