Sunday, March 29, 2015

2015 Brown Family Reunion Invite

37th Annual Brown Family Reunion

Friday Aug 7- Sunday Aug 9, 2015

Lake Shetek

Come have fun on the largest lake in SW Minnesota

Place to Gather

Meet at the lake home of Jeanne & Jim Albrecht  
4th house on Sioux Trail Road

Friday Evening-Stargazing Campfire
Saturday Noon-Light Sandwich Lunch
Saturday Potluck-Bring Food to Share

Lodging Options

21 Valhalla Drive Slayton MN 56172
Rooms are reserved under the name of Jan Snyder.  
One room has two double beds.  Approximate rate $65/night.  
Rooms are available on a first come basis. 
Please RSVP to Janice 952-237-3143 by Friday, May 1st. 
Check in Friday 3 pm and check out Sunday 11 am.

Camping sites on the Albrecht Lake Home Property 
163 State Road Currie MN 56123
Phone: 507-763-3256

Fun Things To Do

The Brown Family will have access to campfires, tent canopies, 
boating, pontoon rides, ski boats and lots of outdoor fun!!!!
Cards, board games, bingo and family trivia on standby in case of rain.

Nearby Attractions

Laura Ingalls Museum in Walnut Grove 20 miles from Lake Shetek
Wheels Across the Prairie Museum in Tracey 13 miles North of Lake Shetek
End O Line Railroad and Park Museum in Currie MN 

Brown Family Quote of 2015 

"Our family is just one tent away 
from a full-blown circus."

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Recap of the 36th Annual Brown Family Reunion Aug 15-17, 2014

     This 2014 year we honor Jean Viola (Harmening) Albrecht.
Daughter of Dorothy. Granddaughter of Clara. 

Jeanne was born to Dorothy Brown and Lester Harmening on July 23, 1940.

On June 8, 1958 Jeanne married Jim Albrecht. They reside in New Ulm MN. 

Here is what we know about our special guest of honor.

My name is Jeanne Albrecht.  I am 74 years old.  My spouse's name is Jim.  We have 5 children, Laurie, Sandy, Mike, Willie and Susie  and 12 grandchildren.  I enjoy spending time playing computer games, reading and bingo.  My favorite memory growing up is playing in the grove on the farm.  My hobbies include reading and knitting.  The most interesting place I visited was the Florida road trip with Mom, Janice and Laurie.  I like being a member of this family because they are all "nuts".  I can't wait until everyone gets as old as me.  The most unusual thing that has happened to me was when I had 2 months of not remembering anything.  This year I intend to have another cancer free year.  I am happiest when I don't do anything, which is most of the time.  The one thing I still want to accomplish is growing old with reasonably good health.  My proudest moments are my wedding and birth of our 5 children.  I regret not being able to do many activities.  I want to be remembered as a GREAT mother and grandmother like my Mom. 

      Brown Family Aug 15-17, 2014

   The reunion weekend took place at Sibley State Park.
The Brown Family reserved a group center 
complete with a kitchen, bunk houses and a campfire!!


Lots of fun was had by all.  Some played volleyball.

Most of the time the volleyball was out of bounds.

     Time to take a break.

 So many played bingo pebbles were needed for extra markers.

No family reunion is complete without Family History Trivia. 

Some took the trivia very seriously.

Looks like you all had a good time visiting,
playing games, eating and enjoying the park. 

Johnny Harmening (son of Dorothy)

 Judy and Roger Ketchmark (son of Evelyn)

 Julieann Froemke (daughter of Richard Lundquist) and Susan 

Keeping with tradition.....the afternoon nap.

Until we gather again.

All of the family pictures taken during this reunion 
can be viewed on the website.
 A Clara Brown Photo Album has been created.

For future reunion ideas, please post your comments to this blog 
or write me an email at

Until then......
My love to all,
Clara Josephine

2014 Brown Family Reunion Invite

It's that time of year again................

36th Annual Brown Family Reunion
August 15-17, 2014

Sibley State Park 
800 Sibley Park Rd NE
New London MN 56273

This park is located about 45 miles SW of St Cloud. 
 10 miles North of Wilmar. 
  70 miles SE of Wheaton,
120 miles West of Mpls/St Paul.   

Arrival Time 3:00 PM Friday Aug 16th
Check Out 1:00 PM Sunday Aug 18th

Modern Group Center reserved for the Brown Family.
 The group center can accommodate 128 people.
  Facilities include staff quarters, 7 bunk houses, dining hall,
And modern sanitation building (toilets and showers). 

Two Night Fee is $20/person
State Parking Permit Required $5/day or $25 for an annual permit.

No cooking or eating utensils or bedding are furnished. 
 Portable charcoal grills are allowed. 
See the website for what is/isn't allowed. 

RSVP by blog
by email
or call Tammy Riley at 218-417-0336

Watch for more details in the near future. 
 Paper invitations will be mailed out.