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100th Crile family reunion held

Aug 10, 2017

Ninety-three descendants of John Phillip and Gottliebie Crile met Sunday, July 30, 2017, for the 100th reunion at the Activity Building at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. It was a day spent visiting, viewing photos and memorabilia from the past and meeting relatives for the first time.

At 12:30 p.m., Robert Crane accompanied by Deb Johnson sang “God Bless America,” and Loretta Diers offered a table prayer before the meal was served. Pulled pork sandwiches prepared by Kevin Diers and Maid-Rites prepared by Alisha Hird were served, along with the many delicious side dishes provided by the attendees. Beverages were furnished by the 2017 committee.

Loretta Diers welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order with Kathleen Anderson serving as recording secretary. The minutes were read from the first reunion held at Germanville on Sept. 29, 1917, with 87 in attendance.

A financial report was given and bills were presented by Diers and Alisha Hird. It was moved and seconded that those bills be paid. A Julius Crile basket was used to take donations to cover expenses. It was decided when all expenses were paid that the remaining money be given to the Fairfield Public Library genealogy department and to close out the checking account. Several members of the group are proud owners of one or more of the famous Julius Crile baskets.

Thanks were extended to Alisha Hird for putting the Crile genealogy on a CD which is available for purchase and for the displays of the six siblings’ wedding photos and information. The six siblings are Beatta Crile Trabert, Amelia Crile Schweitzer, John Jacob Crile, Charles Crile, Julius Crile, and William Henry Crile. If anyone has a wedding photo of Beatta Crile Trabert, send a copy to Loretta Diers at 3055 Salina Road, Fairfield, Iowa. The 2017 committee members were thanked for planning the reunion – Kathleen Anderson, Connie Bauer, Alisha Hird, LaVon Hostetler, and Loretta Diers. Thanks were extended to Wilma Lewis Whitham for preparing a poster of photos of past reunions and to those who brought old photos and memorabilia and booklets of Crile history; and a big thank-you was extended to Kathleen Anderson, Marian, Anna and Abby Graber, LaVon Hostetler, Brenda Diers and Kevin Diers for setting up on Saturday, and to all the helpers who assisted putting away tables and chairs on Sunday.

It was suggested that a family member from each of the six siblings be responsible for keeping the genealogy up to date. No one volunteered to serve on the 2018 committee, so it is uncertain if the reunions will continue.

Connie Bauer had trivia questions about the Crile origin and history and then read a poem, “The Crile Family,” that she wrote to commemorate the 100th reunion.

Pat Jacobson was recognized for traveling the farthest, from Kodiak, Alaska. Leola Trabert was recognized for being the oldest member at the reunion, and Charlotte Johnson was recognized for being the youngest attending. Each of them received a Crile genealogy CD.

Memories shared: LaVon Hostetler mentioned what a special treat it was to be served vanilla ice cream in a cup with a wooden spoon because when she was a little girl growing up they had no electricity, so ice cream was not available at home. Connie Bauer mentioned that she and her sister Linda Boston used to sing as part of the program. It was mentioned in the past someone would stay all night at a shelter house in Chautauqua Park to make sure there was a shelter house for the reunion, since no one could reserve one ahead of time.

Robert Crane sang “Blest Be the Tie That Binds” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and asked the audience to sing along. Loretta Diers read a poem written by her sister Lois Brokken for the 80th reunion, “Our Heritage.”

Pat Jacobson has CDs of the Rhythm Majors performing at the London Concert Hall in 1942. Rhythm Majors was later called the National Guard 34th Army Band as we know them today. Several of the Crile relatives have served in the National Guard 34th Army Band. This CD has special meaning for Pat, as her dad, Max Jacobson, was a member of the Rhythm Majors in 1942.

Linda Boston was thanked for originally compiling the Crile genealogy and Loretta Diers for continuing the genealogy the past few years.

Connie Bauer and Robert Crane extended an invitation to their wedding dance on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at the KC Hall in Washington.

A poem based on Psalm 133 was first sung at the reunion in 1918 to the tune of “Amazing Grace.” It was sung at the 100th. The group closed with “God Be With You Till We Meet Again,” which has been a tradition for many years.

People attending were: Pat Jacobson of Kodiak, Alaska; Lee and Sandy of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania; JoAnn Lewis of Ashland, Oregon; Tom and Barbara Graber of Roanoke, Texas; Lois Haase, Merle and Gladys Boos of West Bend, Wisconsin; Mark Keller and Sharon Keller of Quincy, Illinois; Kevin Diers of Dixon, Illinois; Kirk and Desiree Dunlap of Rogers, Arkansas; Larry Meeks, Shelly Carlson, and Mary L. Davis of Davenport ; Matt and Daneal Johnson and Kate, Ella and Charlotte of Des Moines; Carl and Maxine Martin of Delta; Randy and Susan Martin, Kathy Stralow and Roy of Pella; Linda Lanphier of Oskaloosa; Roger and Martha Meier of Hedrick; Dan and Doris J. Boos of Agency; Richard and Kathryn Roos of Centerville; Bill Graber of Iowa City; Jim and Deanne Graber of Eldridge; Gary and Donna Hostetler of North Liberty; Dan and Mary Sieren of Harper; Jeanie Clark of Keokuk; JoRene Trabert of Kalona; Todd Bauer of Grandview; Lindsey and Jason Copeland, and Anthony, Keely, and Jace Duncan, all of Keosauqua; Betty Jacobs, Laura Dettman, Brian Newson, and Hunter Vargason of Burlington; Dan and Sonja Graber, Carl and Florence Graber, David and Marion Graber and Amos, Anna, Adam and Abby Graber and John Graber, all of Lockridge; Rhonda Shelman, Alisha Hird, Tonnie Crile, Linda Boston and David Draheim, Connie Bauer and Robert Crane, Ben and Brooke Hanson, and Nolan and Amanda Burke, all of Washington, Iowa; Kenneth and Mary Lu Paul, Leola Trabert, Kevin Paul, Bob Anderson, Roy Anderson, and Kathleen Anderson, all of Brighton; Janette Ross and Richard and Sandra Paul of Mount Pleasant; Paul Graber, Wayne and Loretta Diers, Wilma Lewis Whitham, Brenda Diers, LaVon Hostetler, and Deb Johnson, all of Fairfield.

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