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    News Article Sep 1971 Derrich-Berckenhoff Hold Second Reunion The second annual reunion of the Derrich-Berckenhoff families was held on Sunday, September 5 at
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      News Article
      Sep 1971

      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
      people.

      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
      Bruce, reporter.

      The officers for 1972 are Charles Kurtz, president; Lloyd Kurtz, vice-
      president; Edwin Derrich Sr., secretary-treasurer; and Wanda Bruce,
      reporter.

      Throughout the evening a three-member band furnished music for
      dancing.

      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.

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      News Article
      Sep 1972

      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.
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