This year our 114th annual reunion will again be at the Grange Hall in Wiley’s Corner, St. George on Saturday, August 29.  AND....we are adding a new twist this year: A CAMPOUT!  I know there are some of you, especially the young in spirit, who love camping; and others of you might be more inclined to attend a reunion if you could do it more inexpensively.  Here is your chance.  Craig and Lynn Kalloch of Searsmont, Maine, which is near Camden, have offered their 4-acre farm as a camping ground.  They will provide a central campfire-cooking area so you can get acquainted; but you should bring your tent or camper, vittles, sleeping bags, utensils, etc.  I am including two maps.  Map I is from the Maine Turnpike; Map II is from Rockland.  If you are staying overnight, please arrive by mid afternoon on Friday, August 28; and please let the Kallochs know if you are coming.  They may be reached at Box 48, Searsmont, Maine 04973 or by calling 207-589-4561.

Searsmont is not that far from St. George, so you can easily come to the meeting and have lunch on Saturday.  Craig and Lynn have offered to have the entire reunion at their farm, so we can discuss that at the meeting this year.  This is a new idea and a trial one at that, so please try to attend.  I hope this will attract some of the younger Kallochs who have not joined us up to now.  It can be a great place for the children to get the feeling of a family reunion; whereas the meetings can be too long for them!

At our 113th reunion we had 56 people.  Peter Richardson talked about the need to look into the everyday lives of our ancestors, as well as their dates, commenting also upon how little is known of the Kalloch ladies.  His daughter, Tansin, acted as chairman of the nominating committee and did a professional job.  She and her sister will lobby to get their father to attend the campout!  Dean Mayhew had prepared a stimulating talk on the Kalloch background in Scotland, and I hope to have reprints of his speech for distribution.  We still have some serious research ahead of us.  Dean asked for help and got several offers, but we haven’t settled down to taking on assignments.  It Is my hope that the campout will offer us more time to plan long-range projects.  Our bank balance showed $402.18.  We might want to think about establishing a Kalloch scholarship, and of course we have to deal with higher postage rates.  Henrietta Knowlton was our oldest member at 90, Rebecca Mayhew was our youngest at 6, and the Arthur Olsons came the longest distance, from California.

I neglected to report that Charles L. Kalloch had died at age 79.  He was the son of Obediah and Junetta Hooper Kalloch.  Edith May Harris of Tenants Harbor died.  My dear correspondent, Maria Kalloch (Mrs. Harold) died on December 11, 1980, after having been taken ill just prior to the reunion.

Henry H. Kalloch died last year at age 90, as did his sister, Augusta K. Christie of Presque Isle, Maine.  Here is an editorial regarding Augusta: “The death last week of Augusta K. Christie marked the passing of an important political era in Maine...Through good times and bad she managed to maintain her dignity and charm.  And she was something of a living example of the benefits of abstinence, maintaining a healthy vigor the match of colleagues half her age.” She was 93, served 4 terms in the Maine House and 2 terms in the Senate and received the Presque Isle Community Service Award in 1972.

Speaking of dignity and charm, I received a newspaper clipping regarding Edwin Rollins 102nd birthday.  He and Mabel are living in retirement in Rockland.  He is quoted as giving this reason for his longevity: “Minding my own business!”

I am taking the newsletter along with me to Cape Cod for the spring vacation and will enlist my mother’s aid in mailing them.  I hope you will begin planning for next Summer’s luncheon meeting and also pass the word around among the hardier members of your family that they too can attend by coming to the campout.

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