The Roadhouse/Mellow reunion of 2018 again bought together family from across North America. Cousins came from New Mexico, Utah, Texas, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. Others came from Alberta and Saskatchewan with everyone receiving a warm welcome from those who call Ontario home. Some were attending for the first time and it is always wonderful to visit again with cousins we may only meet at reunions.
As in the past we began gathering on Friday evening and continued until we departed (some with tears) on Sunday afternoon. We played euchre, chess and cribbage. We searched out family members to complete our Bingo cards. We enjoyed rides around the farm in the barrel train and on the hay wagon and were treated to music by Dale Butler on Sunday morning. But most of all we talked and talked and talked. If we were not talking we were eating and eating and eating. We will not soon forget the abundance of breakfast fare, the delicious lunch and brunch and, of course, the pig roast (again prepared by the Pearce family) and all those pies. We have so much to remember from this weekend with family.
To many, a great deal of the enjoyment of this as well as the 2014 and 2010 reunions was the time spent on the farm as the guests of David, Janette and Kevin Chevalier. Their implement shed provided the perfect venue. Some of our ancestors came to Canada as farmers and this location reminded us that many of their descendants are carrying on that tradition. As we learned on Saturday evening, this was our last reunion here. It was a sad announcement for everyone, including the Chevaliers. We certainly appreciate all the work they have contributed in making this and past reunions truly amazing and memorable. Thank you again Janette, David and Kevin.
Are you making plans to attend the 2016 reunion in Alberta? Here is the invitation again for easy reference. If you plan to stay at the Best Western in Innisfail the hotel has requested this attachment be added for your information. Best Western
Janette Chevalier found the attached letter written to our great aunt, Eva Roadhouse, from a cousin, Nettie McCallum, on September 1, 1918. Although we cannot be certain that Nettie is a cousin on the Roadhouse side, we do have branches of the family living in Michigan. Nettie provides details on her siblings and their children as well as the area where they were living. If nothing else it is a well preserved letter written over 96 years ago that I think you will enjoy reading. Perhaps you know about Nettie and can connect her to the Roadhouses. Letter from Nettie McCallum to Eva Roadhouse, September 1, 1918.
The committee in Alberta has plans well in hand for our next reunion on July 22, 23 & 24, 2016. Here is the invitation. Please let your intention to attend be known asap as it is so helpful in planning the event. Don’t hesitate to contact Dave and Dorothy Munro at email@example.com if you have any questions or information regarding any who may not been on the invitation list.
Mark your calendars. Plans are underway for the next family reunion to again be held in Spruce View, Alberta. The spacious hall where we met in 2004, 2008 and 2012 has been booked for July 22, 23 and 24, 2016. It will be here before we know it!
Spruce View is approximatley half way between Calgary and Edmonton in central Alberta. From the village one has a glorious view of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Dickson Dam, Danish and Icelandic Museums, Sylvan Lake and the historical village of Markerville are just minutes away. Within a two hour drive are the Drumheller Badlands, Calgary Zoo, the West Edmonton Mall and, of course, the Rocky Mountains.
Read all about it in the article printed in the Southpoint Sun. Books with photos from the reunion and a few other articles should be available by the new year. If you have not already requested a copy, let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) and one will be printed for you.
Elaine Walrath has been doing considerable research into the Flewell family and their connection to the Roadhouses. She is interested in contacting anyone who may have family contacts in North Dakota. The connection to the Roadhouses is through Mary Elizabeth Stephenson, granddaughter of William Roadhouse and Sarah Cass. If you have any information on this line of our family, you can reply to this post or reply to Elaine directly at Elaine Walrath [email@example.com]
If you haven’t visited this site recently be sure to see the new information in Our Ancestors. Check out your branch of the family in Old Photographs. There may be a picture of great grandma or grandpa there. Also, there is a large number of unidentified photos found at Can you identify these people? Perhaps you can help to link them to their direct descendants. If you want to learn more about the location of the upcoming reunion or see what a great time was had at the last reunion in Ontario, go to 2010 Leamington, Ontario.
Please note the following changes from past reunions. We are gathering a week earlier to no longer interfere with those who have plans for the long Canadian weekend. We have made it easier for family to drop in for an hour or two without committing to the entire weekend. New entertainment is on tap and a delicious pig roast is planned for Saturday evening.
Click here for the full invitation See you the last weekend in July.
The committee has exciting entertainment lined up for the 2014 Roadhouse/Mellow reunion. Dale Butler is returning by popular request after appearing at the reunion in 2010. If you aren’t familiar with this singer, song writer and guitarist follow the link and get a sample of his talent.
We are also pleased to introduce Shaymus Gunn to our family. He will join us on Friday evening and throughout the day on Saturday. He just might have some interesting facts about our ancestors to share with us.