The Retzlaff Family Reunion was held July 21, 1968 in Lexington at the High School Cafetorium with Arnold Kleinschmidt in charge of arrangements. 105 relatives and 10 visitors were present to visit, take pictures, become acquainted, and to pour over the interesting family record books so faithfully kept by Cousin Emma.
A barbecue meal was enjoyed at the nood hour, with the usual business meeting immediately following, Arnold Kleinschmidt presiding. It was voted to return to Lexington for the 1969 reunion with Wayne and Patricia Retzlaff to be in charge.
Several letters were read from relatives unable to attend. It was noted that Aunt Amelia Jank had celebrated her 100th birthday this year. Cousin Emma stressed the importance of getting information to her all during the year for entering in the family books.
Uncle Ben and Aunt Emma Retzlaff, both 81 were given special recognition. Uncle Ben is the last surviving child of Bernhard Retzlaff who came to America from Germany in the mid-1850s. Also recognized was Mrs. Lulu Drennan as the oldest in attendance, age 87.
Weddings, births, and deaths in the different branches of the family were noted and recordings made in the family books. Weddings included: Mary Ann Weiss to George Willinford; Eleanor Luttes to J. Anderson Lewis; and William Glenn Retzlaff to Ardell Pomykal. The birth of Lenard Dewayne Fritz was anounced.
A freewill offering was taken to care for expenses and $23.30 was left over to apply on 1969 expenses.
Mrs. Robert Vance