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1917 Reunion of the Natives of Freeburg, Snyder County, Pennsylvania
Source:  photocopy of a newsclipping courtesy of Carey Hross.
FIFTH ANNUAL FREEBURG REUNION AT ROLLING GREEN
A HAPPY GATHERING OF OVER FIVE HUNDRED PEOPLE

An Interesting Program Rendered In The Park Theatre
Movement Started To Erect A Memorial To The
Founder Of The Town Of Freeburg

The Fifth Annual Reunion of the present and former natives of Freeburg and vicinity was held at Rolling Green Park, Wednesday, August 15th, 1917.  It was one of the best yet held, and for sociability, good humor and general enthusiasm this gathering was pronounced a briliant success from every view-point.  The old town was nearly depopulated--its citizens making the day off at the popular pleasure resort.

The morning session began shortly after 10 o'clock in the Park Theatre, the able president, Benjamin Apple, presiding.

The program was opened by the audience singing "America-1917," after which Rev. J.F.B. Griesemer, pastor of the Second Reformed Church of Scranton, delivered the invocation.

The joint choirs of Freeburg sang a Te Deum conducted by W.H. Grimm and accompanied by Mrs. Chas. A. Riegle.

Prof. Geo. W. Walborn, principal of the Freeburg schools, addressed the assemblage and paid special tribute to the beautiful town of Freeburg and its people, embracing the hmorous with the more pathetic side of its life.  Hes address was well received.

Miss Dorothy Moyer, of Freeburg, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. Ammon Moyer, rendered a very finely executed piano solo.

Attorney Harvey W. Kanta, for many years a resident of Bristo, Ind. [next line unreadable due to a fold in the paper]... recited "The Old Academy."  The poem received the hearty approval of the audience, a great many of whom present were students of the old institution years ago.

Wm. G. Moyer, who is associated with the Financial News Bureau of Philadelphia, delighted the audience with a baritone solo entitled "Thy King"--Rodney.

Historical Reminiscences, written by Calvin F. Moyer, historia, was then read by J. Lee Moyer.  The author received the thanks of the association for his able production.

A beautiful duett was sung by Mrs. Emma J. Bassler and her daughter, Miss Kathryn A. Bassler.

"Our Tribute" a recitation by Mis Anna Gilbert, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Wilson Gilbert, of Freeburg, was very nicely recited and she was given the highest praise by every one who heard her.

Rev. J.F.B. Griesemer, a former pastor of the Reformed Church, was next introduced and gave a sourl-stirring address in his usual manner.  The minister remarked when he first came to Freeburg he was of the opinion that the people there had litttle need for preaching, but he soon learned that they needed it the same as elsewhere.  His talk teemed with good thoughts and after dwelling upon the was situation for some length he closed by recommending the betterment of the sociallife of the young.

Several impromptu speeches were delivered.  Chas. H. Miller, new located at Woodsun Va., and for a number of years is connected with the United [line unreadable due to a fold in the paper]... that this was the first reunion he had attended and was glad to see his old acquaintances and associates.  While it was [two words unreadable] to live elsewhere he would be glad to live in his native home.

Wm. H. Hilbish[?], who came in by auto from Akron, Ohio, expressed his great joy in being present and enjoyed the occasion to the fullest extent.

John F. Moyer, now raulding[?] and doing well in McKeesport, Pa., and was obliged to refuse to appear on the platform.

The nominating committee composed of B.F. Harley, Jas. H. [Gass? Glass?] and W.G. Moyer, reported at this time and recommended the re-election of the following officers:  President, Benjamin Apple, vice president, Wilson Busler; seretary, Wm. F. Brown; treasurr, Wm. F. Bittinger; historian, C. F. Moyer.

The above report was unanimously adopted by the assemblage.

In order to perpetuate the memory of the founder of Freeburg, Andrew Straub, it was decided to erect a suitable memorial in the Lutheran and Reformed cemetery, over the grave of Mr. Straub.  The president appointed the following as [eek, I mislaid the clipping before I finished transcribing it -- will keep looking]

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