The annual reunion of the Dir family was held in Lawrence park Sunday June 20. Seventy-two were present and it was decided to hold the next reunion the third Sunday in June at Freeport. Phil Montgomery was elected president; Mrs. Claude Dir, Vice president; and Mrs. Lloyd Thome, secretary-treasurer. Those present were: Private Gilbert Thome, Ft. Knox KY; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Thome, Mr. an dMrs. Lloyd Thome, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Thome and sons, Bennie and Bobbie, Mary Virginia Thome, Mr. and Mrs. David Little, Marion and Donald Little, Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Sisson, Mrs. Raymond White, Mr. and Mrs. D.B. Sisson, Jean Sisson, Mrs. Hazel Eldrenkamp, Carol, Lowell and Marilyn, Mrs. Ellen Pfulb, Rock Falls. Mrs. Mattie Gilden, Mrs. Harry Grimm and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Dir, Grace and Harold, Sterling; Earl Gettle of Highland Cal.; Mr. and Mrs. Dale Burkey, Harold, Ben, Ramon, Darryl, Gayla and Mrs. Daisy Montgomery of Walnut; Mrs. Mattie Dir, Loren Dir, Mrs. Howard Straus, Arlene Strauss, all of Walnut; Mr. and Mrs. Sam Meek, Lena Meek, Howard Richmond and Fay, Glen, John, Jean and Nellie Richmond, Tampico; Mr. and Mrs. Phil Montgomery and Mary Ethel of Clinton Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Tracy Dir and Richard of Sheffield; Mr. and Mrs. Claude Dir, Wayne, and Orma, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Bickeer and son, Mr. and Mrs. D.E. Ozburn, patricia and Paul of Freeport. [22 June 1943, Sterling Daily Gazette, Contributed by Sue Nesland]
DYSON FAMILY REUNION
16 August 1921
Last Sunday at the Hollingshead Grove in Ustick. The Dyson family held a reunion for their friends and relatives. In all 63 were present at the basket dinner. Following are the people who attended.
Mr. and Mrs. George Dyson and daughter of Lanark
Mr. and Mrs. James Dyson
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Dyson and son Ralph of DesMoines Iowa
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Black
Mr. and Mrs. N.E. Pape
Mr. & Mrs. J. Bristol
Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Peterkin & Children
Albert Mathews wife and family
Mr. and Mrs. M. Baker of Fulton
The families of Sam Grim, Bert Grim, George Stein, and Claude Grim of Thomson
Mr. & Mrs. Lockhart of Clinton
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Davis of Maywood
Burton Hollingshead families
Harry Holy of Thomson
ERICKSON FAMILY HOLDS 1st REUNION
The first gathering of the Erickson reunion was held at Lawrence Park on Sunday July 29, 1945. A bounteous picnic dinner was held at after which election of officer took place. Carl Swanson of Prophetstown was chosen President, Mrs. Ruth Rutt of Dixon, Secretary; and Mrs. Florence Finnicum of Erie, chairman of the program committee. It was decided to make it an annual affair with the last Sunday in July as the date. Mrs. Ellen Swanson of Prophetstown was the oldest member present being 87 in December. The youngest child present was Max Dail, the great grandson of Mrs. Swanson.
Those attending were Charles Erickson, Mr. and Mrs. Myron Willey and family, Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Rutt & Family, Mrs. Irwin Haring and daughter and Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Dollmeyer of Dixon; Mres. A.F. Bostrom of Vinton Iowa; Arthur Erickson of Sterling; Mrs. Dubert Dail, Peggy and Robert, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Dail and family; Mr.and Mrs. Robert Finnicum and daughter of Erie, Earl Swanson, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Swanson, Mr. and Mrs. John Swanson; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Anderson & Family, Mrs. Arnold Swanson, Mrs. Darwin Anderson & Family; Mr. Irvin Ross and two sons, Robert & Lester of Prophetstown; Mr.and Mrs. Spencer Johnson and family of Flint, Michigan; and Mrs. Annie Burkholder of Dixon. [Dixon Evening Telegraph, 30 July 1945]
HURLESS FAMILY REUNION
1915 Whiteside Co IL
A pleasant reunion of the Hurless family was held Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cronister when close to fifty relatives gathered to spend the day. The affair was planned by Miss Alta Hawkins and Mrs. Cronister and the guests on learning that Miss Hawkins was to be a bride in the very near future made the affair into a miscellaneous shower. Well filled baskets were brought along and at noon a delicious picnic dinner was served. It was while Miss Hawkins was busy assisting in the preparation of dinner that the gifts were unwrapped and placed on the table and when she entered the room the surprise was complete. The day was pleasantly spent and the guests did not leave for their homes until late in the afternoon. Miss Hawkins will become the bride of Mr. Ernest Strombeck of Chicago in the very near future, their marriage to take place in this city during the early fall. Miss Hawkins is well known in this city and has many friends to extend best wishes.
