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Columns

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This little girl's family moved to Vandalia when she was a high school freshman. She worked as a school secretary for 48 years and has been retired for 22 years.

  • Celebrating the 4th in olden days

    To celebrate the Fourth, I thought it might be interesting to learn how the early settlers of days past celebrated this day.  

  • Vandalia Memories
  • A history of the historical society

    The Fayette County Genealogical Society was organized on May 27, 1971, at a meeting held in the Hospitality Room at Farmers and Merchants Bank in downtown Vandalia.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: aneorcgni si ton eonineccn tub nis.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Responsibility educates.
    Unscrambling it were: Larry and Joyce Cable, Wayne and Bonnie Purtilar, Juanita Workman, Lois Jackson, DeeDee Diveley, Judy Elder, Harold and Loretta Tidwell, and Cy and Lorene Locke.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: ioiplsyniesrbt cetuasde.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Ignorance is not bliss; it is oblivion.
    Unscrambling it were: Cy and Lorene Locke, Wayne and Bonnie Purtilar, Harold and Loretta Tidwell, Larry Cable, Ruth Ann Garrison, Lois Jackson, DeeDee Diveley, Juanita Workman, Judy Elder and Andrew Crosswait.
     

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – The city of Vandalia received 38 applications for the position of community development director.
    Stewart and Verble Meador were planning to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.
    Lucas Clanton, a rural Mulberry Grove resident and member of the Vandalia chapter of Future Farmers of America was named a Star American Farmer candidate.

    25 Years Ago

  • Some early history of our schools

    The report of County School Superintendent C.F. Easterday published in the Nov. 16, 1905, issue of The Vandalia Union was especially enlightening because he went into some detail in his description of the interior of the school.

  • Perry Davis was a local man of firsts

    Perry Rollin Davis was born in Sefton Township, Fayette County, on the same land first settled by his grandfather, Henry L. Davis, a native of Pennsylvania who was here as early as Feb. 15, 1845.
    Perry was the seventh child of the Rev. Mark Pinkley and Margaret Almyra Pittman Davis and is remembered as a progressive thinker.
    It seems he may have inherited some of this from his grandfather, Henry, who was the first merchant in Sefton Township. He was also a veteran of the Black Hawk War of 1832 in Northern Illinois.

  • Vandalia Memories