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Columns

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Bill Donaldson resigned as Mulberry Grove Junior-Senior High School principal to become assistant regional superintendent for Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties. Dennis West was named as his replacement. Vandalia’s assistant superintendent, Dan Meyer, left that post to take over as superintendent of the St. Elmo School District.
    Jim Lewis was named Vandalia Community High School athletic director.
    Four Mile Church dedicated a new wing of its church. The new wing included an education/nursery room and kitchen.

  • Albrecht family settled in St. Paul area

    This past Sunday was a very special day at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wilberton Township. This year, 2014, represents the 150th year since the founding of the church by emigrants from Dodge County, Wis.

  • St. Paul Lutheran Church celebrates 150th

    Last summer, I was invited to attend a meeting of the 150th anniversary planning committee from St. Paul Lutheran Church, which was already well into the planning of 2014’s events that would highlight the 150th anniversary of the church.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These brothers, pictured about 30 years ago, were born and reared in Ramsey.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Delbert Maroon was sworn in as regional superintendent of schools for Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties.
    Trent Kull, a 1985 graduate of Vandalia Community High School, graduated to the rank of second lieutenant from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
    South Central High School personnel were getting ready for their first school year. The South Central District was formed by consolidating the Farina LaGrove and Kinmundy-Alma districts. Joe Ross is superintendent.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This father is pictured with his son around 1969.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Dale Timmerman, Randy Edwards and Rich Walker were re-elected officers of the Vandalia/Fayette County Enterprise Zone.
    Vandalia’s 11- and 12-year-old Little League team won first place in the Hillsboro Little League Tournament.
    Dave Crye was elected commander of Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95.
    Beth Blankenship of Mulberry Grove was crowned Miss Bond County Fair. It was the third title in one year for Blankenship, who was also crowned Mulberry Grove High School’s homecoming and prom queen.

  • Samuel Hall family early area settlers

    The Hall family of Ramsey Township was part of the group that first came to Illinois in 1816, settling in Saline County where they lived for two years before moving near Lebanon in St. Clair County.
    Malaria proved to be so bad there that the following year they moved again, with Joseph settling at Vandalia and Samuel on the east side of Mitchell Creek, opposite what was afterward old Williamsburg, about 12 miles south of Shelbyville.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These siblings were born about 65 years ago in the Bluff City area, where they attended school. They both now live in Vandalia.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – The Fifth Saturday Celebration in Vandalia included a Civil War encampment, art show, craft show, Christian music festival, classic car cruise and a biathlon.
    Robert Burnside was honored for 50 years in the practice of law during the annual meeting of the Illinois State Bar Association.

    30 Years Ago