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Columns

  • Augsburg church's 100th anniversary

    This Sunday, Immanuel Lutheran Church at Augsburg, rural Shobonier, will echo in song and praise to God, who has sustained the congregation for the past 143 years.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photos: The three sisters in this week's photo, which was taken in the mid-1960s, are part of a large family with 13 children.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Revolutionary soliders with local ties

    As we prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July, it seems a good time to look back to the men who were there for the American Revolution of 1776 and later settled in Fayette County.
    The veterans who eventually moved to the “far west” of Illinois were from various states, and as we study the names, we see the family names still represented within our county.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • 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
  • 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.