St. Elmo News

Thursday, June 12
• Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The St. Elmo Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
• The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
Friday, June 13
• The Town and Country Amateur Art Show and Professional Art Show at the Fayette County Museum, Vandalia, will have an opening critique at 7 p.m. In addition to the museum hours of 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., the Museum will be open from 6-9 p.m. on Friday.
Saturday, June 14
• St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, First United Methodist Church Parsonage.
• Saturday is the first day for the exhibits in the 2014 Town and Country Art Show and Professional Art Show and it is free. The exhibits will include adult and youth fine art ,and amateur photography. It will be held in the Fayette County Museum’s Artworks Gallery upstairs. The upstairs walls have been replastered and the art shows this year will be in a bright clean display area. The shows will continue thorough Sunday, June 22, and the hours are 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. on Sundays, June 11 and 22.
• A Garden Party will be held in the garden at the Fayette County Museum in Vandalia from 1-4 p.m. Baroque Folk will play period music. Tickets are $5 per person. Finger food samples from recipes in the museum’s 35th anniversary cookbook will be provided, along with tea and lemonade.
Monday, June 16
• Historical Vandalia Inc., 6:30 p.m., Fayette County Museum, Vandalia.
Tuesday, June 17
• Fayette County Home and Community Education’s 66th annual meeting at the Vandalia Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Registration is at 11:30 p.m., a potluck luncheon is at noon and a business meeting will follow the luncheon.
Thursday, June 19
• Vit-Em-In class potluck, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
Future Announcement Reminder
Saturday, June 21 has been set for the Wheatland Township Cleanup Day. A dumpster will be available at the Township Building in St. James. No tires and chemicals will be accepted.
Organizations, such as church groups, non-profit organizations, etc., are needed for assistance to the elderly and handicapped persons who have disposable things to put in the dumpster. Those willing to help can call 829-3805.
St. Elmo-Brownstown FFA Alumni Recipient
Ashton Smithson was the St. Elmo-Brownstown FFA Alumni scholarship recipient for 2014. She is a four-year member of FFA serving as chapter secretary, 2010-12; and president 2012-13.
Smithson plans to attend Kaskaskia College, with an interest in animal science. Her primary interest is in dairy cattle. As an active member of FFA she won the Green Hand Award.
She set and accomplished her goals as she learned to Al cattle by taking a certification class in artificial insemination offered by Lake Land College in 2012. Experience on the dairy farm allowed her to attain the responsibility of caring for the dairy calves from the time they are born until they are turned outside. Keen observation of the milk cows allow her to recognize when a cow is having problems with her udders.
Smitson is in charge of cleaning the milking parlor and she can milk the cows on her own.
Over her four years, Smithson has taken part in career development horse judging, dairy judging, poultry judging and job interview.
Three important skills she has attained through FFA are good communication skills when working with others, learning to be able to step up and be a leader when something needed to be initiated. She attended FFA leadership and leadership training school.
Smithson feels that serving as chapter secretary allowed her the opportunity to learn to work well with fellow officers and FFA members. Serving as chapter president taught her many things like leadership and how to be a role model to the younger members.
She feels she has gained a lot of responsibility on the farm, which shows she is a very dependable person.
In 10 years, she plans to be working with animals ,whether it is on the family farm or working somewhere in our local area.
Rhodes-Side Gleanings on Graduation
Chae Rin Lea graduated with the eighth grade from Oak Grove School the evening of June 3. The graduation ceremony for the 108 students was held in the Libertyville High School main gym.
Various awards were presented and she received a character plaque from the PTO.
Chae Rin is the daughter of Dr. Prentiss and Phyllis Lea of Green Oaks and is my granddaughter.
To attend the graduation, I left St. Elmo Tuesday morning and arrived at Green Oaks at 12:30 p.m., just shortly after my son, Steve Rhodes, and his friend, Scott Edmonds, both of Chicago, had arrived. Also attending the graduation was Chae Rin’s sister, Soo Jin.
This fall, both girls will be students at the Libertyville High School – Soo Jin will be a junior and Chae Rin a freshman.
Prior to graduation, we had a dinner in the Lea home. The dessert was a cake in observance of Chae Rin’s graduation and my May 28 birthday.
Several weeks ago, Phyllis started working at the Racco Fiore & Sons Landscape Architecture in Kenilworth. For the past couple of years Phyllis took college gardening and landscaping courses.
The Leas have about an acre around their home and it has been beautifully landscaped by Phyllis.
My mother, Mattie Bates, and Phil’s mother, Alice Rhodes, both loved to garden, so I am sure she inherited the love of gardening from them, not me.
I came back home on Wednesday and stopped in Champaign to have lunch at Olive Garden with Carol Froesch, who is the Champaign County Home and Community Education second vice president.
When I went to Phyllis’ on April 1 and came back home on April 3 the pouring-down rain kept me from meeting Carol for lunch at 11:30 a.m.; she had another obligation in the early afternoon.
When I left Phyllis’ at 7 a.m. on June 4, it was raining,but not as bad as the rain was in April. It rained off and on from Green Oaks to Champaign, but didn’t rain the rest of the way home.
