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Columns

  • Banks of the Okaw

    No photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: fi uoy cta ni asulu yasw, oyu no'tw teg enwaehyr.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week's Scrambler: Nature creates ability; luck provides it with opportunity
    Unscrambling it were: Larry and Joyce Cable, Cy Locke, Ruth Ann Garrison, Elizabeth Kasten, Lyle and Eula Haslett, Andrew Crosswait, Madison Losland, Wayne Purtilar, Ed and Doris Young, and Roger Mosley.

  • The Way We Were

    30 Years Ago

    1989 – Vandalia Soroptimists hosted a Soroptimist Orientation Leadership Training Seminar in Vandalia. Two St. Louis clubs were guests.
    Sophomore Michelle Kaiser had two home runs and 10 RBI in a softball game with Sandoval.
    Heaton-Heistand Veterinary Clinic opened in Vandalia.
    Sgt. John Morrison was selected as Vandalia Correctional Center Officer of the year.

    35 Years Ago

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Enoch here before county founded

    John Enochs was one of the earliest settlers of Fayette County, having settled here in 1820, one year before the county was established.

  • Ingrams saved Schwarm cabin

    Some years ago, on a visit to Ingram Log Cabin Village near Kinmundy, I stopped in front of a primitive log cabin identified by the signboard as the Schwarm cabin.
    Additional information told that it had once stood near Hickory Creek in Fayette County, having been constructed of white oak logs about 1847.  

  • The Way We Were

    30 Years Ago

    1989 – The Fayette County Agronomy Day program drew 140 farmers.
    Five people filed nominating petitions for mayor: Rich Walker, Herb Walker, Jim Horn, Robert E. Carroll and Everett R. Jarrett.
    Debra Sue Logsdon was appointed Vernon postmaster.
    Tom Long was named manager of the Vandalia Kroger Store.
    St. Elmo’s eighth grade basketball team won its regional basketball tournament, beating Altamont, 47-31, in the IJHSAA finals.

    35 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    No photo this week
    No photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: aidse rea nfyun nhsgit etyh no'dt rwko senusl uoy od.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week's Scrambler: If at first you don’t succeed, you are running about average.

  • Three families moving to area

    The families who made their home in Fayette County came from many places and situations, and for various reasons. In this column, I will touch on three of these families who, for the most part, settled in Bear Grove and Seminary townships.
    The Jacob Cripe family was one of the first Pennsylvania Dutch families to settle in Fayette County. Born 1815 in Montgomery County, Ohio, he was the son of Jacob Cripe, who was “bound” to his father until he reached age 21.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    30 Years Ago

    1988 – The Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department’s rescue truck sustained major damage when it jumped into gear and rolled down the embankment after being called to a three-vehicle collision at the intersection of U.S. Route 51 and Van Tran Ave.
    Ramsey won the Egyptian-Illini Conference volleyball tournament. Shanin Whitten of Ramsey was named tournament MVP.
    Beth Herrington and Cindy Harrison represented Vandalia Community High School at the IHSA State Tennis Tournament.