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Lincoln history shared during 37th Weatherholt reunion

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TOBINSPORT – The 37th annual Weatherholt reunion was held Sept. 28 at the Clayton Harris Memorial United Methodist Church in Tobinsport. Approximately 33 people attended the pot-luck meal at noon and the meeting immediately following.

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Jim and Sharia Adams were in charge of the reunion, Bill Weatherholt was the master of ceremonies and Kim Weatherholt Salmon sent out the reunion reminders. Each year, Kim has inserted an old photo on the reunion reminder, asking, “Do you know who these Weatherholts are?”

Since this was our 37th reunion, the photo she selected was made during the Ohio River flood of 1937. It showed five Weatherholt relatives in a fishing skiff on the chilly, swollen Ohio.

The reunion members recognized the generosity of Barbara Cronin. She owns the property at the end of Indiana 166 where it meets the Ohio River. The Lincoln-Weatherholt roadside marker of the 1816 crossing of the Thomas Lincoln family from Joeville (Cloverport), Ky. to Polk’s Bottom (Tobinsport) is located there on her property. The marker tells of the Lincoln family, including 7-year-old Abraham, coming to live in Indiana from Kentucky, and being ferried across the Ohio by Jacob Weatherholt Sr., our ancestor and a former Revolutionary War soldier.

Doyle Crofton volunteered to turn the photos on the annual reunion posters into a memory scrapbook, naming everyone in each photo. The 37 posters have become too cumbersome and heavy to bring to the reunion anymore.

Prizes were given to Ralph Weatherholt, oldest attendee; Dakota Hale, youngest and to Sybil Sanders Niemann, longest distance traveled.

Jim Adams distributed copies of “The Unbroken Chain,” a poem by Doris Yvonne Weatherholt Burst. The well written poem describes the ancestral line of Weatherholts “from the old country” to our present-day annual reunion.

Those attending from Indiana were Frank Weatherholt, Tobinsport; Doris Yvonne Burst, Caria Harlen, Ralph and Rosemary Weatherholt, Cannelton; Charlie Weatherholt, Ken Adams, Jim and Sharia Adams, and Frank Adams, Tell City; Mildred and George Brown, Jayne Puckett, Kim Weatherholt Salmon, Montie and Phyllis Johnson, Richard and Dotty Young, Evansville; Sybil Sanders Niemann, Speed-way; and Bill and Joyce Weatherholt, Wadesville.

Attending from Kentucky were Nancy Whitmore Hale and Dakota Hale. Charles “Brent” Whitmore, Fairdale; Sherry Gadlaee. Doyle and Starr Crafton and children Sara, Jacob and Nathaniel. Louisville; Laron and Joan Nunn. Brooks, and Rosie Powers, Hawesville.
Next year's reunion will be held Sept. 27.