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Area News

  • Brownstown HS class of '62 holds a reunion weekend

    The Brownstown High School class of 1962 held its 50-year class reunion on Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Critters hitting the Waterin’ Hole Hard…
    (or actually, the water tanks), as the grass gets browner, the air gets drier and hotter. The “cowgirls” – Betsy, Geneva (the Bartels girl), “Red” and the two youngsters – are really hitting the waterin’ hole frequently, keeping Papa Bear Bill busy refilling it.
    They are also already supplementing their diet with hay, as the pickin’s are just too lean in their pasture now, but they seem to be doing well.

  • Frogtown News

    Out of Hospital
    Mary Harpster of St. Peter was released from St. Anthony’s hospital on Tuesday of last week.
    She is now living at Lutheran Care Center in Altamont.
    Mini-Vacation
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter left on Thursday of last week and went to Hartville, Ohio, to the Hartville flea market.
    They also visited several flea markets and wineries in Sugarcreek, Ohio. They returned home on Sunday.
    Weekend Visit

  • Brownstown-Sefton

    Callie,  the Kitty…
    …seems to be feeling the heat now. She has insisted on going out on these hot days, even running  out between our feet on occasion.

  • Frogtown

    Hospitalized
    Mary Harpster of St. Peter was taken by ambulance to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham on Wednesday of last week. She still remains a patient there.
    Visitors
    Visitors of Dane and Belinda Harpster this week have been: Bev Wodtka, Pastor Emrick, Larry and Sue Urban, and Helen Limes, all of St. Peter; Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo.; and Mitch, Gretchen and Owen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo.
    Birth

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, July 25
    • St. Elmo Unit of Home and Communication will leave at 10 a.m. to go to the Highland House of Plenty for lunch.
    • Royal Neighbors of America, 1:30 p.m. School supplies will be accepted at the meeting.
    Thursday, July 26
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, at Litchfield Chinese Restaurant.
    Sunday, July 29
    • A Fifth Sunday breakfast potluck will be held at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church.

  • Rubin reunion

    Rubin
    The 33rd biennial Rubin reunion will be held on Sunday, Aug. 5, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church Hall in St. Paul.
    A potluck dinner will begin at 12:30 p.m., with beverages, paper plates, and tableware furnished.
    Family members are asked to take lists of births, deaths and marriages since the 2010 reunion to update the family tree.
     

  • Maas plans U.S. Daughters ceremony

    Extreme heat would not have deterred Joseph Thomas from his duties in the militia during the War of 1812.  Neither did it deter descendants and members of the United States Daughters of 1812 and Illinois Society of the War of 1812 from commemorating his service.
    Jessie Maas, a member of the Kaskaskia Chapter USD1812, from Vandalia, planned the ceremony held at the Little Flock Cemetery in Flat Branch Township, Shelby County.

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Thursday, June 28, at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia for its monthly meeting and luncheon.
    After the pledge to the flag, Brock Fisher gave the meal prayer. Thirty members and four guests were present.
    After the meal, President Dean Black called the meeting to order with the announcement of two new members: Roger and Becky Bergman of Litchfield.
    The secretary and treasurer report was given and approved. Birthdays and anniversaries for June were read.

  • Reunions

    Elam
    The 74th annual Elam reunion will be held on Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Mulberry Grove Community Building.
    A potluck lunch will be held at noon. Those attending are asked to take a covered dish to share and their own table service.

    Grubaugh
    The descendants of Sam and Clara Grubaugh met Sunday, July 1, in Rogier Park in Vandalia.
    Twenty-nine were in attendance for the noon potluck. Charles Britt offered the prayer before the meal.
    Traveling the farthest was Rick Grubaugh, of Melvindale, Mich.