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Columns

  • Researching Lincoln in Vandalia

    In March 2015, a gentleman by the name of Robert Shaw telephoned to tell me that he was visiting Vandalia to photograph the Vandalia Statehouse and wanted to know some of the history during Lincoln’s legislative years.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Jamie and Justin Elmore, and Alisa and Lynsey Hourigan.
    Identifying them were: Ruth Ann Garrison, and Raymond and Ljean Rush.
    This week’s Scrambler: sikr rsunsordu tegriyvneh tohrw ichogmalnipsc.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Ignorance is curable; stupidity is not.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – An open house was being held at the new Vandalia Correctional Center work camp.
    Vandalia Police stepped up patrols around elementary schools after a 7-year-old student at Lincoln School reported that a man attempted to abduct her while she was walking home from school.
    The Fayette County Farm Bureau conducted its annual crop survey. The survey netted estimated yields of 108 bushels per acre for corn and 32.75 bushels per acre for soybeans.

  • Remembering my sister's life

    My sister died Saturday morning at about 3 o’clock. After receiving the call and being unable to sleep, I began to think that I really didn’t know her that well.

  • Brown has a place in history

    The day Leah Rogne telephoned to advise me that she was visiting Vandalia on July 13 to research her great-grandfather, William H. Brown who moved from Kaskaskia to Vandalia very early, and needed my help; I will confess I didn’t know much about the man.
    What I did know about the man was that William H. Brown came to Vandalia from Kaskaskia with the capitol.  He was an attorney who did some notable things that I could not remember and then disappeared.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The boy and older girl still live here; the boy works for the Corps of Engineers, and the girl works at a local bank. The two younger girls also grew up here and now live in Indianapolis, Ind.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council agreed that it was too late to move ahead with plans to put before city voters a referendum on a change in the form of local government.
    Travis Blain ran for 160 yards as the Vandalia Vandals defeated Nokomis, 21-0, in football action.
    The new work camp at Vandalia Correctional Center was ready to begin operations.

  • More about the Hamilton family

    In my previous column, I wrote of Nancy Buntin Hamilton, who pushed a neighbor lady into an open well during an altercation amidst the blackberry bushes near Loogootee.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar and Odie Washington, director of the Illinois Department of Corrections, visited Vandalia for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new work camp at Vandalia Correctional Center.
    Jeff Bullard, 27, of Mt. Vernon, joined the Vandalia Police Department as a patrolman.
    More than 50 people attended a kickoff meeting for Vandalia Main Street.
    Sam and Evelyn Jolliff of Patoka were celebrating their golden wedding anniversary.

    25 Years Ago