Facebook prompts local reunion

Published 11:26 am Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Dottie Holland, left, stands with Collette Schupner during the Hunterdale Kids! Reunion. The women initiated the event after finding each other on Facebook. They had not seen each other in 52 years. SUBMITTED

FRANKLIN—A Facebook reunion between two Hunterdale friends who hadn’t seen each other in 52 years resulted in a gathering of youth who grew up there.

More than 140 attended the first Hunterdale Kids! Reunion on Aug. 6 at Cypress Cove County Club. The evening included a disc jockey, social, dinner, program and a slide show of pictures of Hunterdale family photos.

Traveling the furthest was Kate Barham from Wyoming. Traveling the least distance were Phil and Pixie Davis Gibbs, who live next to the country club.

Sid and Vicki Rader had the youngest grandchild; the baby was born the day before the reunion. Jim and Bambi Councill have the most grandchildren with 12.

Barbara and Jerry Cutchin have been married the longest, 52 years. Barbara Cutchin was also the oldest in attendance.

The first to send in their check for the reunion was Debbie Council Hypes, and the first to send in a picture for the slide show was Theresa Gillette.

At each place setting was a little brown bag with penny candy, like the kind the Hunterdale children would get from Edgar Blythe’s store. On the front of the bags was a picture of Alan Rader, who died in a hunting accident in April 2010. Alan was holding a brown bag under his right arm and eating a popsicle in his left hand while walking home. In the background were old cars and Edgar Blythe’s store.

The reunion got started after Dotti Holland noticed a Facebook comment on Brenda Hodgson’s wall from Colette Schupner. Holland learned Schupner was the same girl she shared a close friendship with before Schupner’s family moved to Lawrenceville.

Holland and Schupner contacted each other and decided to host the reunion for children who lived in Hunterdale in the 1940s and 1950s. Nancy Kitchen and Arlene Blythe assisted with the search for addresses.