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Family marks 160 years in Tama Co.

August 15, 2014
Traer Star-Clipper

Descendants of the Robert and Elizabeth Granger family met at Taylor Park on Sunday, June 29, 2014. This year's reunion marked the 160th anniversary of the family in Tama County. All attendees were descended from Eliza Granger Stoakes, one of the four daughters of the Robert Grangers. Of the 51 family members in attendance, Lois Eleanor Eggleston of Waverly, Iowa was the oldest and Levi Stoakes, son of John and Dawn Stoakes of Dysart, was the youngest present. Relatives attended from Colorado, North Carolina, Virginia, Kansas and Iowa for a potluck meal with Iowa pork burgers grilled by David Calderwood of Traer. Many participants toured the Traer Museum and a number of marked gravesites of relatives at Buckingham Cemetery.

Pictures from past Granger reunions in 1913, 1924, 1941, 1944 and 1950s decorated the tables. Other miscellaneous photos provided by Ruth Calderwood of Traer, and miscellaneous memorabilia were displayed. A short business meeting was conducted by Gwyneth Augustine of Ames, Iowa. She also shared historical data of the Granger family travels from Cambridgeshire, England in 1833 and eventually settling near Wolf Creek in 1854.

Dennis and Sharon Stoakes of Traer agreed to serve as chairpersons for the next reunion in 2019. Michelle Eastman of Andover, Kansas and Linda Sundberg of Arlington, Virginia will also help with making arrangements for the future event. A group picture of those in attendance was taken around the beautiful Victorian Gazebo in Taylor Park.

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