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  • Wait first proposed rail line

    William S. Wait was a visionary who died before he could see his vision become a reality.
    As far back as 1835, Wait, of Greenville, was thinking of a rail line stretching across Illinois, from Terre Haute to St. Louis, linking Greenville to both Eastern and Western markets.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This brother and sister were reared on a farm in Shafter. The brother still lives on the farm, and the sister lives in Vandalia and has a son.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week's photo: Ed and Tom Grubaugh.
    Identifying her were: Ed
    This week’s Scrambler: tavictriye mseadnd eorm anth a dogo eida.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  A Fayette County Child Sex Abuse Advocacy Board was formed. Doris Benefiel, chief managing officer of the Fayette County Probation Office, was chosen as chairman.
    Charles and Gladys Fisher of Brownstown celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
    Vandalia’s 61-room Days Inn motel was ready to open. Eddie Lowry was named manager: The motel was owned and operated by Old Capital Hospitality Inc., a group of local investors.

  • Fehren built that building

    When I heard the news Monday of the collapse of the roof of a building located on the 500 block of Gallatin Street I had trouble in my minding figuring out where this was. Had the reporter mentioned the Pitkin building or the name of Mathias Fehren, my mind would have zeroed in on the correct building, but those names are ancient history.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

     This week's photo: This photo of two brothers was taken about 60 years ago. One lives in Altamont and is retired from World Color Press, and the other lives in Indiana and is retired from two companies he owned in that state.

  • Vandalia Memories

    David Crye uploaded to Vandalia Memories this old photo of Vandalia's railroad depot in the 100 block of South Sixth Street.

  • Dug Out Bill and bandits

    The following story, by the Rev. August Forster, Ramsey’s Catholic priest, was reprinted in the April 9, 1936, issue of the Ramsey News Journal.
    At the time he reprinted it, the editor expressed reservations as to the reverend having his facts straight, even accusing him of using his imagination to come up with “an interesting portrayal of an episode that might have happened.”

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This little girl has three children, and she formerly worked at three banks in Vandalia.