Vandalia Class of 1956 holds reunion
Vandalia High School Class of 1956. Front row, from left: Alice Bogue Coss, Richard Lewis (of Hannibal), Durward Johnson, Richard Jones, Lester Wright (of Stover), Clinton Winders, Joe Hassien (of Hannibal), Wayne Atkinson. Back row: Betty Smith Bontz, Donna Beedle Hanson, Dean Jones (of Sadler, Texas), Norma Martin Conklin (of Mexico), Sharon Gore Geerlings, Wanda Graves Bruner (of Moberly), Elsie Gore Phillips (of Aurora, Ill.), Anita Gatson Allee (of Versailles), and Carol Gore Girard (of Sarasota, Fla).
The Vandalia High School Class of 1956 met for their annual class reunion at the Fire Brick Cafe in Vandalia, October 12. Many of the class members remain in the local community or have moved back to their home town. Most are retired, but several are still working regular jobs.
The class was the first to graduate from the newly reorganized districts which included Farber and Vandalia, however this class did not have the privilege of the combined classes at the new Van-Far High School building at the west edge of Vandalia.
Two class members passed during the 2013 year; Glen Selby, in January and Christina Dowell Brandenburger in April.
The next get together for the Class of 1956’s 58th year reunion is scheduled for October 11, 2014 in Vandalia.