Memorial Day weekend was the occasion of a momentous gathering of the Chambers’ tribe. We will try to capture the flavor and scope of this hugely successful event. Such a Herculean labor of love on the part of so many precludes giving appropriate thanks to all that deserve it, but in this posting we will try. We will inevitably miss important contributors, for that we apologize. A big ‘Thank You’ is owed to everyone that attended and worked to make it such a memorable celebration of the Chambers Clan.
Before we begin we must provide some important background information. Given that Bepaw’s company was the Harris Polk Hat Company, we felt it was fitting to commission a souvenir that tied into that history and also into a theme of Making Chambers Great Again. But a confession is appropriate up front. Sad. Our family classicist (belatedly) pointed out a grammatical error in our hat logo. The logo should have read “Deus Fortitudo Mea”. Instead we have the word “Meo” (as in “Hold the Meo”), which does not agree in gender with the female noun fortitudo. Horribile dictu! I’m certain that everyone noticed the error but charity precluded any critical comments for which I am very grateful. Anyhow here is the offending item:
Anticipating the inevitable weaseling from Iowa, the answer is: “No, despite this minor error, there will be no discounts nor refunds.” Indeed in the philatelic realm, errors such as this increase the value of the item. Hence management is contemplating raising the price of the hats accordingly. We will let you know the final decision about this shortly.
Thanks to Katherine Law and Bill Cromie we have lots of reunion photos to share. The Salters, Quicks and Dunns kicked off activities on Thursday May 25th with a visit to the family grave site at Calvary Cemetery followed by a visit to the chapel of the Pink Sisters for a prayer for our clan, especially those recently departed family members including Claiborne Pentland, Ray Salter, Bill Hollo and Ralph Kalish. They were sorely missed throughout the weekend. A luncheon at the City Garden featuring its many whimsical sculptures followed. On Saturday evening, May 27th, Bobby and Mary Dunn hosted a spare rib cook ‘in’ (owing to inclement weather) at the newly renovated Moone Athy farm house (hat tip – kitchen update thanks to the planning efforts of Jennie Quick, Susan Cromie, Eleanor Withers, Katherine Law and Helene Tatum). Danny Cromie once again stepped up to the plate to provide delightful vocal and instrumental entertainment for the clan’s enjoyment that evening. Flying Chinese Sky Lanterns were a special treat after dark. On Sunday sleep in was made possible thanks to Fr Gerard Garrigan of the St Louis Abbey who very kindly agreed to travel to the farm to say Mass midday. Captain Charlie Skinner noted how extraordinarily beautiful the ceremony was in our outdoor setting. Many thanks to Fr Gerard! Sarah Fehlig provided the Cantor’s duties with vocal and guitar accompaniment. Following lunch, many participated in a nature walk through the Jack Cromie trail. A late afternoon sing-along in the Quick room capped Sunday’s events featuring Sarah and Ed Fehlig’s recently donated Yamaha digital piano – thanks Sarah and Ed! We must note that numerous meals throughout the weekend were provided and prepared by Cynthia and Bill Cromie – many thanks to them both for these! Memorial Day itself centered on the clan’s Florissant roots. The day started with a trip to Cold Water Cemetery, considered to be the oldest Protestant Cemetery west of the Mississippi still in use, for a Memorial Day ceremony. We regrouped next at Taille de Noyer where we were hosted for a private tour of the historical family homestead by family relative Jean Hilmer. Here Alicia Salter and those of her generation shared their recollections of their time there as children. Finally we moved on to St Ferdinand’s Church where again we were given a wonderful tour of the shrine where St Rose Philippine Duchesne lived and taught as she founded the first convents of the Society of the Sacred Heart in the United States. Bill and Karen Skinner then treated the family to a delicious picnic lunch on the grounds of the shrine. Thus it was appropriate that we culminated the wonderful weekend on the stomping grounds where the family took its St Louis origins.
