Carter, Morris, Barnhart families hold reunions
A reunion of the descendants of John and Bertha Syfert Carter was held July 28 at the Hillsboro Community Hall, with 53 attending.
The families of the late Frank and Lena Carter Clark hosted the reunion.
From Fairfield, Harry and Marie Clark, Maxine Tedrow, Dwight and Anna Copeland, Leroy and Renee Letts and Rochelle Letts.
From Keosauqua: Harold and Carol Carter and Deanna Carter and Roger Hastings.
From Hillsboro: Gene and Linda Carter, Gale and Marie Carter, Cindy Carter, Kelly Carter, Terri Reinier, Hannah Reinier and Michael Dorothy.
From Stockport: Betty Wallace with James Anderson and Zoe and Richard Foreman with Julie.
From Birmingham: Helen Nelson and Wendell and Deb Dorothy.
From Agency: Wayne and Patricia Carder.
From Mount Pleasant: Dorothy Carter, Gary and Marlene Carter and Casey and Tammy Leffel.
From Davenport: Marvin and Peggy Crable and Lori Brown.
From Victor: Floyd and Shirley Pender.
From Burlington: Larry and Barb Pender.
From Bloomfield: Billy and Marcella Prevo.
From North Liberty: Travis Letts and Molly Sikorn.
Attending from out of state were: Leo and Pat Pender of Silvis, Ill.; Marlene Henry and John Jordan of Memphis, Mo.; Lilly Carter of Good Hope, Ill.; and Marlena Stevenson of Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
The 2014 reunion will be held July 27 at Milton Legion Hall in Milton. The hosts will be the families of the late Phil and Velma Carter Pender.
The annual Henry and Jane Mark Morris reunion was held Sunday at Morris Park northeast of Stockport, with 36 registering.
Those attending were: Patricia Morris Rose and Cindy Pellican of Burlington; Brian and Darla Morris and Levi and Alyx Brake, Ida Belle Morris of Mount Pleasant; Mike and Sharon Poole, Virgil and Cindy Morris, Jonah and Mahlee Johnston and Devon, Alexander, Kieran and Connor, Raymond and Connie Morris of Keosauqua; Karen Crawford of Fairfield; Jill Silvers and Arron and Ian and Tyler Lee of Ollie; Gary and Marsha Loeffler of Birmingham; Nicole Morris and Cody and Blake Connor of New London; Dorothy Poole, Todd and Laura Van Winkle, Dena Clark, Dorothy Gilbert, Eugene and Ramona Clark of Stockport.
The oldest Morris relative attending was 90-year-old Eugene Clark of Stockport. The youngest was 3-year-old Blake Connor of New London.
Dorothy Gilbert reported on all the activities at the park since the last reunion. A huge project is putting new siding on the big barn. She has written many grant requests and reported nearly enough has been received for the project to proceed.
Another project was replacing the window in the schoolhouse. Virgil Morris said he had plenty of old glass.
The family is thankful for the grants and the donations from family members toward all the causes for the park.
The summer enrichment students were at the park again this summer for hands-on projects. One of the projects, which was presented to the park, was a covered-wagon cutout with holes that people could put their faces through to have their photos taken.
The T-shirts, sweatshirts and caps ordered since the last family reunion have sold well and are now down to very limited sizes. A new order could be placed soon. All profits go to the maintenance of the park.
Patricia Morris Rose donated a pair of old glasses worn by Rex Morris’s wife Mary Thompson Morris. Ramona Clark donated a chalk holder used to draw the staff for music on the blackboard to the schoolhouse. The holder makes all five lines of the music staff in one swoop.
The Morris reunion is the first Sunday in August. The 2014 reunion will be Aug. 3.
All donations can be mailed to Dorothy Gilbert, 26916 Route J16, Stockport 52651.
The family said donations will be “greatly appreciated and wisely used.”
The Barnhart family reunion was July 21 at Larry’s Barn in Batavia, where senior elder Clara Agnes Barnhart Swihart resides.
In Swihart’s reunion notice to family members she wrote, “Today we’ll be meeting & greeting our kin folk just as we did ‘forty-five’ years ago at the park in Garden Grove, Iowa (and later Mt Ayr, Iowa). I’m so pleased that I can still be here to join all of you in a blessed reunion, sitting and sharing our noon day meal together. We have always had such a bountiful mixture of wonderful food. Please enjoy your day with the Barnhart Clan, Love & Prayers — Clara Agnes (Barnhart) Swihart.”
The family said this year’s reunion was exceptional because, in addition to the 54 in attendance, there also were seven dogs of various shapes and sizes. Another extraordinary event was a downpour of much-needed rain that everyone was happy to see. The children splashed in mud puddles and played on riding toys provided by Larry Wilson. In 45 years of gathering, primarily on the third Sunday in July, this was the first rainfall recalled in the afternoon. However, there was plenty of time for the meal before the rain arrived. Robert Barnhart, grandson of Clarence Edward, oldest brother of Clara Swihart, provided the noonday prayer.
Those in attendance were: Clara Agnes Swihart, Swihart’s daughter Joyce Perkins and son Larry Swihart, Donna Wilson and Nelson White, all of Batavia.
From Fairfield, were Clara Swihart’s sons Bill and Tony Shields who brought granddaughter Sesalie Shields and friend Brandon Christofferson.
Teena Roush, daughter of Clara Swihart, came from Newton.
From Ottumwa, were Paul and Dixie Mooney and Fred and Mark Cavin. Larry Wilson Jr., Mary Hartman, son Daniel Hartman and friend Brittany Harris came from Barnes City.
From Pella, were Dave, Denise and son Brandon Beyer while Robert Barnhart, wife Shari, sons Bailey and Boston, Ashley Wilson and daughter Shelby Jade, Aaron Wilson, Roxi and father John Shank came from Oskaloosa.
From southwest Iowa, Elaine Barnhart Bolinger, the daughter of Clara Swihart’s brother Cliff, and friend Mark Cade came from Sharpsburg, while Sandy White, the daughter of Clara Swihart’s younger brother Ralph, daughter Becky McAlexander, and grandchildren Braxton Dean and 7-week-old Kenzington Marie came from Deep Water and Ellston.
Derric and Alayna Wilson and children Airallynn, Kehtyn, Eastynn, Emmalynn came from Las Vegas, Nev.
Theresa Barnhart Radachowsky, daughter of Clara Swihart’s brother Ralph, and husband John traveled the longest distance coming from Danbury, Conn. Theresa Radachowsky’s daughter Jillian Walker and son Ryder McCracken came from Lincoln, Neb.
Sue Clark, the granddaughter of Clarence, and husband Cecil came from New Hampton, Mo., while Suzanne Wedgworth and children Joshua, Casey, Rowdey and Tryton Tucker came from Kansas City, Kan.