The 37th reunion of the Joseph and Martha Sandmeyer family was held July 9th at the St. James Memorial Park. 129 decendants were in attendance, including fourteen first cousins. The oldest 1st cousin in attendance was Sylvia Bicanovsky, age 87, from Ronsford Ohio. The youngest cousin was three month old Noah Hanson. Noah William Dennis Hanson was given two middle names after his great great grandfather Willaim Hanson and great great uncle Dennis Hanson. The relative that traveled the longest distance was Linda Kraft Olson, who travelled from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. A pot luck was served at noon, and they had a a friendly family bean bag tournament after eating. Bill and Bonny Neson took first place. A trap shooting contest between twelve of the relatives was a new first for the reunion activities, and Terry Hanson took the highest score in the competition. Finally, a golf tournament at the local golf course was won by Pete Pelegrin who came from Sondry Ut., scoring minus three.
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