Washington descendants gather for 101st annual reunion

The Washington family from Dunkirk

Descendants from the Washington family of Dunkirk gathered together for their 101st annual family reunion at the Lake Erie State Park. Shane Washington of Washington, D.C. served as the president of the event and welcomed all. A special thanks was extended to all who helped to organize the event.

The group is known as the “Washingtons of Dunkirk.” The family’s original immigrants were John Thomas and Elizabeth Ward Washington, who traveled to the United States from Littleport, England in the time period from 1902-1905, with 12 of their 13 children. They built a house on West Sixth Street in Dunkirk where the family was raised.

With all holding hands in a large circle, Norrie Washington Sanchez gave the blessing for the food dishes brought to the reunion, and the time of thanks for all to gather together for the annual event. All food was served buffet style. The group is famous for baking delicious homemade pies, and there was a large variety for all to enjoy.

Some barbecue food was prepared at the grounds by Scott Washington and flower arrangements were provided by Miriam Washington. Cindy Riggle was thanked for the large banner of the 101st event. Registration of each attending was by John and Susan Washington Sipos. Many old photographs of the previous 100th reunion in addition to many old photographs of the descendants were on display for all to see.

Following the luncheon, the annual business meeting was held. The oldest present was 99-year old Rebecca Washington Kugler Dlouhy of Ohio. The youngest was one week old. The farthest attending was from North Carolina. Descendants from many of the original children were present at the reunion.

A group photograph was taken by past president John Sipos of Cassadaga. Officers for the next reunion were elected. Shane Washington will continue as president, John Dewhurst of Pennsylvania will serve as secretary, and Nancy Wickmark of Cassadaga will serve as treasurer.

The 2019 reunion is scheduled for Saturday July 13, 2019 at 1 p.m. All family members are encouraged to attend.