Thursday, June 7
• St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., home of Sandra Lovett.
Saturday, June 9
• The Altamont Lions Club is hosting a fishing rodeo from 8 a.m.-noon for children through the age of 14 at the Glen Mathis Lake, which is two miles east of Altamont on U.S Route 40. See other info following the announcements.
• Following the 5:30 p.m. Mass, a dinner will be held in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall to honor fathers and high school graduates of the parish. CCW members are to take two potluck dishes.
Sunday, June 10
• Following the 10:35 a.m. worship service at the St. Elmo First United Methodist Church, a farewell dinner will be held for the retiring minister and his wife, the Rev. John and Barbara Eisfelder. A potluck, with meat, beverages and table service furnished, will be held in the church Fellowship Hall.
Monday, June 11
• Red Cross blood drive, 1-6 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall. Everyone donating blood or platelets will receive a rock’n’roll-themed T-shirt and be eligible to win a Gibson guitar, courtesy of the Gibson Foundation. Plus, all aged 16-21 who present to donate blood or platelets will be eligible to win a $5,000 scholarship.
• The St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Tuesday, June 12
• The Avena Township Park Board, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
• American Legion Post 420, 7 p.m., American Legion Home.
• The Fayette County Board, 7 p.m., Fayette County Courthouse, Vandalia.
Thursday, June 14
• Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The St. Elmo District Public Library Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
• Effingham Chapter 110, Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
• The Fayette County Livestock Committee, 8 p.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
Youth Fishing Rodeo
For the Altamont Fishing Rodeo to be held from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday at the Glen Mathias Lake for children through the age of 14. No fishing permits are needed. This is in observance of Illinois Free Fishing Days in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources-Division of Fisheries.
A free lunch meal will be provided.
An adult must accompany children 9 and under. Things the children need to remember to take: suntan lotion, sunglasses, lawn chairs, rain gear (if necessary) fishing gear (if owned) and bait. Poles and bait will be provided for those who do not have fishing gear.
Prizes will be awarded to all children in attendance.
Registration will be at the Glen Mathis Lake, which is on U.S. Route 40 two miles east of Altamont. There will be roadside signs to mark the location.
The Amateur Adult and Youth Town and Country Art Show and the Professional Art Show will be held June 16-24 at the Fayette County Museum Artworks Gallery in Vandalia. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. on Sundays.
The art critique and reception will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 15, and the museum will be open from 6-9 p.m.
My older granddaughter, Soo Jin Lea, graduated from the eighth grade the evening of May 29, and I got to see her graduate.
The Oak Grove School had 127 eighth-grade graduates, who wore bright blue gowns and mortarboards.
The ceremony was held in the Libertyville High School main gym.
The new freshmen will go to Libertyville High School this fall.
Soo Jin plays a flute in the eighth-grade band that, after the processional of the students, played “The Star-Spangled Banner.”After the opening remarks, the band played “Music for the Royal Fireworks.”
Soo Jin is the daughter of Dr. Prentiss and Phyllis (Rhodes) Lea and has a sister, Chae Rin, who will be in the seventh grade this fall.
A reception was held in the school cafeteria. After returning home, a graduation cake, ice cream and sparkling grape punch were served.
Steve, my son who lives in Chicago, was not able to be with us because of conflicts.
On Monday morning, May 28, I left for Green Oaks and returned home Wednesday afternoon.
“Stars of St. Elmo Meet Again” was the theme of the St. Elmo Alumni Banquet held the evening of May 26 in the high school gym, with about 200 in attendance, including 145 alumni.
Kent (Pee Wee) Denton of the 1962 class was the master of ceremonies. After the welcome, pledge of allegiance and announcements, Wayne Lovett of the class of 1952 gave the invocation. The catered dinner was by Deb’s Catering of Altamont.
After meal, Denton introduced all alumni by the year they graduated. Those from Illinois will just have the town listed ,and those who are from other states will have the town and state listed.
1934-Jennie Alice Logue Harner of St. Elmo (who was observing her 95th birthday on May 26).
1938- Millard Mills, Gilbert Wright, both of St. Elmo.
1944-Rosemary Mills Owen, Mary Bail Smith, both of St. Elmo.
1945- Mary Jane Dufford Gibbons of Greenville, Ky.
1947-65th reunion-Leon Gibbons of Greenville, Ky.; Roy Hinton of Cathedral City, Calif.; Norma Jean Fristoe Olds of Sidney; Bob Owen, Martha Flemming Pankey, Anna Jean Bates Rhodes, all of St. Elmo.
1948-Bobby Cox, Carrie Dial Dodson, Frank Krost, all of St. Elmo; Betty Johnson Niesman of Decatur.
