S: Boardman Reunion 2009
BC: The "landscape" of the Boardman family will change before we visit again. Some will say goodbye and new babies and significant others will say hello. The thing to remember is that we are a "simple folk" with a common bond. Our parents would have been proud that we made the effort to come together. We've lived separate lives all over the country,raising our families, and finding our way, but as we came together, we realized that we do have a connection. A connection that time, and distance cannot erase. For those who were able to attend, we thank you for your effort. For those who were not with us, be assured you were there in spirit as were our ancestors who were looking down on us and smiling. It's been said the Boardman's love a good party. We are glad we did not disappoint. Till we meet again!! Take Care and keep in touch!! Georgene Gottsch with photo contributions from Dennis Boardman, Judy Boardman, Jenna Sellers
FC: BOARDMAN FAMILY REUNION DIAMOND B RESORT ORCHARD, NE OCTOBER 2-4, 2009 | Descendants of George Arthur Boardman and Vida Stacey Boardman
1: Where we began.... Family is described in the Webster Dictionary as, "a group of persons of common ancestry" | This is the BOARDMAN FAMILY
2: George Washington Boardman born January 21, 1844 Warsaw, NY Died December 28, 1904, Fullerton, NE Mary Ann Dodd Boardman born November 19, 1846, Kaneville, Illinois died August 18, 1915, Fullerton, NE Married March 11, 1864 George served in the Union Army, Ill. Volunteer, Co. 1, 42nd Infantry To this union 7 sons were born and 2 daughters who died in infancy. | The George Washington Boardman family back: Charles,Chester, Pete, John Front" Art, MaryAnn(mother), Jess, George(father) not pictured: Lewis Taken 1891
3: The sons of George Washington Boardman Lt-Rt-: Lewis, Charles, Peter, John, Jess, George Arthur missing is son Chester taken approx. 1916 | Vida Stacey-future bride of Arthur Family of Henry P. and Bretti Mart Stacy back row Lt - Rt: Ethel, Dave, Jenny, Bob, and Vida Elva Front row Lt-Rt: Leora, Bretti Mart Lawrence (mother) , Henry Perter Stacy (father), Dorothy Picture taken approx. 1918
4: The George Arthur and Vida Stacy Boardman Family taken December 1943 Fullerton, Ne Back row Lt - Rt: Phil, age 20, George, age 32, Lena, age 35,Fred, age 30 Harry, age 37 and Carroll, age 15 Front row Lt - Rt: Ruth, age 28, Vida (mother) age 56, Arthur (father) age 59 Mildred, age 38. Missing from photo, Ervin age 24
5: Arthur Boardman and his sons taken early 1960's by Fred's son Dick Boardman , professional photographer Back row: Erv, Phil, Fred, Carroll Front row: George, Art, Harry
6: After the death of wife Vida at the age of 59, June 25, 1947, Art remarried Minnie Barr on September 3, 1949. Arthur died June 27, 1966 in Fullerton, Ne Minnie died March 7, 1970 in Fullerton, NE | The above photo taken in August 1986 was the last picture taken of the remaining brothers Erv, George, Phil, Fred and Carroll
7: In October, 2009, The Boardman's came together in Orchard, NE to become reacquainted, and reunited. About 40 family members and friends attended the event that was held at the Diamond B Resort which is owned and operated by Roger and Judy Boardman, descendants of George Boardman Family traveled from Reno, Nev., Portland, Oregon, Grand Island, Ne, Berkely, Calif, Albuquerque, NM Denver, Colo, Kansas City, Kansas, O'Neill, Ne, Valley, Ne, Omaha, Ne Yutan, Ne and Fremont, Ne. The oldest attending was Irene Boardman, Valley, NE age 91 and the youngest were Hayden Gottsch of Valley, and Julian Gottsch of Omaha, Ne. both 8 months old. This is OUR STORY
8: 2009 Boardman Reunion Recap A Boardman reunion was held with 38 people attending from Nebraska,Arkansas,New Mexico, Colorado, Oregon, California, Nevada and Kansas, at the Diamond B Trout Resort in Orchard,NE and hosted by Roger and Judy Boardman. The weekend began Thursday, Oct. 1, with 8 excited early arrivals, Irene, Georgene, Dennis, Andrea,Milena, Bob, Barb and Jenna (all house of George), who unpacked and settled at the Lodge, then gathered at Roger & Judy's home for a dinner of spaghetti, beef & noodles, salad, broccoli and carrots, and strawberry/rhubarb crisp. Debi and Rocky Jacobsen arrived later in the evening, after being temporarily lost. (Hint: don't use GPS to find the Diamond B!!) The next morning, Friday, Oct 2, was a rainy, cold day, but we all gathered at the Upper Lodge for a breakfast of egg, ham, hash brown casserole, fruit salad, rolls and assorted breads, juice and coffee, compliments of Georgene, Barb, Jenna and Dennis. At about 10 am, we moved to the Cafe where Barb and Jenna set up tables displaying genealogy charts and family albums; and Debi and Andrea made salads, Georgene made her famous Tastee Beef sandwich filling, Milena made baked beans, and Jenna filled goody bags. Gradually, other family members arrived: Tomi, Matt and Julian Gottsch, Tim, Danielle, Hayden Gottsch (house of George) Kathy and Bob Fagen, Jeff and Tracey Herre and family (house of Erv) arrived just in time for lunch. After a quick lunch of sandwiches, veggies, cookies and chips, some retired to the lodge for naps, or went hiking. About 3 pm, Phil and Kathy, Joel & Christy Boardman (house of Phil) arrived after a tour of Oakland where Phil grew up, on their way to Orchard.
