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  • Lincoln Victory Ball planned for Feb. 11

      On Feb. 11, 1861, president-elect Abraham Lincoln left Springfield for Washington, D.C., for the inauguration. On the same day,  Jefferson Davis left his home in Vicksburg, Miss., for Montgomery, Ala., to accept the presidency of the Confederate states.
    For this reason, Feb. 11 has been chosen as the start of the sesquicentennial celebration of the Civil War. Many states have formed official commissions, and Illinois, for its part, is making an attempt to get into the  Guinness Book of World Records.  

  • Banks of the Okaw-Jan. 20, 2011

    This week’s Scrambler:  fi oyu nurt eth nogamiainti seloo keil a gintnuh ogd, ti liwl tonfe nurter twih eht ribd ni sti tomuh.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can not read them. (Mark Twain)

  • The Way We Were-Jan. 20, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – At its annual banquet, the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce presented Abe Awards to Paul Zeman and “Beeb” and Billye Staff.
    Raymond and Betty Reiss of St. Peter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

    20 Years Ago

    1991 – Hundreds of people attended a patriotic rally Saturday night in the South Central High School gym in Farina in support of local servicemen in the Middle East.
    If approved, Vandalia was to receive $75,000 in federal funds for work on Coles Street.

  • Area will take part in record attempt

    Do you want to be part of some history making?
    Your chance, my friend, is coming up in less than a month. On Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at 11 a.m., a momentous occasion will take place in the Old State Capitol in Vandalia, as an attempt will be made to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the “Most People Reading Aloud Simultaneously.”  
    The text chosen is Lincoln’s Farewell Address, delivered 150 years ago at 11 a.m. on Feb. 11, 1861, before Lincoln left Springfield on his inaugural journey as president-elect to Washington, D.C.  

  • Banks of the Okaw-Jan. 13, 2011

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Danny Rubin, Tim Schaal, Keith Ehrat and Susan Williams.
    Identifying them were: Don and Emily Ehrat, Marian Rubin, Charles and Iris Kruenegel, and Sherry Courson.
    This week’s Scrambler:  eht amn hwo sedo otn dera odgo skobo sha on tagnavade revo eth nam how nac ton dare meht.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • The Way We Were-Jan. 13, 2011

    15 Years Ago

  • Hand-delivered funeral cards once popular

    “The friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend…a funeral…”
    In the days before mass communication through radio, newspapers and telephone, hand-delivered funeral cards notified people of a death and upcoming funeral.
    These cards were printed at the local print shop, and styles varied throughout the years. In the early days, the language was flowery; later it became stark and to the point.

  • The Way We Were-Jan. 6, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Seniors Clint Flowers and Jani Torrence were crowned homecoming king and queen at Patoka High School.
    The city of Vandalia was gathering information about downtown buildings to use for such things as recruiting tenants for vacant buildings and firefighting pre-planning.
    Dana Adermann, the 1995 Miss Fayette County Fair queen, was representing the county at the Miss Illinois County Fair Pageant this week in Springfield.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Jan. 6, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These three boys and one girl grew up in the Augsburg area. The boy on the left still lives in the Augsburg area, is married,  and has one daughter and one son. The boy second from the left recently moved to Decatur, is married, and has two daughters and two sons. The boy third from the left still lives in the Augsburg area, is married and has two daughters. The girl on the right lives in Vandalia and has one son.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.

  • Koehler recalls days as prisoner of war

    A couple of weeks ago, my cousin, Mike Koehler, from Mt. Pulaski telephoned. Mike calls at least twice a month, and at the beginning of this call he asked, “Do you know what day it is?”
    Actually, I had no idea what day it was, although I was fairly certain it was December.
    “December 19,” he said. “Sixty-six years ago today, I was captured by the Germans.  You know that recipe I sent you? That is what I had to eat on Christmas Day.”