150th Year In America Reunion

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Eenigenburg family’s emigration to America, a weekend reunion was held June 26-27, 1999. Over 500 family members attended the event, as did 10 special guests from the Village of Eenigenburg in The Netherlands.

Our special guests included:
Cor & Nel Beemsterboer and son Thijs
Bram & Willy Borst-Schouten and son Anton,
Douwe & Rina van den Berg and son Gerben, and
W. Klaas van Schoneveld.

Saturday’s afternoon and evening event was held at Illiana Christian High School and included games for the children, an exciting balloon release, panoramic family photograph, catered dinner, Dutch flower making demonstration, genealogy meeting, and more. A lively evening program included awards, presentations and a spirited singing of the “Eenigenburg Anthem.”

On Sunday, a special family church service at Munster Christian Reformed Church (which Gerrit Eenigenburg helped found) included musical and other “pulpit participation” by various Eenigenburg family members. A graveside memorial service at the graves of Gerrit and Jannetje Eenigenburg followed. The weekend festivities concluded with a luncheon for all attendees at Bethel Christian Reformed Church.

The Eenigenburg Reunion Committee Members

George Branch

Millie & Jim Eenigenburg
Marian Mickam
Ruth & Ferrel Stremler

Harry Branch

Merritt Bethig (Chair)
Arlene Bansal
Ginny & Bud Bova
Jean & Bill Bristow
Bob Eenigenburg
Jill Eenigenburg
Maureen & Terry Williams

John Branch

Lois & Andy Fennema
Carole & Chuck Turngren