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History of
The Kresge Family Reunion
1903-2009

 

             

 

The Kresge family has been holding an annual family reunion since 1903, and 2009 marked the 103rd reunion (there were no reunions held during the WWII years of 1942-1945). Family tradition says that the first reunions were held with the idea of gathering together both family members and vital family information so that the latter could be preserved for future generations. Over the years the family reunion has been a focal point for gathering updated family information from the descendants of Conrad Kresge and Anna Margaret Kohl, a tradition that continues to this day. The 2nd reunion held in 1904 is significant because it saw the release of the first Kresge family history book (a rare item to come across today), by Professor Edwin T. Kunkle & Sebastian Kresge. Sr. Other significant reunions include the 1915 reunion which saw the dedication of the Kresge family monument in the Gilbert Cemetery, the 1926 reunion when the 2nd family history book by Professor George B. Kunkle, Percy W. Kresge and Sebastian S. Kresge was released, the 1953 reunion when the 3rd family history book by Clarence A. Hawk was released, the 1971 reunion when the 4th family history book by Clarence A. Hawk and Grace C. Kresge, became available, and the 2009 reunion, when the 5th Kresge family history book by Atwood James Shupp was released.

Below is a condensed history of the Kresge Family Reunions, 1903-2009, the information coming primarily from the abovementioned 2009 Kresge family history by Atwood James Shupp. Of note here are several past presidents who served the Kresge family reunion for many years. Of special note is the service of Earl F. Kresge, who faithfully performed the duties of president for an astonishing 34 years, up until his untimely death in 2008.

Earl F. Kresge: served 34 years as reunion president
John E. Kresge: served 11 years as reunion president
Willard K. Kresge: served 9 years as reunion president
Professor Edwin T. Kunkle: served 6 years as reunion president

Beyond the office of the President, contributions by several other family members over the years deserve mention here, including:

Clarence A. Hawk: Principal family genealogist for many, many years
Grace C. Kresge: Chairman of Kresge Reunion Historical Committee
Henry J. Kresge: 3rd VP & Chairman of Monument Committee
Carl S. Kresge: Chairman of Nominating Committee
Katherine F. Shupp: Kresge Historical Committee

 

