August 27, 2006

On Sunday, June 11, descendants of Harry and Susie Hamby gathered at Doub's Woods for their 36th annual family reunion.

President Cindy Zang and vice president Matthew Wolf welcomed the group, followed by a prayer of thanks by Cheryl Shank. All enjoyed a delicious buffet lunch.

Guessing games were enjoyed by both children and adults. A candy scramble was a lot of fun for the children.

Magician Hugh McVeagh entertained everyone. All were totally enthralled by the magic and fun.

Next year's reunion will be held Sunday, June 10, 2007.

The 108th annual reunion of the Smouse family was held Saturday, Aug. 12, at the home of Duane and Susan Smouse in Henrietta, Pa. Many family members enjoyed the chance to attend and live a part of the family's history, since this was the site of the first reunion in October 1897.

This year's attendance numbered about 40 people, which is lower than usual. This was probably a result of the illnesses of several family members such as Viola Benner, Jack Smouse, Kathryn Van Horn and Helen Manspeaker. Also, the price of gasoline might have affected the travel plans of many.


Those who did attend enjoyed a buffet lunch provided by each one attending contributing a dish for the table. During lunch, the family members swapped stories and caught up on the latest family happenings.

After lunch, the children went swimming while the adults held their business meeting. A hat was passed for a donation to the Mennonite group that supplies tables and chairs for the gathering.

The updating of the family genealogy from 1969 to present continues, and CDs with the current information were available for purchase. Plans are still being pursued to have a new book printed that will contain information from the past two printings as well as the information gathered since 1969. Information was presented on births, marriages and deaths that occurred during the year.

At the close of the meeting, a Chinese auction was held. The favorite items were a kit for making s'mores, a large jar of chewing gum, and a combination travel alarm/flashlight clock. One of the most prized gifts was last to be drawn and never got to pass through any hands, as in the past. This was a ladybug yard ornament, cleverly fashioned from a horseshoe and painted by the host, Duane Smouse.

An award for traveling the most miles to attend (318) was given to Roger and Peggy Newman of Springfield, Ohio. The most recently married couple was Jim and Jan Pich of Parma, Ohio. Gene and Rose Mussellman from Bedford, Pa., received a certificate as the longest married couple, having just celebrated their 50th anniversary. The youngest in attendance was Lauren Miller (7 years old) of Crownsville, Md., and the oldest person was Martha Smouse (89 years old), of Henrietta. She is the mother of the host.

Two novel certificates were given. One was presented to the person who was found to be the oldest of the youngest. This went to Linda Riley from Martinsburg, Pa., being just under 50 years old. Lajuana Smouse of Millersville, Md. received a certificate for being the youngest of the oldest, having turned 52 this year.

About 12 family members stayed and took a hayride through the back roads of the countryside.

Next year's reunion will be held Aug. 11, 2007, at the same location in Henrietta.

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