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Columns

  • Lincoln jumped, but not in Vandalia

    According to legend, Abraham Lincoln jumped from the second floor of the Vandalia Statehouse in order to defeat a quorum. In fact, postcards were printed with “X” marking the spot from which he leaped.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photos: These siblings, pictured in the early 1950s, all graduated from Vandalia Community High School, but all now live out of state. Their younger brother also graduated from VCHS and still lives in Vandalia; his youngest son graduated from VCHS this year.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1993 – Beulah Brown of Vandalia was named the recipient of a Governor’s Award for Unique Achievement. The award recognized Brown’s outstanding contributions to caring for elderly people.
    Robert and Corrine Baggett of Vandalia took a Caribbean cruise to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary.
    The student council at Vandalia Community High School spent a little more than $1,000 for outdoor steel furniture that was installed outside the VCHS gym.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Potts story before moving here

    Many of the columns I write require several weeks of research before they are ready to be included in The Leader-Union.
    Other stories are more easily told. This story, about William Potts, is one of these.
    The Potts family settled in Illinois in about 1829, and although they made contributions to their adoptive state, it is the history of the family before coming to Illinois that is my subject today.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photos: This photo of a couple who will celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary on June 30 was taken 63 years ago.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1993 – The Vandalia City Council approved a pay hike of 3 percent for those city employees who are not covered by unions. Union employees in the public works and police departments received the same pay hikes through union contracts. Those given pay increases by the council include workers in the city clerk’s office.
    The list of candidates for chief of police in Vandalia was narrowed from 32 to seven by city officials.

  • The story of Tom and Tillie Leigh

    Millie Meyerholz of Pana writes for a living, her columns appearing in the Pana News-Palladium.
    More than 35 years ago, Millie wrote a story that I thought was so interesting that I asked her for permission to reprint parts of it here.

  • Vandalia Memories