Clay County Old Settlers gather for reunion Sunday The Clay County Old Settlers Association met Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Vermillion Senior Citizens Center for the 104th reunion of the oldest continuous organization in Clay County.
Betty Jensen, president, opened the meeting with invocation by Arlis Johnson. The dinner was prepared and served by Delores Gregg and her helpers.
Fifty-seven guests were registered by Leone Christopherson and Rosalie Hubert and reservations were paid to Jean Mockler, Linda Sorensen and Arlis Johnson.
For the election of officers for the year 2002, Lawrence Hubert and Sidney Engman made motions to retain the present officers, namely: Betty Jensen, president, DonaDee Peterson, vice-president, Linda Sorensen, secretary and Jean Mockler, treasurer.
The program included vocal solos by Carrie Christensen, accompanied by her mother, Deb Christensen, with the group joining in singing patriotic selections.
Awards were presented to the following: Oldest man present was Herbert Christopherson, 91 years, and living longest in Clay County, 90 years. The oldest woman present was Mabel Jorgenson, 105 years, and living longest in Clay County, 104 years.
The couple married the longest was Max and Phyllis Christol, 62 years, and the couple married most recently was Wally and Jean Mockler, 40 years.
The youngest person present was Courtney Johnson, 6 years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Craig Johnson. The person coming the farthest distance was Rose Veenker of Windom, MN.
Couples married more than 50 years were Max and Phyllis Christol, 62 years, Sidney and Reidella Engman, 62 years, Donald and Doris Mitchell, 61 years, Bill and Marge Rasmussen, 60 years, Laurence and Rosalie Hubert, 56 years, Jack and Glennis Stewart, 53 years, and Norman and Betty Jensen, 52 years.
Door prizes were drawn by Evelyn Peterson and Lorraine Zeller for the women and Bill Rasmussen and Wally Mockler for the men.
The meeting concluded with picture taking of the award winners.