BELLVILLE — A century of tradition will come to an end next month when the annual Joseph Williams family reunion is held for the very last time.
The reunion gets started around noon on Monday, Sept. 3 (Labor Day) ,at Charles Palm Park on Bellville North Road.
“There just doesn’t seem to be as much interest in it anymore,” said Carol Hoeflich, of Bellville, who married into the family years ago, and has been attending the reunion since the 1960s. “It’s quite a large family, but family reunions aren’t as popular as they used to be.”
Hoeflich, who has been the reunion’s treasurer for about 10 years, says there is just too much going on in the world today and reunions are going out of style. They’re no longer on the to-do list of many families.
“This reunion used to be the only way relatives talked to each other and caught up on each others’ lives,” she said. “Now there is Facebook and cell phones. There are easier ways for people to stay in contact.”
She has been organizing the reunion for several years.
A potluck dinner will start around noon and then family members can share and play games for as long as they wish. Pending good weather, there are usually volleyball games, cornhole and games for the kids to play.
“Since 1961, I’ve only missed one of these,” Hoeflich said. “We used to get 85 to 100 people each year. There are a quite a few family members in Bellville, but we’d get them from out of state, too. Bit I think there were only 35 or so at last year’s reunion.”
She hopes more than 50 family members show up for Saturday’s finale. For more information on the reunion, call 419-512-3219.