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  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This photo, taken in 1963 or 1964, shows three siblings. The older girl now lives in Ramsey. The younger girl lives in Kentucky. And the boy farms in rural Ramsey.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Plans were explained for the Deken Sports Park complex being planned in St. Elmo. Included in the plans are three baseball/softball diamonds.
    FAYCO Enterprises held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new 14,500-square-foot addition in Vandalia.
    Under a plan presented by Sheriff Michael Kleinik, memorial trees were to be planted on the grounds of the Fayette County Courthouse.
    The Vandalia Tourism Commission announced plans for its fall Corn Day festival, a celebration like those held in Vandalia 50 years earlier.

  • Furniture maker Otto Bouc made replicas

    Back in the mid-1930, as Illinois historians and architects worked to restore the offices in the Vandalia Statehouse to look the way they did in the days of Lincoln, a search was underway to identify original pieces for placement in the historic building.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Morris Kern.
    Identifying him were: Mary Cripe, Dan Oberlink and Kenneth Hall.
    This week’s Scrambler:  rehet ear wot smeit ni feil hewn a nam ludhos ont leatcupes newh eh noctan rofdaf ti, nad newh eh nac.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Two weeks after agreeing to consider parasailing licenses for Vandalia Lake, the Vandalia City Council voted 5-4 not to allow that kind of license. Mayor Sandra Leidner cast the deciding dissenting vote.
    The Vandalia Guaranteed Air Freight fast-pitch softball team finished second in the Class A state tournament.
    Johnny and Nellie Logue of St. Elmo celebrated their 50th anniversary.

  • Levi Davis left mark on Vandalia

    While cruisin’ the Internet a while back, I clicked on eBay, an on-line auction site, where you can find all types of items for sale.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This little boy is now 78 years old. He has lived in Fayette and Bond counties his entire life.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Judge Dennis Middendorff of Carlyle denied a motion filed by attorneys for convicted murderer Stuart Heaton that asked for new DNA tests on evidence from the 1991 murder scene.
    WARECO employees Stacy Younker and Cody Miller prevented a disaster when they quickly extinguished a fire at one of the gas pumps at the station on West Gallatin Street.
    Merle and Georgi Adermann of Vandalia were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary.

  • Cunningham survived capture by Indians

    Phebe Tucker and Thomas Cunningham were married at Prickett’s Fort on the Monongalia River in April 1776.
    As a young family, they settled near Thomas’ brother, Edward Cunningham, with their log cabins being 60 feet apart on Bingamon Creek. The nearest settlement was 10 miles away.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia City Council voted to allow para-sailing at Vandalia Lake. The city would have five licenses, with the cost of a license being $500.
    The Vandalia Main Street Program executive board held a public reception for its first program manager, Carole White.
    Alvin and Georgia Meyer of Vandalia were observing their 50th wedding anniversary.
    Lyda Ecke, a longtime resident of Vandalia, was celebrating her 100th birthday.