The descendants of Forest and Mary Etta Knisley Pinkerton gathered in the New Vienna area July 8-16 for the 62nd family reunion. They traveled from Colorado, Texas, Maryland, North Carolina and other areas in Ohio.
Ninety-one people participated in the various activities made for the week by Alisha Sink and Holly Schradin. We had early arrivals from Denver, Colorado and Dayton who stayed at the Larry Ledford home in New Vienna, where we caught up on the latest new from their end of the country.
We fixed a ham and nean dinner with cornbread and fried potatoes for dinner. It brought back good memories. There were 28 for dinner.
Saturday, the men golfed at Elks Lodge 787 in Wilmington and we had our traditional spaghetti, salad and garlic bread at the Ledfords that night with 27 present. The ladies thought they wouldn’t have to cook because the electric went out at 3:30 p.m., but came back on in time.
Sunday, 48 members attended the New Vienna Church of Christ. It was the home church of Grandma and Grandpa Pinkerton. Robin Ertel and Brooke Flint provided special music.
After church 89 met at the home of Joni and Ron Wolfe for a carry-in lunch. Paul Pinkerton said prayer thanking God for all of our blessings. The kids enjoyed swimming and playing. Lots of talking and discussing family news.
Monday, 23 members met at the Wilmington Elks for a 9-hole family golf outing with Beth Walraven and Joyce Pettingill winning. Lots of laughs. Some went to El Dorado’s and B-Dubs for dinner. You’d think everyone would be talked out but it was rather noisy in there.
Tuesday, 14 ladies met at Bob Evans in Jefferson for brunch and continued ladies day to Columbus. We toured the Governor’s Mansion and Gardens. Beautiful furniture and pictures frames. We continued on to German Village for a great dinner and Schmidt’s famous Creme Puffs. Wayne and Betty Pinkerton visited with Joyce Pinkerton at Cape May in Sidney, Ohio.
Wednesday was a very day to do as we pleased. Some of the guys went to the Air Force Museum. They had a tour guide but Wayne Pinkerton retired from the Air Force and gave them more knowledge and they knew what to do with. The ladies went shopping and relaxed most of the day.
Thursday, 42 members gathered at McCoy’s Catering in Wilmington. A very pleasant evening and good food was enjoyed by all. There were three high school graduates in the family this year; Two of them already accepted for college. Congratulations to the graduates. Rita Dodd and Joyce Pettingill were elected to make plans for next year.
Friday, the men played golf at Buckeye Hills in Greenfield and the ladies yard-saled and shopped. Late afternoon, we enjoyed pizza/carry-in, swimming, and the family auction at Blayne and Tonia Pinkerton’s beautiful country home in Mt. Orab. The kids really enjoyed the in-ground pool. 57 members attended for the fun and family auction.
We raised $1,395 at our family auction. The money we raise is used for various things in the community as well as helping out family members in need.
Saturday, Wayne and Betty had his 62nd class reunion in Lees Creek and then left to return home to Texas. On Sunday the last left for home in Denver and North Carolina.
In December of 2016, we hosted the Pinkerton Christmas at the New Vienna Firehouse. A big THANK YOU to Steve and Judy Huff for reserving the Firehouse for us. Santa came with a gift for each child, while the adults had a “white elephant’ gift exchanged. Janie Young made 2017 calendars for all the family members with pictures, birthday, anniversaries, and death’s of all the family members. There aren’t too many empty days. A huge THANK YOU to Janie. It was another great year. We hope mother and daddy took the time to look down from heaven to see the wonderful family they created.