6th Annual "Huckell Reunion"
2nd & 3rd 2005
the cottage of Marvel Westwood
Lake Clitherall, Minnesota
2005 Reunion Photo Album
Dear Relatives and Friends-
I thought I would write a Reunion Review of some of the memories of our meeting
July 2nd and 3rd at beautiful Clitherall Lake. We counted 92 attending as
far as I could figure out. As I had hoped for, the weather was perfect. Special
Thanks to Cousin Kay (Kathleen Stabnow Jacobson) Simonitch who was in charge
of the Registration. Her son, Rodney Jacobson was a big help and also furnished
the name tags.
Early arrivals, Wes Cross, from Montreal, Canada, Duane & Pat Huckell
from Mukiltio WA and Dave & Wanda Kellogg from Omaha, NE helped hang
Wes's new Huckell Chart on the wall at Jeff & Gay Stabnow's lower level
in their new home. Their home is located just back of the fireplace by Clitherall
Lake. The old home still stands, but will probably have to be taken down
because of lake regulations. Many of us remember gatherings there with Julius
& Mabell in years past with our kids water skiing, swimming and eating
at the fireplace.
Other arrivals met at the Westwood Cottage and reviewed family histories brought
by Duane & Pat Huckell. Pat had a wonderful genealogy of Mary Agnes Saunders
Huckell's Indian heritage. She was the wife of Albert Huckell. Marvel brought
her new "Stabnow History & Genealogy". In the late afternoon we all assembled
at the Senior Center in Battle Lake. Thanks to Pat & Duane Huckell who
led us in getting re-acquainted with each other by pasting a new identity
on our backs; then by asking yes or no questions, figure out who we are.
We really had a mixed crowd including Joseph Stalin to Rosie the Riverter!
A catered meal was brought in from "The Shoreline". The food was then blessed
by Dave Stabnow, Ron & Ginny's son, who with his wife Bonnie now live
in Nashville, Tennessee. Many delicious bars and cookies were furnished by
several of the cousins and were really appreciated. Our program started with
Dave Stabnow playing one of his harmonicas. He stated that Granny Mabell
had started him playing the harmonica. He played a Spiritual Medley including
"Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen", "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" and "Precious
Lord Take my Hand".
Wes Cross gave and update on the Huckell History. Credits also go to Pat
& Duane Huckell and Dave & Wanda Kellogg for keeping up the Huckell
research. Wes has created a Web Page on the Computer, so we can "keep up"
as well. Duane Huckell has written an article about his gr-grandfather, William
Huckell. Duane also included excerpts from the article published in an Otttawa,
Canada newspaper, relating to his gr-great grandfather's experiences in the
Chicago Fire. This was published by the Chicago Genealogical Society, P.
O. Box 1160, Chicago, Illinois 60690-1160, Vol. 37 No. 2 Winter 2004-2005.
Last year at Al & Geri Huckell's Huckell Reunion at Devils Lake, while
sitting around the campfire in the evening, I heard this fellow telling great
stories that went on and on. Someone told me he was Ron Strom and he was
married to Wendy Huckell, and then I found out she was Duane's sister. This
year when I was trying to think up some way to "liven up" our Reunion program,
I thought of him. Many thanks Ron.
The "Huckell All Girl Singers", Kay Simonitch MN, Iris Meyer ND, Dollie McCarlson
SD and Jacque White MO, have written a new Huckell song to the tune of "Crystal
Chandelier". With the help of Ed White from Cass Point, Missouri playing
his guitar, the song was a great success. The audience also helped with the
Chorus. Ed also played his banjo. How about a repeat for the next Reunion?
Several brought articles for a drawing. Nellie Huckell Herman (who is now
93 years old) made a Cathedral Pillow from material brought from England
that she received from her Mother, Maggie Huckell. the lucky person who won
the pillow was Jessie Hemmah, Ron's wife. Margie Huckell Nichols (84 years
old) contributed 2 of her paintings. The flower painting went to Colleen
Sundquist. The snow scene went to Quintin Hemmah. Jay & Dale Westwood
contributed the brass hanger plaques and the coins. Kay (Kathleen) Jacobson
Simonitch chose the farm scene and Saylee, Becky Hemmah Fritz's granddaughter
chose the horse being shod. I couldn't keep track of the coins. Aluminum
medallions imprinted with the places and dates of the last 3 Huckell Reunions
were also available.
We met at Ron & Ginny Stabnow's in Battle Lake for Sunday morning breakfast
and had great visits as well as looking at Ron's collection of many unrecognizable
tools. Ginny's specialty is African Violets as well as many other beautiful
flowers and plants. They also have a great collection of pottery and other
interesting antiques. Several visited the Flea Market in Battle Lake.
Then on to Jeff & Gay Stabnow's for the noon meal of Carolina Pulled
Pork, beef, homemade buns, beans, potato salad, macaroni salad, corn relish,
beet pickles and many more bars and cookies. Bret Westwood offered the blessing
on the food. A pleasant afternoon was spent eating, visiting, and picture
taking. Wes had a copy of his Grandmother, Lucy Huckell Cross's Family Bible,
which he was able to bring since he drove his car from Montreal, Canada.
The kids had fun in the lake and I think the Wave Runner got a work out.
Becky (Hemmah) Fritz and her family put up 2 tents by the lake. I found out
some fish were caught off the bank and a little rain did fall during the
Dollie McCarlson's car wouldn't start, a tow truck was called and her car
was hauled away. The alternator and battery had gone out. Our paths in life
have led us to so many different places and vocations. When I think of how
diverse we all are and then,--when we gather at some distant point to renew
our friendships and review our heritage of the trials, hardships, adventures
and happy times of the past, then the bonds of family strengthens and it
becomes more evident how connected we all are. It is with thanksgiving, wonder
and a joy I feel in my being for the privilege of being a part of such a
wonderful family. We are truly blessed. Thank you all for coming and for
being a part of this Huckell Reunion.
-Marvel Stabnow Westwood