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Columns

  • Christmas downtown in 1904

    In mid-December 1904, editor Lakin of The Vandalia Union took time to walk up and down the principal streets of Vandalia’s downtown, admiring the display windows all decked out for the Christmas season.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    No photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Robin (Conder) Richardson, Chris Conder, Elizabeth (Conder) Rentfrow and Angela (Conder) Wilkerson.
    Identifying them were: Ruth Ann Garrison, Juanita Workman, Sandy Guffey and Misty Gathe.
    This week’s Scrambler: ahtw pasepnh ewnh eht uefrut sah moce nda noeg?
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week's Scrambler: The only difference between a rut and a grave is the dimensions.

  • Ross served county, state & nation

    In my last column, we were introduced to attorney H.P.H. Bromwell, who ran a newspaper in Vandalia in 1852, went on to join the bar and then became a Fayette County judge. Bromwell moved to Denver, Colo., in the 1870s, when it was still a territory, and helped Colorado become a state.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    30 Years Ago

    1988 – Darrell and Lana Potter and Larry and Pat Coughlin of St. Elmo opened the Midwest Country Antique Mall, the only antique mall located between Terre Haute, Ind., and St. Louis, Mo.
    Improvement work on the intake structure at Vandalia Lake was completed.

    40 Years Ago

    1978 – Charles Rummelin, who died in June 1977, willed the bulk of his estate to worthy causes that would enhance the general health and welfare of the community of Vandalia.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These four siblings attended Vandalia schools grades K-12.

  • Bromwell was a prominent figure

    Henry Bromwell was a prominent man in Vandalia in the 1850’s. He did many important things, owned a newspaper, served as county judge and then moved in 1870 to Colorado, where he did more important things, such as being elected to the Territorial Council to establish the state of Colorado. He died in Denver in 1903.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young girl, who was born in 1945, attended Maple Grove School and lives in Pittsburg. She has a son and a daughter, and a brother and a sister.
    There was no photo last week.

  • One of our town's early hotel owners

    Cyrus Tuttle was born on May 15, 1797, at Brandon, Vt., and died on Dec. 9, 1848, Seminary Township, Fayette County.  He was a son of Capt. Solomon and Deborah Strong Tuttle, and came with his family to Fayette County in 1836, settling in Seminary Township.