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Columns

  • Hector S. Humphrey launched The Union

    “I was born in Tompkins County, New York, June 27, 1828, [and] came to Illinois in 1848. I got my first job on the Chicago Daily Journal, setting a prospectus for a campaign newspaper. Two years later, I became the owner of a newspaper in Naperville, Illinois.”

  • The Union is 150 years old; let the celebration begin

    One hundred and fifty years ago this week, H.S. Humphrey took a step of faith and launched The Vandalia Union.
    The date was April 16, 1864. The war between the states was droning on, and the carnage was building.
    President Abraham Lincoln would be re-elected to a second term that fall.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Industrial Development Coordinator Todd Thoman resigned to accept a job as assistant director of marketing and economic development in Pekin.
    WPMB-WKRV’s Home Show attracted 2,700 people.
    Women of Distinction awards were presented by Soroptimist International of Vandalia to Erma Gibbons, the late Hazel Berlin, Gail Tish, Helen Barr, Violet Berry, Florence Eakin, Kathryn Brooks and Harriet Snyder.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken several years ago, shows several members of the Leo Brown Lumber bowling team that won first place in the bowling league.

  • Alonzo Matherly was a newspaper man

    At the time I attended Emmy Hackleman’s auction a few years ago, I didn’t know of a family connection between Emmy’s deceased husband, Charles, and Alonzo “Lon” Matherly, a former owner of The Vandalia Union newspaper.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Rich Walker was re-elected mayor by a 2-1 margin over the nearest of four challengers. Incumbent Norma Cearlock defeated Marjorie Blythe for city clerk.
    Lori Payne was named Miss Kirksville (Mo.). The daughter of Marlene Payne of Vandalia and the late Elvin “Biz” Payne, the Northeast Missouri State university senior also won the best talent award for her snare drum and marimba piece. As Miss Kirksville, Payne competed in the Miss Missouri pageant.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Crystal Schulte and Amanda Cortelloni Miland.
    Identifying them were: No one.
    This week’s Scrambler: a metsipiss eses luftycifdi ni ryeev nutroptypoi; na miptotsi esse yiptopuntor ni vyere cydultifif.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • St. Paul Lutheran cemetery holds history

    This past Sunday, I attended the first of three events in celebration of the 150th year anniversary of the St. Paul Lutheran congregation in Wilberton Township.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken about 25 years ago, shows two cousins.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Fayette County Hospital and Christian Health Care Services signed a five-year agreement.
    Helen Meseke was honored with an Excellence in Teaching Award from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 – After a three-hour,  closed-session meeting, the Vandalia Board of Education voted to re-employ 16 first- and second-year teachers for the 1984-85 school year.