Saturday, May 28, 2011


Uncle Lew's family is having a reunion in Huntington  August 5-7, 2011.

Some of us lateral relatives are planning to go too.

Maggie has sent an email with the deadlines and information for signing up.
May 30th for the hotel reservations with the special rate (see below)
June 15th for the Lunch tickets. (see below)

August 5-7, 2011
Location: Hilton Hotel, Huntington, Long Island, NY


Friday, August 5:
• Evening informal gathering by the outdoor pool (indoor pool if raining)

Saturday, August 6:
• Reunion Lunch: 11am-3pm. We will gather outside in a reserved area next to the pool. Included:

 Lunch buffet, beverages, dessert

 Reserved volley ball court

 Indoor banquet room in the event of rain
• Dinner: A list of area restaurants will follow as we get closer to the reunion. Current attendance may be too large to get us all in one restaurant (to date, 60 folks are attending!)

• Sunday morning: Breakfast on your own – long good-byes to follow.

Room Reservations:  Call 1-800-HILTONS

• Rooms must be reserved by May 30, 2011

• Rooms are blocked for the “Valentine Family Reunion” located at the Huntington Hilton

• Room Rate $119 plus standard room taxes (markedly reduced from even their discounted group rate!)

• If you would like additional nights, we have arranged for you to receive the same great rate.

Reunion Ticket: We contracted for 70 lunches as well as the 2 reserved areas. The following fees assume 70 folks attend (we need 10+ more family members to join us!):

1. Adult: $32 per person
2. Child (age 4-12): $16
3. Preschooler (under 4): Free

Payment (check) for your Reunion Ticket (above) is due by June 15th to Maggie in Virginia.

If you don't have her address email the blogger at and I'll send it to you.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Grandma Valentine's China

Grandma Valentine's china has been residing in Kansas for over fifty years.
My mother Cele inherited it after her grandmother Elizabeth Valentine died in 1951.
I am guessing we brought it to Kansas when we moved here in 1959.

There is a service for about 10.
I inherited it after Cele died when I was 20.

It's been my "good China" all my adult life.
It was probably Elizabeth Valentine's good china too.

The large tureen is missing a handle and I think it came to us like that.
In all the years of dinner parties (with some serious partying going on) I have never broken any. But of course my friends were always terrified of breaking it as I would look sternly at them and remind them it was my Great-Grandmother's china.

It did not come with any cups and saucers. I have been looking for matching cups for forty years but have never found any. I have to conclude they didn't make them.

I always assumed it was Haviland China because that Bavarian company specialized in these pink rose designs, generally called moss rose. But when I recently turned a piece over I see it's not Haviland but Iroquois China.

The mark says
and then S.S. in red

Iroquois China Company began in Syracuse about 1905 and went out of business in 1969. They are best known for their restaurant ware but this early line of household china imitating Bavarian china must have been very lucrative.

Haviland made a variety of pink rose designs but I am guessing Iroquois just made this one pattern.

The pattern doesn't seem to have a name, but when you do a web search for Iroquois China SS this is the only pattern that comes up.
I'd guess Elizabeth Valentine got the set about 1910. She kept it for 40 years and I've had it for 45. Yikes!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Baby Pictures

At the beginning of our family album is this picture of Cecelia dated 1915 in the caption.

Someone cropped her out of her family, I fear. This is the only photo of the McNallys in the teens that is in the book. Where's the rest of the picture and her sisters?

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Kathy's Family

Kathy, Richard and Kristen about 1983

Kristen in 2010 by Aunt Pat.

Stevie and Aunt Pat, 2010

Kathy and Pat 2010