Two articles on Derrich-Berckenhoff reunions
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Derrich-Berckenhoff Hold Second Reunion
The second annual reunion of the Derrich-Berckenhoff families was
held on Sunday, September 5 at the V.F.W. Hall.
Thirty-five families registered, representing approximately 150
Special recognition was given to the following: Kassie Annell Riha,
5 months old, youngest member present; Henry Berckenhoff, 75 years
old, oldest member present; Lad Michalek family of San Antonio,
traveled the farthest; Raymond Machart family and Rudy Berckenhoff
family, largest families, with twenty members present.
A dinner was served before the business meeting.
The 1971 officers were: Edwin Derrich Jr., president; Lloyd Kurtz,
vice-president; Edwin Derrich Sr., secretary-treasurer; and Wanda
The officers for 1972 are Charles Kurtz, president; Lloyd Kurtz, vice-
president; Edwin Derrich Sr., secretary-treasurer; and Wanda Bruce,
Throughout the evening a three-member band furnished music for
Families from El Campo, Wharton, Bay City, Houston, San Antonio,
Yorktown, Moulton, Schulenburg, Katy, and Sweet Home were present.
Next year's reunion will be held on Sunday, September 3 at the
Knights of Columbus Hall in Wharton.
Derrich-Berckenhoff Have Annual Reunion in Wharton KC Hall
The third annual Derrich-Berckenhoff reunion was held recently at the
KC Hall in Wharton with 41 families being present.
New officers for next year's reunion were: Rayburn Stavinoha,
president; Melvin Machart, vice-president; Norma Wasek, secretary-
treasurer; and Patsy Matula, reporter.
The group decided to have next year's reunion on September 3 at KC
Hall in Wharton.
Special recognition was given to Raymond Machart, age 67, the oldest
present at the reunion; to Jennifer Kalinec, 12 days, the youngest
member present; to the Rudy Berckenhoff family with 36 members, the
largest family; to Kevin and Steven Cross, 11 months, the only twins
in the family; to the Mike Riha family of Waco, the family who
traveled the longest distance to the reunion; and to the outgoing
officers: Charles Kurtz, president; Edwin Derrich Sr., vice
president; Mary Ann Derrich, secretary-treasurer; and Evelyn Warner,
reporter, for organizing the reunion.
From 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. Western dance music was furnished by A.J.
Bennetsen, Pete Bennonestes, Ricky Bennetsen, Daniel Bennetsen, Ed
Tennart and two members from another band.
Entertainment continued into the evening with music by the Sunset
Playboys from Columbus.