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Regular Harper Reunion—May 28, 2006

To: All Harper Descendants
From: Harper Cemetery Association Board of Directors
Subject: 2005 Harper Reunion
Date: Sunday, May 29, 2005

Dear Family and Friends:
    Our Family Reunion is approaching and will again be on the Sunday of Memorial Weekend. This year it is on May 29, 2005, as usual at the Harper Pavilion located on the Harper Farm located 2.2 miles East on US Route 33 from Harman, WV. Turn in at the Jacob C. Harper Cemetery sign and continue on a gravel road bearing right to the white farm house. The pavilion is located to the right. If it is dry, parking is anywhere around the pavilion. The cemetery is located on the road to the right of the big barn. Follow the gravel road through the gates (4) and you will arrive at the cemetery. The gates are generally closed to maintain livestock control but they are not locked for your access. In late winter and early spring the road to the cemetery is sometimes in poor condition until it dries. We put gravel on it a week or two in advance of the reunion to try to maintain it for your ease of access. You are welcome to come at any time. If you find the gates closed, please return them to that same position as you go through. Thanks and enjoy your stay.
    The picnic lunch is a covered dish dinner to begin at 1:00 pm. Bring your favorite dish and an appetite to join in great fellowship in renewing our family ties. If you are traveling and cannot prepare anything, come anyway. There is always more food than we can eat from some of the best cooks in the world. When you arrive, please register and get a name tag and a door prize ticket. The door prizes have been graciously donated every year by Nela Manning. If there are changes in your address or if this is your first time, it is essential to get your complete address recorded. For those of you with email addresses the newsletter will be sent electronically in order to cut expenses in postage. We have a web page that can be accessed at www.fred.net/mfuller . Marsha Fuller, a member of the Board of Directors, is maintaining this site and has been responsible for collection of the family history and pictures that are on that site. She also prepares the annual newsletter.
    The Board of Directors will meet later in the afternoon to discuss the business of the family. Donations are accepted for the care and upkeep of the Cemetery, Pavilion, and road. We are working toward making the Jacob C. Harper Cemetery a perpetual care cemetery with donations going to expenses and investment annuities. Descendants are encouraged to consider the Cemetery in their estate planning. If you cannot attend the Reunion and wish to make a donation, you can mail your donation to our treasurer, Eleanor Nestor, HC66 Box 10B, Hendricks, WV 26271.
    We have ordered pretty weather for this year’s gathering but we know that sometimes it gets rather chilly so keep in tune with the weather forecast for the area . We hope to see you there and know that it will be great to visit and find out all of the news of the family.

Harpers Around the World
    From Wilma (Montoney) Lund in Southern California:  “My daughter and son-in-law and I leave Christmas Day for a cruise through the Panama Canal and to a few Central American locations and a couple of Mexican cities.  The cruise ends January 12 in San Diego.  They plan to celebrate 30½ years of marriage while on the trip.”
    From Doug Harper in Biloxi, Mississippi:  “Travels for the year were two that I was really excited about.  Went with Overseas Adventure Travel to China and Tibet for a 20 day trip in July.  Was amazed to see very few people in native dress. Most people wear western style clothes, have cell phones and drive cars.  Course there are still lots of bicycles.  Tibet was the icing on the cake and very interesting including visits to homes, temples and also the Potala Palace, seat of the Buddhist religion in Tibet. There were four nights on the Yangtze River through the Three Gorges including a tour of the new Three Gorges Dam, the largest in the world. We ate many Chinese and Far Eastern dishes and rice seemed to be more of an afterthought in the servings.  The second trip that had been high on my wish list was a 10 day trip with Lindblad Expeditions to the Galapagos Islands, 600 miles west of Ecuador, South America.  That is where there are huge tortoises, land and sea iguanas, seals, sea lions, penguins, sea turtles and many birds, all fearless and we got ‘up close’ sightings of them. With the Humbolt Current from Antarctic the temperature on the islands sitting on the equator is quite comfortable and dry at this time of year.  In February, I visited with Ginny and Hank Martin from Niles, Michigan.  They come to south Alabama each year for about 3 months in the winter.”    
    From Larry Ferguson in Elkins, West Virginia:  I’ve been very busy with the Odd Fellow’s Lodge again this year.  In March, I flew to Calgary, Alberta, Canada for eleven days and  attended the Grand Lodge Sessions at Red Deer.  I had a great time and Wes Nelson, a friend of twenty years, was my host.  In May, I attended the ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.  In June, I attended the Grand Encampment and Department Council in Wheeling.  August found me at the Sovereign Grand Lodge in St. Louis, Missouri.  In October, our Grand Lodge session was held at Flat Woods and I was elected the Grand Treasurer for three years.”
    From Jan and Tom Bell in Southern California:  “We took an RV vacation this year up to British Columbia.  We’ve started to look at places we might consider moving to when we retire.  I have at least 8 or 9 years before she can fully retire, but it doesn’t hurt to start looking now so we know what we like and don’t like.  We visited the part of British Columbia that is mostly fruit orchards due to the mild climate—towns called Peachland, Summerland, Penticton and Vernon—all along a very large lake.  I think we’d have to visit this area in December or January to make sure we could handle the cold weather.  My blood has thinned out too much living in California for so many years!”