The following guests enjoyed the reunion Sunday [10/03/1915]: Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Hawkins and family of Oregon, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Woodin and family, Mrs. Nora Hurless and Miss Melissa Hurless of Eagle Point, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hawkins of Dixon, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hurless, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sweet of Polo, Mr. and Mrs. James Scanlon of Rock Falls, Mrs. Lottie Hurless, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Hurless and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Verne Hurless and family and Mr. and Mrs. Andy Pfundstein and family of this city. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds / Sterling Gazette 4 October 1915]
HURLESS FAMILY HELD 37 YEARS AGO 14 FEBRUARY 1933
HAS OLD PICTURE OF FAMILY GROUP
COLETA - M. F. Frankfother has a group picture of the Hurless family taken 27 years ago held at the old Hurless homestead two and one half miles northwest of Coleta. It is interesting to note the large number of the family who have died during the past years, the fashion of dress and the once young married couples who are now numbered among the older residents of the community. This is a picture of the first Hurless reunion held in Genesee grove and was attended by a very large group of relatives and a count shows 51 of the number there that have passed away. These reunions were held at the old homestead regularly every year, until a few years ago, when the family decided to discontinue the gatherings on account of the small attendance [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - Sterling Evening Gazette]
McCORMICK FAMILY REUNION
20 August 1944
The McCormick family gathered for a reunion at the Edward McCormick home on the Lincolnway west Sunday. A fried chicken picnic dinner was enjoyed at one o'clock in the afternoon on the lawn. Several social hours followed and ice cream and cake were served. Present were Mr. and Mrs. John McCormick and sons Richard and Lawrence, Mr. and Mrs. Elisha Taylor and son James and a daughter Virginia, Edward and Joseph McCormick, Mrs. Lucille Frey and daughters Mary Alice, Janet, Jane, Gloria and Sandra., Mrs. Anna Bell of San Francisco DA, Mr. and Mrs. James McCormick and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McCormick and daughters, Betty and Dorothy and Raymond Cormick. [From the Sterling IL Daily Gazette - 23 Aug 1944]
MENSCH FAMILY 24TH REUNION AT SINNISSIPPI PARK
Members of the Mensch family gathered at Sinnissippi Park Sunday for their 24th annual reunion. John Reitz, 89, was the oldest present and the youngest was Lyle LeFever son of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy LeFever who will be one year old Sept. 15. A picnic dinner was followed by a business hour and three officers were named for the next reunion on the first Sunday in September at the park. President -Mrs. Ollie Jensen; Vice President - Iva Mensch; and Secretary/Treasuer - Twila Behrens. Before departing the group enjoyed ice cream and cake.
Attendees: Mr.and Mrs. Frank Alter and daughter Luella, Misses Evelyn & Iva Mensch, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Mensch & daughter Irene, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mensch, Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Prescott & daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Williams of Dixon. Mr. and Mrs. Leroy LeFever and family of Polo. Mr. and Mrs. Donovan Hannis and sons of Prophetstown. Mr. and Mrs. Emory Young and daughter Jean of Rock Falls. Miss Mae Reitz of Chicago. Miss Evelyn Mensch of Kansas City MO. Mr. and Mrs. Ed Reitz of Clarksville IA. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Deets and family from Princeton. Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Deets & Family, and Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Deets & daughter Kathryn of Emerson. Clair Schwank of Agnew. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Mann and daughter Josephine and Mr. and Mrs. James Young of Morrison. Mrs. Guy Edlin, Mrs. Laura Chalmers, Miss Laura Chalmers, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Birdsall, Mr. and Mrs. Will Jacobs, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Manon & daughters, Mrs. Pittman, John Reitz, Mrs. Ada Crocker, Mr. and Mrs. Mason Behrens and Mr. and Mrs. Dan Ebersole. [Dixon Evening Telegraph, 06 September 1945]
MURRAY CLAN HAS REUNION IN MALVERN
A family reunion in Malvern was enjoyed on the Fourth by about 30 guests at the home of Mr. and mrs. Willard Murray in honor of their fifty-fourth wedding anniversary. After a bountiful picnic dinner at noon, a large beautifully decoratedwedding cake was served by the bride of 54 years ago. A birthday cake in honor of George Frye, whose birthday is on the Fourth was also served. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. George Frye of Rock Falls, Miss Martha Fry, Miss Ruth Drane and Harry Drane of Sterling, John Fry and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Fry of Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Detra and family. Mr. and Mrs. Russell Detra and family and Mr. and Mrs. Earnest Rosenow of Morrison, Mr. and mrs. Dave stultz of Chadwick, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Heintz and daughter, Eugene Rankey, Misses Agnes and Ellen Williams, Mr. and mrs. Willard Murray and John Detra of Malvern. [Contributed by Jean Portner. Reunion occurred July 4, 1929]
PETTIT FAMILY REUNION