Weekend photographs starting with the visit to Calvary Cemetery:
A few snapshots from the Saturday night cook in:
Sunday May 28th. Mass at Moone Athy followed by baseball at Kalish Field and the Jack Cromie trail walk:
Memorial Day at Taille de Noyer and St Ferdinand’s shrine:
This last photo from Katherine Law pretty well sums up the Memorial Day Reunion – doesn’t get much better!
Let’s hope there’s another Making Chambers Great Again event in our future!
December 2, 2016
Thanksgiving at Moone Athy was a great success thanks to Jennie Quick and her many helpers, most notably Eleanor Kalish and Sarah Fehlig. We all enjoyed a delicious meal in the lovely new surroundings at the renovated farmhouse. Special thanks are owed to Sarah Fehlig who has purchased a beautiful new digital piano for the family. Family musicians provided background music for the dinner. Here are a few photos which feature the debut of new clan members attending their first Thanksgiving at Moone Athy. It was great to have Claiborne Skinner down from Chicago. We missed, among others, the Laws – Hugh is recovering from knee surgery in warmer climes.
The Che Tee pictured above is available from the Chamberlain, attractively priced at $65 ea, deliverable in time for Christmas (only within the continental US).
November 5, 2015
June 17, 2015
There have been several newsworthy events since our last (alas, way back in January!) publication. At the very top of this list we are delighted to welcome our newest clansman James Stephen Forster, born one month ago, May 16, 2015, at 8:00 in the evening, apparently prosperous (7 lbs, 14 oz, or, for Lincoln Chafee supporters, 3.57204 kilos). Clan accolades are owed to Suzanne and Stephen, and also to grandparents Donna and Peter Forster, and Karen and Bill Skinner!
Next, we are happy to share some images from the recent wedding of Emily Gatch and Alex de la Fuente. This spectacular event took place in Coral Gables FL on March 26, 2015. Here is some context for the happy occasion, kindly provided by Barbara Gatch:
“Emily Gatch and Alex de la Fuente, who met at Harvard, were married on March 26, 2015 at the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables, Florida , where Alex’s paternal grandparents live.
It was a joyous celebration of close friends from around the country, the de la Fuente and Gatch contingents and great Cuban food and music.
Alex and Emily continue to enjoy Seattle where Alex is an emergency room physician. Emily completed her doctorate in plant pathology from Washington State University and is teaching at Edmunds Community college.”
The ‘joyous’ aspect of this celebration is clearly on display in the following photos:
The Lord Chamberlain is hopeful that the new family Fuente connection includes access to the famed Fuente cigar factory in Cuba! Is Alex related to Arturo?
The clan wishes all the best to the newlywed Fuentes!
Next we have two news items from Betsy Barbieri. We send a belated congratulations to Betsy and Al on the marriage last fall (Oct 2014) of their daughter Cecelia Barbieri to Thomas Constantiello. Tom is the founder and owner of Consus Wealth Management LLC in Columbus OH. The wedding took place at the Old Cathedral in St Louis. Many thanks to Betsy for sending in this photo of the newlyweds:
Betsy adds another heads up for the family:
“I need your help to get the word out on your â€œChambers web-siteâ€. All family members are invited. It is good the Mullanphy descendants come because some people still think there are no Mullanphys left.
September 13th, 2015 is a celebration of the 170th anniversary of the founding of St. Vincent de Paul Society in the United States. Of course, Bryan Mullanphy and Dr. Moses Linton are the founders along with 11 other men.
Would you please post this information on the site. I will send the actual invitation in July.”
We look forward to getting more details about this celebration and will post them for the family.
We’ll end this posting with a request from Betsy for a missing Mullanphy photograph:
“One more item to put in your Ourrumpus Information.
We have pictures of each of our fore-bearers: Jane, Octavia, Catherine, Ann, Elizabeth, Mary and Bryan.
We do not have a photograph of ELLEN. She was the oldest daughter of John and Elizabeth Mullanphy. She died in 1827 in Paris.
I have asked different relatives to look in your old picture albums and see if you have it. There was a photograph or painting of her and it is said, the Chambers had it (thatâ€™s us).
I would like to make a copy of it for the Missouri Historical Society to complete the family portrait.
