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Columns

  • Beck book 'wonderful history lesson'

    The names of Paul and Guy Beck, father and son, resonate with most Fayette County history buffs. Recognized as the first white people to make a permanent settlement in Fayette County, their earliest neighbors were the Indians.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    30 Years Ago

    1989 – Jeanne Gustafson was named interim economic development director for the city of Vandalia.
    Dave Bell won first in the 10K run held in conjunction with the Grand Levee.

    35 Years Ago

    1984 – Jim Kelly and Anna Ruth Kains retired from the Fayette County Hospital Board of Directors. They were presented plaques by Chairman John Daniels. Marie Bristow of Vandalia and Elbert Finley Jr. of Ramsey replaced Kelly and Kains.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    No photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Josh Ruot, Jeremy Ruot, Jeremy Lange, Tom DePaolo, Travis Clark and Neil Skippers.
    No one identified them.
    This week’s Scrambler: on serspeur, on nadoismd..
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week's Scrambler: No pressure, no diamonds.
    Unscrambling it were: Larry and Joyce Cable, Lyle and Eula Haslett, Andrew Crosswait, Ruth Ann Garrison, Elizabeth Kasten, Cy Locke, Ed and Doris Young, Lois Jackson and Wayne Purtilar.

  • 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.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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