1949-Ruby Fulks Shipley of Hymers, Ind.
1950-Phyllis Justice Albright, Helen Tucker Smith, R. W. Smith, Della Bartimus Stewart, all of St. Elmo; Mary Bell Owen McLean of Creve Couer, Mo.
1952-60th reunion-Phillip Brewbaker of Jacksonville, Fla., Donald Calvert of DuQuion; Raymond Coker,Velta Sue Wilson Coker of Albermarle, N.C.; Dorothy Peterson Eaton of St. Charles; John Fulton of Washington; Sam Gillespie of Greenbrae, Calif.; Neil Kepner of DeKalb; Paul Little of Metropolis; Wayne Lovett of Brownstown; Monda Harpster Reeder of Arthur; Carolyn Waddell Turley of Powell, Ohio; Marilyn Brown Calvert, Arlin Grobergeiser, both of St. Elmo.
1953-Carla Slifer Fulton of Washington; Delva Jennings Krost of St. Elmo; Evelyn Rogers Taylor of Decatur.
1954-Don Fairchild of Evergreen, Colo.; Laura Ann Rush Feezel of Brownstown; Richard Freeman of Salem; Keith Haslett, Cora Dial Miley, both of Beecher City; Charlotte Coblentz Kilough of Grove, Okla.; Lois Ragel Lash of Springfield; Darold Rhodes, Dorotha Childress Rhodes, James Stolte, all of Vandalia; Mary Cummins Swarm of Decatur; Galen Underwood of Warrensburg.
1955-Betty Barnick Britt of Patoka; JoAnn Evans Feldcamp of Altamont; Mary Mathis Harrison, Sue Gire Stites, both of St. Elmo; Roberta Branham Miller of Crestwood, Mo.; Pat Ragsdale Storm of Mt. Zion; Johnny Williams of Beecher City.
1956-Charles Bosomworth of St. Elmo; Margaret Tucker Haslett of Beecher City; Merle Lash of Springfield; Sandra Sperry Lovett of Brownstown; Jack Smith of Antioch, Calif.; Janice Underwood Thode of Broadlands.
1957-Dallas Bosomworth of Adel, Iowa; Karen Weidner Denning, Marie Mills Durbin, Marjorie Sarver, all of St. Elmo; Janice Fulks Geiger of Anderson, Ind.; Gene Ireland of Beecher City; Carrie Jenkins Miller of Effingham; Barbara Ralston Oberlink of Vandalia, Margalee Reed Park of Springfield.
1958-Flossie Garrison McDowell of St. Elmo; Norma Garrison Tharp of Effingham; Betty Lash Underwood of Warrensburg.
1959-Lorene Gorenz Abendroth, JoNell Reeder Hill, both of St. Elmo; Roger Bosomworth of Decatur; Donna Jenkins Claar and Kenneth Fisher, both of Effingham; Rita Haslett Fieber of Nashville; Barbara Frailey Nielson of Piscah, Iowa; Madonna Simmons Robbins of Vandalia; Mick Rogers of Beecher City.
1960-Mary Ellen Simmons Alm of Frisco, Texas; James Crain of Walnut; Irene Brewbaker Dart of Effingham; Dorothy Fairchild Davis of Olathe, Kan.; Billy Durbin, Lois Dial Durbin, Neil Smith, Barbara Doty Smith, all of St. Elmo;
1961-Sandra Milliron Bosomworth of Decatur; Elizabeth Kelly Finney of Sycamore; Joyce Smith Morgan of Pana; Steve Pattillo of St. Elmo; Leona Gorenz Pulsford of San Berito, Texas.
1962-50th reunion-Frank Cameron of Shelbyville; Kent Denton, Doyle Dial, Donna Frailey Dial, Kent Janes, all of St. Elmo; William Dufford of Cincinatti, Ohio; David Fairchild of Lakewood, Co.; Kay Evans Fulk of Garland, Texas; Larry Gire of Troy; Sandra Murphy Glueck of O’Fallon; Twila Haslett Presnell of Nokomis; David Ruble of White Cloud, Mich.; Michael Stice of Oklahoma City, Okla.; Judy Potter Watson of Brownstown; Carol Myers Williams of Beecher City; Judy Buzzard Wollet of Springfield.
1963-Karen Orr Gire of Troy.
1964-Ruth Belden of Effingham; Jim Hopper of Farina.
1965-Joyce Brewbaker Drees of St. Elmo; Royce Duff of Decatur.
1967-Dot Hendrickson Cameron of Shelbyville; Rose Hinton Guarini of Lake Villa; Marie Mills Hopper of Farina; Mary Coppenbarger of St. Elmo.
