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  • 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 – 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 The state legislature repealed the mandatory premarital AIDS and blood testing.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

  • 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 – 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

  • John Metzger an early member of St. Paul

    John Metzger, a 42-year-old brick manufacturer, landed in Vandalia on July 10, 1863, following a long voyage from his home in Canton Schofthausen, Switzerland, through the port of Havre, France, to New York aboard the “Goshen” and on to Chicago, arriving July 4, 1863.   
    With him on the perilous journey was his wife, Mary Magdalene (Stihl), and their seven children: John Ulrich, Jacob, Anna, Margarette, Mary Magdalene, John H. and Louise Metzger. One more son, Gottfried, would be born in Fayette County.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    We do not have a Banks photo this week.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Ted Miller
    Identifying him was: Todd Blackwell
    This week’s Scrambler: I oluwd herart ied fo sonpisa ntha fo romdboe.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: You become what you believe.
    Oprah Winfrey

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – The Vandalia City Council hired Jeanne Gustafson as director of economic development. The Leader-Union unveiled its new farm page, to be a regular feature on the first and third Fridays of each month.
    Local farmers were experimenting with canola.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 – Area law enforcement agencies worked together to find and destroy at least 1,200 marijuana plants in Fayette County last week. The estimated street value of the marijuana was at least $25,000.