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Marker Reunion 7 Sept. 1903

The second annual reunion of the Marker family was held at the fairgrounds in Greenville, Ohio on Monday, Sept. 7, 1903. The register showed an attendance or two hundred and seventy five being From Chicago, Ill., Union City, and Monrow, Ind., Dayton, Greenville, Versailles, Gettysburg, Miamisburg, Liberty, Ellerton, Bradford, West Alexandria, Eaton, Stelvideo, Beamsville, Dawn, Ansonia, New Weston, North Star (SP?), Palestine, Webster, Bloomer, Horatio.

The forenoon hours were spent in handshaking and forming of new acquaintances; many of which had not met for many years, At the noon hour an elaborate spread was served.

After dinner the meeting was called to order and short talks were made by Rev. Samuel Miller, of West Alexandria, Rev. A. Long of Versailles, Jno. O'Connor of Chicago, Mrs. A.C. Kohe of Union City, Isaac Marker of Versailles, and others. Miss Grace Marker of Versailles, who recently returned from trip east visiting the old homestead of the first Marker in America, had a paper to read but it was impossible for her to get to the meeting, but extracts from her sketches were made from memory. George Marker, the parent stock or all Marker was born in Germany in Aug, 1753, was the only child of a Lutheran minister, came to America when a young man. Mary Mohler was born Oct. 30, 1746 in Germany, came to America with her brother when a young woman. George Marker and Mary Mohler were married (no date) and located A Frederick Co, Md. He died Feb, 4, 1827 and she died Mar, 27, 1646; they are buried in St. Johns Lutheran Cem., near Myerstown, Md. The St. Johns stone church was built in 1830. It replaced a log structure which was built many years before.

Near the church lives Paul Kline who is past ninety years old; he has a sister (a widow) who is ninety-two; these are the oldest living grandchildren or George and Mary Marker. Many other grandchildren and great-grandchildren still live in Maryland, and the Markers at this reunion are all the lineal descendants of George and Mary Marker.

It was decided that the next annual reunion would be held at the Greenville fairgrounds on the second Saturday of September of 1904.

The election of officers for next year were- Isaac Marker, Pres., John Murphy, Vice-Pres., Leonard Marker, Sec. all of Versailles.

Isaac Marker was appointed as committee of arrangements for next meeting. Leonard Marker was appointed committee on obituaries any deaths occurring in the family in the next year. Please report to him any particulars etc., that he may make the proper report at our meeting, The secretary is pleased to say no deaths are reported for the last year.

A letter or regret was read from Nelson Williams of Hamilton, Ohio, stating his inability to be present, that his father, George Williams, who was with us last year and one or the central figures, was very seriously ill from a stroke of paralysis. Expressions of symathy were tendered our aged relative and that he may recover and be with us again.

At the close of the meeting,.Robt. Burdge, a photographer of Greenville, took a. picture of the assemblage, Any person wishing a nine by eleven photo, can have same by sending 40 (cents) to his address.

Copies of these minutes can be had by sending five cents in stamps to Leonard Marker, Sec.

 

Article found in the Garst Museum, Greenville, Ohio

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