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  • Bunyard Bible given to museum

    It has been several months since Scott Bunyard telephoned me to tell me of the existence of the Samuel Bunyard family Bible. An inscription on the inside of the hand-tooled leather cover bore his name and the date, Feb. 17, 1866, both written in a stylistic script.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Several thousand people braved the heat to attend the Grande Levée. One of the most popular attractions was Abe Lincoln presenter Joseph Woodard of Greenup
    Alpha Mu sorority sponsored a three-day babysitting clinic for 28 area children.
    The Vandalia Board of Education approved a 5-percent pay hike for administrators.
    Peg Williams and Dave Bell were the top female and male finishers in the Grande Levée 5-K run.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    In last week’s photo was: Jane Langston
    Identifying her was: Sherry Dunahee.
    This week’s Scrambler: tivaryetic sah a tol ot od hiwt a nigsenslwil ot kaet siksr.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Instinct is untaught ability.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This little girl, shown in a photo taken early in 1964, lives in Vandalia, has three children and currently works at a local doctor's office.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  A Brownstown youth, 16-year-old Presley Gilbert “Gibby” Cannon, drowned in a rural Brownstown lake.
    Jim Edgar, Illinois Secretary of State and the Republican candidate for governor, attended a fundraising dinner at Vandalia Lake. The cajun dinner raised more than $30,000.
    Jo Collins was elected president of Vandalia Business and Professional Women’s Club.
    First National Bank of Vandalia celebrated its 125th birthday.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Some women went to the big city

    The traditional beginning of the Easterday family takes us back to the time of Martin Luther, the late 1400s to early 1500s.

  • Some women went to the big city

    Last week, while looking through a box that I had packed away some years back, I found a recipe box full of recipes that had belonged to my Aunt Frieda Torbeck.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Now the home of Allen's Furniture, at the southeast corner of Fourth and Gallatin streets, this building was the home of Star Store.

    The photo was found by Vandalia Memories Administrator Kathy Schultz as she looked through 1910-12 copies of the Vandalois, the Vandalia Community High School yearbook.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  Twenty “Vandalia” banners were purchased by Soroptimist International of Vandalia, with help from local organizations, businesses and individuals. They were to be hung from street lights along Gallatin and South Fourth streets. The banners featured the Vandalia Statehouse and an outline of the bottom portion of Illinois in white on a blue background with some red trim.
    The Vandalia City Council organized a seven-member tourism council.