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  • Banks of the Okaw Jan. 26, 2012

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman, who grew up in the Ramsey area and graduated from Ramsey High School in 1964, has been a nurse for many years.

  • The Way We Were-Jan. 26, 2012

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Seven people entered Vandalia’s mayoral race – Sandra Leidner, Charles Hutson, Jim Bray, Kim Shanks, Sheldon Schulte, Everett Jarrett and David Crye Jr. Crye later withdrew from the race.
    The Gallatin Street Grille opened at 524 W. Gallatin St. in downtown Vandalia.
    Marvin and Dorothy Huskey of rural Brownstown celebrated their 50th anniversary.

    20 Years Ago

  • Wright's Corner located in heart of oil field

    Recently, I was asked where the ideas for my articles come from.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These cousins all lived in Ramsey at the time of this photo, more than 50 years ago.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Carey Oldfield of Vandalia, the 1996 Miss Fayette County Fair queen, was in Springfield to compete in the Illinois Miss County Fair pageant.
    Fayette County was hit with several bursts of snow and freezing rain.
    The Vandalia wrestling team held on to the No. 1 spot in Class A in the state.

    20 Years Ago

    1992 – St. Louis-based Laclede Steel selected Vandalia for its new pipe finishing and warehouse facility. It was to employ 54 workers.

  • Village of Dressor is now a ghost town

    Named for the man who owned the land, Nathaniel Dressor of Bond County, this Ramsey township village is a Fayette County ghost town.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken about 35 years ago, shows three siblings who live in the area and went to Vandalia High School.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No photo.
    This week’s Scrambler: eht tager tra fo renigvong sticsons fo otn geltnit emn worg dol ni rehti sjbo.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, please call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken about 35 years ago, shows three siblings who live in the area and went to Vandalia High School.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No photo.
    This week’s Scrambler: eht tager tra fo renigvong sticsons fo otn geltnit emn worg dol ni rehti sjbo.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, please call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Mayor Rich Walker said the city was seeing some progress in getting rid of dilapidated buildings in Vandalia.
    Emergency state funds were being used for repairs to the roof and cupola of the Vandalia Statehouse.
    Bert Froehly and John Palacek were honored by the Vandalia Rotary Club as Paul Harris Fel-lows of Rotary International.
    Members of the Vandals Sports Boosters Club dismantled the old bleachers in the Vandalia Middle School gym and put up new bleachers that the club pur-chased.

  • Flour mills operated in Fayette County

    Back issues of newspapers are a wonderful source for history of the county. In the Oct. 13, 1927, issue of The Vandalia Union newspaper, an article titled "Flour Milling in Fayette County" provided an overview of mills in the county, with special attention given to the St. Elmo Milling Co., “once the most-thriving of its kind in this part of the country.”