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Mission and Values
2006 National Reunion
Features 'The Art of
Creativity,' Draws 90 Cousins
The large, indoor and air conditioned community center was the
for our new home -- with plenty of food, fellowship and
Photo by Sid Miller.
In a new, air-conditioned location, and with a crowd of 90 cousins, the national
Minerd- Minard- Miner- Minor Reunion celebrated “The Art of Creativity”
during the weekend of July 8-9, 2006 in Western Pennsylvania. Our first
year in the Indian Creek Valley Community Center was
|Sign beside Rt. 381
The group came from 21
Pennsylvania communities and eight states, including as far south as Florida,
and as far west as Indiana.
A rich variety of artistic
creations from 20-plus cousins was displayed and enjoyed by all. These ranged
from oil paintings to historic photographs to afghans, cross-stitching and
Images of these priceless
items will be added to the family’s new, Online Museum of
like last year’s launch of the Online Quilt Museum.
This museum will be built in August, so plan to check it back then.
Picnic and Exhibit of Creations
Saturday picnic relocated this year to the Indian
Creek Valley Community Center
near Indian Head, PA, from the Kingwood Picnic Grove where we had been since
1986. By acclamation, we will renew the facility again for next year.
|Indian Creek Valley Community Center
offers a variety of benefits: fully indoors and thus protection from weather;
new, modern restroom and kitchen facilities; flat, hardwood floor for ease of
walking and movement by elderly and infirm cousins; and cool air conditioning
during the hot day.
While the Center is five times the cost of our former grove,
the expense was more than covered by generous donations of cousins during the
passing of the hat, drawings for prizes, and purchases of gift magnets.
There was more food than
could be imagined, or consumed, laid out on buffet tables (seen at left)
which were decorated with colorful tablecloths. The "good eats" ranged from
delicious meat and vegetable dishes to tasty side
dishes and desserts, washed down by cold drinks.
|Bountiful food buffet
After lunch, the group was
photographed by cousin Sid Miller, followed by a short business meeting
led by president Mark Miner.
It was agreed that while our format traditionally
has been to hold the reunion on the second Saturday of July, the date’s
proximity to the Fourth of July prevents a significant number of cousins from
attending. Thus, with the freedom to change
this format in future years, your committee has decided that the dates for next
year will be Sat.-Sun., June 16-17, 2007, with the theme of celebrating
our German heritage. Mark your calendar!
Sid also presented reunion president
with an official, engraved wooden gavel for conducting meetings.
L-R: John Minor, Jim Minor, Bill Shriver and Donald Minor,
cousins who hadn't seen each other for decades, or had never met at all
Fun games were held for
children, including a piñata and blowing bubbles, and a boxful of toys, led by
reunion vice president Peg (Grimm) Mansberry.
The creations and family
artifacts were displayed on a ring of tables. The following cousins brought
items and lovingly explained their significance:
Moringiello, of Hollidaysburg, PA – a painting of a still life showing
a book and copy of the old Pittsburgh Gazette newspaper, done by her great
grandmother, Margaret Jane (Sheppard) Minerd, circa the 1880s; and a
Christmas gift prepared and given by Margaret Minerd to her son, Roy
Sheppard Minerd, circa 1895, consisting of Sunday School bulletins bound
into a book format.
Polacke, of New Bern, NC – items
brought by her sister, Shirley (Minerd) Dick, of Hinckley, OH, and
the granddaughters of James
William Minerd of Dunbar, PA. These
included painstaking painting and glazing of dishware as well as a porcelain
Wendy (King) Zeller,
of Dunnellon, FL -- an embroidered tablecloth, dresser scarf, crocheted
towels and pineapple doily made in the 1940s by her grandmother, Blanche
(Miner) Sanner; and a crocheted blind pull and boy and girl dress
potholders crafted in the 1950s by her great grandmother, Amanda
Doris (Sands) Hawker,
of Morgantown, WV – the daughter of Alma
(Ream) Sands -- a variety of items she has quilted, sewn and painted.
Miner of Wexford, PA – of the family of Odger
a quilted scene mounted on a wooden frame; and
a cross-stitch of a duck figure.
