Thayer Fam­ily Re­union

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion Alice Thayer

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

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