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20 Aug 1914
The third annual reunion of the descendants of Michael Miller will be held in the Miller grove near Helixville, Bedford county, Saturday of next week. The committee in charge of the arrangements has reported excellent progress and it is confidently believed that the attendance on this occasion will be much larger than that of either of the previous reunions.
Michael Miller, a native of the province of Alsace, the scene of numerous conflicts between the Germans and the French within the last few weeks, emigrated to this country about 200 years ago and located in Adams county, this state. His three sons - Henry, Christian and Adam - came to Bedford county and they are the direct progenitors of the present clan. There are about 300 direct descendants of Michael Miller and thousands of others by marriage into other families. It is expected that 300 or 400 of the Millers and close relatives will attend the coming reunion.
About 300 Members Assemble at Luna Park and Spend Day in Pleasing Manner - Next Reunion to Be Held at Salix Chautauqua
With 250 persons registered and more than 300 in attendance, the annual reunion of the Kring-Strayer families, held at Luna park yesterday, proved to be one of the most successful in the history of the organization, despite a tone of sadness prevailing in the annual meeting, when resolutions upon the death of three members of the clan were read and passed.
The principal addresses were by Dr. S. S. Kring and by Lewis Strayer, both of whom paid a high tribute to the exemplary character of George G. Kring. In addition to these speeches there was a select reading by Mrs. Ford Ott.
The third annual reunion of the descendants of Capt. Hezekiah and Sarah Hammer was held at the home of C. J. Hammer in Southmont last Sunday. The day was spent in renewing family ties and in forming new acquaintances, a program of music being interspersed with a number of short talks by the leading members of the clan. The ladies of the party provided an excellent dinner on this occasion. At the business session it was decided to hold the next reunion at the home of Joseph E. Hammer in Pittsburg Aug. 21 of next year. The following officers were chosen: President, Grant U. Hammer; vice president, C. J. Hammer; secretary and treasurer, John S. Hammer.
The original Hammers in this country were among the early settlers of Bedford county and their descendants are scattered over the entire county. The direct descendants of Capt. and Mrs. Hammer are located in Cambria, Somerset and Allegheny counties and their vocations are of a varied nature.
August 20, 1914
About 150 persons attended the eleventh annual reunion of the Mishler family at Arbutus park yesterday. Officers were elected as follows: President, Jacob G. Mishler; vice president, H. H. Mishler; secretary, M. M. Thomas; assistant secretary, Leland M. Thomas; treasurer, Mrs. John Mishler; historian, Vincent R. Peterson.
Two of the oldest members of the Mishler family, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Mishler, who died Nov. 13 and Nov. 28, 1913, respectively, were eulogized in a memorial address delivered by the Rev. J. L. Peterson. The oldest living member of the family is Mrs. Fannie Thomas, who celebrated her 91st birthday anniversary yesterday, but was not able to attend the reunion. Jacob G. Mishler, 77 years old, is the next oldest member of the clan. He was married recently to Emma Mishler of Akron, O., by the Rev. David Berkey of Dale. Mr. Mishler's first wife died in the spring of 1913.
There are 350 names on the Mishler family tree. According to the records the family came to America in 1760, from a town called Mishler, Switzerland.
The program yesterday was as follows. Hymn, "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name," prayer, the Rev. M. M. Kelly, pastor of the Centennial U. E. church; hymn, "Precious Name," audience; recitation, "How Did You Die?" C. F. Peterson; song by mixed quartet, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Mishler, Elvira Thomas and Vincent Peterson; address, "Manly Men," the Rev. David Berkey; victrola selections, "If Your Heart Keeps Right," "De Brewer's Big Hosses" and one of Harry Lauder's comic songs; song by male quartet, Vincent Peterson, Charles Peterson, Harry Mishler and Lloyd Livingston; memorial address, the Rev. Levi Petersin; hymn; business session; benediction. The next annual reunion of the Mishler association probably will be at the Ben Avon Country club the latter part of August, 1915.
21 Aug 1914
Well-Known Clan Has a Good Time at Mt. Hope Church
"The best reunion yet held" was the unanimous verdict following the annual gathering of the Gramling and Paul families, held yesterday at the Mt. Hope church, along the Frankstown road. About 200 members of the clan attended. No formal program had been prepared and after the business session was brought to an end the members of the clan indulged in amusements of a varied nature, the younger element finding great pleasure in baseball, races, quoits and other athletics. Three long tables were set for the reunion dinner and it was a feast that would have been relished by any person with a fair appetite.
The two oldest members of the clan present were Mrs. Barbara Gramling and George Gramling, both of South Fork. The anniversary of both falls on Aug. 17, and each is 82 years of age. Only one prominent member of the clan died within the last five years, this being Emmanuel S. Gramling, a son of Mrs. Barbara Gramling of South Fork. The two older members of the family are remarkably active for people of their years and are in the enjoyment of good health.