Beckmeyers Hold Reunion In Hoyleton

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Beckmeyers from across the country recently came together to reminisce the nearly 160 year history of coming to America. 

Sixty-five relatives from Hendersonville, Gallatin, and Nashville, Tenn., St. Louis, Eureka, Ballwin, and Rolla, Mo., Bay Saint Louis, Miss., Dallas, Texas, and DeKalb, Centralia, Irvington, Hoyleton, Salem, Louisville, Carlyle and Aviston, met in Hoyleton, where their relatives from Germany had established roots to begin a new life.  

It all began around 1855 when the first of 7 children left his family in Hullhorst, Germany to venture to the new world of the United States.  Gradually one by one family members followed from Germany until September 1872.  Glowing letters had crossed the Atlantic from America finally convincing Heinrich Wilhelm Beckmeyer and his wife Anne Marie Katherine to sell the farm, leave Germany and join the rest of the family in the United States.

The first Beckmeyer Reunion was held in 1954 in Hoyleton Village Park where it was held again this year continuing the biennial gathering.  German accordion music provided by Walt Schissler from Nashville, Tenn., established the setting.  Don Beckmeyer and his family presented the family tree and Leonard Weber had a photo display of days gone by. 

Between stories told, friendships re-established, games of trivia played and of course lots of good german style food shared, all the relatives enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon. 

Don and Martha Drayton and their committee are greatly thanked for their hard work putting this event together.  The next reunion will be held in August 2018.

FRONT ROW: Andrew Jeanette, Lauren Jeanette, Lexi Weber, Landon Weber, Luke Weber, Karsten Weber, Lily Lappe, Emma Lappe, Christi Lappe, Tom Beckmeyer, Kristen Siebels Second Row: Jan Tiemann, Robert Tiemann, Greg Beckmeyer, Linda Beckmeyer, Frances Weber, Don Drayton, Jarrod Meredith, Rachel Meredith (baby – Charlotte Meredith), Merle Beckmeyer, Roland Beckmeyer, Mark Beckmeyer. Third Row: Janet Spinks, Brigett Joy, Brandi Weber, Glenn Weber, Kathy Weber, Larry Weber, Leonard Weber, Bobby Branch, Ruth Ann Branch, Annamarie Beckmeyer, Debbie Beckmeyer, Donna Beckmeyer, Doug Beckmeyer, Janet Beckmeyer, Jenna Beckmeyer, David Beckmeyer, Donna Washburn, Carlton Washburn Back Row:Rebecca Beckmeyer, Don Beckmeyer, Crystal Cazier, Cara Cazier, Kelly Weber, Jason Weber, Jennifer Jeanette, James Jeanette, Barbara Schnake, Wayne Schnake, Martha Drayton, Mary Emma Drayton, Kay Drayton, Donnie Drayton, Debra Osborne, Mark Osborne