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71st Eiland reunion set for September 6

The 71st reunion of the descendents of Thomas J. Eiland will be held Sunday, Sept. 6 at the Rockdale Knights of Columbus Hall. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. for visiting and attendees are asked to bring a picnic lunch which will be at noon. Tea and paper goods will be furnished.

"Everyone is encouraged to inv ite someone who has not attended previously," said Joy Kenjura of Brenham, publicist. For more information call 979- 836-2698.

Spies reunion awaits results of rain dance

HALLETTSVILLE—Seventy seven members of the August and Kathrina Schneider Spies family met at the Hallettsville American Legion Hall on Aug. 2 to visit and catch up on family news. Attending from Rockdale were Ike and Netilee Korenek.

Due to the widespread drought, members conducted a rain dance to the tune of "Twist and Shout."

Early bird gifts were given to the first 25 who registered and door prizes were awarded to 37 adult and children ticket holders, including a grand prize Walmart gift card.

Members of the August Spies family included Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Muehr and daughter Paizia who traveled over 900 miles from Colorado Springs, CO to attend. The youngest in attendance was Paizia Muehr, age 11 months, from Colorado and the oldest was Selma Spies, 96, of Hallettsville.

Newlyweds Pearlie and Leroy Wetjen, who have known each other for 50 years, were honored for being married for just six weeks. Longest married were Irene and George Gummelt of Hallettsville, married 58 years. In recognition, each of the five groups received a $2 bill.

The next reunion will be held Aug. 1, 2010, same location.

It remains to be seen if the Spies Reunion rain dance provided the weather relief requested.— Wanda Kaiser, reunion reporter

RHS Class of 1965

The RHS Class of 1965 will hold its 45th reunion on Oct. 23-25. Activities will include the Rockdale-Caldwell football game with an open reception following the game, and golf and dinner on Saturday, plus a Sunday brunch.

Classmates, relatives and friends are asked to con- tact Wenda D yer, 446 -5436 ( or Jerry Caywood, 512-321-4050 ( to provide current addresses, updates, e-mail addresses or other data. You may also visit www.rhsclassof1965. com for details.

RHS Class of 1969

The RHS Class of 1969 will celebrate its 40th reunion on Oct. 9- 10. Those coming to town on Oct. 9 will be able to visit starting at 6 p.m. at Banda's Restaurant and then go to the RHS homecoming game at 7:30.

Visitation will continue on Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Patterson Center beginning at 5:30 p.m., with a catered meal to be served at 6:30.

For more information, or to update addresses, call Dee or Jim Maines at 446-5264 or email

Milano Exes reunion

MILANO—The 2009 Milano High School homecoming football game will be held Friday, Sept. 11 and the Milano Exes reunion will be Saturday, Sept. 12 at the high school. Ricky Mantey of Somerville will cater a Mexican food lunch at noon. Plates will be $10 including tea and dessert.

Reunion flyers are being mailed this week (Aug. 10-14). Anyone who has an item for the silent auction can bring it to the reunion or call Carolyn Hafley, reunion secretar y, 455-2473, and arrangements will be made to pick up the item.—Carolyn Hafley, reunion secretary

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