SECOND IN A SPECIAL REUNION SERIES - As we celebrate the 90th anniversary this year of the first Minerd Reunion held in Western Pennsylvania, in 1913, we salute Esther (Barnhouse) Freed, who was elected Treasurer of that inaugural event. She is seen here with her husband, Christian Stoner Freed.
The Freeds resided on "Highland Farm" near Dickerson Run, Fayette County, PA. Esther "held a record as a Sunday school teacher believed to have been unsurpassed in Fayette county," said the Connellsville (PA) Daily Courier. "For 50 years she taught in the school of the East Liberty Presbyterian Church at Vanderbilt, relinquishing her work only when failing health compelled her to do so..."
The Freeds are known to have attended the 1920 Minerd Reunion, and likely many others over the years. Photographs of her and her family have been found today in the collections of her first cousins Ephraim Minerd, Lawson Minerd and Martin Miner.
Click here to see last month's photo portraits, showing a father-son team who also helped organize the landmark 1913 reunion.
Copyright © 2003 Mark A. Miner