Stout family meets at annual reunion
The 79th Annual Stout Reunion was held at the 4-H building on the Washington Fairgrounds on Sunday, July 20, 2014.
Following a delicious potluck dinner, President Rob Stout called the meeting to order at 1:35 p.m. Louise Frakes read the minutes of last year’s meeting. Minutes were approved as read.
Janene Kirk gave the attendance report. There were 41 people in attendance: zero from the Ed Stout line; zero from the Taylor Stout line; six from Anna Klopfenstein line; 16 from the Lafayette Stout line; and 17 from the Ben Stout line. The oldest relatives there were Bernice Darby, 93 years, and Elsie McNeal at 92 years old. The youngest was 4-year-old Bradin Kauffman. The relative who came the fartherest was Diane Stout from Houston, Texas.
Louise Frakes moved to have next year’s reunion at the Lake Darling Lodge on the third Sunday in July. This would be about five miles from where Lafayette Stout and Mary Alice Nichols settled. Vic Klopfenstein seconded and the motion passed.
Election of officers was held with the following results: president, Vic Klopfenstein; vice president, Jackie Krebs Wilhelm; secretary, Sylvia Chatterton; treasurer, Rob Stout; registration, Janene Kirk; and historian, Ed Stout.
Following the business meeting, Carol Klopfenstein gave a program on “The Monument Men.” Carol had a chart showing that the leader, George Stout, was a descendant of Peter the Quaker, and how the family is all related to him. He was born in 1897 in Winterset, Iowa. During WW II, he led a group to recover art work and keep it out of Hitler’s hands. Several people had seen the movie or read the book. In the movie, he is called Frank.The movie is now out on DVD and the book is available in paperback.
Vic and Pat Klopfenstein performed a very funny play called “I’m Herbert.” It was enjoyed by all.
The rest of the afternoon was spent visiting and cleaning up the dining room.