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SLOYER FAMILY REUNIONS

The Sloyer Family had an active history of holding an annual family reunion, in Pennsylvania for many years. The first reunion was held in September 1912 and are documented through 1962. According to the Sloyer Reunion Papers there was no reunion held  in 1942, 1943, 1944 and 1945.

The Morning Call; Allentown, PA; Monday, September 2, 1912; copy provided by Linda Klosek

 

SLOYER FAMILY HELD THEIR FIRST REUNION

Organization Effected at Central Park Saturday

The Sloyers, coming mostly from Bucks county, held their first annual reunion Saturday at Central Park.  About a hundred members of the family were present and a permanent organization was affected.  Those present came from Lehigh, Northampton, and Bucks counties, the latter however furnishing the largest quota for John Michael Jacob Schleier, the progenitor of the present day Sloyers, settled first at Springtown, in Bucks county.

There was no special program, only a business session at which the following officers were elected: H.F. Sloyer, of Hellertown, president; Sylvester Sloyer, of Easton, vice president; Elmer E. Frederick, of Allentown, secretary; Adam Sloyer, of Springtown, Treasurer.  The committee on records was elected as Adam Sloyer, John Sloyer and William Sloyer.

John Michael Jacob Schleier, the first of the clan to come to this country arrived here from Rotterdam, Germany, September 26, 1752, on the sailing vessel, "Richard and Mary."  Most of the members of the family were mechanic.

After the election of officers, the rest of the day was spent taking in the pleasures of the park and supper was served in the grove.

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The Morning Call; Allentown, PA; August 26, 1915; copy provided by Linda Klosek

SLOYERS GATHER AT CENTRAL PARK

Over Two Hundred Members of the Clan in Attendance - Program Rendered and Officers Elected

About two hundred Sloyers gathered at their fourth annual reunion at Central Park Saturday.  The addresses were made by Rev. Strock, of Bethlehem, and Levi Scheetz, of Prospect, Ohio, who came the furthest distance.

At the business meeting all the officers were re-elected as follows: Honorary president, Edward Sloyer, Bradner, O.; president, Harvey F. Sloyer, Hellertown; vice-presidents, Sylvester Sloyer, Easton; J. Adam Sloyer, Hellertown; Monroe Sloyer, Easton; Titus Sloyer, Riegelsville; George Sloyer, Glenside; Secretary, Elmer E. Frederick, Allentown; treasurer, J. Adam Sloyer, Hellertown.  The time and place of the next reunion was left to the executive committee.

The oldest members of the family present was Henry Ziegenfuss, of West Easton; the youngest, Emma Fay, aged 5 months, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Fay, of Phillipsburg.

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The Morning Call; Allentown, PA; August 25, 1920; copy provided by Linda Klosek

SLOYER REUNION

There was a large attendance at the seventh annual reunion of the Sloyer family held Saturday at Central Park, Rittersville.  Election of officers resulted as follows:  Honorary president, Edward Sloyer, of Bradner, Ohio; president, Harvey F. Sloyer, of Hellertown; vice-presidents, Sylvester Sloyer and Monroe Sloyer, of Easton; J. Adam Sloyer, of Hellertown; George Sloyer, of side; Alexander Pearson, of Alburtis; secretary, Elmer E. Frederick, of New York city; assistant secretary, Miss Mary Frederick, of Allentown; Treasurer, J. Adam Sloyer, of Hellertown.

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The Morning Call; Allentown, PA; August 22, 1923; copy provided by Linda Klosek

The SLOYERS

The eleventh annual reunion of the Sloyer family was held Saturday at Central Park, and was much enjoyed by approximately two hundred members of the clan.

The election of officers resulted as follows: Harvey F. Sloyer, Hellertown R.2, president; J. Adam Sloyer, honorary president; Sylvester Sloyer, Easton; J. Adam Sloyer, Hellertown, R. 1; Monroe Sloyer, Easton, R. 2; George Sloyer, Glenside; Alexander Pearson, Alburtis, vice presidents; Harold Sloyer, Easton, secretary; Marion Sloyer, Hellertown, R., assistant secretary; J.Adam Sloyer, Hellertown, R. 1, treasurer.

