Henry and Anna Nieland Reunion

The Breda News, August 1978

Over 300 people attended the reunion of the descendants of Henry and Anna Nieland on Sunday, August 13, in Breda.

The day's events started with a 12:00 Mass at St. Bernard's Church with Rev. J. Charles Yetmar officiating. Mass servers were Kenneth Nieland and Barry Nieland. Cross bearer was Dean Steinkamp; Candle bearers were Rich Hannasch and Jim Hannasch; Lector was Maurice Nieland; Organist was Mrs. Pat Nieland; Offertory gifts were carried by Janet and John Nieland; Ushers were Robert Nieland, Louis Wittrock and Arnold Nieland and Mrs. Bill Reineke and Mrs. Eleanor Vonnahme had charge of the Guest Book.

The candles on the altar were from Ramsdorf, Germany, Henry Nieland's home town.

There were descendants present from the families of each of the eleven children of Henry and Anna Nieland. There were five generations of descendants represented.

The group then went to the American legion Hall in Breda.

A program in the afternoon consisted of: picture slides from Germany; Walt Nieland reading an original poem entitled ODE TO THE CLAN; Walt, Andrew and Louis Nieland sang "Grosser Gott" with Mrs. Pat Nieland at the piano.

Most of the time was spent eating and visiting. Old pictures were on display, throughout the day and many Grandmas had their brag books to show.

Those present were from: South Amboy, New Jersey, Kingfisher, Okla., El Reno, Okla., LaCrosse, Wisc., Omaha, Neb., Wymore, Neb., and Glendale, Calif., and the following Iowa towns: Arcadia, Roland, Maquoketa, Algona, Laurens, Emmetsburg, Mo. Valley, Fonda, Vail, Sac City, Ames, Glenwood, Dedham, Sioux City, Milford, Scranton, Lohrville, Manning, Dunlap, Anamosa, Halbur, Marathon, Humbolt, Davenport, Fort Dodge, Granville, Marcus, Alton, Manson, Wall Lake, Westside, Auburn, Carroll and Breda.

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