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Columns

  • Jerauld wrote of life here in the 1850s

    In a letter dated April 9, 1914, Sarah McAfee Jerauld responded to a request by the editor of The Vandalia Union to write of her experiences for the anniversary issue of the newspaper.
    She wrote, “When I moved to Vandalia in March 1852, there was not a foot of brick pavement in town and only 10 brick houses.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Vandalia Chamber of Commerce was seeking volunteer greeters for the tourism center.
    Between 250 and 300 honored Jim Staff at a retirement reception. Staff served in the field of education for 38 years and was superintendent of schools for Fayette County since 1959. Effingham and Bond counties were later added to his region.
    Jane Eaton won the 11th annual St. Andrews Ladies Open Golf Tournament.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: Taken in 1937, this photo shows four children of a local minister who started the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Jeanne Gustafson was named interim economic development director for the city of Vandalia.
    Dave Bell won the 10K run held in conjunction with the Grande Levée.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 – Jim Kelly and Anna Ruth Kains retired from the Fayette County Hospital Board of Directors. They were presented plaques by Chairman John Daniels. Marie Bristow of Vandalia and Elbert Finley Jr. of Ramsey replaced Kelly and Kains.

  • Hickman told about life in the 1860s

    In 1914, The Vandalia Union celebrated its 50th anniversary by inviting readers to write reminiscences for publication in an anniversary issue. Many people took the editor up on the invitation, including Cynthia Luster Hickman.

    Mrs. Hickman lived on the 400 block of North First Street, and her home stands today a beautiful representative of the Queen Anne style of architecture. Kyle Barker is the current owner.
    She remembered that after the gold rush, men did not carry pocket books; they carried sacks full of gold, William Lee and Jake Albert included.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This team of local athletes was the champion of the men's fastpitch softball league in 1988. All but one of them were reared in Fayette County.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – The Grande Levée was to include period crafts, tours, music and lots of homemade foods.
    Jody Eyman was queen of the Bond-Fayette TMH prom.

    35 Years Ago

    1984 – Robert E. McCart and Michael D. Kleinik were appointed to sergeant positions on the Vandalia Police force this week.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Dan Meyer was named superintendent of St. Elmo schools.
    Jim Virostko was hired as the new basketball coach at Vandalia Community High School.
    Mulberry Grove’s top students were Erik Grigg, valedictorian, and Bob Jackson, salutatorian. At Brownstown, Lisa Luster and Stephanie Pruett were co-valedictorians, with Teresa Grubaugh salutatorian.
    John Campbell won the Golden Glove and Hustle awards for the Greenville College baseball team.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These siblings grew up in the Vandalia area.

  • Emmett Kelly had MG family connection

    Emmett Kelly, who became famous the world over as “Weary Willie,” the sad-faced clown, had his beginnings in a small Kansas town.