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  • Banks of the Okaw

    No photo this week.
    This week’s Scrambler: trebte ot soel eth hnrcoa atnh eht owelh isph.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week's Scrambler: If the idea is good, it will survive defeat. It may even survive victory.
    Unscrambling it were: Wanda Green, RuthAnn Garrison, Elizabeth Kasten, Cy Locke, Mary Cripe, Carol Behrends, Wayne Purtilar, Ed and Doris Young, Roger Mosley, Terry Martin, Larry and Joyce Cable, Lyle and Eula Haslett, and Edith Elliott.
     

  • The Way We Were

    30 Years Ago

    1989 – Delbert Maroon was sworn in as regional Superintendent of Schools for Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties.
    Trent Kull, a 1985 graduate of Vandalia Community High School, graduated to the rank of second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
    South Central High School personnel were getting ready for their first school year. The South Central District was formed by consolidating the Farina LaGrove and Kinmundy-Alma districts. Joe Ross is superintendent.

  • Isaac Hill map is discovered

    It was three weeks ago when my son brought the telephone to me. “Someone wants to know about the Isaac Hill map,” he said, as I reached for the phone.
    The caller identified himself as Mike Deschais of Lansing, Calif., and he asked what I knew about the Isaac Hill map.  Well, as it happens, I know a lot. 
    I began to tell him of the two maps and accompanying ledgers, and of Jack Cole, in whose custody they had been.
    Following Jack’s death in the early 1970s, the maps disappeared. I first saw the maps in 1986.

  • Finding location of Hill's Fort

    It is the fall of 1812, Hill’s Fort, Illinois Territory. The rangers are inside the fort and preparations are being made for the evening meal. It has been a nerve-wracking day. A band of warriors, Pottawatomi maybe, have spent the day harassing the soldiers.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    30 Years Ago

    1989 – The Fifth Saturday Celebration in Vandalia included a Civil War encampment, art show, craft show, Christian music festival, classic car cruise and biathlon.
    Robert Burnside was honored for 50 years in the practice of law during the annual meeting of the Illinois State Bar Association.

    35 Years Ago

    1984 –  DRGs (Diagnosis Related Group systems) caused changes at Fayette County Hospital, but quality of care was kept the same.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    No photo this week.
    This week’s Scrambler: het otw nhsigt oeplep natw reom athn xes ro noyme rea iotcnogrnie nda iresap.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week's Scrambler: There is no shame in losing, only in quitting.
    Unscrambling it were: Larry and Joyce Cable, RuthAnn Garrison, Elizabeth Kasten, Cy Locke, Cheryl and Dan Willis, Edith Elliott, Ed and Doris Young, Roger Mosley, Lyle and Eula Haslett, and Wayne Purtilar.

  • Capt. Linn had two reputations

    Although his name may not be immediately recognizable to those who read this column, Capt. William Linn was “a mover and a shaker” who lived and worked in Vandalia during the capital years. He was also described as a “personable scoundrel.”

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    30 Years Ago

    1989 – The St. Peter Business Development Committee kicked off its efforts with a picnic in Community Park for representatives of agencies, which could assist the village in its business development efforts. Lawrence A. Rubin chaired the committee.
    Bob Jackson of Mulberry Grove signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Kaskaskia College.
    The Vandalia Community High School Class of 1929 held its 60-year class reunion.
    Kendra Sanders of rural Vandalia was crowned Miss Fayette County Fair.