The first Grant Family
reunion was held a Bob and Carolynís in 1976. It has
since become a tradition, with each of the seven taking
turns hosting it, on a rotating basis. This year (2004)
was the 29th, again hosted by Bob and
At one of the reunions I
was mixing up names, calling Wilmer Don and Don Wilmer
or something like that. So someone said that they should
put name tags on and then they did. However, the names
were Frank, John, Joe or whatever.
At one of the reunions at
Don and Ivyís farm, we were playing cards late at night.
Basil, Don, Keith and I were playing King Pedro. It was
getting late and we wanted to go to bed, but Basil
wanted to keep playing. Finally, at around 4 or 5 in the
morning, Basil went to the bathroom and we all sneaked
off to bed before he got back.
Carl, in my rocking chair, with me and
Garnet on the left, Viola and Ernest on the right
In 1915 at my baptism, my Godfather, Uncle Ferdinand
Zadow gave me a little rocking chair as a gift. When my
first great-grandchild, Jenn Rosien was born, I gave her
the same rocking chair for her baptism. Jenn told me
that she would give it to her first great-grandchild.
Also, as each grandchild has his or her first child, my
gift is a little rocking chair.
We made quilts on the farm, mostly from scrap
material. When the kids married, I made them each a
quilt as a wedding present. As the grandchildren
married, I made each of them a quilt as well. I also
made quilts for each of the grandchildren who are not
married yet and that will be my wedding present to them.