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The following information comes from the Sloyer Reunion Papers, this handwritten book contains date and place of reunions; copies of several invitations; a newspaper article; several letters; a song sheet and Sloyer Homestead pin; and names and addresses with some death date notations. Copy was provided by Peggy Padgett.

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August 18, 1928 at Saucon Park

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August 17, 1929 at Saucon Park

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August 16, 1930 at Oakland Park

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August 15, 1931 at Oakland Park

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August 20, 1932 at Oakland Park

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August 26, 1933 at Oakland Park

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August 25, 1934 Willow Park

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August 17, 1935 at Willow Park

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August 13, 1936 at Willow Park

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August 21, 1937 at Willow Park

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August 20, 1938 at Central Park

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August 19, 1939 at Central Park - September 9, 1939 rain date

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August 4, 1940 at Lower Saucon Church Grove

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August 3, 1941 at Old Williams Church

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No reunion for 1941 - 1945 World War II

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August 11, 1946 at Fielbch's Grove

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August 10, 1947 at Seidersville, Pa.

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July  18, 1948 at Lower Saucon Church

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July 17, 1949 at Lower Saucon Church

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July 16, 1950 at Lower Saucon Church

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August 5, 1951 at Lower Saucon Church

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August 10, 1952 at Lower Saucon Church

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August 9, 1953 at Lower Saucon Church

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August 8, 1954 at Lower Saucon Church Grove

SLOYER FAMILY REUNION

The Thirty-eighth Gathering of the SLOYER Family

will be held at

LOWER SAUCON CHURCH GROVE

near Hellertown, Pa., on

Sunday, August 8, 1954, at 2 p.m., Daylight Savings Time

Speakers, music and entertainment have been arranged

                                    for the occasion.

                                    The Historian (Harvey F. Sloyer, Orefield, Pa.) would be very

                                    thankful for any information or pictures concerning the Sloyer Family.

                                    Please invite each person who belongs to the Sloyer Family.

Blanche Sterner, Secretary

R.D. 4, Bethlehem, Pa.

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August 7, 1955 at Lower Saucon Church Grove

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August 5, 1956 at Lower Saucon Church Grove

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August 4, 1957 at Lower Saucon Church Grove

SLOYER FAMILY  REUNION

The 41st gathering of the Sloyer Family will be held at

                                      Lower Saucon Church Grove, near Hellertown, on

                                      Sunday, August 4, 1957, a 2 PM, D.S.T. SHARP!

                                      Rain or Shine - Church basement Available in case of rain.

                                      Music & Entertainment have been arranged for the occasion.

                                      Historian Harvey F. Sloyer of Orefield, Pa., will appreciate

                                      any pictures or information concerning our Clan.

                                      Please invite any who did not receive this notice --

                                      Bring your family and a basket lunch. ==

                                      PLEASE COME, AND RENEW OLD ACQUAINTANCES.

Secretary, Mrs. Herbert Sloyer

Wydnor RD # 3

Bethlehem, Pa.

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1958 at Lower Saucon Church Grove

unnamed newspaper, handwritten 1958

SLOYER

Lower Saucon Church Grove was the scene yesterday of the 42nd annual Sloyer family reunion.  Attending were 107 members.

Solos were given by Miss Amanda Sloyer, Tatamy, and Miss Linda Sue Lilly, Nashville, Tenn.  Scripture reading was by Harvey Sloyer, Hellertown.  Invocation was by Harvey Sloyer, Orefield.

Deaths since the last meeting were reported as four.

Prizes were awarded: Mr. and Mrs. John Lilly and daughter, Linda Sue, who traveled the greatest distance; Mr. and Mrs. Chester Sloyer, Quakertown, youngest married couple; Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Sloyer, Nazareth, R. 2, largest family; Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Cain, R. 1, Quakertown, parents of the youngest child, Pamela Cain; Harvey Sloyer, Orefield, oldest man; Mrs. Daniel Sloyer, Easton, oldest woman; Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Sloyer, Orefield, oldest married couple ( 52 years).

Music was by Edward Sloyer, Nazareth, R. 2, on the marimba.

All the officers were re-elected for next year and next year's reunion will be held at the same place.

