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  • The Way We Were-Dec. 15, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Fayette County Board was considering a resolution that would require inmates in the county jail to help pay their own medical expenses.
    The Vandalia wrestling team captured the title of the Civic Memorial Tournament for the second straight year.
    Everett and Paula Sasse were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, and Forrest “Shaner” and Cleta Lutz of Mulberry Grove were celebrating their 65th anniversary.

  • Statehouse Christmas always exciting

    This past Saturday evening, visitors to the Vandalia Statehouse participated in an annual tradition – the Christmas open-house at Illinois’ oldest capitol.

  • Banks of the Okaw Dec. 8, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This dairy farm girl, pictured about 20 years ago, grew up in Seminary Township and now lives in Mulberry Grove.

  • Mathilda Greenup Fraser grew with Vandalia

    When the Fayette County Genealogical & Historical Society sponsored the reprinting of the 1904 Historical Souvenir of Vandalia several years ago, I was one of those who purchased a copy for my personal library.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Dec. 1, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This woman, pictured more than a decade ago, is now 92.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1991 – Jerry Bozak accepted the position as Fayette County Hospital’s new administrator.
    City patrolwoman Lisa Osborne submitted her resignation to Chief Carrol Dugan on Friday.
    Birth – a girl, Brittany Leeann, to Mr. and Mrs. Troy White of Coffeen.

  • 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.