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Columns

  • Alonzo Matherly was a newspaper man

    At the time I attended Emmy Hackleman’s auction a few years ago, I didn’t know of a family connection between Emmy’s deceased husband, Charles, and Alonzo “Lon” Matherly, a former owner of The Vandalia Union newspaper.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Rich Walker was re-elected mayor by a 2-1 margin over the nearest of four challengers. Incumbent Norma Cearlock defeated Marjorie Blythe for city clerk.
    Lori Payne was named Miss Kirksville (Mo.). The daughter of Marlene Payne of Vandalia and the late Elvin “Biz” Payne, the Northeast Missouri State university senior also won the best talent award for her snare drum and marimba piece. As Miss Kirksville, Payne competed in the Miss Missouri pageant.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Crystal Schulte and Amanda Cortelloni Miland.
    Identifying them were: No one.
    This week’s Scrambler: a metsipiss eses luftycifdi ni ryeev nutroptypoi; na miptotsi esse yiptopuntor ni vyere cydultifif.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • St. Paul Lutheran cemetery holds history

    This past Sunday, I attended the first of three events in celebration of the 150th year anniversary of the St. Paul Lutheran congregation in Wilberton Township.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken about 25 years ago, shows two cousins.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Fayette County Hospital and Christian Health Care Services signed a five-year agreement.
    Helen Meseke was honored with an Excellence in Teaching Award from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 – After a three-hour,  closed-session meeting, the Vandalia Board of Education voted to re-employ 16 first- and second-year teachers for the 1984-85 school year.

  • Levi Davis was a friend of Lincoln

    While cruisin’ the Internet a while back,  I clicked on eBay, an on-line auction site, where you can find all types of items for sale – from antiques and collectibles to cars.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two lifelong friends, pictured in about 1959 at the Fayette County Fair, were both from Ramsey at the time the picture was taken.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – A 7-inch snowfall was a welcome sight for farmers.
    Ramsey Lions Club and firefighters made plans for a new event – Ramsey Daze.
    Brownstown’s seventh grade volleyball team lost to eventual state champion, Beason, in first-round action of the Seventh Grade State Volleyball Tourney at Louistown.
    Tiffany Slater, 13-year-old Patoka School student from Vernon, won the division Spelling Bee in Centralia, sponsored by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She advanced to the regional finals in St. Louis.

  • Benjamine Halford killed man in self-defense

    Hurricane Township in the northwestern corner of Fayette County was a hotbed of Southern sympathy during the Civil War.
    There was a great deal of unrest throughout the county because a group of outlaws, numbering in the hundreds, roamed throughout a five-county area including Bond, Montgomery and Fayette, terrorizing the people, murdering, thieving and burning bridges.
    The following story was shared with me by Audrey Probst and Jean Vail, and took place in the home of Elias Richmond on Richmond Hill at the eastern end of the village of Fillmore.