2014 Reunion and News

By George Conard, President of the Conard Reunion

111th Conard Family Reunion held June 14, 2014 at Horsham Friends Meeting


Most attendees arrived on or before the 10:30 AM gathering hour

Attendance was 33 compared to 61 last year.

Higher sign up on the attendance roster 31 this year vs. only 21 last year. (Maybe more visible this year)

Sign in sheets keep our attendance records up to date and are helpful to our new Secretary


Meeting got started 11:10 and ended about 12:10 or shortly after appointed end time.

Nice recognition given to Marty Searight & Dottie Wiley, unable to attend due to major health problems.

Program on Evi Pratt Nemeth was excellent and Keith brought a nice collection of photos & stories for it.

Nice tributes were made for Evi Pratt, Sam Walker & Cammy Wilson who passed away last year.

Pictorial genealogy display that Jesse provided was very interesting in both concept and how it might be expanded and made more visible for future reunion gatherings. Jesse is doing a wonderful job on this project.

Officer Election

It is great to have younger talent now on board in leadership positions. A picture was taken of the new officer team as a group after election, Pres. George Conard, Vice Pres. Jesse Hallowell, Secretary Peggy Shipe & Treas. John Conard.

There was confusion toward end of meeting as we broke up for group picture.

Adjournment was by acclamation as we headed outside. Perhaps having a photographer selected in advance would be helpful. Jim Thomson should have been asked to do this for us, but he had left already when we needed him.

Picnic meal

Due to last year’s higher attendance & expectation of more coming this year, we had an abundance of food, drink and dessert items. Also had more than enough paper products such as cups, plates and eating utensils. Maybe we can fine tune the picnic meal plans before next year.

Summary: A wonderful time was had by all cousins who attended. At least that is my opinion.

Officers: Treasurer-John Conard, Secretary Peggy Shipe, Vice President, Jessie Hallowell, President, John Conard

Some of the Reunion attendees

Jessie Hallowell with his children, Jane and Penrose at the old Mennonite Meeting House in Germantown. The famous Protest Table is there–from Thones Kunders’s home. The protest table is where the declaration against slavery was signed.

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Kunders, an humble wool dyer from the banks of the Rhine, who, settling in the untrodden wilds of America, and pursuing the even tenor of a modest and uneventful life, “builded better than he knew.”

Robert Proud, in his history of Pennsylvania says, “Among the first Germantown settlers was Dennis Conrad. The first religious meeting of the Quakers, in that place, was held at his house in 1683. He was a hospitable, well-disposed man, of an inoffensive life and good character.”