A History of the Kresge Family Reunion 1903-2009

  Date Location President Comments
1st Reunion 27 Aug 1903 Nay Aug Park, Scranton, PA Professor Edwin T. Kunkle  
2nd Reunion 24 Aug 1904 Gregory's Grove, Gilbert, PA Professor Edwin T. Kunkle Release of the 1904 (first) Kresge book by Professor Edwin T. Kunkle & Sebastian Kresge. Sr.
3rd Reunion 31 Aug 1905 Nay Aug Park, Scranton, PA Rev. Elijah E. Kresge  
4th Reunion 30 Aug 1906 Nay Aug Park, Scranton, PA Samuel Kresge  
5th Reunion 29 Aug 1907 James Everitt's Grove, Gilbert/Effort, PA Samuel Kresge  
6th Reunion 27 Aug 1908 Central Park, Rittersville, PA Henry Kresge  
7th Reunion 19 Aug 1909 Fairgrounds, Stroudsburg, PA Henry Kresge  
8th Reunion 18 Aug 1910 Nay Aug Park, Scranton, PA Alvin H. Kresge  
9th Reunion 17 Aug 1911 Kresge's Grove, Kresgeville, PA Rev Elijah E. Kresge  
10th Reunion 15 Aug 1912 Central Park, Rittersville, PA Rev Elijah E. Kresge  
11th Reunion 21 Aug 1913 Breezy Point Park, Stroudsburg, PA Rev. Elijah Kresge 1913 Kresge Reunion photo is taken, attendance reported at 417
12th Reunion 20 Aug 1914 Northern Electric Park, Clark's Summit, PA Percy W. Kresge  
13th Reunion 19 Aug 1915 Salem Church Grove, Gilbert, PA Rev. Elijah Kresge dedication of the Kresge Monument, Gilbert Cemetery
14th Reunion 17 Aug 1916 Salem Church Grove, Gilbert, PA Professor Edwin T. Kunkle  
15th Reunion 16 Aug 1917 Salem Church Grove, Gilbert, PA Professor Edwin T. Kunkle  
16th Reunion 15 Aug 1918 Fairgrounds, Stroudsburg, PA Professor Edwin T. Kunkle  
17th Reunion 21 Aug 1919 Fairgrounds, Stroudsburg, PA Professor Edwin T. Kunkle  
18th Reunion 19 Aug 1920 Fairgrounds, Stroudsburg, PA Thomas M. Kresge  
19th Reunion 20 Aug 1921 Nay Aug Park, Scranton, PA Percy W. Kresge  
20th Reunion 16 Aug 1922 Weir Lake, Gilbert, PA Percy W. Kresge 1922 Reunion photo taken
21st Reunion 15 Aug 1923 Weir Lake, Gilbert, PA Percy W. Kresge  
22nd Reunion 20 Aug 1924 Weir Lake, Gilbert, PA Thomas M. Kresge  
23rd Reunion 22 Aug 1925 Nay Aug Park, Scranton, PA Thomas M. Kresge  
24th Reunion 28 Aug 1926 J. Meitzler’s Grove, Gilbert, PA Professor George B. Kunkle 1926 Kresge book released, by Professor George B. Kunkle, Percy W. Kresge & Sebastian S. Kresge
25th Reunion 27 Aug 1927 Nay Aug Park, Scranton, PA Sebastian S. Kresge  
26th Reunion 15 Aug 1928 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Amos A. Kresge  
27th Reunion 17 Aug 1929 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Amos A. Kresge  
28th Reunion 30 Aug 1930 Nay Aug Park, Scranton, PA Thomas M. Kresge this was a joint reunion with the New York state Kresge family
29th Reunion 1 Aug 1931 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Professor George B. Kunkle  
30th Reunion 20 Aug 1932 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Amos A. Kresge  
31st Reunion 19 Aug 1933 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Amos A. Kresge  
32nd Reunion 18 Aug 1934 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Amos A. Kresge  
33rd Reunion 17 Aug 1935 Nay Aug Park, Scranton, PA Sebastian S. Kresge  
34th Reunion 15 Aug 1936 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Sebastian S. Kresge  
35th Reunion 21 Aug 1937 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Howard J. Kresge  
36th Reunion 20 Aug 1938 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Edwin J. Kresge  
37th Reunion 19 Aug 1939 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Howard J. Kresge  
38th Reunion 17 Aug 1940 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Howard J. Kresge  
39th Reunion 16 Aug 1941 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Amos A. Kresge  
        Note: there were no reunions held during WWII, 1942-1945
40th Reunion 17 Aug 1946 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Edwin J. Kresge  
41st Reunion 16 Aug 1947 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Edwin J. Kresge  
42nd Reunion 21 Aug 1948 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA William Kresge  
43rd Reunion 20 Aug 1949 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA William Kresge  
44th Reunion 19 Aug 1950 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Sebastian S. Kresge  
45th Reunion 18 Aug 1951 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Harold B. Kresge Honorary President: Sebastian S. Kresge
46th Reunion 16 Aug 1952 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Harold B. Kresge Honorary President: Sebastian S. Kresge
47th Reunion 15 Aug 1953 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Harold B. kresge release of the 1953 Kresge Book by Clarence A. Hawk, Honorary President: Sebastian S. Kresge
48th Reunion 21 Aug 1954 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA John E. Kresge Honorary President: Sebastian S. Kresge
49th Reunion 20 Aug 1955 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA John E. Kresge Honorary President: Sebastian S. Kresge
50th Reunion 18 Aug 1956 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA John E. Kresge Honorary President: Sebastian S. Kresge
51st Reunion 17 Aug 1957 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA John E. Kresge Honorary President: Sebastian S. Kresge
52nd Reunion 16 Aug 1958 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA John E. Kresge Honorary President: Sebastian S. Kresge
53rd Reunion 15 Aug 1959 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Willard K. Kresge Honorary President: Sebastian S. Kresge
54th Reunion 20 Aug 1960 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Willard K. Kresge Honorary President: Sebastian S. Kresge
