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Reunions

August 29, 2005

The 107th annual reunion of the Smouse family was held Saturday Aug 13, at the home of Duane and Susan Smouse in Henrietta, Pa. Since this is the site of the first reunion in October 1897, many family members enjoy the chance to attend and live a part of the family history. This year's attendance numbered about 50 people.

Each family brought a dish for a buffet lunch. Everyone was able to sample the different dishes. Family members had a chance to swap stories and catch up on the latest family happenings during the picnic lunch.

After lunch, the children went swimming, while the adults held their business meeting. It was voted to give a donation to Mennonite group who supplies tables and chairs for the gathering. Next Year's reunion date will be Aug 12, 2006, at the same location in Henrietta. There was discussion on the continuing gathering of information for an updated history book. All information should be forwarded to the association by Dec 31. An award for traveling the most miles to attend was given to Roger and Peggy Newman of Springfield, Ohio. The most recently married couple was Larry and Angela (Smouse) Mason. Gene and Rose Mussellman from Bedford, Pa. received a certificate as the longest married couple for 48 years for marriage.

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The youngest in attendance was Bradley William Van Horn and the oldest person was Viola Benner, 90. Two novel certificates were given. One was presented to the person who was found to be the oldest of the youngest. This went to Barry Van Horn, being just under 50 years old. Susan Smouse received a certificate of being the youngest of the oldest, having turned 51 this year.

Family members had time to review the progress being made on the update to the family's genealogy. Information was presented on births, marriages and deaths during the year.

At the close of the business meeting, a Chinese auction was held. The favorite items were a handmade frog fashioned from horseshoes, and a large bucket of bubble gum. Both items went through several hands before the end of the auction. This was a great success and will surely be held again next year. At the close of the meeting, everyone took more time to have family conversation, take a hayride, or play some outdoor games.

An enjoyable time was had by all.

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