It’s A Small World
    Dan Harper at the University of Kentucky writes:  “ I recruit people into our Environmental Health degree program by going to 2 year college science programs.  I did some recruiting at the Lexington Community College last year and we have some students in our program now that heard my recruiting message.  One of the students who was in my class stopped by to ask a question.  I saw that her last name was Harman.  I remarked that my relatives were from around Harman, West Virginia, and she lit up and said that is where her dad and grandpa were from.  To make a long story short, her grandma was a Harper and she and I are cousins.  We got out our The Harper Family History and found her father’s and sister’s names in it.  Since she came along later, her name wasn’t in the book yet.  Her name is Erin Harman.  SMALL WORLD!!”
[Erin is the granddaughter of Carroll Harman of Weirton, WV.  Her great-great-grandmother was Elmira (Harper) Harman—the 12th child of Jacob C. & Susan Harper.]

Changes in Our Family Tree
Evelyn (Harper) Ruddle on February 14, 2004 in Sebring, Florida.  Born in Macksville, WV, she was the daughter of Neil & Mabel (Hedrick) Harper.

Harper Reunion 2005
Canaan Valley Resort                            August 5-7, 2005

    It’s going to be fabulous!  Three days of Harpers coming together to reminisce, experience their heritage, and have fun on the land the Harpers started from. 
    Canaan Valley Resort in Davis, West Virginia is headquarters.
    Bring the kids and grandkids to meet their cousins and see Pendleton County—there’s plenty for them to do.  During Friday night’s BBQ and bluegrass music, they can walk down the hill and swim in the heated outdoor pool (lifeguard on duty), or play miniature golf.  On Saturday evening, they can spend time in the game room.
    You can fly into Pittsburgh and rent a car to drive the 3 hours from there, or you can take a commuter into Clarksburg, WV, and make the 45-minute drive from there.
    We have assembled the best bluegrass musicians in the county to play for Friday night’s BBQ, we’ve designed special Reunion T-shirts and ball caps, and planned a tour of Harper sites that will knock your socks off.  Join us!!

Questions:  contact Dan Harper

Friday, August 5, 10 am—Canaan Valley 18-hole Golf Course.  A plaque will be awarded to the winner at the evening BBQ.

Things to Do While in West Virginia:
Rock climbing at Seneca Rocks
Flat Water Kayaking
18-hole Golf Course
Backpacking, hiking, caving
Horseback riding
Smokehole Caverns & Seneca Caverns
For more info, contact Tucker County     Visitors Bureau at 1-800-782-2775 or at


Friday, August 5, 2005
10 am—Harper Open Golf Tournament
6 pm—Registration & Cash Bar (beer & wine only)
7 pm—Outdoor Barbeque (BBQ Chicken and Ribs,
    Corn on the Cob, Baked Beans, etc.)
8-10 pm—Jeremy Wanless Band

Saturday, August 6, 2005
Breakfast on your own
8:30 am—Bus Tour leaves for historic Harper sites
    motor coaches have A/C and rest rooms)
12:30 pm—Catered Lunch at Franklin Town Park
5 pm—Return to Canaan Valley Resort
7 pm—Cash Bar (full drinks)
7:30 pm—Banquet (Top Round of Beef, Roasted
    Chicken Breast, Smoked Ham, Potatoes, etc.)
8:30 pm—Presentation by Greg Adamson on the
    Dr. Eli Akim Harper Papers

Sunday, August 7, 2005
Breakfast on your own
10 am—Harper Hayride—tour Canaan Valley’s
    6,000 acres of pristine wilderness (first 20
    people to send in registration forms accepted)
10 am—12 noon—Tours of:  Jacob C. Harper
    homeplace, Joe Harper’s farm & Eastern
    Continental  Divide, Jacob C. Harper Cemetery,
    Allegheny    Mountaintop
12:30 pm—Catered Picnic at Harper Reunion     

Dress:  casual dress and comfortable walking shoes throughout the Reunion. Friday’s BBQ will be outdoors under a canopy.  When the sun goes down, the temperature will drop considerably.  Bring a sweater or jacket with you. 
Diet:  if you require a special diet, you must make your own arrangements with the resort.
Refunds:  money will not be refunded after   July 15, 2005.
Rooms:  make your own reservations by July 1 and tell them you’re with the Harper Reunion to get the special rate.

Canaan Valley Resort

Reunion registration and a deposit of $25 per person must be made by June 30, 2005. 
Final payment is due by July 15. 
Mail to:  Harper Reunion 2005, 524 Park Ridge Drive, Richmond, KY 40475.

NAME ______________________________________________________________________________

ADDRESS ___________________________________________________________________________

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TELEPHONE _______________________________    EMAIL ___________________________________

Reunion Package  -  $104 (includes meals, bus tour, live music, insurance)    Total Enclosed  $_______

I will only be able to attend selected events.  Please advise as to individual costs.    _______________

I am interested in the Harper Open Golf Tournament    __________

I am interested in purchasing a Reunion 2005     ______ ball cap     _______ T-shirt (size _____)