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  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1993 - Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar talked about positive upturns in the state’s economy during a visit to Vandalia. Edgar was the guest speaker at a special meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.
    While in Vandalia, Edgar proclaimed the Vandalia Statehouse as the state’s first Heritage Site.
    Five males – four adults and a juvenile – were arrested for breaking into and burglarized Vandalia Community High School. The five males were arrested in St. Louis after being stopped for a traffic violation.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: All three of these children are originally from this area. Two were born in Loogootee, and one was born east of Loogootee.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Amanda Habing Jerden. It was incorrectly stated last week that Amanda works for AirEvac; she works for ARCH. We apologize for the error.
    Identifying her were: Rick and Brenda Yarbrough.
    This week’s Scrambler: dimosw teismteonf sotscnsi fo wkingon awth ot od xent.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Pessimism never won any battle.

  • Bibles help preserve our history

    One of the fun things I get to do as chair of the publications committee of the Fayette County Genealogical & Historical Society is come up with ideas of material that we can publish and, therein, earn money to support our programs.

  • Journal tells a lot of local history

    Billyfrank Morrison of Clarksville, Tenn., did not know whose journal he had purchased at an estate auction in Louisville, Ky.; however, as he paged through the 3 ½-inch-by-6-inch blue notebook, he noted Illinois village names such as Avena, St. Elmo, Brownstown, Loogootee and St. Peter, along with Bush District and Brazel School. This led him to Fayette County and to me.
    Page one bears the date of Aug. 17, 1910 and the exclamation, “Eighteen years old today! Eighteen years since I entered this world of joy and sorrow and what have I done?”

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The photo of this youngster was taken when she was in kindergarten. She went through Vandalia Community High School, and worked at First National Bank in Vandalia while in high school and college. She now lives out of state, but returns home often.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1992 – A groundbreaking ceremony was held for an 80,000-square-foot warehouse for Owens-Brockway in Vandalia.
    The Vandalia City Council voted to require residents to register at city hall when they held garage sales. Residents were limited to two garage sales per year.

  • Vandalia Memories