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Photo of the Month
September 2003
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The Clenon C. Minard branch of our family in Knox and Richland Counties, Ohio, held the first known organized reunions in our family. This image depicts one of their reunions sometime before the end of 1895. In this view, Clenon and his wife Mary Ann are seated in the middle row, third and fourth adults from left. Other reunions were held at South Park and Riverside Park in Mansfield, OH. They clearly pre-date the first Minerd-Miner Reunion held in Western Pennsylvania in 1913. 

One of the Minards' great-granddaughters, Mary Jane (Armstrong) Henney, was a pioneer in Ohio genealogy. For many years, as a board member of the Ohio Genealogical Society, she spearheaded the effort to identify and locate each cemetery in Ohio, large and small. This voluminous data eventually was published in the landmark book, Ohio Cemeteries. During her tenure on the OGS board, it created chapters in each of Ohio's counties, making tremendous research resources available to the broader public. She has published several books, including From the Annals of Richland County, Ohio (1997), in conjunction with the Richland County Genealogical Society, and A Pioneer History of Richland County, Ohio (1993). From 1985 to 1987, she wrote a weekly column, "Once Upon Another Time," in the Mansfield News Journal.


Copyright 2003 Mark A. Miner