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Memoirs of the House Family Reunion of North Carolina

To me planning something of a reunion was never into my scheme of things, although prior to that first reunion in July 1975, I had gone on this sudden binge to research into my mother's side of the family. I had always wondered about her people, though as a youngster I knew very little of them, that there was an Aunt Theola and a Aunt Frankie and an Aunt Maggie. These were sisters to my mother. However, from their own union were lots of children, many of which I had grown up with. As I got older, I did manage to hear some of the stories my mom told, or managed to listen to some of the elders in N.C. talk about a lot of "good ole days" type of stuff. Then I felt that urge to research. It is not the research that I begin this story but what occurred that helped into my research. First of all, six children were born to John and Martha House, many of them before 1910. John and Martha had gone on to their eternal rest, finally one by one of their children had died, leaving the last of that line which was Frankie House Barnhardt, who by now was well into her seventies. She had become sick a lot by now, and she had mourned in silence for those of her siblings who had gone. However, she wanted something else, and that something else before she herself would make her transistion was to have a big gathering, a family reunion. So plans went out, and the oldest of my cousins, such as the oldest one being a cousin named Loraine, plus my older sisters, and many others managed to bring it all together in Maryland, at another cousin's home. Things had gotten off to a good start indeed, good food, good entertainment, playing ball, and just having some good old conversations. During our meetings which was that Saturday,I presented a little bit of what I had gathered on the House Family, where they all came from, about the place called Gold Hill where many of us were born and grew up in, and they did seem very awed behind it. My own Aunt Frankie was thrilled, and she seemed at her best during the weekend of our first reunion. Our first reunion that Sunday was not held at church but in the back yard, where someone who could do a sermonette, spoke; and we sang hymns and such. Then we would plan for future reunions. Well, the sad news came, that later that year, my beloved Aunt Frankie had made her transistion, however, I can imagine her saying "Don't stop now, keep on plugging away". From that time on, our reunions were either in Salisbury, N.C. or in Maryland. In 1981 for instance we had the reunion in Spencer N.C., we had the picnic around a large lake, and that night we had some parties going on. In 1989 we had our reunion at the Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, where we had a fantastic baseball game going on. In 1990, we again had our family reunion in North Carolina. Overall, we have gone from having Discos to Atlantic City Bus Excursins, and going on tours either in D.C. or in Salisbury. Today, we are not into having a lot of reunions, and pretty much the reunion has gone with the wind so to speak. Yes, some of us do keep in touch, guess that's better than nothing, but there is a need now to have one. Today, I believe that the oldest House family member is that of my oldest cousin Loraine House Strawder. I will not say her age now, but from what I am looking at, and from doing the math of everyone I have researched, she now stands out as the oldest. Maybe someone will pop up and claim their age. Thanks. Joseph

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