The seventeenth annual Pettit reunion was held at the William Pettit farm east of this city Sunday. A pot-luck dinner and supper was enjoyed by the 28 members of the family present. A short business meetin was held. Vernon Pettit was retained as president and Joyce Wagenecht was elected secretary for the next year. It was voted to send cards to the five boys from that family who are serving their country. Those boys are George and Robert Pettit of Cordova, Dorn Pettit of Milwaukee, Wis., Andrew Olson of Batavia and Keith Reiley of Prophetstown. The reunion will be held next year on the Sunday in July falling closest to the 15th, at the Pettit farm. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Woy and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. John Pettit, Nancy and Mr. and Mrs. Seth Pettit of Cordova, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Pettit and family of Hillsdale; Mr. and Mrs. William Sommers of Rock Falls; and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Riley, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Fellows and family, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Wagenecht and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Pettit of Prophetstown. [From the Prophetstown Echo July 21, 1943]
PFULB FAMILY REUNION
There was an attendance of 44 at the 10th annual reunion of the Pfulb family. Those present were W. C. Struckman of Dixon; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Struckman and sons Lowell and Elmer, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Melvin and son, Mrs. Catherine Lansing, Mrs. Grace Koser and daughters Elva and Shirley, Mr. and Mrs. E. b. Heckman, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Leusby, Mr. a nd Mrs. Erwin Koser and daughter of Sterling; Mr. and Mrs. John Minogue of Rockford; Audrey Seger of Sterling; Mrs. Martha Paine of North Adams, Mass; Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Pfulb and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Koser and daughter Sharon Lynn, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Sisson and daughter Jean, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Sisson and son Keith, Mrs. Hazel Eldenkamp and children, Mrs. Louise Gettle and daughter Lola, Mrs. Anna Pfulb, Mitchell Tiesman (Fulton). [Contributed by Suanne Nesland - Sterling Daily Gazette Monday August 19, 1940 3,1]
SHERWOOD FAMILY REUNION
19 July 1943
Descendants of Stephen and Marena Sherwood gathered for their eighth annual reunion in Lawrence park Sunday [07/18/1943] and enjoyed a chicken dinner. This is one of the older Whiteside county families. Mr. Sherwood, the headright, was born ner Peekskill, Westchester county, N. Y., and came to Illinois as a young man. He married Miss Marena Harrison, a daughter of Mark and Mary Harrison of Sterling. The wedding took place in Sterling on May 31, 1855. Rev. Mr. Stebbins, pastor of the Sterling Presbyterian church performing the ceremony. The couple settled in Genesee township on a farm.
There were 35 members of the family present and one visitor. Mrs. Clara Howe of Morrison, and Mrs. Phoebe Knox of Milledgeville were present and they are the last two surviving daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Sherwood. Mrs. Howe is past 70 and Mrs. Knox is 80 years of age. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. William Hyer and children, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Nelson, Mrs. Amber Baresma and daughter, Mrs. Lula Port and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Howe and daughters, all of Morrison, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Engelkins and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. John Linker and children and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Olson of Sterling, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Meenen of Rock Falls, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Rhode of Coleta, Mr. and Mrs. F. Sibigtroth and children, Barbara and Bobbie, of Chicago, Miss Doris Bowers and Mrs. Nellie Rickett of Milledgeville. Marriages in the family since the last reunion were those of Verna Olson to Lester Hays and Russell Allen to Anna Rose Van Hoe. The births in the family were a son, Larry Eugene, to Mr. and Mrs. Orville Geesey of Sterling; a son, Donald Lee, to Mr. and Mrs. Leslie McGowan of Morrison; a daughter, Donna Jean, to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Knox of Sterling; a daughter, Elaine Kay, to Mr. and Mrs. Harley Wayne Brown of Woodward, Okla.; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Edward D. Wolf of Woodward, Okla.; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lyle of Sioux City, Ia.
Five young men of the family are now serving in the armed forces - Charles Howe, son of Mrs. Clara Howe; Donald and Eugene Knox, and Edward D. Wolf, grandsons of Mrs. Phoebe Knox; and Russell Olson, grandson of Mrs. Clara Howe. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds]
SENNEFF FAMILY REUNION 1931
The 17th annual Senneff Reunion was held on Saturday June 20, 1931 at Lawrence Park in Sterling with 90 members present, one of the largest gatherings in recent years. Members from Chadwick, Milledgeville, Sterling, Dixon, Rock Falls and Moline and Mrs. M.O. Arnold and children from St. Paul Nebr. were the only out of state members present. The oldest member was Mr.Wm. Senneff of Milledgeville and the youngest, little Miss Barbara Jean Mills daughter of Bethel Senneff Mills of Sterling. A brief business meeting was held after the delicious scrambled meal was served at noon and the officers for the coming year were chosen. They are - president - George Senneff of Moline, vice president Harvey Senneff of Sterling, and secretary Mrs. Bertha Senneff of Sterling. Ten births including two sets of twins were reported the past year, three deaths and two marriages. This reunion is an annual occurrance, always held on the third Saturday in June. [The Thomson Review, 25 June 1931]
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