9: They settled in the lower lodge and became reacquainted with everyone at the Lodge. At about 6 pm, we gathered at the cafe for a dinner of Tastee Beef sandwiches, hash brown casserole, salads, baked beans, pies, cookies, veggies, home canned pickles (Tom's) and chips. After clean up, we spent the evening reminiscing and getting to know Phil (also known as Buddy) and family again. For the cousins, it had been almost 50 years since they had been together. At about 9:30 pm, after driving 6 hours from Kansas, Mike Boardman (house of George) finally sauntered in to join the party. Saturday, Oct 3, dawned bright and sunny, with a pancake & sausage breakfast at the Upper Lodge, again hosted by Georgene, Barb, Jenna and Dennis. Roger took lodging and meal payments at the resort office and the rest ofo us went to the cafe to start preparing for lunch and dinner. Tim and Matt got in a little fishing, and Beverly Smiley (house of Ruth) and family friends Darrel and Viv Adamson arrived. Then the Boardman men were on duty for lunch. Soups went into pots on the stove to heat and then into crock pots at the buffet table. Platters of cheese, pickles, crackers, leftover salads, pies and cookies were also set out. As people started filling plates, Sandy Weberg, Connie Boardman, and Caryl Beaver (house of Carroll) arrived in time for lunch. Afterwards, the Boardman men cleaned up. It warmed my heart to see everyone helping in the kitchen all weekend, pitching in and doing the jobs on the duty roster. The afternoon was spent visiting and browsing the genealogy tables, prepared by Barb Saya as well as others who brought pictures and albums.
10: The highlight in my estimation were the family genealogy charts with pictures attached, plus other histories which represented a lifetime of work by Barb. We greatly appreciated her work. Others brought pictures to browse through, with some extra copies for anyone who wanted. A copy machine was also available for those who wanted copies of documents or pictures to take home. (A few letters written by Phil Boardman Sr, while in Pearl Harbor were given to his son Phil, which brought some unexpected tears to our eyes. G) Saturday evening was the culmination of the weekend with a welcome by Roger and Judy. Introductions by each guest, door prizes, and finally dinner by the Boardman women. The menu consisted of roast beef, roast pork, sauerkraut, home canned by Bob Boardman, served both plain and German style by Andrea, roasted carrots, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravies, cornbread muffins and various desserts. All able bodies helped with cleanup, while the kids played a little ping pong. When it got dark , the guys started the bonfire just outside the cafe and we gathered around for more stories and laughs, along with roasted marshmellows and S'mores. It was a clear crisp night with no wind, a full moon, and altogether a perfect way to end the weekend. Sunday morning we gathered for breakfast at the cafe, consisting of cold cereal, rolls, muffins, assorted breads, bananas, yogurt, juice, coffee and tea. After saying our goodbyes and thank you's, everyone headed home. Everyone made it home safe and sound. We hope the next reunion will be sooner that the 20 years since the last one. Judy Boardman Oct 10, 2009
11: BOARMDAN REUNION 2009 ATTENDEES HOUSE OF GEORGE Irene Boardman Barb Saya Jenna Sellers Dennis, Andrea, Milena Boardman Bob Boardman Roger, Judy, Mike and Tom Boardman Georgene, Tim, Danielle, Hayden Gottsch, Tomi, Matt , Julian Gottsch HOUSE OF ERV Bob & Kathy Fagen Tracey, Jeff, Austin, Tomara, J.J., Samie, Josh Herre HOUSE OF PHIL Phil, Kathy, Joel, Kristie Boardman HOUSE OF CARROLL Sandy Weberg, Caryl Beaver, Connie Boardman HOUSE OF RUTH Beverly Smiley HOUSE OF FRED Elna Boardman FREINDS- Darrel and Vivian Adamson
12: HOUSE OF GEORGE | Matt and Julian | Georgene Bob | Roger Tom | Dennis & Milena
13: Judy & Mike | Tim & Hayden | Andrea | Jenna, Irene & Barb | Rocky & Debi | Irene
14: HOUSE OF CARROLL Connie Boardman Caryl Beaver Sandy Weberg | Bob and Kathy Fagan | HOUSE OF RUTH Beverly Smiley | Jeff & Tracey Herre, Sammie, J.J, Tamera, Austin | HOUSE OF ERV
15: HOUSE OF PHIL Joel Boardman Christy Sarkis Phil and Kathy Boardman | HOUSE OF FRED Elna Boardman
16: The newest additions to the Boardman Clan Hayden and Julian Gottsch (cousins) Tomasina Helms (Julian's mama) Danielle Gottsch (Hayden's mama)
17: Boardman cousins, Bob, Elna, Phil | Irene Boardman and Beverly Smiley | Family friend Darrel Adamson the only Boardman whose name starts with "A" | Joel Boardman with new wife Christy who became an official Boardman when she made the group VINEGAR ROLL from an old family recipe.
24: Whats a party without food??? EIGHT MEALS!!!
25: Judy did an amazing job of planning meals for the entire weekend. No one went hungry!
28: Many brought old pictures and other memorabilia for family to share and copy.
30: To top off the evening, Roger started a big bonfire. The air was still and crisp and there was a full moon. S'mores and adult beverages all around!!! House of GEORGE were the last to say goodnight.
33: We shared our bucket lists and for many they contained travel, and being with each other. | Remember, when the fire is high, move back, when the fire is low move up!
34: THE BOARDMAN WOMEN FOLK
35: THE BOARDMAN MEN FOLK
36: Our heartfelt thanks goes to Roger and Judy Boardman for sharing their beautiful resort and making this incredible weekend possible
37: I wish to dedicate this book to my mom, Irene Boardman, in appreciation of her generous spirit and amazing energy, and to my brothers and sister, thank you for coming and making this event so memorable. I love you. ... G