The 75th Snell-Zimmerman-Timmerman family reunion took place on Aug. 4 at St. Paul’s Dutch Reformed Church, commonly called Snells Bush Church, in the town of Manheim.
The reunion started the previous evening, Aug. 3, with the traditional ice cream social at the church.
The following morning there was a re-dedication service for two Revolutionary and War of 1812 soldiers buried in the cemetery. This year the families honored Peter Timmerman, a War of 1812 soldier, and Honyost Snell, a Revolutionary soldier. Timmerman was in the militia and marched to Sackets Harbor to defend the borders from the British during the War of 1812. Snell fought in the Battle of Stone Arabia and during that battle he was wounded twice and some friendly Indians helped him get to the fort. Snell served throughout the Revolutionary War and was wounded seven times. The families also honored all of the patriots buried in the cemetery.
A boy from Chicago helped ring the church bell to call everyone to come to the service at the historic Snells Bush Church. The reunion had 80 members who traveled from various parts of the county, including Illinois, Wisconsin, Kansas, Texas, Florida, Missouri, South Carolina, California, Washington, Tennessee, Nevada, New Jersey, Virginia and from all over New York. All came to worship at the family historic church where their ancestors worshiped many years ago. Some of the family members had never been to Snells Bush Church before and were impressed with the church and the surrounding area, as well as meeting family cousins they never knew they had.
It is required for the families to celebrate a church service each year for the Snell-Zimmerman-Timmerman family reunion to keep the name of St. Paul’s Dutch Reformed Church. Family member Gertrude Ortlieb was guest lay minister. The service opened with an organ prelude, “How Great Thou Art,” by organist Nancy Schuyler. The call to worship was Psalm 100 followed by the traditional family hymn, “Faith of our Fathers.” The invocation and the Lord’s Prayer followed and during the children’s message Pastor Ortlieb got a few children to come to the front of the church and answer questions. Special music was the hymn “Love Grows Here,” preformed by the Ingham Mills Church Choir. A silent prayer followed as well as a pastoral prayer. The next hymn was “Love Lifted Me.” The scripture reading was Colossians 3: 1-17.
Pastor Ortlieb’s message was “Living in a new and different world,” where she spoke about coming to the church as a little girl with her parents and how the church is so important to family members. The offering was collected and during this time the Ingham Mills Church Choir sand “Here is Love.” Announcements were made and the closing hymn was “Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus.” Schuyler performed the postlude on the piano, “Only trust him.”
Page 2 of 2 - The business meeting was called to order by President Nancy Timmerman Cioch. The minutes were read from last year’s meeting and accepted. The treasurer’s report was handed out. The families had no weddings this year, but has three weddings scheduled for next year.
Some work is needed on some of the interior areas where painting could be done. Other wise the interior looks fine. The driveway culvert is on the list for the county to fix as it is too short on one side and a vehicle may possibly go into the ditch. The county will get to it as soon as possible, but because of all the rain this year many roads have been washed out and they need to be fixed before the little items can be addressed. The lower cemetery has been worked on, the old rails were used, new corner posts were put in and the old stones post taken out by David, Bill and Nancy who worked on the project at the beginning on June. The fence now needs some paint on it to finish the job, but because of all the rain it is difficult to find a dry day to paint. The families are still looking for an estimate on the church windows which don’t open too well.
The flag pole got a new rope, but with the wind it looks like the families may need to replace the rope each year. There were no cemetery stones received this year and the cemetery looks OK. The new officers that needed to be voted on were the president and vice president and two trustees. As there were no volunteers for president Cioch was voted in again as president. And as there were no volunteers for vice president Brandt Rostohar was voted in again as vice president. The two openings for directors were filled by volunteers from the members by Ken Johnson and Larry Sekel.
Rostohar spoke on the subject that the families may need young members to help out with the organization.
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