• Davis made many visits to schools

    “We all looked forward to seeing him come down the road to our school at Bingham – it meant we wouldn’t have to do our schoolwork,” remembered 90-year old Wilber Meyer when asked about Jonathan Davis.

  • Obituaries valuable for research

    I recently completed a book project for the Fayette County Genealogical & Historical Society, compiling obituaries of county residents born before 1900. Prior to this year, Fayette County is short on newspapers that would have carried the news of the passing of an old-time resident.
    This new 100-page book, “Our Fayette County Ancestors,” is the seventh in the series and has an average of three obituaries, death notices or funeral cards per page, which will result in more than 300 notices of death and include, for the most part, good genealogy information.

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  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The young man in this photo, taken in 1943, lived here most of his life and raised five children. He was the Mr. Softee Man.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  A Fayette County Child Sex Abuse Advocacy Board was formed. Doris Benefiel, chief managing officer of the Fayette County Probation Office, was chosen as chairman.
    Charles and Gladys Fisher of Brownstown celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
    Vandalia’s 61-room Days Inn motel was ready to open. Eddie Lowry was named manager: The motel was owned and operated by Old Capital Hospitality Inc., a group of local investors.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This brother and sister were reared on a farm in Shafter. The brother still lives on the farm, and the sister lives in Vandalia and has a son.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week's photo: Ed and Tom Grubaugh.
    Identifying her were: Ed
    This week’s Scrambler: tavictriye mseadnd eorm anth a dogo eida.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

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  • Wait first proposed rail line

    William S. Wait was a visionary who died before he could see his vision become a reality.
    As far back as 1835, Wait, of Greenville, was thinking of a rail line stretching across Illinois, from Terre Haute to St. Louis, linking Greenville to both Eastern and Western markets.

  • Fehren built that building

    When I heard the news Monday of the collapse of the roof of a building located on the 500 block of Gallatin Street I had trouble in my minding figuring out where this was. Had the reporter mentioned the Pitkin building or the name of Mathias Fehren, my mind would have zeroed in on the correct building, but those names are ancient history.

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