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Columns

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Fayette County's early ties to Texas

    Texas was an independent nation from March 2, 1836-Feb. 16, 1846 when it became the 28th state to join the Union.
    Sam Houston was chosen president of the republic, with his inauguration on Oct. 22, 1836. Annexation to the United States was applied for and, as they say, the rest is history.
    Let’s go back a few years, shall we – before 1836? There is a Fayette County connection there.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young man, in a photo taken on his wedding day in the late 1970s, is involved in farming and commercial agriculture.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Lincoln's friendship with a woman

    Abraham Lincoln formed many lasting friendships during his five years in Vandalia. One of these was with Orville Hickman Browning and his wife, Eliza, from Quincy.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Behind the scenes at the White House

    One of the books that I’ve had on my bookshelf for several decades is “My Thirty Years Backstairs at the White House,” by Lillian Rogers Parks, published in 1961.  
    I pull it down every 10 years or so and reacquaint myself with the interesting story captured between the covers, for not only was Lillian a maid and seamstress at the White House for 50 years, her mother, Maggie, had started under the Taft administration and served for 30 years.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – Mayor Rich Walker reported that the project to extend sewer lines to the city’s western Interstate 70 extension was nearing completion.
    South Central was knocked out of postseason play with a 79-55 loss to Freeburg at the Vandalia Sectional Tournament.
    Fayette County State’s Attorney Rod Irvin and Vandalia Police Department Sgt. Fred Willms told local business owners what they could do to fight shoplifting and bad check offenses during a meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Phil and Ron Curry.
    Identifying them were: RuthAnn Garrison, Dorothy Buckalew, Edith Haseley, John and Ruth Ann Moyer, Madonna Robbins and Beulah Brown.
    This week’s Scrambler: ouietcdna si a sgeriesrovp eoyvridcs fo rou rciognean.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Experience is the comb that nature gives us after we are bald.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The brothers in this photo, taken 44 years ago, were born and reared in Vandalia and graduated from Vandalia Community High School. One is retired from banking and lives north of here; the other is retired from an oil company and lives in another state.