• 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.

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  • 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.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    No photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Elaine Culbertson
    Identifying her were: Judy Carruthers, Elaine Culbertson and Ruth Ann Garrison.
    This week’s Scrambler: nioghnt agter saw vere ecadeivh tuhiotw shatinsemu.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week's Scrambler: It is a growling man who lives a dog's life.

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  • Underground Railroad in Fayette

    On Aug. 26, representatives of Illinois Humanities produced a radio podcast program from the House of Representatives chamber at the Vandalia Statehouse in celebration of Illinois’ 200th birthday.

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  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1998 – A crew from 20/20, an ABC news magazine, visited with Larry LeFevre, as it was doing a story on violence against divorce attorneys.
    Fayette County Hospital President Dan Gantz was given regional administrative duties by BJC Health System.
    Bob Thompson was elected chairman of the new Vandalia Tourism Commission.
    Ed Taylor Jr. opened Noise Music and Sound in the 300 block of West Main Street in Vandalia.
    Elizabeth Zeman of Vandalia received the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These two cousins, born just a day apart, are about to celebrate their 75th birthdays. They hung around Four Mile Country Grocery Store back in the day. One lives in Decatur and the other in rural Brownstown.

  • Another Lincoln tie to this county

    Several weeks ago, I wrote about the “founding” of Vandalia by commissioners sent to interior of Illinois for that purpose.