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  • The rest of the story on Field

    In my last column I wrote about Alexander Pope Field, who was an important Illinois historical figure. In that article, I wrote, “... in 1828, Gov. Ninian Edwards appointed him secretary of state, a post he held until 1840.”
    I also wrote that this was a story all by itself and, folks, this is that story.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – Vandalia Police Department dispatcher Christy Brown and Richard Winters of Greenville split a $16,000 reward for information they gave that helped police capture murderer Kelly McGinnis of Greenville.
    Ruth Lape of Vandalia was celebrating her 90th birthday.
    Marc Sikma of Vandalia moved on to the finals of the Country Companies’ Three-Point Showdown.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo: George “Herb” Dieckmann.
    Identifying him were: Ivalee Stine Herrin, Joyce Mueller and Harold Baumann.
    This week’s Scrambler: adeurcnen si etciepna tencdoatercn.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.

  • The story of Alexander Field

    In the early years when the governor lived in Vandalia, our city was home to many men of importance.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The story of the Legion Home

    When I was in junior high, I was a member of the American Legion Junior Auxiliary, which met one Saturday a month at the Crawford-Hale Post American Legion Home in Vandalia. Our meeting room was on the main floor, now used for the military museum.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The young man in this photo was born in Effingham on April 13, 1935, but grew up in Vandalia. His grandparents owned a hotel in Vandalia. He has lived in Wisconsin for the past 55 years.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia Community High School wrestling team captured fourth place at the IHSA dual team finals.
    The Vandalia City Council approved a $15,000 contribution to the Vandalia Main Street Program in each of the next three years.
    Rhet Spengel of Springfield was hired as a patrolman for the Vandalia Police Department.
    Harland Bartholomew & Associates of Chesterfield completed the update of the city’s lake ordinance. The work included pulling together several documents governing the lake.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: Here's an easy one for you! This 1971 graduate of Vandalia Community High School is shown in his sophomore year photo. He was the treasurer of his sophomore class at VCHS. After graduation, he went on to the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.