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Columns

  • Ramsey fox hunt was 'a wonderful thing'

    This Saturday, the village of Ramsey will celebrate its 150th anniversary. While searching for a topic for this week’s column, I decided that a story about Ramsey would be fitting, and the fox hunts or "chases," as they were called, held at what is now Ramsey Lake State Park is something you should know about.
    Some of my information came from an article published in the Ramsey Centennial book, by JoAnn Klinker, titled, "The Fox Chase.” The area identified in the book where the event was held is the current boat dock area at Ramsey Lake State Park.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: No picture this week.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Ron Koehler.
    Identifying him were: Richard Koehler and Bob Dugan.
    This week’s Scrambler: og dylinoctenf ni eht noirtidec fo uroy marsed. veli het feli oyu veah daginemi.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured in 1944, was dressed in a military uniform because his father was in the service at the time.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Friends of the Old State Capitol received a matching grant award from the Southern Illinois Regional Tourism Council to promote this year’s Grand Levée.
    Melinda Sue Yarbrough of Vandalia was a semifinalist in the Miss Illinois Teen-USA Pageant.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 – Fayette County Hospital was offered a contract with Vandalia Correctional Center, effective July 1, to run for one year.

  • Hector S. Humphrey launched The Union

    “I was born in Tompkins County, New York, June 27, 1828, [and] came to Illinois in 1848. I got my first job on the Chicago Daily Journal, setting a prospectus for a campaign newspaper. Two years later, I became the owner of a newspaper in Naperville, Illinois.”

  • The Union is 150 years old; let the celebration begin

    One hundred and fifty years ago this week, H.S. Humphrey took a step of faith and launched The Vandalia Union.
    The date was April 16, 1864. The war between the states was droning on, and the carnage was building.
    President Abraham Lincoln would be re-elected to a second term that fall.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Industrial Development Coordinator Todd Thoman resigned to accept a job as assistant director of marketing and economic development in Pekin.
    WPMB-WKRV’s Home Show attracted 2,700 people.
    Women of Distinction awards were presented by Soroptimist International of Vandalia to Erma Gibbons, the late Hazel Berlin, Gail Tish, Helen Barr, Violet Berry, Florence Eakin, Kathryn Brooks and Harriet Snyder.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken several years ago, shows several members of the Leo Brown Lumber bowling team that won first place in the bowling league.

  • 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.