Kinsearching April 3, 2011




Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     Despite the down turn in the economy, people still want to get together to see each other in person, both for fun and for maintaining close ties. Whether you are planning a reunion for the first time or have experience in scheduling one on a regular basis, many helpful ideas can be found in the popular Reunions Magazine.

     Each issue of the quarterly continues to furnish practical advice for organizers about all kinds of gatherings, including family, school, and military. The reader-driven periodical, whose editor-in-chief and publisher is Edith Wagner, offers advice on both large and small aspects of organizing reunions and provides examples of successful gatherings from all over the country. A few of the topics in the February/March/April 2011 issue are a trivia game now available for high school and college reunions, the advantages of hiring a professional photographer for the event, steps in negotiating prices for banquets, family reunions celebrating their 300th anniversary, what to place in a time capsule, stage and musical entertainment at reunions, an annual family gathering in various Kentucky state parks, and cost-cutting tips to survive hard times. Short articles tell about various reunions, including one for World War II war brides and another for World War II death camp survivors and their liberators.

     Annual subscriptions to Reunions are still available at the low price of $9.99 annually ($17.99 for two years). Checks should be mailed to Box 11727, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211-0727 (phone 414-263-4567; fax 414-263-6331; e-mail For more information, go to the website at

     Subscribers will also receive the new eleventh edition of Reunions Workbook. The glossy 50-page booklet gives useful information accompanied by checklists and space for writing your personal notes. Subjects found in the attractive, colorful guide include organizing duties of reunion officers; choosing a date and location; setting a budget; inspecting the site; negotiating costs with hotels; raising funds; organizing activities, including games, crafts, tours, and worship; staying in touch through various means of communication; selecting themes; planning meals; and preserving reunion memories.

     Data that furnish details or supply clues about an individual’s activities or residence at a specific time may sometimes be found in unusual places. The selected items below may be found in column 1 on page 5 of the 29 May 1907 (Vol. 27, No. 1) issue of The Texas Stockman Journal, published in Fort Worth. They appear in a section titled “Echoes from the Range,” which reprinted news from other publications. (Editor’s note: The word “county” is not capitalized in the items. Some punctuation has been added for clarity and surnames have been capitalized for emphasis.)

     Concho County – “WYATT & KIRKPATRICK this week sold their sheep, 2,000 head, to R. HERRING of Coleman county at $3 for grown sheep and $2 for lambs. Mr. WYATT is thinking of moving to Alpine.” (From the Paint Rock Herald)

     Llano County – “A. S. JUSTICE of Ballinger, who was in Llano some time ago, endeavoring to purchase the Llano county school land situated in Tom Green county, was here again this week....” (From the Llano Times)

     Carson County – “Mr. WILLIAMS, manager of the Dixon Creek pasture, delivered 1,200 head of cattle to Kansas buyers Saturday evening, but owing to the failure of the railroad to get cars here, the cattle were not shipped until Monday evening. On Thursday he took 1,600 head to Groom and delivered them to a feeder who shipped them to Manhattan, Kans.” (From the Panhandle Herald)

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