Virgie Overton celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday, August 29 at The Grand Vandalia Hotel. Virgie, born on August 29, 1915, was one of 11 children born to John and Gertrude Salmon
Virgie was one of the first to graduate from the now historic Lincoln School, whose classes started in 1927. Virgie was at the very top of her graduating class.
The party was like a family reunion with sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
Hundreds of family members and friends traveled from St. Louis, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Kansas. One of her nieces, Lori Salmon, who was the Mistress of Ceremonies, flew in from Seattle, Washington.
The hotel felt electrified with all the love that was there for Virgie’s birthday party.
The menu included bar-b-que ribs that were brought from Jim’s Rib Haven, in Rock Island, Illinois, which is owned by Virgie’s grandson Jimmy Overton Jr. There were also ribs from her granddaughter, the owner of another Jim’s Rib Haven Restaurant in Omaha, Nebraska. There was fried chicken with all the fixin’s and any kind of dessert that you could imagine.
Virgie’s grandson Charles Overton entertained the crowd with musical selections on the alto saxophone. Charles also read a poem that he wrote for her birthday simply titled, “GRANDMA.”
I’m sure the City of Vandalia wishes Virgie Overton a happy 100th birthday and many, many more!