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Laughery Reunion Archives

Reunions of the Family of David Leander Laughery and
Martha Jane Harbaugh Since 1965, Continuing Today

Beginning married life together in Fayette County, PA, David Leander and Martha Jane (Harbaugh) Laughery made a major life decision in about 1911 to uproot their family of children and relocate to Delaware. They settled on a farm near Farmington, Kent County, on Farmington Road in Kent County. 

Only daughter Cathleen, married to Percy Martin, remained behind in Pennsylvania. The five others -- Leona, Ira, Arthur, Anna May and Willis -- made the move to a new life and home in a new state.

Laughery picnic in 1963, on tables in the front yard of Willis and Dorothy's home. This led to the creation of the Laughery Reunion in 1965, an annual event which continues today in Delaware.

More than a half-decade later, the adult children of David and Martha, now married with their own broods of children and grandchildren, held a family picnic at what was now the "old home place" in Farmington.  The event was so well-received that the clan decided to meet again each year.  In 1965, the event was formalized into the annual Laughery Reunion. Some of their cousins from Pennsylvania occasionally made the long trip to attend, among them of the families of Cathleen Martin, Cyril "Edgar" Ream and Charles David Ream.

They continue today, held on the third Saturday of August, with attendees now counted among the fourth and fifth generation of descendants of David and Martha. The 2012 reunion will be the family's 48th yearly gathering.

Laughery picnic lunch at the "old home place" in Farmington, DE in 1963.

~ Laughery Reunion Presidents Since 1965 ~

1965 - Willis Harbaugh Laughery 1994 - Nancy D. Thompson
1966 - same 1995 - Susan Thompson Powell
1967 - Robert Vincent 1996 - Nancy D. Thompson
1968 - same 1997 - John Winand
1969 - Ronald Case 1998 - Ronald B. Case
1970 - same 1999 - same
1971 - JoAnn Thompson 2000 - same
1972 - same 2001 - Jerry Thompson
1973 - Ronald Case 2002 - same
1974 - same 2003 - same
1975 - same? 2004 - Keith Winand
1976 - Loretta Downes 2005 - same
1977 - Harry Winand 2006 - Tim Douglas
1978 - same 2007 - same
1979 - Robert Vincent 2008 - same
1980 - Steve Winand 2009 - Steve Winand
1981 - same 2010 - Tim Douglas
1982 - Irene Vincent 2011 - Sheila Laughery
1983 - Gene Passwaters 2012 - Karen Case Holman
1984 - Alvin "Buck" Thompson 2013
1985 - same 2014
1986 - Harry Winand 2015
1987 - David Laughery
1988 - Clayton Downes
1989 - Alvin "Buck" Thompson
1990 - Steve Winand
1991 - Ron & Peggy Case
1992 - Susan Thompson
1993 - Susan Thompson Powell

See Reunion Overview  -  1965 - 1966 - 1967 - 1968 - 1969 - 1970
1971 - 1972 - 1973 - 1974 - 1975 - 1976 - 1977 - 1978 - 1979 - 1980
1981 - 1982 - 1983 - 19841985 - 1986 - 1987 - 1988 - 1989 - 1990
1991 - 1992 - 1993 - 1994 - 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000
2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010
2011 - 2012

Used with permission of the family. Page copyright 2011 Mark A. Miner