Reunion Bells

Patricia Miller, 55, and Nate Molden, 59, combined two powerful family rituals by arranging a surprise wedding ceremony at their Starling-Wilbourn Family Reunion in Chicago. The reunions of Molden’s family have been held every other year around the country for 25 years.

Miller envisioned a small, intimate wedding, but Molden wanted to take advantage of his large, scattered family being together. Molden’s brother, the reunion organizer, was delighted to include a wedding in the program. A minister in the family was also pleased to accommodate the couple. The wedding was kept secret so no one would feel they needed to bring gifts and that it wouldn’t distract from other reunion activities. The printed reunion program listed a “special event” between the convocation and meal. The wedding was met with great excitement, cheers and happiness.

Submitted by Matthew L. Figi, Highland IN from The Monroe (IN) Times

Victorian Sunday afternoon

One hundred year old Jeanette Saboe, Hermiston, Oregon, was among Perkins Family Reunion members in Colfax, Washington. Descendants of James A. (and Jennie Ewart) Perkins, founder of Colfax, participated in the event at the historic 1886 Victorian-style Perkins House now home of Whitman County Historical Society in conjunction with the society’s 25th annual ice cream social. Participants were encouraged to wear period costumes.

Submitted by Heidi L. Dowling, Colfax WA, from the Pullman-Moscow (WA) Daily News