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  • Banks of the Okaw-April 21

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: The photo of this young Vandalia girl was taken in either 1955 or 1956. She is tied to the Vandalia School District, and her husband is well-known "man about town." One of their children is a Vandalia school teacher, and the other is a nurse in St. Louis. Shown behind her is her brother, who now lives in Texas.

  • The Way We Were-April 21

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – A letter of intent was signed for the sale of Witte Hardware Corp., operator of a distribution center in Vandalia, to Orgill Corp., an independent hardware distributor based in Memphis, Tenn.
    Alicia Gerkin and Jay Keppler were crowned queen and king at the Vandalia Community High School prom.
    Members of Soroptimist International of Vandalia were to canvass the downtown business district over the weekend to plant flowers in barrels as part of its “Bloom in Historic Vandalia” program.

  • Boggs was a part of Civil War ironclads

    James A. Boggs stood before the judge of the Fayette County courts on Nov. 2, 1880, and, raising his right hand, renounced all fealty to Queen Victoria of Great Britain and solemnly swore that he would support the Constitution of the United States.
    Boggs, a native of Nova Scotia, stated that he had lived in the United States for 38 years and, in the fall of 1861, enlisted in the Army, serving his term aboard the gunboat Louisville on the Mississippi River.

  • Banks of the Okaw-April 14, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This aspiring race car driver grew up in Vandalia and now operates a business here. The photo was taken about 1949.
    Do you know him? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Linda Hanabarger.

  • The Way We Were-April 14, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Tornadoes in southern Fayette County caused damage estimated at $500,000. No injuries or deaths were reported from the group of twisters, which also caused damage in Marion County estimated at $10 million.
    The Vandalia City Council recommended that city residents be surveyed about a change in the form of city government.
    After the completion of some rehabilitation work to the old Presbyterian Church, the Fayette County Museum was set to re-open.

  • Banks of the Okaw-April 7, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This woman, pictured several years ago, is well known in Fayette County for her love of history. She is a mother and a grandmother.
    Do you know her? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.

  • The Way We Were-April 7, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – After learning its insurance carrier, the Illinois Counties Insurance Trust, had added a new surcharge late in 1995, the Fayette County Board decided to look at other insurance providers.
    Dustin Sefton and Christy Yokley were crowned king and queen at Brownstown High School’s prom.
    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce was getting ready to proceed with the construction of its welcome sign.
    Fayette County Hospital announced that it was adding a home health program.

  • Banks of the Okaw-March 31, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two sisters grew up in the Mulberry Grove area. One now lives in Greenville and works at Southwestern Electric. The other lives in Mulberry Grove and works at a day care center.

  • The Way We Were-March 31, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – A little more than 200 people took advantage of a hazardous home waste collection program offered at South Central FS in Vandalia.
    Clint Benhoff and Tim Worker of Ramsey were on the baseball squad at Lake Land College.
    Mr. and Mrs. Dale Nattier of Patoka were making plans to celebrate their 60th anniversary.

  • Banks of the Okaw-March 24, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken 65 years ago in Hawaii, shows two local servicemen who later returned to the area to farm. One moved south of Greenville in 1953 and the other lives in the Bluff City area.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Jeff Blackburn, Jack Wright, Jeff Hoffman and Steven Smith.
    Identifying them were: Karen Washburn, Diane Blackburn, Peggy Hunt, Caryn Leigh and Jim Cole.