Thursday, July 17, 2008


Brendan's Bike Ride in Monterey - 2008 (click to enlarge)
Brendan Patrick Fecht takes photos for his blog on his adventures. He took his bike to the family reunion and stopped by Fisherman's Wharf.

Brendan Fecht shares the family reunion with his little cousins Maximilian and Meredith. Max and "the Diva" are the children of Jeff and Jodi Gross of Salt Lake City.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Hoehl Children (click on picture to enlarge) Photo number 0003
These are the children of Randi and Allan Hoehl.
left to right:
Alan John Hoehl - born in 1992
Amanda Margaret Hoehl - born in 1995
Brian Andrew Hoehl - born in 2000

The Hoehl family resides in Mount Sinai, New York. They are descendents of Frances Moss Knight, the daughter of Susan (Powers) and James Moss. Frances was called "Frankie" by the family.
This photo was taken about 2003.


Internet image of Phyllis Wilkinson 2008 (click on picture to enlarge)
Phyllis M. Wilkinson, 80, of Peoria, Ill., died at 5:50 P.M. Sunday (June 22, 2008) from injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Bradford, Ill.

She was born May 17, 1928 in Carroll, Iowa, to B. E. & Marian K. (Knight) Friend. She married John P. Wilkinson on June 28, 1952 in Indianola, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 3, 1977.

She is survived by a son: William B. (Georgann) Norton Jr. of Kansas City, MO; 1 grandson: Will (Rebecca) Norton of White Bear Lake, MN, and 2 great grandchildren: Leah & Liam Norton.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brothers: James B. Friend and Phillip Friend.

She graduated from Scranton, Iowa, grade school and high school and received her bachelor's degree in education from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
 She taught in Altoona, Glidden and Ankeny, Iowa, prior to moving to Peoria in 1956. She then taught kindergarten at Glen Oak Grade School for 37 years. Following retirement she helped with the pre-school program at Southside Mission and taught at Peoria Christian School.
 She had been a member of Grace Presbyterian Church and Northwoods Community Church and attended Bethany Baptist Church, all in Peoria.
She volunteered at Proctor Hospital and was a member of P.E.O., and D.A.R. and A.D.K.
visitation wAS held from 5-7 PM Wednesday at the Cumerford-Hurd Funeral Home, 428 W. McClure Ave., Peoria, and one hour prior to services at the Northwoods Community Church at 10:00 AM Thursday. 
Interment wAS in Parkview Cemetery in Peoria.
Memorials may be directed to the John Wilkinson Scholarship Fund at Woodruff High School, where her husband was the principal at the time of his death.


Jennie Powers Moss Fletcher and her daughter Katherine. 645 Harwood Drive, Des Moines, Iowa - 1934. Photo No. 0002 (click on image to enlarge)

Note from Jerry Fecht
I received an email from Fletcher Gross today that noted an extra "great" in Forrest Johnston's line. Catching these little errors is important, and can be easily edited on this Family Blog.
Please send your pictures and/or comments to me via email or US mail. Digital photos are easily handled via Photoshop. They should be in a jpg format.
Thanks Jerry

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Group Photograph Fletcher - Moss - Shreves Reunion 2008 in Monterey, California (click on image to enlarge)

A note from Janne Fecht. Janne is the grand-daughter of Jennie (Moss) and Clyde Fletcher.
What a wonderful weekend!!! I’m already looking forward to doing it again and want to get started with the planning while the memories of this terrific reunion are still fresh in our minds – but, don’t panic, I’m not up to it tonight. Just wanted to send you the group photo that was taken with my camera. I have other photos to share, but, again, not tonight.
Stay tuned. You will hear from me again soon! Janne


Monterey Aquarium 2008 - Photo by Jerry Fecht (click on photo to enlarge)

A note from Marjorie Greer (grand daughter of Robert and Frances (Fletcher) Gross:
As the Monterey Bay area gets crazy with Motorcycle Fans and Cowboys and we leave town next weekend, just wanted to say thank you all for making it a success. It's really the people that make it worthwhile.
Thank you again. Marjorie

A note from Jerry Fecht
One of the great things resulting from the Family Reunion planning by Marjorie, Jeff, David and Margo was the chance for the whole family "to make new history" together! The whale watching and Monterey Aquarium are just two of the many exciting memories of the wonderful occasion.

Monday, July 14, 2008


Christmas Letter from Phyllis Wilkinson (click on letter to enlarge)
"Another year almost gone, how fast the days go by. So far, we've had a total of 8 inches of snow and some very cold days and nights. Unusual to have this much in December but its pretty and (makes) the decorations more beautiful.
This has been an exciting year, grandson Will graduated from the University of Minnesota's Vet School, so he is in a clinic in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Alos heard Rebeccas became parents of a beautiful baby girl, Leah Marie, August 18, 2005. We plan to be there for Christmas, Bill (Norton) and Georgann will meet me somewhere?? I shall miss hearing from Jonathan (Fletcher), won't you?"

Frances Eleanor Moss was the oldest child of Susan (Powers) (fl-9) and James E. Moss (fl-8). She was born in Earlville, Illinois in 1868. One record indicates that Frances’ middle name might be Libby, but this may have been a nickname. She was called “Frankie” by her friends and and family. As a girl she was known for the beautiful “twinkle in her eyes that lit up her face.” (1)
In 1895 Frances married James Gardner Knight in Scranton, Iowa. He was the son of Delilah (Macy) and Benjamin Knight.
Frances and James Knight had three children. They were:

born: 2 June, 1896 in Warsaw, ______________ Co. Missouri
married: __________ to Bernard E. FRIEND (fl-54)
died: ________ September, 1989 in ___________, _______
buried: ___________, in __________ Cemetery, in _________

born: 16 November, 1897 in Warsaw, ________ Co. Missouri
married: 15 November, 1928 to Dora HILL (fl-58)
died: 24 November 1951 in DeRuyter, New York
buried: ________, in __________ Cemetery, in ___________

born: 24 September, 1904 in ________, ______ Co. ________:
married: ____________ to Harry R. HEYWOOD (fl-77)
died: ___________ January, 1957 in_________, __________
buried: ___________, in __________ Cemetery, in _________

Phyllis Norton Wilkerson was the grand daughter of Francis Moss and James Knight. She died in 2008 from an automobile accident.


Forrest Richard Johnson - Monterey, California 2008 (click on photo to enlarge)
Forrest is the son of Jill (Gross) and Richard E. Johnson. This picture was taken aboard a whale-watching expedition in July of 2008. Forrest put sun glasses on the sun because it is so bright. Forrest is the great, great grandson of Jennie Powers Moss and her husband Clyde Beales Fletcher.


(click on picture to enlarge) Picture Number 0001
This photograph was taken of Youth Orchestra of Plymouth Congregational Church in Des Moines, Iowa c. 1927. The older woman in the center of the top row is Jennie Powers Moss Fletcher who was the director of the orchestra. At her right is Dorr Carlyle Shreves (about 16 years old) who played the violin in the group.) Jennie had a lifetime affection for the boy, who would one day become her son-in-law. The girl seated at the left in the front row is Katherine Carol Fletcher, Jennie's daughter.

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