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Columns

  • Bibles help preserve our history

    One of the fun things I get to do as chair of the publications committee of the Fayette County Genealogical & Historical Society is come up with ideas of material that we can publish and, therein, earn money to support our programs.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Amanda Habing Jerden. It was incorrectly stated last week that Amanda works for AirEvac; she works for ARCH. We apologize for the error.
    Identifying her were: Rick and Brenda Yarbrough.
    This week’s Scrambler: dimosw teismteonf sotscnsi fo wkingon awth ot od xent.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Pessimism never won any battle.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Journal tells a lot of local history

    Billyfrank Morrison of Clarksville, Tenn., did not know whose journal he had purchased at an estate auction in Louisville, Ky.; however, as he paged through the 3 ½-inch-by-6-inch blue notebook, he noted Illinois village names such as Avena, St. Elmo, Brownstown, Loogootee and St. Peter, along with Bush District and Brazel School. This led him to Fayette County and to me.
    Page one bears the date of Aug. 17, 1910 and the exclamation, “Eighteen years old today! Eighteen years since I entered this world of joy and sorrow and what have I done?”

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The photo of this youngster was taken when she was in kindergarten. She went through Vandalia Community High School, and worked at First National Bank in Vandalia while in high school and college. She now lives out of state, but returns home often.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1992 – A groundbreaking ceremony was held for an 80,000-square-foot warehouse for Owens-Brockway in Vandalia.
    The Vandalia City Council voted to require residents to register at city hall when they held garage sales. Residents were limited to two garage sales per year.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – Based on an ordinance, water rates for residents of Vandalia were increased by 7.01 percent and sewer rates were hiked by 1.48 percent.
    After hearing residents in the area of Sunset Drive and Fillmore Street voice complaints about speeders, the Vandalia City Council agreed to consider making the intersection of Sunset and Fillmore streets a four-way stop.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: Pictured are two friends, one of whom still lives in the area and the other in Decatur.
    Do you know them? If so, call our office at 283-3374 by 5 p.m. next Monday.