97th Whipple family reunion draws 52 attendees
MAPLE SPRINGS — It was another beautiful day when 52 descendants of the Emmett R Whipple family gathered on Sunday Aug. 20 to celebrate the 97th reunion. The event was held at Midway State Park in Maple Springs, N.Y.
Hosts Daniel and Bonnie Bromsted welcomed family and guests. A blessing was given by Dan Bromsted for the 1 p.m. buffet meal served along with hot dogs grilled to perfection by Jeff Galati and Dan Bromsted. A 2 p.m. business meeting was then held and conducted by Jerry Stearns, president. Joan Lisa, secretary/treasurer read the minutes and gave the financial report.
The youngest member present was Mason Lusk at 5 months young. The oldest direct line descendant present was Zelda Kittell at 88 years and seems to be holding the record for several years. They were all recognized with special gifts.
There were two marriages to record; Steven Kelly to Ashlynn Fisk on Nov. 12, 2016, and Elizabeth Lockwood to Devin York on July 21, 2017.
There were four births to record: Ella Rose Middaugh on Nov. 27, 2016 to Jessica and Andrew Middaugh; Annika Anderson on Dec. 29, 2016 to Jolynn Stearns and Shannon Anderson; Ava Hill on March 3, 2017, to Alexander and Nicole Hill; and Levi Lockwood on July 3, 2017 to Ryan and Tayler Lockwood.
There were three deaths to record: Beverly Vogt McCoy on Oct. 20, 2016; Evelyn Jane Wagner on April 15, 2017; and Kristopher Stearns on February 25, 2017.
There was a tie with the family with the most members present — the Stearns and Daughenbaugh families with each having 12 in attendance. Traveling the farthest was Elaine Stearns King and husband Grant from Pineville, Louisiana — 1,400 miles. Others traveled from as far away as Florida and North Carolina.
Ken Vogt again compiled and took pictures for the newsletter with the help of Jerry Stearns. Lydia Galati is still updating the family tree. Officers for 2018 remained the same: Jerry Stearns, president; Lydia Galati, vice president; and Joan Lisa, secretary/treasurer. Hosts will be Corey and Kali Stearns. The Chinese Auction will be done by Debbie Stearns. Lydia Galati suggested everyone write a memory of past reunions and think of possibly having T-shirts made with some type of logo on them. A separate fund was established for the 100-year event.
A quilt was made by Marilyn Chambers and auctioned off. The quilt was won by Lydia Galati who so badly wanted it. The candy jar guessing game was won by Owen Lewis with 157 pieces and his guess was 160. The 50/50 was won by Tracy Stearns. A Chinese auction concluded the afternoon festivities with Melinda Wagoner conducting it.
The 98th reunion will be held on Aug, 19, 2018, which is the third Sunday of the month, at Midway State Park.