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The 56th annual Richards family reunion was held on Sept. 15 at Rogier Park in Vandalia, with 79 in attendance.
Those present discussed the family tree project that is in progress.
The business meeting was called to order by the vice president, Virgil Richards. Jamie Elmore gave the 2012 minutes and treasurer’s report.
Marcy Jones gave the historian’s report: one death, Everett R. Jarrett, on Dec. 20, 102; no marriages; and one birth, Rylee Jean Elmore, to Justin and Tasha Elmore on Dec. 1, 2012.
In old business, the group discussed targeting family members who haven’t attended in many years. It was decided that anyone having addresses of those who should be invited should send that information to elmore74@msn.com.
Those attending included:
• From Vandalia-Brad Elmore, Jamie Elmore and Egan McClary, Phillip and Phyllis Richards, George and Wilma Richards, Darrel, Taylor and Ashlen Richards, Lori Morgan and Logan Oldham, Blythe Richards, Virgil and Diane Richards, Misty Thompson and Bryan Willms, Jeremy , Dana, Ellika and Dashel Whiteman and Emaliee Hall, Randy, Kim, Ryan and Kennedy Fiscus, Robert and Wanda Fiscus, Steve, Sherry and Kyle Hawkins, Jeff, Jodi, Bailey and Brady Elder, Jason, LaTisha, Jalea and Jarrett Paslay, Jody Richards, Chance Warner and Jady Alsbury, Chuck and Donna Boggs, Jason and Kymber Boggs, Bob Elmore and Deb Handegan.
• From Brownstown-Bill, Kelly and Brennon Mock.
• From Greenville-Joyce and Al Cohoon.
• From Pana-Tom and Ruth Rigdon.
• From Effingham-Aaron and Marcy Jones.
• From Shobonier-Mike and Susie Collier, Lora Richards, Breanna Richards, Jack and Judy Richards, Kenny and Samantha Pryor, Crystal Harris, Jackie Richards, Matt Richards and Sara Brown, Mason and Gavin Richards, and Carter Brown.
• From Oakford-Blake Richards.
• From Carlinville-Bruce Richards and Cheryl.
• From Mulberry Grove-Cody, Brittany and Brody Hawkins.

The descendants of Benjamin and Mella Amanda Hunter gathered at Vandalia Lake on Sept. 7.
A potluck dinner was held at noon, with Connie Bolyard asking the blessing.
A business meeting was held. Kim Jakse was elected president and Connie Bolyard was elected treasurer. All voted to buy a memorial brick in memory of Benjamin and Mella at the Fayette County Museum. Deaths reported were Rich Cohoon and Carol Rine passed away.
Gifts were given to: oldest male, Bill Oliver; oldest female, Winona Childress; youngest: granddaughter of Jeff Diveley; traveled the farthest, Chad Diveley; and mother with most children present, Rossetta Diveley.
Those in attendance were:
• From Vandalia-Connie Bolyard, Bill Oliver, Bob Oliver, Mike and Vicky Diveley and family, Gary Jackson and Barb, Brian Hunter and family, Dale and Judie Hans, Terry Jackson, Shawn and Casey Hunter and family, Bea and Keith Hunter, Glenda Hamblin, Rosetta Diveley and Levi Diveley.
• From Brownstown-Winona Childress, Kim Jakse, Diane and Gary Smith, Tina and Joe Feezel, and Allen Hunter and sons all from Brownstown.
• From other towns-Deb and Verle Masterham of Central City, Iowa; Jeff and Stacey Diveley of Shellsburg, Iowa; Chad Diveley and Kathy Lamphier of Center Point, Iowa; Randy Meyer of Farina; Tim and Missy Mathis of Shelbyville; Ina Aldridge and Kim Osborne and family of Sheridan, Ind.; Jerry and Dianne Jackson of Greenville; and Chris Prewitt of  Effingham.
Friends stopping by during the afternoon were Joe, Kerri and Brandy Cook, and Kay Kistler.