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Columns

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Joe Martin, Fayette County Cooperative Extension adviser in agriculture, told an Agronomy Day crowd that he was leaving that position as of Feb. 9 to begin work as land manager for Alcoa Aluminum in Newburgh, Ind. Because of a university-wide hiring freeze at the University of Illinois, his position would not be filled for at least a year.
    Brian Kern was named to the all-tournament team at the Olney Mid-Winter Classic. Vandalia went 0-5 in the tournament.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Scrambler: Na mdeaunxnie feli si tno tohrw nliigv.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: The worst bankrupt in the world is the man who has last his enthusiasm.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Early resident was born into slavery

    One of the hats I wear is that of editor of Fayette Facts, the bi-annual publication of the Fayette County Genealogical and Historical Society.
    Chrystal England is the volunteer who copies obituaries from The Vandalia Union preserved on microfilm, and from these copies I type up an alphabetical list of obituaries from 75 years ago. Currently, we are working on newspapers from January-June 1940.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Fire gutted Claudia’s clothing store in downtown Vandalia on Monday, Jan. 15.
    Kendra Sanders, the 1989 Miss Fayette County Fair, was vying for Miss Illinois County Fair Queen title at the state competition in Springfield.
    Dr. Larry Oder was president of the Fayette County Hospital medical staff.
    The Rev. Steve Diehl was the new minister at First Baptist Church, Vandalia.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Scrambler: eth rtsow rpknbuta ni eht rldow si eth nma ohw sah sotl sih smheutinsa.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Our strength grows out of our weakness

  • Vandalia Memories

    Betsy Brannon Mills uploaded this team photo of the 1963 Vandals, who were undefeated conference champions, from the Vandalois.

  • Poussardin a big part of local history

    He was addressed as “French John” or “Captain,” and although you will not find John Poussardin’s name recorded in local lore, he is as much a part of Vandalia history as more well-known men.

  • The true story about Lincoln's jump

    While looking through back issues of The Ramsey News-Journal, I came across an article in the Aug. 8, 1939, issue submitted by Will F. Jordan of Pana. The writer had spent some time in the log cabin home of George Jackson of Carson Township and wished to share his experience with his neighbors.
    He wrote, “Down in what is known as ‘the sticks’ in Carson Township, Fayette County, is located the humble but hospitable old cabin home of George Washington Jackson, retired farmer.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    Last week's photo: Cecil Williams.
    Those identifying him were: Cy and Lorene Locke, Patty Donaldson, Shirley Mattes, Carolyn Sasse, Ed Taylor, Beulah Brown, Barb and Herschel Ambuehl and James Williams, and Charlie and Linda Townsend.
    In the photo in the Dec. 18 issue were Frederick, Vernon, Linda, Kenneth and Wilma Brazle.
    No one identified them.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    This week’s Scrambler: ruo gsnthrte wsorg tuo fo rou skanwsee.