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  • Vandalia Memories

    This week's photo is of a popular local band in the 1960s.

    From left to right are Mike Hourigan, Mike Uelberg, Mike Scoles, Slick Cothern and Jerry Finley.
     

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989  – The Vandalia Halloween Parade, sponsored by the Vandalia Lions Club, was a huge success.
    A Cumberland Road Festival in the spring and an Old Capital Settlers’ Association Festival in the fall were to replace Fifth Saturday celebrations in Vandalia.
    Brownstown’s volleyball team repeated as regional champions with a 15-11, 15-3 win over Vandalia in the tournament finals. The Bombers lost to Newton in first-round sectional action.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    No photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Levi Halford, with Mickey Gilley.
    Identifying him were: Mrs. Rabe, John Hagy and Kathy Blain.
    This week’s Scrambler: eth tweas fo elif sncdiocoea yb ntiryg ot od oto hyam ta neoc si plgipania.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: By perseverancem the snail reached the ark.
    Unscrambling it were:

  • Most family stories pretty much true

    Having worked in family genealogy for nearly 35 years now, I have come to believe that most stories told within a family are 90-percent accurate. Some facts have been forgotten over the years with some added, as the story is retold in each generation, but the basic kernel of truth remains.
    One of my favorites, a story told in the Bricker family and recorded in the 1862 Knox County, Ohio, history book, tells about Ludwig (Lewis) Bricker, whose kin ended up in Fayette County and live here today.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This week's photo shows the building that we now know as the two-story Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 Home at 321 S. Seventh St. in Vandalia. Pictured here, it's the three-story Fehren mansion.

     

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – An estimated $39,000 was raised through the Family Y fundraiser “Putting On The Ritz” Saturday evening.
    Brownstown won the Egyptian-Illini Conference volleyball tournament held in Ramsey last week.
    Josephine Flood and Evelyn Faggetti were voting delegates from Vandalia who attended the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Conference held in Springfield.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The young man shown with country music star Mickey Gilley is now married and has three children, and is a teacher.

  • Tribute thanks vets for their service

    This past Sunday afternoon, as I was heading to my car after attending the Armed Forces Tribute held in Sonnemann and Greer parks, I walked past two ladies in conversation with a veteran.
    It was then I heard one of the women say, “Thank you for your service,” and these words have stayed in my head.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This photo shows the store operated by Samuel and Rosa Skane Smith from 1920-50 in the 1400-1500 block of West St. Louis Avenue.

    The photo was posted by the Smiths' granddaughter, Pat Smith Frost.
     

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This brother and sister were born and reared in Ramsey. He lives in Effingham and travels for his job. She lives in Ramsey and works at school.