2011 - The Eightieth Annual Newton Family Reunion

  It was a clear, warm, gorgeous day for the Newton family reunion at the Middle Falls pavilion . 
We had 47 folks there....all descended from the same tree!
We had descendents of Edna, Lucy, Nellie and Charles. What a fun day!
The Ray Greene tribe came from the farthest ....Ohio.

We had meats supplied by Matthew Klimek and cooked up by Dennis Greene, Randy Burkhard, Matthew Klimek and some help from Linda Pfannenschmidt.
Matt brought coolers of ice cold drinks, other supplies and everyone bought dishes to pass.
Reverend Ray Greene opened with a prayer ....and the eating began!
Newton descendents know how to cook and eat. What fun to eat and visit.

Forrest & Laura James
Laura is the Daughter of Cecil Roof Watson
Granddaughter of Nellie Newton Roof

After dinner Bob Pfannenschmidt did a coin toss for the children. It was fun to see the scramble for cash. Some of the adults laughed and said with times so tough...they were thinking of searching for the quarters themselves!

We had our photo shoot and our business meeting. Minutes were read and approved and the floor was opened for nominations for President and Secretary. Matthew Klimek was re-elected President and Linda Pfannenschmidt to Secretary. They ran unopposed. Matthew was given a round of applause for his on line history lessons that he has been sending about the early days of the reunion.

We also spoke a couple of minutes on the health and well being of some of our absent older members. We miss Naomi, Chuck, Lois and Florence. Let's send them cards to remind them....we haven't forgotten them.

Next Bob Pfannenschmidt conducted an auction that really got going! The Red Rider BB gun brought in thirty dollars! We hope it brings back great childhood memories for you, George. There was a friendly but heated battle for a new pressure cooker. Linda B. is now the proud owner! Everyone who wanted an item
eventually got something. It was great! The auction brought in $74.00. The hat was passed and brought in $62.50. This will be used by Matt to get the pavilion and supplies for next year.

Linda Pfannenschmidt
Daughter of Esther Newton Greene
Granddaughter of Charles Milton Newton

This was so much fun.
The time just flew and soon it was 3:00 and time to head out.
We'll be back next year.
Call others who were absent.
Tell them to already set aside the LAST SATURDAY in JULY 2012!!
Don't miss it.
See you at reunion #82.
Minutes submitted by Linda Pfannenschmidt -Secretary of the Newton Family Reunion.

A few last minute remarks from the president:
Hello Everyone,
 I hope that all of you enjoyed the 80th annual Newton Family Reunion held on July 30, 2011.
I thought that we had a very pleasant and comfortable day; although I had to drive a truck later that night, I was able to get some rest.

Year 2000, was my  first year as President of the Newton Family Reunion. That was the year that I had my first computer. 
I was so excited to print the invitations with my e-mail address at the bottom mattmapper@alo.com,
unfortunately, America Online was .aol so, I didn't get too many replies.

As the years went by, I started to develop a bit with photography and posting content online.
There was something about the Newton Family that seemed perfect for online viewing, in fact one year back in the late 80's or early 90's, WPBS, a public television station from Watertown, New York came over to Letchworth State Park and video taped the reunion as we were interviewed; I never did see the documentary that was produced. Anyhow, this is something of an extension of television media.

Postage stamp issued in 2011
(returned Newton Reunion announcement)

The mailing of the Invitations: 
66 pieces were mailed out on May 19, 2011. 
10 pieces were returned, 5 were re-addressed although the new address was on the return label stating that 'the forward order had expired'. 5 pieces could not be delivered, I tried a web search and mailed them out but, they were returned. We actually had 61 invitations successfully sent.
We also have 63 e-mail addresses; most of which receive a printed announcement.

Postage stamp issued in 2011
(returned Newton Reunion announcement)
The Civil War Sesquicentennial
First Bull Run, July 21, 1861

Obviously, our future is going to be online digital content that everyone can communicate with and through.
It looks like we are going to need to maintain print announcements for another 5 to 10 years; we can't afford to miss anyone by not informing them of the reunion.
It is wise to urge family members to establish e-mail accounts and a Facebook account for the purpose of  effectively communicating with all of us on a more instantaneous basis.

Robert Kellogg, Jr.
Son of Robert Kellogg
Grandson of Edna Newton Kellogg

Attendance at The 81st Newton Reunion (2011-07-30)
A few people were counted that didn't sign in.

Matthew P. Klimek
Linda  Pfannenschmidtt
Robert Pfannenschmidt
Carolyn Greene
Ray Greene
Anna Greene
Grace Greene
Heather Davis

Mel, Ray, Denny Greene
Sons of Esther Newton Greene
Grandsons of Charles Milton Newton

Mel Greene
Mary Greene
Dennis Greene
Vanessa Bouton
Ken Russell
Alateya Russell
Lean Brown
Randy Mueckl
Brenda Mueckl
Genny Beardsley

Forrest James
Laura James
Randy Burkhardt
Melinda Burkhardt
Miranda Burkhardt
Hunter Burkhardt
Julie Burkhardt
Robert Kellogg, Jr.

Genevieve Beardsley
Daughter of Lucy Newton Voss

Nancy Osborn
Rob Bowman
Stacey Bowman
Sherrie Voss
Wilma Voss
George Voss
Steve Pepe
Jill Pepe
Nicole Pepe
Carrie Pepe
Linda Beardsley Brandt

  Middle Falls (107 feet high), 
Letchworth State Park, 
Portage, New York

I certainly appreciate that the Secretary and her husband did a great job of livening up the event; there is a point where I like to step back and let Mom and Bob do the talking, see the video below:

The elders at this gathering were both George Voss and Genevieve Beardsley are the children of Lucy Newton Voss (1891-1993).

Catherine T. Kellogg (1921-2010)

Catherine T. Kellogg, 88, of Enfield Falls Rd., Ithaca died October 18, 2010 at Beachtree Care Center in Ithaca, NY, after a brief illness. 
She was born November 27, 1921 in Ithaca, NY the daughter of the Arthur J. Teeter and Lena (Brown) Teeter. She was predeceased by her husband Robert M. Kellogg Sr. in October 2002 and her brother James Teeter April, 2008. She is survived by her children, Bonnie (Tom) Brown of Newfield, Robert (Gloria) Kellogg Jr. of Newfield, Edward (Helen) Kellogg of Ithaca and Douglas (Chris) Kellogg of Orlando Florida. Grandchildren, Tina (Ed) Turk, Lodi. Anita (Dale) Stocking, Whitney Point. Diana (Peter) Lotito, Raleigh, NC. Iretta (Skip) Ellis, Dryden. Candy (Pete) Terwillegar, Odessa. Crissy (Tim) Morais,Candor. Conrad (Holly) Kellogg, Ithaca. David (Amy) Kellogg, Candor. Davon (Megan) Kellogg, Orlando. Crystal Kellogg, Orlando. Stepgrandaughter Michaela, Orlando. Also survived by niece Alice (John) Linton, nephew Alan (Debbie) Teeter, and niece Joyce (Bill Andrews)VandeBogart all of Ithaca. Also 16 great grand children and 6 great-great grandchildren. 
Catherine retired from Cornell University after working 35 years at Riley Robb Hall. 
She was a member of the Kennedy's Corner Methodist Church and later a member of the Newfield United Methodist Church.

Linda (Greene) Pfannenschmidt, Secretary

2011 Newton Family Reunion Announcement