Thayer Family Reunion
The 115th Thayer Family Reunion was held again this year at the Fairmount Campground, 127 Fairmount Road, Iron Hill, Lac Brome, QC.
People began setting up on the picnic tables under the roofed shelters by the pond about 11 am The picnic lunch was to begin at noon, however, people were arriving until nearly 1 pm. There was enough food for all the group to remain for supper but, of course, no one could stay. Everyone found places at the available tables to sit to eat their lunch and to chat with relatives and friends. Alice Whitcher read the “lunch prayer” her mother, Ethel Thayer (Hoyt) had used in previous reunions. Leanne Thayer purchased a new coil flowered covered notebook which she donated for keeping the annual list of attendees who always are asked to sign with their home addresses or emails. This book will be signed each year from now on!! Ernest Thayer Jr at approximately 1:00 pm called the group’s attention. He welcomed everyone, 55, 57 counting the children. The largest gathering for many years! He introduced the officers of the Canadian group as Ernest Thayer Jr (mailing list manager); Wendy Whitcher (Treasurer); Alice Whitcher (news correspondent); Ginger Prochuk (website manager & newsletter editor) The treasurer, Wendy Whitcher, gave the treasurer’s report. After all expenses were paid last year, a good bank balance remained. Today’s donations will surely cover the expenses with a substantial amount left to go into the bank. There were no Vermont cousins joining us, the faithful ones have passed away and their younger people do not come. Maybe the passport requirement may have something to do with this? David Thayer of Mt Juliet, Tennessee used to come but it is too far for him to travel now; however, he had been in contact with Thayers hoping to start a USA reunion group in the north-eastern states similar to our Canadian group but wasn’t successful. Some were interested to hear of the genealogy book but hesitated to give their information to add to it. Discussion about continuing the book from the year 2004 took place. Ernest has been given information every reunion since then. The book we had up to then was a USA compilation. To continue it in Canada, no doubt, it would have to begin with what is already in that book, and then add from the year 2004 up to this year. More researching into this will be looked into. Ross and Stanley Thayer may check it. We do have a website set up by Kim Nicols, information about it can be obtained from her or Ernest Thayer. A discussion took place whether to stay with this website or go with Yamak which is free. The website costs $30.00/ year. We will wait for more information from Ross and Stanley Thayer before a decision will be made. Deaths: Those who have died since last August are: Allen Whitcher, husband of Alice (Thayer) Whitcher, June 16th at the age of 86, he would have become 87 on July 11th. In British Columbia, Joanne Brown, Jack Webb’s companion died July 31st. This was reported by Jack’s sister, Fay Webb. Fay, Rupert and his wife, Lorraine, Richard Web and his family all live in the Moose Jaw area. Fay also reported that Bob Giguere was in hospital, Wednesday, August 1st undergoing heart surgery.
to be continued