The annual Retzlaff Reunion was held in the Club House in Cameron Park, Waco, Texas, on July 16. 1961 with O.J. Retzlaff and Geneva Tonahill in charge. The registration list showed 80 relatives and 5 visitors present.
A delicious barbecue meal was served at the lunch hour, and afterward a business meeting was held. A freewill offering soon took care of the expenses of $57.30. Cousin Emma spoke about some new information she had on the family history. She also gave a brief history of the family for the benefit of all present.
The deaths of Emma Peterson, Tom Drennan, Willie Olsen, and Emma Grauke were noted, and a prayer of thanksgiving was offered to God that he had spared them to our family, for such a goodly number of years.
Marriages during the year since the last reunion were:
Gloria Voges and John Velltman Robert Vance and Ruby Fields Carolyn Vance and Jerry Hobbs Jeanette Vance and Dick Benson Frank Leslie Vance and Billie Haley
Births included: Michael David Steinman, David Retzlaff, Kimberly Kathryn Rogers, Sherry Elane Vance, and Bruce Wayne Merrifield. Tiny Sherry Vance was the youngest family member present.
The question of where to meet in 1962 was entertained and W.F. Retzlaff moved that it be in San Antonio with Mr. and Mrs. Alton Voges as hosts. It was seconded and carried. The kind of meal to be served was left to the hosts. An expression of sincere thanks was accorded Cousin Emma for her untiring efforts in collecting family history and making it available to all in such an interesting fashion. Were were dismissed with prayer by August Weiss.
Mrs. Robert Vance