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Columns

  • Banks of the Okaw

    No photo this week.
    No photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: mrebeemr atht dritec si noyme.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week's Scrambler: The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.

  • 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.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.