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Class of 1953 holds 60 year reunion

Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Front row, from left: Evelyn Gatson Evans, Suzanne Branstetter Goodin, Charlene Thompson Bagley, Doris Riney Powell, Valerie Pierceall Galloway, and Marilyn Wasson Johnson. Back row: Edward A. Johnson, Jim McCollum, Dolores Rosenstengel Hogue, Stanley Smith, Rose Christensen Wasson, Virginia Sue Smith Carlson, and George Ely Lane. Also attending but not pictured was Donald Ray Morris.

Vandalia High School Class of 1953 celebrates 60 year reunion.
The Class of 1953 of Vandalia High School gathered in Vandalia on April 26 and 27 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of their graduation. The group met at the Methodist Church on Friday night for a casual get-together and snacks, sharing photos, scrapbooks and memories of good times.
A buffet dinner was held at the Fire Brick on Saturday evening. Tables were covered with black cloths and gold napkins. The centerpieces were bowls with gold tipped flowers. Each graduate received a glass mug etched with a wreath enclosing the number 60, saying Vandalia High School, Class of 1953. There was a display of VHS yearbooks, photos, etc. Also on display was a quilt made by Valerie Pierceall Galloway and her mother in 1953 which had the names of the graduates in embroidery.
There were 44 graduates that year. Fourteen attended the reunion out of the 35 living classmates. Nine members of the class are deceased. Evelyn Gatson Evans gave a beautiful memorial for classmates who had passed away since the 50th reunion.
Traveling from out-of-town for the reunion were Mr. and Mrs. Orlynn (Evelyn Gatson) Evans from Hutto, Texas; Dr. and Mrs. Jim McCollum from Huntsville, Ala.; Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Smith from Ashland; Suzanne Branstetter Goodin of Bowling Green, and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Johnson, and Marilyn Wasson Johnson of Louisiana.
Attending from the Vandalia area were Harley (Charlene Thompson) Bagley, Valerie Pierceall Galloway, Mr. and Mrs. George (Virginia Sue Smith) Carson, Mr. and Mrs. Dickie (Rose Christensen) Wasson, Mr. and Mrs. Larry (Doris Riney) Powell, Mr. and Mrs. George Ely Lane, Mr. and Mrs. Bill (Delores Rosenstengel) Hogue, and Donald Ray Morris.
Regrets were received from Margaret Lamme Christensen of Elk Horn, Iowa; Jerry Harp of St. Louis; June Rodhouse Peery of the Villages, Fla.; Carolyn Kisor Horton of Aurora, Colo.; Wayne Wells of Las Vegas, Nev.; Mary Jane Howell Breland of Mobile, Ala., and Patricia Ernst Workes of Osage Beach. Dorothy Gish Henry made reservations but could not attend.
Women class members in the area meet in Vandalia for lunch the third Tuesday of each month and planned the events for the reunion. They expect to plan a 65th reunion for 2018.