The official name is The Kennamer Family Association of Alabama, Inc. He also reports the huge picnic basket of food beside him arrived intact at the Aug. His speech was most humorous in spots and very, very serious in other places.We meet at the Kennamer Pavilion and Museum in Kennamer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, on the last Saturday in August each year. 15, 1929 affair but his friends rather doubt this astounding bit of information. He said the majority of persons convicted by the courts are young educated men, and stressed the great need or moral training in the schools. He told of how much the Ozark Country was like our part of the world.We have met in good times and bad, depressions and prosperity, war and peace, rain and sunshine. At that time more Kennamers arrives by buggy and wagon than by automobile, he said. That the colleges were not now giving this training as they should. He stated that to him steadfast friendship and loyalty are the things that are most important in our lives.
Kennamer Henry Kennamer Elton Kennamer Lawrence Kennamer Ralph Kennamer Edith Kennamer Bramblett Willard C. Kennamer Wendell Page We have, from time to time, presented gifts to the oldest member resent, the youngest, the member who travelled the farthest distance to be present, and to the parent or parents with the most offspring present. As you will remember, I had put into the official minutes for the Association in 1962 certain portions of this speech - but it bears repeating. Kennamer, quoting from a great man said "that a people who forget its ancestors is not worthy of being remembered by the generations to come." Mr.
One of the smallest occurred in 1942 when only 350 persons attended due to war conditions, lack of transportation and Kennamers in the armed services. The occasion was such a success that it was unanimously voted to hold another reunion next year. He stated further that God had looked upon America and had blessed us, but that we cannot go on spending ourselves into bankruptcy.
The Kennamer clan proudly announces its annual reunion is held "rain or shine, war or peace, depression or inflation, hot or cold, Republican or Democrat, pollution or smog, mini or maxi, hair or bald." THEY REPORT their membership is made up of "farmers, preachers, teachers, merchants, students, retirees, secretaries, lawyers, housewives, beauticians, radio announcers, contractors, doctors, salesmen, bankers, druggists, and what-have-you." A famous family member is Dr. Marshall of Birmingham, Ala., and in a happy speech. There are a few things that can be said about Kennamer Cove that probably cannot be said truthfully about any other community in the state. Many members of the clan from other states made the long pilgrimage to Kennamer Cove to make and renew old acquaintances. He stated that it is no more possible for us to spend ourselves into prosperity than it would be for a drunk to drink himself sober.
Editor's note: Minutes and related material on the Kennamer reunion up to 1976 were scanned in from an untitled booklet, apparently printed in 1976 or shortly thereafter. The primary purpose of the reunion is fellowship, but we also give the pledge of allegiance to the flag, sing, make speeches, listen to entertainment, and eat. and Miss Bertie Kennamer of Dalton, Gal, made their first visit to the Cove which bears their name. Several letters and telegrams were received from those who were unable to be present: Judge F. Jenkins then went on to speak of the beauty of this particular part of the country and told something of the history of Marshall County.
The booklet doesn't show a publication date or author, but I believe it was compiled by Ralph Kennamer. (Johnnie) Kennamer Billy Page Paul Kennamer Robert Word, Jr. We have ended every reunion with all present joining in the singing of that fine old gospel hymn "God Be With You Till We Meet Again," and prayer. Others came from Athens, Guntersville, Browns Valley, Scottsboro, New Hope, Langston and other places were well represented at this gathering. Benson was called to make a speech and it is needless to say that he entertained the crowd. Kennamer, a wholesale grocer, of Athens, Ala., made a fine speech, this being his first visit to the Cove. Kennamer of Columbus City who made a fervent appeal to all members of the clan to live for God and the right. He stated that Jackson County was created by an Act of the Legislature on December 13, 1819, and that the present county seat of Jackson County - Scottsboro- had become the county seat in 1859.
The minutes for 1977 and thereafter were scanned from file copies of the minutes. Wendell Willard Earl Kennamer Brents Kennamer Barton Kennamer Noel David C. Our Pavilion is to be enlarged before our 50th reunion, to be held Saturday, August 26, 1978, at which time we hope to have the biggest and best reunion ever, with President Dee Kennamer presiding. I hope you find it interesting, meaningful, and worthwhile. Kennamer and family of Birmingham, Ala., made the long journey to be present at this reunion. "Uncle" Sebe Keel, a relative of some of the family was present. Kennamer had asked the blessing and the great crowd had done their utmost, there was left enough food to feed an army of a thousand. No speaking would be entirely complete without that brilliant District Attorney, Charles B. He also told of various Kennamers who are mentioned in Marie Bankhead Owens History.
The Kennamer reunions have been a delightful and fascinating annual event for the past 49 years to those of us who have been privileged to be in attendance at one or more of them. Thanks to the reunions I have known many of the stalwarts of our family, male and female, and by whatever family name, and regardless of the degree of kinship. If you do, come join with us in our future meetings, for I believe the reunions will go on and on and on. He was the oldest person there, being in his 91 year. Kennamer received a fine large melon as he is the oldest Kennamer in the state. As the noon hour drew near, it was suggested that dinner be spread (some may say lunch, but it was not a lunch). With dinner over the speaking began with the writer acting as toastmaster. Kennamer of Birmingham, who touchingly referred to his last visit to the Cove forty-eight years ago. Kennamer, He thrilled the audience by his eloquence and read two letters from old friends of the family. He gave a resume of the family and stated that there are over 2,000 members of the immediate family. Jenkins remarks were most interesting and they have great historical value.
To those who have passed over the great divide, this brochure is dedicated, and I hope they, in that land beyond the vale, are as proud of us, the living, as we are of the beautiful heritage they left us. My father, my son, Brents, and I have served as President of the Association. The Birmingham News, page 13 BY BOONE AIKEN, News correspondent AUBURN. John Lowrey Kennamer, a Methodist minister of Dalton, Gal, made the first speech which was well received and entertaining. At this time the President called on Ralph Kennamer for any remarks he might care to make and the first one he "cared" to make was a remark to the effect that if we could get the formula that his Cousin Tom Jake Kennamer of Washington uses to keep his hair from turning gray that we could raise a lot of money for our building.
No organization ever had a more attractive, capable and dedicated secretary than we had in Edith Kennamer Bramblett. Who knows, maybe my son, Winston, or one of my daughters, or a grandchild will on day be President, a high honor. There are family reunions and more family reunions in Alabama, particularly around this time of the year, but how many can claim their very own cove, complete with a pavilion in case of rain or a too enthusiastic sun? Or a commercial picture postcard with their name and a picture of the ancestral home site? Ralph then introduced said Cousin Tom and asked him to introduce his distinguished visitor.
Her reading of the minutes of the previous meeting became the highlight of the reunions, as the reader of this brochure will find, for herein are those minutes. No one knows exactly how many Kennamers there are today but at last count in 1942 there were 2.400 families. 21, Kennamers, from as far away as Oklahoma and "cousins by the dozens" gathered again at the Pisgah Church in Kennamer s Cove in Marshall County for the 44th annual reunion. Tom Jake stated that as usual it was a pleasure for him to attend the reunion, because he could not always attend, but that they had just had a big demonstration in Washington and he just took the opportunity to get away. Dewey Short from Missouri and the entire family was entertained and enlightened by Mr.
We are a corporation, organized and existing under the laws of the State of Alabama. Earl Kennamer, Auburn University extension wildlife specialist, recalls when the first reunion was held he rode in style in the rumble seat of the family car from Selma to Kennamer's Cove. Shorts remarks He stated that he was an ordained Methodist minister and that he was named for Admiral Dewey.