Saturday, August 01, 2009

Another one bites the dust...

Yep, it was The first Saturday in August, again. The Phend Family Reunion has come and gone for another year. Attendance was at an all-time low (35 or so) but those of us there certainly enjoyed ourselves! A few new faces did show up and there were descendants of three of the children of Jacob and Louisa (Fisher) Phend - John, Christian, and Henry. They came from Texas, Ohio and Illinois as well as Leesburg, Goshen, Mishawaka, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Auburn, North Manchester and Columbia City (all in Indiana).

After 25 years of organizing the reunion I decided that this year was the last year for me to do so. Hopefully someone will step up and they won't let it fall by the wayside, but attendance has been dropping considerably the last few years. The old folk are getting older making it more difficult for them to attend and the young folk don't seem to be all that interested. It's sad, but that's the way it is.

Regardless of how many people show up, I always consider it a success when people depart with smiles on their faces! And here are a few of those smiling faces...

1st Cousins - Josephine & Phyllis.

Husband and Wife - Rich & Kathy.

Mother and Daughter - Sunny & Dee.

Little Imp.

Third cousins once removed - Jackie and Matt
They found each other on Facebook a few weeks ago.

My brother.

Two of the three sections of family charts and photos.

The beginning. The first five generations.


Kathryn Doyle said...

I hope your family appreciates how generous you've been and that someone steps up to keep such a wonderful tradition going. Maybe this article and the photos will inspire them!

Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...

It's sad that interest is waning. I grew up without knowing any extended family - I have two 1st cousins I've yet to meet. I would love to have a reunion to go to.

Anonymous said...

My father was Grover Edwin Phend can anyone tell me about where the Phend family is from thank you

Becky Wiseman said...

Jody... check out the post below that has all of the articles published on the Phend family. If you have specific questions, use the "contact me" link in the upper right corner of the blog to send me a direct email message.