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Columns

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 –  The University of Illinois mascot, Chief Illiniwek, visited Jefferson School students who were honored for good behavior.
    Vandalia had six Illinois State Scholars – Sid Smith, Tammy Green, Christy England, Jeff Scott, Beth Herrington and Angie Harmeier.
    The community Resource Center moved to its new location on North Eighth Street in Vandalia.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 – Mayor Neil Donnals announced that he would be running for re-election in the spring.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no Banks photo this week.
    In last week's photo were: Lowell Sefton, Melissa Sefton Ferguson, Lynn Sefton and David Sefton.
    No one identified them.
    This week’s Scrambler: ryeev wrodc sha a elsirv ninlgi.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: When a thing is not worth overdoing, leave it alone.
    Unscrambling it were:

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The photo of this little girl was taken about 73 years ago.

  • Illinois men travel to Vietnam Exhibit

    Last weekend my son, Mat, along with fellow re-enactors, all members of Charlie Co., lst Battalion 1/502, 101st Airborne, headquartered in Chicago, traveled to Mt. Pleasant, S.C., to take part in the grand opening of the Vietnam Experience Exhibit at Patriot’s Point Naval & Maritime Museum.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This old photo, posted on Vandalia Memories by Andy Craig, shows a circus
    parading down Gallatin Street upon its arrival in town.
     

  • Vandalia Memories

    An old postcard showed one of the earlier bridges over the Kaskaskia River just east of Vandalia.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: In a photo taken in the 1940s are these three brothers who moved to Vandalia when the family purchased an existing business, one that's heard from daily.

  • Maurice Etcheson told his WWII story

    A few weeks ago, Ron and Sue Etcheson loaned me a scrapbook begun by Ron’s mother at the time her husband entered the service during World War II.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This photo, dated 1916, shows the Charters Hotel, which was located at the northwest corner of Fourth and Gallatin streets, the spot currenly occupied by Old Capitol View Restaurant.

    In Vandalia's capital days, legislators stayed in this hotel. In the background of the photo is the cupola of the Masonic building.

     

  • Iles help set up Springfield as capital

    In the past, I have written about a German visitor, Frederick Gustorf, who visited Vandalia in 1835. He traveled the National Road and found Vandalia with a population of 800 “unchanged since it was founded fifteen years ago.”