The 91st annual Brandenburg Family Reunion was held Sept. 16 at Providence United Methodist Church in Kemptown. There were 46 in attendance.
After the blessing by Lynwood Browning, a covered dish lunch was served. This was followed by a performance by the Browningsville Band, the oldest continuous playing band in Maryland, chartered in 1884. Gifts were presented as follows: youngest girl present, Rachael Brandenburg, 12; youngest man present, Bobby Brandenburg, 41; oldest gentleman present. Roy Day, 93; oldest lady present, Mary Holle, 87; largest family present, Diane Hadermann family; those travelling the longest distance, Cathy Rhoades and Mary Holle, Manchester, Pennsylvania. Winner guessing the closest weight of the watermelon, Gary Browning.
A memorial service was held for those who passed away during the past year: Raymond Harold Day, 86; William “Bill” Edger Barnes, 73; Oscar Ray Mullican, 89; Eunice Emily Walker, 93; Robert F. Broadrup, 77; Austin Toms Brandenburg, 99; Emma Jane Herndon, 97.
Officers for the next two years were elected as follows: E, Lynwood Browning, president; Jerry Duvall, first vice president; Jack Brandenburg, second vice president and historian; Fred Moxley, Historian; Mark Brandenburg, treasurer; Debbie Brandenburg, assistant treasurer,; Karen Watkins, secretary; and Cathy Rhoads, publicity chairperson.
Fred Moxley made a presentation regarding the Aldi grocery stores. He said the stores were started by two Aldi brothers who were born in Germany. The number of stores continue to increase as the business is extremely successful. Their prices are low and their profits are high. Lynwood Browning gave some of the history of the Brandenburgs. The ancestors are traced back to Solomon Brandenburg who was born in Germany in 1696. The Brandenburg Gate, entrance to Berlin, is named after the Brandenburg clan. Solomon and his wife, Ann, had a number of sons who came to America around 1750. They spread throughout the East Coast, including Ohio, South Carolina, Kentucky and locally in the Middletown Valley, Kemptown area and Carroll County.
The reunion closed with the singing of the traditional hymn, “Blest Be the Tie that Binds.” The Brandenburg reunion is always held on the third Sunday of September at Kemptown Providence United Methodist Church, Kemptown.