Monday, July 22, 2013

75th Annual Reunion!

Yesterday I was invited to a family reunion on my husband's side of the family.  It was the 75th Annual Strong Family Reunion!

 Every year for the past 75 years his family has been getting together.  The surprising part of it was that my father-in-law, his sister, my husband and his brother are the last of the family that carry the "Strong" name.  Now I know why my mother-in-law is always asking if we are planning on having kids!

Anyways, the party was very nice, and it was great meeting some "new" family members.

This next picture is of a cousin and his mother, I believe her name was Marge and his was Steve.  Marge has attended 74 out of the 75 reunions.  The only one that she missed was I believe last years and it was because her daughter was getting married.


We exchanged phone numbers and addresses with a few of the family members and we look forward to meeting up with them again in the near future.

After leaving the reunion we took a short drive over to the Strong Cemetery to visit and pay our respects to the family members that are no longer here on earth with us.  Aunt MaryBeth explained to me that the cemetery was named after the Strong family because they had donated the land to the town for a place to lay loved ones to rest.  In honor of the donation they named it after the family.

So like I said in yesterdays post, I have busy busy busy traveling the last few weeks.  Unfortunately, we will be missing the Donner Family Reunion this coming weekend.  Anyone who knows their history has heard about the Donner Party, who went West in search of new lives and got stranded in the Rocky Mountains.  Well . . . we are direct descendants of the brothers that had come from Germany.  One stayed in the East and the rest went West.  I am proud to say that I am part of the Donner Party History!  That will have to be another post lol!

Anyways, I am home again and looking forward to getting a little rest from the vehicles!

Until next time . . .



jack69 said...

I always think it is nice when someone has a standing reunion. I wish our family did.
Sounds like a lot more family for you. Also sounds like you guys had a great time. This must be the time for parties for you!!! ((HUGS)) to you young lady and the best to your and the huggy (No I didn't misspell Hubby!)

Sara S. said...

re: Jack
I had to literally LOL when I read your comment because the girls at the bank where I use to work ALWAYS called Don "HUGGY." I haven't heard anyone call him that in awhile, thanks for the smile and laugh!


WOW 75 years is a long time to be having a reunion.

~mel said...

That's pretty neat that Marge has been able to attend 74 of 75 reunions:) I'm glad you were able to attend. Loved the story behind the Strong Cemetery. AND... we'll miss you at the upcoming Donner reunion.

TexWisGirl said...

wow. 75 years of reunions. that's awesome!

Dar said...

What a fantastic thing to reunite with family for so long...and what a great way to get to know them all...I'm so glad you two got to go. and the cemetery story, awesome for you to know Don's family history that you now are a part of. without Don's help, can you name your new family left to right, front to back???? :?)
Life is good girly, good as God

Betsy Adams said...

What a special family your hubby is in. I love family reunions --but my family is pretty much all gone now--except for my kids, cousins, nephews, nieces, etc... I do alot of family history --and I hope that the Strong family is keeping good records. How do you like Indiana? My hubby is from Indiana --Crown Point. I'm from Virginia originally.

Nice to meet you... Please visit again.