We were to leave this morning for western Pennsylvania. We found that
daughter, Karen, was having medical problems and was put into the
Karen only lives about 25 miles from our home, so we stayed to see what
the prognosis was. It was her gall bladder and they decided to remove
We stayed until Thursday (12 Oct) after the operation was done to
We finally left about 11:30am, making it a long day to PA.
After arriving at Susanne and Ed Bruce's home Ed and I decided to print
some family trees to post up at the reunion. We spent several hours
evening printing and cutting and pasting the pages to generate the 6
family trees. A couple were 15 or more pages.
Susanne and Ed Bruce had done an excellent job setting up the reunion.
Originally we were to have it in the Burrell Twp fire hall across the
from their home. But, for several reasons, including the $200 price,
decided at the last minute to move it to St. Michaels Evangelical
about a mile north. The facility there included a fellowship hall that
was great for dining and visiting. The sanctuary adjoins the the
hall and is separated by a glass wall. The sanctuary was used as a
hall. Several presentations were given, including mine on the ancestors
and descendants of Johann David and Christina Held.
See the reunion
Many of the family members who drove in stayed for church services
I had had 50 copies of my family book printed. Over half were sold
the reunion for the cost of printing - $15. When we got home, I sent
to our cousins in Germany and to the church in Öfingen that
a copy. There were also several other requests on my email and snail
when we got home. We sent gratis copies to the local historical
in Pennsylvania and to the family members (both PA and Germany).
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