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  • 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.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Dwight Hagy resigned from the Vandalia Post Office after 23½ years as a government employee.
    VI Enterprises employees were on strike.
    The fall schedule for the Family Y of Fayette County included youth, adult and family programs.
    The I-70 Road Riders Honda Motorcycle Club donated a $600 savings bond to the Ronald McDonald House in Springfield.

    30 Years Ago

  • Abe will visit our Statehouse this Saturday

    Maybe you have heard the news that Abraham Lincoln is “hitting the road” this Saturday to visit three places important to him during his life.

    The first stop will be in Benton, from 9-11 a.m., at the Bryant Cottage State Historic Site.
    It was at the Bryant cottage that Lincoln and Stephen Douglas agreed to a series of debates. These historic debates were held at various sites around Illinois.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: Pictured here as a second-grader about 40 years ago, this young man is now seean on the streets of Vandalia daily.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These siblings were born and reared in Ramsey.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Illinois Attorney General Neil Hartigan, a Democratic candidate, was in Vandalia for a fundraiser.
    St. Peter residents were busy planning Prairie Days.
    Cevin Dugan, son of Billyanna Dugan of Vandalia and the late Clifford Dugan, was named a partner in Bruegge Funeral Homes in Breese and Germantown.
    Special services commemorated the 125th anniversary of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

    30 Years Ago

  • After 26 years, it's time for new adventures

    One hundred and fifty years ago, when H.S. Humphrey launched The Vandalia Union on the tempestuous seas of Fayette County journalism, he had no idea what the future held for his publication.