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Remembering When: July 10, 1991

In the July 10, 1991, edition of the Goreville Gazette were photos of the winning floats in the 4th of July parade, sponsored by the Goreville Ruritan Club.     

The theme was “The United States–The World’s Big brother!”  Bob Webb served as the master of ceremonies, announcing each unit as it moved down Broadway Street in downtown Goreville.   

 Float winners included:  Most Patriotic–Goreville Pentecostal Church.  Best Presentation–Ruritan Club.  Best Religious Theme–Goreville United Methodist Church.  Most Artistic Design–Friendship General Baptist Church.  The Ruritan President’s Award was given to the Johnson County Support Group.  Cash prizes were presented by Goreville State Bank, Walker’s Home Supply and the Ruritan Club.     

This year’s parade marshal was a World War II veteran and president of the Goreville State Bank, a long-time Gorevillian, Victor Maze.     

The 1991 Homecoming Queen, Miss Elizabeth Ferguson, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Ron Ferguson, and the Prom Queen, Miss Heather Ruhe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Ruhe, appeared in convertibles.     

A former Goreville young lady, Miss Tina Clendenin appeared as Miss Southern Illinois.     

Five antique John Deere tractors were seen in the parade, driven by members of the Lindsey family:  John, Jerry, Caryl, Jimmy and Kenny Swisher.     

The Goreville Ministerial Alliance presented an all-day gospel sing and barbeque in the village pavillion.     

At dusk, the fireworks were held on the Ruritan grounds next to the First Baptist Church, a beautiful ending to a patriotic day.     

Mike McCormick, Johnson County States Attorney, will speak on wills and living trusts at the Eagle Point Bay Community Service Group on July 11, with the public invited.     

Pictured were four generations of the Vaughn-Throgmorton family that included: great-grandmother Margie Vaughn Throgmorton; her daughter, Betty Throgmorton Martin; and her daughter, Jackie Martin McCabe; and her baby daughter, Sarah Elizabeth McCabe.     

In a letter to the editor from Mary E. Hinckle, Goreville, was “As an ordinary citizen I think we owe a “special thanks” to the “special people” who work “especially hard” to make “our special spot” on this earth–Goreville.     

The Eagle Point Bay Ladies Group met on Monday with fifteen present.  They are selling T-shirts and caps, blue with flying eagles.     

June marriage license applications included:  Troy Wayne Potocki, 20, Goreville, and Elizabeth Pfeffer, 20, Goreville.  Mark Allen Herren, 22, Goreville, and Johna Lynn Brewer,20, Goreville.     

Perry Montgomery and Joe Geyman, GHS graduates of 1988, were in a serious car accident near Pulley’s Mill.  They are both hospitalized with broken bones.     

Toupal’s Country Corner is now open 24 hours every day.  They now have soft-serve ice cream, diesel fuel and a 17-room “Toupal’s Country Inn”, with its honeymoon suite available.     

Paul Allen Cato celebrated his first birthday on June 28, with a Mickey Mouse cake and ice cream, with a whole lot of family members.     Descendents of the Willie and Arena Sullivan family held their annual reunion on Sunday, July 7, at the Goreville Senior Citizens Center.     

And so it was, on July 10, 1991, in Goreville and Lake of Egypt.

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