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Banks of the Okaw

No photo this week. This week’s Scrambler: ehorwve nastw to caher a tiasdnt olga sutm aekt namy laslm ptses. Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday. Last week’s Scrambler: No day in which you learn something is a complete loss. Unscrambling it were: Dan and Cheryl Willis, Lois…

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The Way We Were

25 Years Ago 1995 – At its annual meeting, officers of Historical Vandalia agreed to send out letters to organizations, letting them know that the group operating the Fayette County Museum was gaining tax-exempt status. This would allow organizations to make deductions that were tax-deductible. The Vandalia City Council approved an agreement with Illinois Power…

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Serving at Tomb of Unknown Soldier

Along with millions of other people, this past Wednesday, Jan. 20, saw me in front of the television to witness history. With a list of other tasks to complete, I was in and out of the living room until I saw the line of black SUV’s as they snaked their way through Arlington Cemetery on…

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Banks of the Okaw

Last week’s photo: Kenny Blankenship and Brenda (Blankenship) Meyer. Identifying them was: Esther Meyer. This week’s Scrambler: on ayd ni cihhw ouy renal negohsimt si a emtcepol sols. Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday. Last week’s Scrambler: It is often easier to get forgiveness than permission. Unscrambling…

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The Way We Were

30 Years Ago 1990 – Joe Martin, Fayette County Cooperative Extension adviser in agriculture, told an Agronomy Day crowd that he was leaving that position as of Feb. 9 to begin work as land manager for Alcoa Aluminum in Newburgh, Ind. Because of a university-wide hiring freeze at the University of Illinois, his position would…

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Banks of the Okaw

This week’s photo: These twins will celebrate their birthday this Saturday. They were born in a farm house on U.S. Route 51 in the middle of a flood, and the doctor had to use a row boat to get to their house. They were raised in Vandalia, growing up on Willow Street. The girl is…

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The Way We Were

25 Years Ago 1996 – Projects completed in 1995 and ones planned for 1996 were spelled out in a report prepared by Vandalia’s director of economic development. Projects completed included the completion of an updated site plan by a St. Louis firm, new city brochures with updated information and updated marketing materials for the city.…

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Tuttle family had early hotels

The Cyrus Tuttle family came to Fayette County from Ohio, where they owned land in the Ohio Refugee Plot in Perry and Licking counties. The grant was made during the Revolution to colonist sympathizers.
Eight children accompanied the family when they made the long journey to Vandalia over the National Road, with four more born after reaching here.
They included John Dennison, Martha, Samuel, Solomon, William Harrison, Sarah, Lydia and Cyrus W. Tuttle, all born in Ohio; and Almira, Francis M., Austin and Marcella Tuttle, born in Seminary Township.

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The Way We Were

25 Years Ago

1995 – The city of Vandalia expressed interest in joining the recently formed Illinois Presidential Corridor. Mayors in Dixon, Eureka, Galena, Springfield and Tampico – communities which served as homes for U.S. presidents – were forming the group.
Janice Isbell was sworn in as an alderwoman in Ward I for the city of Vandalia. She was appointed to the seat by Mayor Rich Walker following the death of her husband, Tom.
Floyd and Joann Hopkins were planning to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.

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Banks of the Okaw

No photo last week.
This week’s Scrambler: A na'sm armed uhdosl ylawsa ecxede sih ahrce.
Can you unscramble it??If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
Last week's Scrambler: Money is what people without talent use to keep score.
Unscrambling it were: 
Larry and Joyce Cable, Wanda Green, Cy Locke, Mary Cripe, Dan and Cheryl Willis, Carolyn Thompson, Wayne Purtilar, Lois Jackson, Ed and Doris Young, Roger Mosley, Donna Knebel, Pattie Willams and Elizabeth Kasten.

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