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Remembering When: May 29, 1991

GOREVILLE — In the May 29, 1991 edition of the Goreville Gazette, was a photo of those who attended an Academic Banquet at The Plantation Restaurant in Vienna, from Goreville High School. 

Those honored were:  9th grade–Cathy Williams.  10th grade–Eliza Calhoon, Kristen Gilstrap, Patricia Lambert, Angela Riepshoff, Rebekah Steinmetz.  11th grade–Lisa Barnett, Steve Carroll, Sara Goddard, Neila Mighell, Bill Swisher, Jennifer Schierbaum.  12th grade–Jackie Dorsey, Elizabeth Ferguson, Jennifer Hendee, Jeanene Martin, Heather Ruhe, Kevin Verble, Stacy Stapleton, Amy Ziemba.     

Pictured were three GHS students who had attended the State Student Council Convention in Chicago, May 2-4.  They flew from St. Louis to Chicago on Southwest Airlines.  Marci Johnson, Kimberly Sexton, Chris Pleasant and their sponsor, Sharon Walker, attended leadership activities and heard excellent speakers.  They also viewed the city from atop the Sears Tower;  had lunch at the “Hard Rock Cafe”; enjoyed the Museum of Science and Industry; and shopped at Watertower Plaza.     

Seen was Kirsten Gilstrap, a GHS sophomore, who had been chosen to attend the 1991 Hugh O’Brien Youth Foundation Leadership Seminar at Illinois Wesleyan U. in Bloomington.  She is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Jacobs.     

An attempted break-in took place on May 27, when someone tried unsuccessfully to enter the front and back doors of the Goreville Seven-Eleven.  A neighbor dog’s barking apparently scared the intruders away.  The Jo. Co. Sheriff Dept. is investigating.     

Richard Travelstead and Kimberly Lowell were married at the Pulley’s Mill Pentecostal Church on May 24, by the Rev. Ellidge.  They will make their home at the Lake of Egypt.     The theme of the 1991 Goreville High School Graduation Class was  “Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” with the commencement program on May 31. 

The graduates included:  Richard Cain, Delores Charles, Angela Craig, Marci Dawes, Elizabeth Ferguson, Keesha Ferguson, Melissa Fox, Steve Francis, Tanya Franklin, Candice Fryer, Mary Hanks, Jennifer Hendee, Gayland Jenkins, Todd King, Jason Kline, Troy Lane, Stephanie Lowery, Jeanene Martin, Tammy Mighell, Valerie Moore, Andy Morrison, Josef Perkins, Tammy Schmidtke, Brent Schuetz, Mark Shumake, Brian Smith, Stacy Stapleton, Kevin Verble, Jackie Dorsey and Amy Ziemba.     

The GHS Youth and Government Organization participated in their fifth annual assembly in Springfield on March 15-17.  While attending the legislature they were able to write a bill, that made it through the Senate and was signed by the student governor, which was a victory for Goreville and their advisors, Linda Allen and Linda Burlison.  GHS students were:  Delores Charles, Monty Craig, Kristen Gilstrap, Sarah Goddard, Jason Hammond, Christina Jackson, Marci Johnson, Donna Riley and Jennifer Schierbaum, who were pictured.     

Paul’s Trading Post now has live baby sharks in their aquarium, the first animals to become a part of their planned petting zoo at adjacent Refuge Ranch.     

Michael and Laura Hood are pleased to announce a new daughter, Brittany Leann, born on May 22 at Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro.  Grandparents are Truman Merriman, Jr. and the late Arma Lea Merriman and Donald and Maxine Hood, all of Goreville.  Great-grandparents are Truman and Violet Merriman, Buncombe, and Harry and Jenny Pritchett, Goreville, and Irene Schroedel, Jefferson, Louisiana.  Brittaney was also welcomed home by her sister, Amanda, and brother, Justin.     

Shawnee Community College honored these students from Johnson County:  Debra Yandell, Goreville.  Sarah McDonald, Tunnel Hill.  Rosemary McDannel and Lisa Trovillion, Vienna, all pictured.     

In the Classified Want Ads was seen:  “Trying to locate coon hunting mule, a black girl mule (Classy Looker) 53 inches tall.  She is high strung or nervous and hard to catch and is foolish about her ears.  A willing jumper around 12-14 years old.  This mule was sold at Goreville Sale Barn a couple years ago.  I would like to try owning her again.”     

In the obituaries were:  George N. Heninger, 88, Goreville, who passed away May 28 at his home.  He grew up in Canada after being born in Kempton, Il. on Oct. 22, 1902.  His first wife died in 1964 and he married Elsa Mathis in 1965.  They moved to Goreville in 1968, after he retired from Standard Brands, Inc. in Peoria, as a sales manager.  He was a member of Goreville Methodist Church, and a member of the choir and treasurer.  He was a member of Saline Masonic Lodge; Goreville Senior Citizens and Jo. Co. Historical Society.     

Faye E. Spiecker, 84, rural Vienna, passed away at Hillview Healthcare on May 23.  In 1926, she married Ogal Cato, who preceded her in death.  In Sept 1949, she married William H. Spiecker, who passed away in 1990.  She is survived by five daughters and a son; 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.     

The Mystery Person of last week was unidentified until Bea Wood arrived on Friday morning at the Gazette office with the correct guess of Marjorie Throgmorton.  Bea was the winner of $10 worth of gas at Goreville Seven-Eleven.     

Marjorie Vaughn was born in a home delivery in Vienna on July 22, 1918 to Claude and Carrie Johnson Vaughn.  She has one sister, Helen Cato, Marion. 

Marjorie, called Margie all her life, attended Goreville Schools.     

She was married to Ruben Throgmorton on March 14, 1936, in Marion.  They had three children, Richard, Billy Joe and Betty Martin, all of Goreville.     

Margie has worked at Sangamo Electric, Lee Wards in Elgin and the Elgin State Hospital.  She is a member of Busby Chapel Church.  Her hobbies include reading, cooking and sewing.     

And so it was, on May 29, 1991, in Goreville and Lake of Egypt.

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