Southwestern Scholarship 2014 Winners
The June Southwestern Magazine listed names of this year’s Southwestern Electric Power for Progress Scholarship Program recipients. This year $1,000 scholarships were awarded to eight high school graduating seniors and three who graduated prior to 2014.
Scholarship winners were Molly Hill, St. Elmo High School senior; Danielle White, Altamont High School senior; Jarod Maske, Ramsey High School senior; Josuha Laesch, Greenville High School senior; Devan Kaufman, Highland High School senior; Casandra Rode, Highland High School senior; Victoria Wiseman, Staunton High School senior; Kaylee Graines, a student home-schooled in Worden; Anna Brannon, freshman at Greenville College at Greenville; Lillian Wright, sophomore at Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Mich.; and Luke  Zabawa, sophomore at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.
Since 1995, Southwestern has provided $194,500 financial assistance to a total of 333 students. The cooperative’s Scholarship Committee bases its selections on a combination of financial need, academic success and participation in extracurricular, employment and volunteer activities and may use the awarded funds to attend any accredited university, college or vocational school in the U.S.
Friendly Neighbors
Friendly Neighbors had a small attendance at the June 3 noon potluck held in the Phillips Building. Those attending were Marybelle Ledbetter of Brownstown; Cora Miley of Beecher City; and Malinda Miller, Bob and Joanne Owen, Rosemary Owen and Irene Reed, all of St. Elmo. There was no program, just visiting.
Wright’s Corner HCE
After the pledge of allegiance, Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education members answered roll call to “What is your favorite candy?” Several different kinds were mentioned.
The meeting was held the afternoon of June 4 in the Loudon Town House, with the following present: Chairman Carol Austin, Ina Abendroth, Janice Garrison, Kate Jennings, Rosemary Owen, Irene Reed, Shirley Smith and Helen Wright.
Austin read the May board notes of the Fayette County HCE. Owen gave the special feature, “Recognizing Child Abuse,” and the major lesson, “Parenting 101.” There was discussion on both lessons.
Units give no lessons in July and August. For the July activity, the unit will go to the Vandalia Ponderosa at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 2.
Alumni Banquet
The oldest alumni honored at the St. Elmo Alumni Banquet held the evening of May 24 in the high school gym was Jennie Alice Logue Harner who graduated in 1934 – 80 years ago – and she is age 97.
Next oldest graduate was Gilbert Wright of St. Elmo, who graduated 76 years ago, in 1938. Audrey Smith Nobbe of Woodlawn graduated 73 years ago, in 1941. A book she has written, “Nightfall,” was available. The other classes of graduates will be listed later in this article.
Also recognized was 90-year old Richard Lowe of St. Elmo, who taught agriculture in St. Elmo High School for 20 years.
Alumni tickets were purchased by 131 alumni and about 40 guests.
Master of ceremonies Kent Denton of the class of 1962 gave the welcome at 6 p.m. and had all give the pledge of allegiance. The invocation was given by Merle Lash of the class of 1956.
The dinner was by Deb’s Catering of Altamont.
The alumni committee of Lorene Abendroth, class of 1959; Laura Ann Feezel, class of 1954; Karen Hyde, class of 1960; Delva Krost, class of 1953; Susie Pollock, class of 1952; and Marjorie Sarver, class of 1957; did all the work.
Feezel, who has been the one to send alumni letters, said she would do the job one more year, but wants someone else to take the job and work with her next year to learn what to do by themselves for 2016.
After the meal, in addition to the classes of 1934, 1938 and 1941, were the following classes and each stood when his or her name was called (all towns in Illinois do not list the state):
1944-70 years: Mary Bail Smith and Rosemary Mills Owen, both of St. Elmo.
1947: Anna Jean Bates Rhodes, Robert Owen, Florina Finley Vogel, all of St. Elmo.
1948: Frank Krost, Bobby K. Cox, Carrie Dial Dodson, all of St. Elmo, J.C. Barnett of Bossier City, La., Carl Carroll and Luella Boles Carroll, both of Findlay; Betty Johnston Niesman of Decatur.
1950: R. W. Smith, Helen Tucker Smith, Della Bartimus Stewart, Phyllis Justice Albright, all of St. Elmo; Wanda Rogers LaBounty of Lawrenceville; Mary Belle Owen McLean of St. Louis, Mo.
1951: Dorothy Stolte King of Morrisonville.
1952: Raymond Coker, Velta Sue Wilson Coker, both of Albermarle, N.C.; Brady Ward of St. Paul, Minn.; Paul G. Little of Metropolis; John Fulton of Washington; Arlin Grobengeiser of St. Elmo; Susie Irey Pollock of Farina; Wayne Lovett of Brownstown; and Monda Harpster Reeder of Arthur.
1953: Delva Jennings Krost of St. Elmo; Sherrill Blankenship of Bellingham, Wash.; Evelyn Rogers Taylor of Decatur; Carla Slifer Fulton of Washington; Jim Dial of Effingham.
