Sunday, July 25th was the 50th annual Sommerer Family Picnic. My folks, Uncle Lloyd and Aunt Jane, came up for the weekend, and we all went to Fremont, NE to meet some other Sommerers. They have a picnic in a park every year at about this time. Uncle Lloyd says that Grandma came up to see them once that he remembers, and Leroy Engelbrecht has, evidently, been up a time or two.
This is actually the second year that we’ve attended, but it had been a long dry spell since they heard from the Sommerers from Missouri, and my Dad was glad to fill them in.
There were somewhere between 20 and 30 people in attendance, but there are more relatives scattered about than that. They said that they have a hard time getting any of the young people (anyone under 40) to come. My dad thought they could maybe use a lake and some boats for that.
They were just about the nicest people you would ever want to meet, and the food (we had a pot-luck lunch) was way too good and there was way too much of it. They made us feel very welcome and they want to know when the rest of you are going to come up.
Who are these people? They are the descendants of Great Grandpa Sommerer’s brother. That is to say, Adolph Sommerer’s father’s brother. That brother was Johann Wilhelm Sommerer (for those of you keeping score at home). There might have also been some descendants of his sisters Katherina Maria and Anna (who also went to Nebraska) there as well. I wasn’t quite straight on that bit.
Fun fact #54: You are related to Jordan Larson who is on the USA National Volleyball team. She played against Lincoln Lutheran (where I teach) about 6 years ago, and she’s wicked good. However at the time I didn’t know that we were related. We are (again, for those of you keeping score at home) fourth cousins once removed. Her mother was a Sommerer, and we share, approximately, 0.026% of the same genetic material.