The annual Retzlaff Reunion was held in the school cafetorium in Lexington on July 17, 1983 with 105 relatives and 4 visitors present. All five branches of the Retzlaff family had members present.
The morning, as usual, was spent in greetings and visiting and poring over family records. Donnie and Norma are to be praised for their efforts in keeping the books as up-to-date as possible. However, families need to send in the changes taking place in their ever-widening families.
We sympathized with the Weldon Retzlaff family when they got news of a damaging fire in their home after they left it on Saturday to drive up and spend the night in their camper in Lexington.
The Rev. Noland Vance asked the blessing for the bountiful barbecue meal that was served by a catering firm from Taylor. The homemade desserts brought by each family is always a delight to top off the meal.
A business session followed, conducted by Ruby Vance. She welcomed the large number present and asked for some statistics. The longest distance traveled was from Del Mar, California and Reno, Nevada. The oldest person was Anderson Lewis, and the youngest was nine month old Regan Brokenbush.
Births included Nicole Suzanne Jackson, Aug. 6, 1982 (Grand-parents are Frank and Barbara Naivar); and twins, Jessica Ann and Adam Wayne to Allen and Brenda Retzlaff on July 8, 1983 (Grand-parents are Wayne and Patricia Retzlaff).
We were saddened by the passing of Robert L. Vance on Aug. 9, 1982; his sister, Eleanor Lewis on Jan. 11, 1983; and Emma Gates on June 27, 1983.
One wedding was reported, that of Tammy Kay Hoherd to Frank D. Shannon on June 26, 1983, Tammy Kay is the granddaughter of W.F. and Zelma Retzlaff.
An offering was taken to pay expenses, including $25.00 for use of building; $25.00 to help pay for pictures that are always a part of every gathering; #23.00 for mailing notices about the reunion; and a 5% tax on total cost of meal. Each person had paid for his meal when he registered. A total of $119.00 was collected and when all bills were paid there was a balance of $32.90 left to apply on the 1984 reunion.
Donnie Retzlaff stated that he had the updates on the family history books about ready. Each set was $5.00 and he took orders for them. Order blanks were available for those who wanted to order later. He would wait for the 1983 statistics before completing them. He also said the family books needed to be put in a more permanent order, since they are beginning to deteriorate, and he hoped to get two books a year done. He invited anyone who was interested to visit his teaching department at North Texas State---he is very proud of the new computer equipment on hand.
Three places for the 1984 reunion were offered: Comfort, Katy, and Lexington. Comfort received the most votes, and Reuben and Elois Retzlaff will be in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Robert Vance