St. Elmo HS class of 1954 holds its 60-year reunion

The St. Elmo High School class of 1954 met for lunch at Good Old Days Banquet Hall on Saturday, May 24, for its 60-year class reunion.

Eighteen members and guests of the 43 graduates and four who had been member of the class at sometime attended the reunion.
Rita (Niemeyer) Dial and Kenneth Gillespie organized the reunion.
Don Fairchild gave the invocation and read a prayer from the Rev. Erhard and Mary Ellen (Yagow) Wolf, who could not attend.
Fifteen deceased members of the class were remembered by reading their names, and a “toast to absent friends” was given by Gillespie.
Trivia questions about their school memories were read by Rita Dial and answered by the group.
Each classmate received a memory book with most classmates’ descriptions of the 60 years since their graduation. The book was assembled by Gillespie.
Classmates also received a book prepared by Richard Freeman that gives more of his family history.
Marcia Heckert explained how the St. Elmo Educational Foundation was established and how scholarships are awarded. The class made a donation of $650 to the foundation.
Jim Stolte volunteered to help organize the 65-year reunion in five years.
Sixteen members of the class attended the St. Elmo Alumni Banquet that evening.
Those attending the luncheon were: Mr. and Mrs. William Bauer of Tuscola; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Campbell of Pittsfield, Mass.; Gene Clymer of Decatur; Rita (Niemeyer) Dial of Effingham; Donald Fairchild of Evergreen, Colo.; Laura Ann (Rush) Feezel of Brownstown; Richard Freeman of Salem; Kenneth Gillespie of Winterville, N.C.; Mr. and Mrs. Keith Haslett of Beecher City; David High of Tampa, Fla.; Joe Jones of Riverview, Fla.; Mr. and Mrs. William (Charlotte Coblentz) Killough of Grove, Okla.; Mr. and Mrs. Merle (Lois Ragel) Lash of Springfield; James McClure of St. Louis, Mo.; Iris (Koeberlein) Mahon of St. Elmo; Mr. and Mrs. Emmet (Cora Dial) Miley of Beecher City; Darold and Dorotha (Childress) Rhodes of Vandalia; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Roll of Moline; Mr. and Mrs. James W. Stolte of Vandalia; Mary E. (Cummins) Swarms and daughter Gayla Krause of Decatur; and Mr. and Mrs. Galen Underwood of Warrensburg.

Graduates of St. Elmo High School in 1954 who attended their 60-year reunion are shown above. In front, from left, are Cora Dial Miley, Charlotte Coblentz Killough, Iris Koeberlein Mahon, Joe Wayne Jones and Rita Niemeyer Dial. In the second row are Galen Underwood, Donald Fairchild, Richard Freeman, Lois Ragel Lash, Laura Ann Rush Feezel, Mary E. Cummins Swarms, Dorotha Childress Rhodes and Don Campbell. In back are Jim Stolte, Gene Clymer, Bill Bauer, Walter Roll, Jim McClure, Kenneth Gillespie, Keith Haslett, Darold Rhodes and David High.

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