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Family plans reunion at Montgomery Park

The family of Leslie and Verda (Isbell) Aderhold will hold its 50th family reunion June 13 at Montgomery Park. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m., and guests should bring a dish and drinks to share. Meat and table service will be provided, and there will be games and prizes for this children.

Leslie and Verda Aderhold’s families have long been in the Cogan Station area of Lycoming County with German, English and Scotch-Irish ancestry. With Verda’s Isbell ancestry going back to the New England line of William Skepper, the family descends from most of the royal families of England and Europe.

Leslie and Verda had a large family of 12 children: Charles, Grace Porter (John), Ruth Doebler (William), Pearl Long (Donald), Harrison, Sarah Shaffer (Austin), Harold, Howard, Olive Russell (James), Alice Neyhart (Judson), Donald and Mabel Huggins (Richard). Many have passed on, with Mabel and Donald passing in 2019 and Harrison passing recently on May 7.

Three children remain: Peal of Muncy, age 96; Howard of Wisconsin, age 92; and Alice of Cogan Station, age 89. Alice, whose husband, Judson Neyhart, passed in 2017, still lives at the family home where the original family reunions were held.

The Aderhold sons valued service. The older sons fought in World War II — Charles and Harold in the Army and Harrison in the Marines fighting in the South Pacific. Howard served as a Marine in the Korean War, and Donald, also a Marine, served in Korea and in the Vietnam War. Howard’s memories of serving with the Marines were featured in a Nov. 17, 2008 Sun-Gazette article.

With this large of a family, Leslie and Verda have many descendants here and across the country. Verda’s obituary in 1988 said she had 138 descendants, and today, there are many more. Many will be returning for this 50th anniversary reunion.

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