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Columns

  • The Way We Were-Oct. 14, 2010

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – The cost of extending sewer lines to Vandalia’s western Interstate 70 interchange was less than expected. Thus, Mayor Rich Walker was proposing additional infrastructure improvements, including new sewer lines and manholes along the river bottoms in the city.
    Judge Dennis Middendorff ruled that Stuart Heaton, a Bluff City man convicted of murder in 1992, could continue to use a Chicago law firm. Jenner & Block took on Heaton’s case on a pro bono (free) basis.

  • Edward Beck – a quiet, earnest man

    We hear a lot about Paul Beck, who with his son, Guy, are credited with being the first white settlers in Fayette County, entering the dense virgin forest as early as 1805.
    There is another Beck – John Beck – who deserves a moment in the spotlight of history. He was Paul’s younger brother, and also came to Illinois before statehood, settling in neighboring Montgomery County.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Oct. 7, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured 60 years ago as a 13-year-old, is now retired from his job as a molder at Graham Packaging. He and his wife (who still works at Graham Packaging) have a daughter and a stepson.
    Do you know him? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Mary Greer Rendleman and John David Greer.

    Identifying them were: Carole White, Doris Wehrle, and Beeb and Billye Staff.

  • The Way We Were-Oct. 7, 2010

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – The Interstate Commerce Commission and Clinton County officials touted Enhanced 911 emergency phone services as Fayette County voters were preparing to vote on an Enhanced 911 referendum.
    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce’s downtown revitalization committee announced its City of Candles project. The committee was encouraging local residents and business owners to put electric candles in their windows during the upcoming holiday season.

    20 Years Ago

  • Responding to emergencies takes guts

    We live on a road with a dangerous s-curve. Over the years, many vehicles have failed to negotiate that difficult stretch. Just before 3 a.m. Monday, another one ended up in the ditch.
    For some reason, I was awake enough to hear the vehicle approaching. Then came squealing tires, a thud and an eerie silence.
    I went to the window to confirm what I thought I’d heard…hoping that my sleep-clouded brain had manufactured the incident. No such luck; I could hear voices yelling for help.

  • Perrysville became Perryville, then disappeared

    A query from B.J. Mueller, publisher of  The Ramsey News-Journal, about the historic village of Perryville, located south of Pittsburg, caused me to pull out my file on this ancient village.
    Perryville was platted in 1817 as the first county seat of Bond County. It stood on the bluff west of the Hurricane fork of the Kaskaskia River.
    The village has long since turned to soil, but to stand near the millstone and read the signboard erected there by Steve Schildknecht in 1990 gives the visitor a sense of the history of the primitive village.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Sept. 30, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two young cousins, pictured in about 1935 grew up in the area. The girl now lives in Carbondale and the boy lives in Vandalia.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Clockwise, from upper left: Wilma Rook Kruger, Frank Rook Sr., Frank Rook Jr. and Mary Rook Gebke.
    Identifying them were: Norma Terry, Shirley Mattes, JoAnn Corry, Paul and Phyllis Sarver, Carolyn Grames and Karen Zimmerman.

  • The Way We Were-Sept. 30, 2010

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – A child playing with matches started a fire which caused extensive damage to his family’s home and destroyed two buildings near the house.
    Charles W. Mills, former owner and publisher of The Leader-Union, was selected as the parade marshal for the 53rd annual Vandalia Lions Club’s Halloween parade.
    Vandalia officials held a pre-construction conference for the extension of sewer lines to the city’s western Interstate 70 interchange. Construction was to get under way the following week.

  • Family stories enhance ties to ancestors

    In Panzi Blackwell’s recent Fayette Faces column "Meyers still holding hands after 70 years," we were allowed into the life of Elvis and Maxine Meyer of rural Vandalia.  
    Having known Elvis and Maxine for years, it was very interesting to learn more about how they met and their life together.
    Through the annual family reunions of the Meyer family, I came to know Elvis’s father, Clyde Meyer, as well as his brother, Claude, and sister, Fern Worker – all first cousins to grandma, Berniece Meyer Spires, of Bingham.

  • The Way We Were-Sept. 23, 2010

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – The Fayette County Board voted to seek bids for the removal of asbestos from the old county nursing home on Ill. Route 185 northwest of Vandalia.
    Sophomore Gretchen Schneider was crowned homecoming queen at Vandalia Community High School.

    20 Years Ago

    1990 – Molly Schumacher was crowned VCHS Homecoming queen.