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August 16, 1959 notes:

Vernon Sloyer, President

The 43rd annual reunion was begun by singing the Opening Hymn.{Scripture reading, Harvey Sloyer, of Hellertown, 8th Psalm} {Harvey Sloyer, Orefield, led prayer}(Michelle, Holly, Debra, Kelly Sloyer sang a quartet, daughters of Mr. & Mrs. Elwood Sloyer (God See a Sparrow Fall, ------). A trumpet and trombone duet was played by James & Christine Sloyer (Bye Bye Blackbird, Moonlight Bay), children of Elwood Sloyer.  Secretary report by Mrs. Herbert Sloyer. Secretary report was accepted as read.  Treasurer's report Balance of $68.84. Lester E. Sloyer.  Accepted as read.  Linda Lilly, What a Friend We Have in Jesus (solo) Two marimba. -------. Calvin Frankenfield & his mother, Nora Frankenfield, Hilda Sloyer Phillips, Wilmer Dimmig, Betty Sutton, Lewin Schleppy

A minute of silent prayer followed by the Lord's Prayer was offered for the deceased.  Miss Amanda Sloyer sang two solos, 1 Without A Song, You Never Walk Alone.

Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Sloyer of Easton, secured gifts. Franklin Sloyer & Son distributed the prizes. Kelly Sloyer, youngest child, 2 1/2. Samuel Klotz - oldest man - 83 years. Bethlehem 608 Ontario St.  Linda Sue & Ruth Lilly - furthest distance - Nashville, Tenn.  Mrs. Daniel Sloyer, oldest woman, 85 - Easton, Pa.  Mr. & Mrs. Elwood Sloyer, largest family, Nazareth. Mr. & Mrs Harvey Sloyer, oldest married, Orefield  53.  Mr. & Mrs. Charles Schuktz 606 Ontario St. Beth.. Stanley Sloyer sang two solos. Clouds and Secret Love. During the receiving of the offering a marimba solo was played by Ronald Barnett.

Unfinished business. Thanks was given to Franklin Sloyer for having the cards printed and also to all who helped make the program a success.

New business. Suggested to send fruit or flowers to Mrs. Annie Sloyer, Franklin Sloyer  ---- & passed.

Nomination of officers.

Harvey Sloyer

Stanley Sloyer was nominated to be the new secretary.  Lester Pearson was nominated for Treasurer. Vernon Sloyer was nominated to Pres.  Franklin Sloyer nominated for V.P.

It was agreed to meet at the same place for next year.

Harvey Sloyer, Historian, talked about keeping the family ties closer together. He also talked about the differences in raising children today & years ago.  He stressed living ready when the great day comes.

Harvey Sloyer, Hellertown, rendered some humorous remarks, and also talked about growing older gracefully.  Faith and what it means to us.  He said one must seek forth  _____ ____ based on honest values, & must be put to work.  The program was closed by singing My Faith Looks Up To Thee & God Be With you.  It was decided to have no outside speakers for 1960, but to have speakers from the family.

Games followed the program.

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August 21, 1960 at Lower Saucon Church Grove

SLOYER FAMILY REUNION

The 44th gathering of the Sloyer Family will be held at Lower Saucon Church grove, near Hellertown on Sunday,

AUGUST 21, 1960, AT 2 PM D.S.T.  SHARP!

Rain or shine - Church basement available in case of rain.

Music & Entertainment have been arranged for the occasion.

Historian Harvey F. Sloyer of Orefield, Pa., will appreciate any pictures or information concerning the Clan.

Please invite any who may not receive this notice. --

Bring your family and a basket lunch.

PLEASE COME, AND RENEW OLD ACQUAINTANCES,

Secretary, Stanley D. Sloyer

R.D. #1, Hellertown, Pa.

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July 29, 1962 at Lower Saucon Church Grove

SLOYER FAMILY REUNION

The 46th annual gathering of the Sloyer Family will be held at Lower Saucon Church Grove, near Hellertown on Sunday,

--- JULY 29, 1962 AT 2 PM D.S.T. ---

Church basement will be available in case of rain.

Music will be provided; entertainment for children.

Mr. R.R. Hoppes, a former Biology Instructor at Hellertown High School, now retired, will be the main speaker.

If you have folding chairs please bring them along for your comfort.

Invite others; bring your family and a basket lunch.

Stanley D. Sloyer, Secretary

R.D. #1, Hellertown, Penna.

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Below are scanned images of a Sloyer Homestead pin handed out at one of the reunions, thought from the 1940s.  The other image is a song sheet used at the reunions.

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