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Columns

  • Aaron Gutridge tells the story of his family

    My favorite types of stories are those “straight from the horse’s mouth,” so to speak. The events in the lives of the earliest settlers, preserved in their own words, give an insight into the history of our country that no other source can duplicate.
    The following family story was told by Aaron Gutridge in 1872, and included in the "History of Champaign and Logan Counties, Ohio." Aaron, who was 79 years old at the time, stated that he wrote the few lines without the aid of glasses.

  • Banks of the Okaw Nov. 24, 2011

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler:  ralesed rea niersivasio hiwt a lyropo ploevdeed enses fo refa nad on poctenc fo het sdod tansiga meht. hyte kema teh bipsomlies nepahp.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Half of our mistakes in life arise from feeling when we ought to think, and thinking when we ought to feel. (Jim Collins)

  • The Way We Were Nov. 24

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The newly formed Fayette County Habitat for Humanity purchased a lot in the 1400 block of West Madison Street in Vandalia for its first home.
    Rob Thompson of Vandalia joined the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy.

    20 Years Ago

    1991 – Vandalia Attorney Rod Irvin was appointed to the Fayette County public defender post.
    Births – Greg Adam to Mr. and Mrs. Randy Buckley of Vandalia; Matthew William to Mr. and Mrs. Brian Holaday of Vandalia.

  • Beck family forged friendship with Indians

    My thoughts this week have turned to the upcoming Thanksgiving celebration.
    In addition to the turkey-baking and pumpkin pie-making, my thoughts also turned backward to past celebrations with our family over the past 60 years.
    In the Beck family story, preserved by George Beck, is found the earliest account of a feast of thanksgiving in Fayette County stretching back to the year 1816.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Nov. 17, 2011

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Members of the All-Star game of the St. Elmo and Brownstown Little League in 1968 or 1969. They are:
    Front Row: Mike Sluder, St. Elmo; David Miley, St. Elmo; and Marty Watson, St. Elmo.
    Second Row: Forrest Claypool, St. Elmo; Denny Koonce, St. Elmo; Marty Haslett, St. Elmo; and Terry Spain, St. Elmo.
    Back Row: Coach Leo Haslett, Wesley Sparr, St. Elmo; Doyle Powell, Brownstown; David Williams, St. Elmo; Kris Klitzing, Brownstown; and Coach Max Watson.

  • The Way We Were-Nov. 17, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Kelly McGinnis, a Greenville man charged with the August murder of a Greenville attorney, pleaded guilty to “firing the second of two shots.” A sentencing hearing was to be held at a later date.
    Senior Vandalia linebacker Shane Graumenz was named to the Illinois High School Association’s Class 3A All-State football team.
    Fred Willms Sr. received his 50-year Masonic pin.

  • Dr. Morey was county's first trained doctor

    In last week’s column, I wrote about the family of Dr. John Frederick Aubery, who served as a surgeon during the Revolution.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Nov. 10, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture was taken in 1968 or 1969 of the all-star baseball team for the St. Elmo and Brownstown Little League.

  • The Way We Were-Nov. 10, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council voted to pay $260,000 for 26.08 acres of land east of Owens-Brockway and south of John Crane, with plans to give part of that land to Signature Label to retain the local industry.
    The Vandalia Community High School band and band instructor, Sean Reed-Bippen, went to the Vandalia Moose Lodge to record their halftime show for a compact disc. VCHS was one of seven schools chosen for the CD.

  • War of 1812 veterans have local connection

    In celebration of the upcoming bicentennial celebration of the War of 1812, I have been working on a project to identify all known veterans of that war who died in Fayette County.