April 22, 2017 – First Families Luncheon

Our 31st anniversary of first families recognition.

The 40th Anniversary of the Morrow County Genealogical Society was observed at the First Families luncheon held Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Trinity UM Church.

A display table centered with an arrangement of red and white carnations held albums of memorabilia reflecting the group’s activities over the past forty years. Also on the table were posters of family history for the honored families created by Donna Ufferman, chairman of the First Families committee.

In her welcome remarks, President Ann Artrip recognized special guests, OGS vice president Marleen Applegate and her mother. The table blessing was given by Phylis Miller. A delicious chicken dinner was served to seventeen guests with a decorated anniversary cake for dessert. Tables were decorated in the anniversary colors of red and white, centered with vases of spring flowers, surrounded by pots of polka dot plants, which were given as door prizes. At each place was a cutout of Morrow County attached to a bag of red candies. These were provided by Donna Ufferman.

Following lunch, Ann introduced Ken Barnett who gave a delightful and realistic portrayal of Mark Twain. Ken ended by inviting everyone to attend performances at the Morrow Little Theatre located in Cardington.

Four candidates had proven ancestors residing in Morrow County prior to 1850. They were Sharon Bogner Coffey, Terry A. Breese, Richard C. Sears and Luke Swetland. Richard Sears was present to receive his pin and certificate and Esther Swetland accepted for her grandson, Luke. Our chapter now has a total 603 proven ancestors as First Families of Morrow County.