December 2006 Issue
I enjoyed reading the story "Century of Celebration" [September 2006, page 13] about the Viers' 101st annual family reunion I'd like to tell a little about my family's recent 102nd reunion at Bolivar in Tuscarawas County.
The first Shuster-Tressel-Wingate family reunion was held in 1904 in Ada, but beginning in 1921, the location changed to Tuscarawas County. Daniel Shuster, the family patriarch, came to Tuscarawas County after serving in the Revolutionary War and was awarded land near what is now Atwood Lake. He and his wife had 14 children, and two of their daughters married into the Tressel and Wingate families.
The reunion has turned into a two-day event with golfing, cemetery tours, relative look-alike contests and lots of great food. Old pictures and record books from past reunions are displayed, and that's where I discovered, in a child's handwriting, the name of attendee Jimmy Tressel. Ohio State University's highly successful football coach is our most famous relative! At each reunion, door prizes always include a lot of OSU Buckeye items and the group is made up of avid Buckeye fans.
-Ed Krocker, New Philadelphia