55th Reunion 19 Aug 1961 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Willard K. Kresge Honorary President: Sebastian S. Kresge
56th Reunion 18 Aug 1962 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Willard K. Kresge Honorary President: Sebastian S. Kresge
57th Reunion 17 Aug 1963 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Willard K. Kresge Honorary President: Sebastian S. Kresge
58th Reunion 15 Aug 1964 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Willard K. Kresge Honorary President: Sebastian S. Kresge
59th Reunion 21 Aug 1965 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Willard K. Kresge Honorary President: Sebastian S. Kresge
60th Reunion 20 Aug 1966 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Willard K. Kresge Honorary President: Sebastian S. Kresge
61st Reunion 19 Aug 1967 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Willard K. Kresge  
62nd Reunion 17 Aug 1968 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA John E. Kresge Past President, Willard K. Kresge, deceased
63rd Reunion 16 Oct 1969 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA John E. Kresge  
64th Reunion 15 Aug 1970 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA John E. Kresge  
65th Reunion 21 Aug 1971 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA John E. Kresge release of the 1971 Kresge Book by Clarence A. Hawk and Miss Grace C. Kresge
66th Reunion 19 Aug 1972 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA John E. Kresge  
67th Reunion 18 Aug 1973 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA John E. Kresge First Vice President to succeed the President, Earl F. Kresge
68th Reunion 17 Aug 1974 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge Honorary President: John E. Kresge
69th Reunion 16 Aug 1975 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge Honorary President: John E. Kresge
70th Reunion 31 July 1976 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge Honorary President: John E. Kresge
71st Reunion 20 Aug 1977 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge Honorary President: John E. Kresge
72nd Reunion 19 Aug 1978 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge Honorary President: John E. Kresge
73rd Reunion 18 Aug 1979 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge Honorary President: John E. Kresge
74th Reunion 16 Aug 1980 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge Honorary President: John E. Kresge
75th Reunion 15 Aug 1981 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge Honorary President: John E. Kresge
76th Reunion 21 Aug 1982 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge  
77th Reunion 20 Aug 1983 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge  
78th Reunion 18 Aug 1984 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge  
79th Reunion 17 Aug 1985 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge  
80th Reunion 16 Aug 1986 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge  
81st Reunion 15 Aug 1987 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge  
82nd Reunion 20 Aug 1988 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge  
83rd Reunion 19 Aug 1989 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge  
84th Reunion 18 Aug 1990 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge  
85th Reunion 17 Aug 1991 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge  
86th Reunion 15 Aug 1992 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge  
87th Reunion 14 Aug 1993 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge  
88th Reunion 20 Aug 1994 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge IN MEMORY OF Carl S. Kresge (1956-1993), Chairman of Nominating Committee
89th Reunion 17 Aug 1995 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge  
90th Reunion 17 Aug 1996 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge  
91st Reunion 16 Aug 1997 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge IN MEMORY OF Henry J. Kresge (1910-1996), 3rd VP & Chairman of Monument Committee
92nd Reunion 15 Aug 1998 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge  
93rd Reunion 14 Aug 1999 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge  
94th Reunion 12 Aug 2000 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge  
95th Reunion 11 Aug 2001 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge IN MEMORY OF Grace C. Kresge (1913-2001), Chairman of Kresge Reunion Historical Committee
96th Reunion 10 Aug 2002 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge  
97th Reunion 9 Aug 2003 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge  
98th Reunion 7 Aug 2004 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge  
99th Reunion 13 Aug 2005 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge  
100th Reunion 12 Aug 2006 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge special 100 Year Anniversary ribbon produced
101st Reunion 11 Aug 2007 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Earl F. Kresge IN MEMORY OF Katherine F. Shupp (1960-2006), Kresge Historical Committee
102nd Reunion 9 Aug 2008 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Atwood Shupp (Acting President) IN MEMORY OF Earl F. Kresge (1935-2008), President of Kresge Family Reunion, 1974-2008
103rd Reunion  8 Aug 2009 West End Fairgrounds, Gilbert, PA Robert C. Kresge, Sr. release of the 2009 Kresge book by Atwood James Shupp

 

Below: a section of the 1922 Reunion photograph


 

Below: attendees of the 2009 Kresge family reunion participating in the traditional "cake walk".

 

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