• Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young woman, shown in a photo taken in 1940, has three children and lives in the Shafter area.

  • A day in the life in Vandalia

    Last week, while working on a research project that required searching back issues of The Vandalia Union, which are available on microfilm at Evans Public Library, I came across an article in the July 28, 1938, edition titled, “The Editor Cruises Around Town on A Dull Summer Day,” by Editor Ira Lakin.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  Kristen Jahraus of St. Peter was named Miss Fayette County Fair, and Aubrey Harre of Brownstown was chosen Little Miss.
    Vandalia Junior High School cheerleaders were chosen the best squad at the NCA camp at Lake Land College, attended by more than 300 girls. Mandi Wasmuth, a member of the squad, was one of six cheerleaders nominated for All-American cheerleader.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This photo of these siblings was taken about 48 years ago.

  • Fighting fires in our early years

    The subject of this column was suggested by an article from the September 24, 1936, issue of The Vandalia Union, where it was reported that Charles Higgins bought the lot on which the “Old Engine House” stood at Fifth and Main streets, with plans to tear it down and build a modern fireproof laundry building with a basement on the lot.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    In last week's photo were: Megan Steele, Danielle Steele and Blake Meseke.
    No one identified them.
    This week’s Scrambler: ramyotrdm si eht lony ywa ni cwihh a nma nca cmeoeb mofuas uhtoitw iyblita.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Admit your errors before someone exaggerates them.

  • A look at our post-capital days

    I am involved in various historical pursuits during any given week, and one that I completed some time back was a transcription of the old Vandalia Minute Book for the years 1839-47.
    This was a very interesting time in Vandalia’s history, because the capital of the state had been moved to Springfield and the building that housed the state offices was given to Fayette County for use as a county courthouse. Provision was made in the gift that room be provided for the Vandalia Trustees and also that space be set aside for a school.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Vandalia native Paul Stroble posted on Vandalia Memories an advertising card featuring a photo of Augenstein's Gulf Service, which was located at 1129 N. Fifth St. in Vandalia, the corner now occupied by Elephant's Attic.