1969-Ann Hinton of St. Elmo.
1972-Randy Watson of St. Elmo.
1974 -Tommy Taylor of Shobonier.
1977-Rodney Haslett of Dyerbury, Tenn.; Susan Owen Hollinshead of St. Elmo.
1979-Marsha Lilly Wright of Beecher City.
1982-Kevin Dial of Leroy.
1984-Justin Brent Smith of St. Elmo.
1986-Rodney Dial of Lincoln.
1987-Brenda Dial Smith of St. Elmo.
1988-Jill Stewart of Urbana.
1992-Kelly Sperry Roberts of Vandalia.
The following 12 made reservations but were unable to attend: Class of 1952-Ward Brady of St. Paul, Minn. and Susie Irey Pollock of Farina; Class of 1953-Sherrill Blankenship of Bellingham, Wash.; Class of 1954-James McClure of St. Louis, Mo.; Class of 1965-Patty White Wennmacher of Pontiac and Nancy Sims Wetzel of Livermore, Ky.; Class of 1956-Ralph Wetzel of Livermore, Ky.; Class of 1957-Peggy Dunaway Blankenship of Bellingham, Wash.; Class of 1958-Keith Purcell of Longview, Texas; Class of 1971-Lyle Stewart of Robinson; Class of 1989-Jason Hill of St. Elmo; Class of 1994- Jill Veteo Hill of St. Elmo.
After Caroline Turley, class of 1952, was introduced, she read an article on remembering how children were reared back in the 1930s and 1940s.
After the graduates were introduced, ticket numbers were drawn for the door prizes. Driftstone Pueblo donated two blankets that were won by Betty Underwood and Jim Stolte. Karen Hyde donated three glass dishes that were won by Jack Smith, Ann Hinton and Steve Pattillo. Susan Hollinshead donated baskets that were won by Pat Storm and Mary Harrison; dishes that were won by Kelly Roberts and Rod Haslett; and the Hollinshead family home made maple syrup that was won by Paul Little. Delva Krost donated a small school desk that had a tablet, pens, etc., that was won by Carrie Miller.
Chances were sold on the blue star pattern quilt and the winner was Harry Rule of Wheaton. Because he was not present, the quilt will be shipped to him.
The round tables each were centered with a potted large gerbera daisy donated by Richardson Brothers Greenhouse.
On the bottom of a mint cup at each table was a sticker and the winner received the centerpiece.
The alumni committee was: Lorene Abendroth, class of 1959; Laura Ann Feezel, class of 1954; Karen Hyde, class of 1960; Delva Krost, class of 1953; and Susie Pollick, class of 1952. Several others helped the committee.
So those attending could have more time to visit, there was no program again this year.
Holly Huffer, class of 1975, was the janitor.
Each year the alumni banquet is held the Saturday evening prior to Memorial Day, and invitation letters are sent out to all alumni who want to receive them.
Any alumna who is reading this and is not on the mailing list, but would like to be, can write to Laura Ann Feezel at 370 W. Cumberland Road, Brownstown, Ill. 62418 or call her at 427-2210.
Twenty scholarships were given to 12 St. Elmo High School seniors at the graduation ceremony on May 19.
• $500 scholarships from the St. Elmo Education Foundation were received by Taylor Spain, Danielle McElroy and Blake Pruett. The St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club contributes $250 each year to the Education Foundation Fund.
• An anonymous donor, through the St. Elmo Education Foundation, gave Young Writers scholarships – $2,000 to Victoria Viramontes and $1,000 to Jake Mansker.
• The Melody Davis Memorial scholarship of $500 went to Patricia Guerrero.
• Ben Sperry received the Dodson Family scholarship for $2,500 a year for up to five years.
• The Student of the Year $500 scholarship went to Jacob Denton.
• The St. Elmo Lions Club gave two $500 scholarships – Patrick Schaal and Jacob Denton.
• Two Karen Rhodes Evon scholarships were awarded. Jacob Denton received $3,000 and Blaine Scholes received $2,000.
• The Lake Land College Talented Student Award went to Ben Sperry and Willie Magnus, for tuition for two years.
• Jeremy Warner was the recipient if the $600 Neal Family scholarship.
• The Charlene Oberlin Charitable Trust scholarship of $2,000 went to Jacob Denton.
• A $500 Lucas Chandler Memorial scholarship of $500 went to Jacob Denton.
• Two FFA Alumni scholarships of $250 went to Patrick Schaal and Danielle McElroy.
• The Masonic Lodge 769 $500 scholarship went to Ben Sperry.
The scholarships totaled $28,100 plus two-year tuition for two at Lake Land College.