Dayton Pioneer Weekend Celebration

Pioneer EV Church

Pioneer Evangelical Church

SGS members Ramona Spencer and Pat Rongey spent the weekend in Dayton, OR to attend the 85th annual Old Timer’s (aka Pioneer) Weekend festivities.  The event featured a parade, picnic, family and class reunions, entertainment, and car show. This year’s King and Queen of the celebration was Pat Rongey’s brother in-law and sister (John Francis and Catherine Poe).  Ramona reconnected with friends and former classmates, and attended Sunday services at  the Pioneer Evangelical Church where she and her husband Dean, were married in 1951.  The church is the oldest, continuously used church in Oregon.  Ramona also visited the Dayton Pioneer Cemetery to re-visit her great, great- grandfather Reuben Snyder’s gravestone.  He was enlisted in the 123rd Ohio Infantry and was at Appomattox when General Lee surrendered.  Reuben had been a prisoner of war and was released as a result of the surrender.  A recent Feature Post on this blog describes Ramona’s family history in the Dayton area.

Recycle Fundraising Project Update
SGS received $100 for recent shipments of toner cartridges and small electronic equipment.  A total of $500+ has been received as a result of this project.  View the details HERE.

Other Items of Interest
Pat Rongey reports recently stumbling upon a 2014 Heritage Bulletin entitled Sampling of Oregon Gravestone Symbols (source: http://www.Oregon The article includes many pictures and explanations of cemetery gravestone symbols and markers which members may recognize.

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