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Columns

  • Death of L-U staffer leaves void in plant

    They don’t make ’em like him anymore.

  • Mahon fought in Revolutionary War

    Thomas Mahon did not come to Fayette County until he was quite up in years. At age 76, he cut his ties with old Virginia and settled his family on the Illinois prairie of Wheatland Township.

  • Letter preserves history of Grandfields

    With the building of the National Road through Fayette County, beginning around 1829, workmen and their families arrived and villages grew along the route, with Howard’s Point being a prime example.
    One of these was that of Thomas Grandfield. Through a letter written in 1957 by Lewis Grandfield to a grandson, we learn that Thomas was a stone cutter, and worked his way from Philadelphia to Fayette County on the National Road.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: No photo this week. Old photos are needed.
    This week’s Scrambler: ew od creepenexi stemnom tybulesalo erfe morf ryrow. stehe firbe pirestse rae lacdel cinpa.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor. (Vince Lombardi)

  • Sarver's book recalls rural life in 1914-15

    Recently I have been reading a book written by Jess Sarver, titled, “As It Comes To Mind.” Initially published in 1976 by The Pana News-Palladium of Pana, a second printing was done in 1980. My copy is from the second run.
    This little book centers on Jess’s home in Carson Township, and the family, neighbors and friends who were all a part of his life while growing up.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Democrat David C. Marty, Fayette County treasurer for the past 28 years, announced that he would not seek an eighth term in office. Later in the week, Democrat Rose Hoover, a deputy clerk under Marty, announced that she would run for treasurer.
    The Vandalia football squad defeated Piasa Southwestern to finish the year at 6-3 and win an at-large playoff berth.

    20 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No picture last week. New pictures are needed.
    This week’s Scrambler: het lytaqui fo a snopre's feli si ni tridec nortipopro ot rithe nemtimtmoc ot lecneelcex, lerdsagres fo  rihet nocseh lifde fo rovdeena.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The Brownstown Board of Education approved a new two-year contract with the Brownstown Education Association.
    Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Chandler of Ramsey and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Lay of rural Ramsey were celebrating their 50th anniversaries.
    Fire gutted the building at 611 W. Orchard St. that housed businesses and apartments. Damage was estimated at $250,000.
    Long-time Vandalia attorney Bob Burnside was named grand marshal of the Vandalia Lions Club’s Halloween parade.

  • Welch owned mill on Pepper Mill Branch

    Francis Marion Bolt was born in southeast Ramsey Township, and in his early years was a school teacher in the neighborhood schools.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia Historical Society was to hold a ceremony to recognize Mary Burtschi for her donation of the Little Brick House to the society.
    The Vandalia Jaycees were still looking for a place to hold their haunted house.
    Travis Blain rushed for 294 yards against Pana, but the Vandals lost to Pana, 21-14, in an overtime contest.
    Mr. and Mrs. David Hill of Vandalia were celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary, and Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Hollman of St. Peter were marking their 50th anniversary.