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51st Annual Dinsdale Family Reunion

August 7, 2015
Traer Star-Clipper

On Sunday, July 26, 2015 descendents of Thomas & Jennie (Fleming) Dinsdale gathered at the North Tama Activity Center in Traer. A total of fifty-two out of a possible 444 family members enjoyed a potluck meal together.

Hosts for the event were Marilyn Dinsdale Jellings, Jodi McConaughy & her grandson Will, Susan L'Allier, Craig & Rita Dinsdale and their entire family. After the meal which included ice cream and lots of desserts we had a brief annual meeting and Craig Dinsdale presided over the meeting.

Traveling the farthest, 231 miles from Balsam Lake, WI, was Susan L'Allier. Our oldest family member in attendance was Marjory (Foster) Traylor, age 85, from Davenport, IA. The youngest family member in attendance was 5 month old Clayton Thomas Weinrich from Plainview, MN. Clayton is the son of Thomas Weinrich and Chelsea Dinsdale.

Family historian, Joan Reuman, reported 4 deaths, 2 marriages and 11 births since our 50threunion in July of 2014.

We shared some memories, happenings and experiences. Chuck Dinsdale found that there is a Dinsdale, New Zealand named after Thomas Dinsdale but not our Thomas Dinsdale. Amanda Taylor has a dear friend in that country so she'll have her do some checking up on that city. ?

Gayle Hansen has returned to active duty with the U.S. Air Force for another 6 years. Isaac Nordgaard is still in the U. S. Navy and Kirk Dinsdale's son Cody is in the Navy.

Dick Dinsdale shared that his grandson, Reed, rode from Des Moines to the start of RAGBRI and then the entire route. Ken Witt said he rode RAGBRI for a mile through Hudson with a fella from Arkansas. Maxine said she's really enjoying her chair of Grandma Dinsdale's that Dean Obrecht re-caned.

Dale & Jan Podhajsky and Wayne & Karen Foster will host next year's reunion at NTAC in Traer on July 24, 2016, the 4thSunday in July.

Those who traveled from out of state were: Craig & Rita Dinsdale, Calvin Dinsdale, Karlee Johnson (Calvin's fiance) from Byron, MN. Susan L'Allier from Balsam Lake, WI. James, Amanda, Charlotte & Ellie Taylor from Mantorville, MN. Tommy Weinrich, Chelsea Dinsdale & Clayton Wienrich from Plainview, MN. Chad, Jaime & Blake Miller from Rosemount, MN. Jodi McConaughy & grandson Will Snyder from Omaha, NE. Kevin & Alice Traylor from Rock Island, IL.

Traer residents attending were: Marilyn Dinsdale Jellings, Jay Reuman, Mike & Joan Reuman, Dick & Carolyn Dinsdale, Myron Dinsdale, Jane Knoop, Marvelene Davis, Larry & Joyce Buchholz.

Other Iowans attending were: Wayne & Karen Foster from Waterloo. Gary Dinsdale from Lucas. Linda Claussen, Dean & Dianne Obrecht from Ames. Dale & Jan Podhajsky from Cumming. John & Maxine Bushbaum from Dumont. Glen & JoAnn Witt from Reinbeck. Marjory Traylor from Davenport. Larry & Dotta Hassman from West Des Moines. Ken Witt & Jeff Witt from Hudson. Ken's friend, Judy Gray from Dunkerton. Judy Benz from Lawler. Lani Hill from LaPorte City. Don & Joanne Witt from Decorah.

After the conclusion of the reunion, Joan Reuman passed the Family Historian position over to Amanda (Dinsdale) Taylor. She will be our new contact person. God Bless Her!

-Joan Reuman, Retired Dinsdale Family Historian



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