The annual Retzlaff Family Reunion was held July 21, 1963 at Methodist Lakeview Assembly near Palestine, Texas with the Rev. Nolan R. Vance in charge of arrangements. A large air-conditioned room in the Children's building served as headquarters for the day. Many of the families had made reservations for cabins and had spent Saturday night on the grounds. They had enjoyed visiting and swimming before retiring Saturday night, and were on hand to greet all arrivals on Sunday morning. A total of 61 relatives attended.
The usual picture making, visiting, and also sight seeing on the beautiful church camp grounds were part of the morning activities. At the noon hour everyone joined other campers in the chow line at the grounds cafeteria and enjoyed a well prepared meal, each family taking care of its own expenses.
At 1:30 P.M. everyone gathered in the Children's Building for a business session. The Rev. Nolan Vance presided. Four deaths in the family were sadly noted: Henry Grauke, Oct. 10, 1962; Charles Grauke, June 7, 1963; Mrs. Ludwig (Emma) Retzlaff, Feb. 21, 1963; Mrs. a.f. (Augusta) Peterson, Jan. 14, 1963.
Births included John Robert Olsen; Tammy Kay Hoherd; and Johnny Stewart. Mrs. Lulu Drennan, who was 81 in March, was the oldest relative present, with Johnny Olsen, also 81 on July 13, a close second. Sherrie Benson, 7 months, was the youngest.
Cousin Emma spoke concerning the information she needs to keep the family history books complete. She was given a rising vote of appreciation for the effort she puts into keeping the books up-to-date. Sincere thanks were also extended to Nolan for the fine arrangements for this year's reunion.
Discussion was had concerning a place to meet in 1964. Mrs. Dick Benson moved that we go to Temple. It was seconded and passed. W.F. (Bill) and Zelma Retzlaff were asked to be in charge. An offering for incidentals was taken and amounted to $4.68. The meeting was closed with prayer by Frank Vance.
Before leaving for home the group enjoyed coffee and the delicious sweets brought for the "coffee-drinking" by the families.
Mrs. Robert Vance