1954- 60 years – this class had the most present, 17: William Bauer of Tuscola; Walter Roll of Moline; Ken Gillespie of Winterville, N.C.; Keith Haslett and Cora Dial Miley, both of Beecher City; Richard Freeman of Salem; Galen Underwood of Warrensburg; Don Campbell of Davenport, Fla.; Charlotte Coblentz Killough of Grove, Okla.; Jim McClure of St. Louis, Mo.; Rita Niemeyer Dial of Effingham; Mary Cummins Swarm of Decatur; Lois Ragel Lash of Springfield; James Stolte of Vandalia; Laura Ann Rush Feezel of Brownstown; Joe Wayne Jones of Riverview, Fla.; Don Fairchild of Evergreen, Colo.
1955: Pat Ragsdale Storm of Mt. Zion; Mary Mathis Harrison and Sue Gire Stites, all of St. Elmo; JoAnn Evans Feldcamp of Altamont; Roberta Branham Miller of Crestwood, Mo.; Nancy Sims Wetzel of Livermore, Ky.; Wayne Duree of Bradford, Pa.
1956: Wm (Bill) Haslett of Hopkinsville, Ky.; Margaret Tucker Haslett of Beecher City; Janice Underwood Thode of Broadlands; Karen Slifer Wolfe of Bowling Green, KY; Ralph Wetzel of Livermore, Ky.; Merle E. Lash of Springfield; Sandra Sperry Lovett of Brownstown; Darlene Fletcher Davis of Little Rock, Ark.; Kay Stolte Duree of Bradford, Pa.; Shirley Cameron Schaub; Charles Bosomworth and Everett Ritchie, both of St. Elmo.
1957: Marjorie Sarver of St. Elmo; Peggy Dunnaway Blankenship of Bellingham, Wash.; Margalee Reed Park of Springfield; Carrie Jenkins Miller of Effingham; Gene Ireland of Beecher City; Janice E. Fulks Geiger of Anderson, Ind.
1958: James Keith Purcell of Longview, Texas; Betty Lash Underwood of Warrensburg; Ronnie Ragsdale of St. Elmo; Darlene Simmons Wasmuth of Altamont.
1959: Janet Rogers Shelton, Mick Rogers, both of Beecher City; Patsy Stewart Graumenz of Mt. Zion; James (Jim) Dunaway of Greenwood, Tenn.; Patti Dunaway Jerowski of Everson, Wash.; Jerry Murphy, Barbara Sue Ragsdale Murphy, both of Oscala, Fla.; Jo Nell Reeder Hill, Sue Hill Borcherding, Lorene Gorenz Abendroth, all of St. Elmo; Kenneth Fisher of Effingham; Steve Muma of Mission, Texas; Shirley Roll Dickey of Eldridge, Iowa; Madonna Simmons Robbins of Vandalia; Robert Scholes of Portsmouth, Va.
1960: Bill Finney of Sycamore; Judy Cox Gillaspie, Billy Durbin, Lois Dial Durbin and Ronald Weaber, all of St. Elmo; Barbara Reed Patrick of Dawson; Karen Durbin Hyde of Edgewood; Irene Brewbaker Dart of Effingham.
1961: Mick Wright of Woodlawn; Steve Pattillo of Altamont; Carolyn Breedon Weaber of St. Elmo; Elizabeth Kelly Finney of Sycamore; Dave Ruble of White Cloud, Mich.
1962: Kent James and Kent Denton, both of St. Elmo.
1963: Janet Brewbaker Stahulak of Decatur.
1964- 50 years: Donna Potter Schaub of Decatur; Gene Logue of Mason; Ronnie Gillespie of Forsyth; Jimmie Hopper of Farina.
1966: Joe Haslett of Springfield; Kristine Muma Logue of Mason; Lois Rogers Gillespie of Forsyth.
1967: Marie Mills Hopper of Farina.
1968: Connie Logue Roll of St. Elmo; Cheyral Stewart Stine of Ellington, Fla.
1970: Johnnie Abendroth of Hermitage, Tenn.
1971: Lyle Stewart of Robinson.
1975: Holly Huffer of St. Elmo.
1979: Marsha Lilly Wright of Beecher City.
1981: Tim Abendroth of Goodlettsville, Tenn.
1982: David Stewart of St. Elmo.
1986: Jill Stewart of Urbana.
Graduate Della Stewart had the most children present who were graduates: Cheyral Stewart Stine, David Stewart and Jill Stewart.
Next on the agenda was the awarding of door prizes to the lucky ticket holders; when one registered, each received two tickets and one went into the door prize box.
Donated by Ann Hinton were wreaths won by Tim Abendroth and Kay Duree.
Donated by Connie Roll were hanging baskets won by Margalee Park and Charles Bosomworth, and Precious Moments figurines won by Karen Gillespie, Barbara Pattillo and Madonna Robbins.
Donated by Shirley Dickey were Isabella Bloom figurines with stands won by Jim Dunaway, Billy Durbin, Everett Ritchie and Steve Pattillo.

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