Chicks, Kneelands host family reunions

The Chick family held its first family reunion in several years this past weekend in the Halkirk Hall.

The Chick family held its first family reunion in several years this past weekend in the Halkirk Hall.

Gathered were the family members of the original Chick brothers — Bill, George and John — who travelled from B.C., Alberta and Montana.

There were more than 100 people who sat down to a bountiful “pot-luck” dinner. The weekend was spent visiting, eating and taking pictures. Everyone was thrilled with Halkirk’s facilities — with the hall, campground and playground adjacent to each other.

Happy birthday to Velma Chick, who celebrated her birthday during the weekend.

The descendants of George and Agnes Kneeland gathered at Westwoods Community Centre for their annual reunion on the August long weekend. There were 50-plus relatives from B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan, along with a second cousin from Wisconsin.

Dorothy Theon from Kamloops is the only surviving child of George and Agnes, and she was unable to attend. She did, however, send out several family antique/heirlooms, which were disposed of in a raffle available to direct descendants only.

Les won the spinning wheel that his great-grandmother had transported from Norway to North Dakota in 1885.

The same weekend, Cathy Kneeland attended the Michielsen family reunion held at Morris Meadow, north of Alix. Joining the family were cousins Jolanda and Pim Hermann and their three children, Bart, Uuk and Koen, from Baarle-Nassau in Holland. They’re on a four-week tour of B.C. and Alberta.

Kent and Evelyn Johnson made their annual August long weekend trek to Osoyoos for a family get-together with daughters Kim and Kandice and their families. Grandchildren Taylor, Drew and Forbes returned with them to the farm and for a visit with cousins Devon, Toryn and Aspen.

The girls will return to Vancouver on Thursday, but Forbes will stay till after the Bull-a-rama.

Lowell and Janette Berry were among the guests attending the wedding of their grandson, Cody, son of Greg and Nancy Chick, in Grande Prairie on Aug. 4.

Congratulations, Cody and Brandy, who make their home in Grande Prairie.

Irene Schilling has had a busy week, with her sister Ida Hazlet visiting from Edmonton and sister Doreen Johnston visiting from Calgary, and Ben’s brother Carl and his wife Linda visiting from B.C.

Last weekend, she had grandson Jesie visiting from Wainwright for a few days.

Larry and Sandi Brodersen have had their granddaughter Airyana from Moncton, N.B., visiting with them while she spends her summer holidays with her dad, Adam, in Castor.

Rob Brodersen from Thailand has been in the area for the past week, visiting with his mom Shirley in Castor and with Larry, Sandi and family.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Norman High of Castor. He passed away last week. He was the son of Rose and the late George High. Services will be held on Saturday in Castor.

Rose High now makes her home in Manor 2 in Castor. She accompanied her sister-in-law Anne Neilson to Stettler on Wednesday for a yearly visit with the cousins. Members of the Neilson, Walker and Fowler families had an enjoyable lunch at the Club Cafe.

Sympathy goes out to the family of Ellen (Des Jardine) Engel on her recent passing. A family graveside service was held in Stettler on Saturday, Aug. 11. The Des Jardine family story is on Page 328 of the Home Fires history book.

The Halkirk Elks 17th annual Bull-a-rama is just more than a week away. The gates open at 2 p.m. on Aug. 25, with “the pregame performances” starting at 3:30.

The seniors are working the food booth, so if anyone is able to volunteer for a couple of hours between setup and cleanup, give Melody a call at 884 2456. Keep in mind that “many hands make light work.”

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