Sue Ellen (Colbert)
Martin, of Hopwood, PA – the great-great granddaughter of Missouri
(Younkin) Wingerd –
a painting she made as a teenager, showing a
trolley accident in Dickerson Run, PA, based upon an actual photograph. Her
grandfather had been injured in the accident, but fortunately survived.
Hall of Uniontown, PA – granddaughter of Missouri
(Younkin) Wingerd – colorful afghans that she and a friend had
Mark Miner, of
Beaver, PA – a copy of the book, Collier’s Photographic History of
World War II, featuring a published image of wrecked destroyers after
the attack on Pearl Harbor, taken by cousin and Navy photographer Harold
Merle Daw, of
Penn Hills, PA – a piano chair that his great grandfather, Rev. Isaac
H. Minerd, crafted and presented to a granddaughter on her wedding day
in 1907. (Merle removed 10 coats of paint in restoring the chair to its
natural wood finish.) He also displayed two knives crafted by his cousin, Everett “Lefty” Minerd of Virginia Beach, VA.
Bonita (Work) Warrick,
of Mill Run, PA – cotton rugs woven by her grandmother, Ada
(Whipkey) Minerd, also of Mill Run. While made to be used, the rugs are
now lovingly preserved.
of Cortland, OH – the grandson of William
Thomas Minor –
beautifully finished wooden boxes that he made as gifts
Carey of Fort Wayne, IN – a variety of aprons and hand towels found in
an old trunk of her mother’s, Goldie (Minerd) Moennig. There
were towels representing each day of the week, with the lettering stitched
on each one.
Peg (Grimm) Mansberry,
of Normalville, PA – great-granddaughter of Jennie
– a quilt made by her grandmother in the 1940s; a rug
crafted by her granddaughter Alyssa last year; an arrangement of
flowers from her brother’s garden, representing the fifth generation in
the family to grow that variety, dating back to Joanna (Minerd) Enos
of the Civil War era.
Creations by Dave and Peg Mansberry and Kerry Grimm
Recorded music was played
throughout the day, featuring the steel drum performance of Joseph
Minor; and Jack and Carol (Surber) Lewis of the Oriskany Strings in
|Indians fans in enemy territory
being deep in the heart of Pittsburgh Pirates country, Dave Mansberry and
Bill Carey, meeting for the first time, learned that they shared a love
for the Cleveland Indians baseball team. Despite numerous threats, Dave and Bill
wore their enemy ballcaps for a photo, striking a fairly defiant pose for the
For the second time, two
families attended from Indiana, whose ancestor John Minerd Jr. left
Fayette County, PA, circa 1817, and settled in eastern Ohio before pushing west
and settling in Indiana in 1844. The first of their family branch to return to
their ancestral homeland after the passage of more than 150 years were John
and Arlene Minerd of Monroeville, IN; and Bill and Gloria Carey of
Following the reunion, a
group went to the Indian Creek Baptist Church in nearby Mill Run, to view the
Revolutionary War grave marker of the "father of us all," Jacob Minerd
Sr. The marker was dedicated at our reunion in 2003.
The group also studied the monument at the church honoring all of its members,
including many of our cousins, who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces during
Doris Hawker's table of creations, with daughters Lisa Janoske and Connie Gibson
Show and Tell and Web Tour
On Sunday, a group of 12
gathered at the Days Inn Motel in Donegal, PA, for a display of antique family
creations and tour of the Minerd.com website by reunion president and website
founder Mark Miner. Among the items featured were sheet music of cousin Annette
Hanshaw, who sang with the Dorsey brothers and Benny Goodman in New York in
the late 1920s and early ‘30s; the book ‘Tis the Set of the Sails,
authored by Mary McGirk; the book Fixed Mix Seeks Same by Dean
Minerd; the book John Winebrenner by Dr. G. Richard Kern; the
book Portrait Painting for Beginners by John W. Pratten; the Ohio
Farmer newspaper produced in the late 1800s by William H. Lawrence
and his brothers; The Messenger community newspaper published in Fayette
County, PA by Ferne (Minerd) Work and others to raise local morale during
World War II; the book Memoirs of Ludwig Zychlinski, translated into
English by Eugene Podraza; and a variety of poems, songs, sketches and
painted objects by the “Mountain Poet” of Mill Run, the late Allen Edward
Copyright © 2006 Mark A. Miner. Photographs
by Sid Miller, Peg Mansberry and Mark Miner.