Once we have all of these images it would be nice to have them available for viewing in our Gallery.
Thanks to those who have contributed to today’s posting. Hope all will have a nice summer holiday!
January 22, 2015
Here is a long overdue update on family goings-on over the past several months, and like our last posting, includes both glad and sad tidings. Thanks to a request for a notification (see below) from David Pentland, LC has been stirred from his hibernation.
First we must report our sad news. Alicia Salter informs us that Ray has developed a very serious neurological llness and is undergoing testing which is incomplete at this writing. We will all keep him and his family in our prayers and update you when we have more information from Alicia.
Our glad news is very happy indeed. If you have not learned of the newest clan member here he is:
The happy note from the Easthopes with Oliver’s specs:
“We are overjoyed to announce that Oliver Chambers Easthope was born on 1.15.15 at 5:35pm, measuring 6lbs 7oz and 20.5 inches. Henry is elated to be a big brother and we are thrilled to be settling in at home as a new family of four!
Anne, David, Henry & Oliver”
Such good news Anne and David. We hope to see Oliver out here at the Chambers’ headwaters soon!
Last Thanksgiving at Moone Athy, graciously hosted by Sarah Fehlig, we were fortunate to have several out of town family visitors, including Nick Salter, Lemoine and Sophie Skinner, and Sarah Law. A highlight of the day was a concert put on by Sarah Fehlig – a thank you is in order for all her work in printing up music for the family Chambers Chamber Orchestra, and for the collection and printing of the vocal parts as well.
Again thanks to all, especially the Fehligs, for making this a memorable Thanksgiving.
Congratulations are in order for David Pentland who sent this to the family:
“This is my new rugby team – I’m one of three founders, starting Dec 2014. We are based in Illinois near the Glen Carbon area. I’ll be the forwards coach (scrum coach). The Polk family has a great legacy of ruggers, I am proud to keep the tradition going. Could you please post my new Mercenaries rugby logo on ourrumpus? Just like all rugby teams we are always looking for players sponsors and fans.
Any of the younger men (sorry girls…) can contact Davey to join up! Uncle Bill Cromie will be proud of your commitment to the sport!
Till the next trickle down…
October 11, 2014
We have some sad news from the UK. Alicia Salter reports that on Oct 6 Charlie Petre died peacefully in his sleep. Here is Alicia’s correspondence for the family:
I have some sad news to tell you as Charlie died very peacefully in his sleep early on Monday morning October 6th. It was a very merciful death. As I think you know he suffered a stroke 18 months ago, unfortunately a serious one and, although he could walk perfectly well and looked exactly the same, he never regained his speech. He did however recognise people and his response to any greeting was to raise his eyes to heaven!
He suffered a heart attack about three weeks ago and of course they could do nothing and he returned home again about ten days ago. By this time he was very weak and slept most of the time.
Mel has been absolutely amazing and has been a tower of strength. He has been nursed at home for nearly a year with 24 hour care in a beautiful room with a lovely view over the garden and all the dogs scampering about. He certainly appreciated his comfort but was pretty obstinate when it came to any therapies refusing very often to even try. To get him into a wheel chair so he could participate in any happening was a major difficulty. But then of course he loved itâ€¦.
Mel has slept next door in the Drawing Room so as to give the nurses a good nightâ€™s sleep and has always been there if one went to visit to ease the visitorâ€™s path. She was determined he shouldnâ€™t die in hospital and has been so patient keeping everyone happy, often in a fraught situation.
The funeral is on Friday October 17th at Hook which is the church Granny Chichester built in 1956 or so. All the Petres have worshiped there for many years and it is the church Ray and I got married in.
Here is a nostaglic flashback, a photo of Lemoine Skinner speaking with Charlie (to left) and the other Petre ‘War Orphans’ (Rocky and Alicia) at Lemoine and Grizelda’s wedding in 1941.
Thank you Alicia for notifying us about this loss. We extend our sympathy to Mel, Fenella, the entire Petre family and all the English cousins.
As this posting’s title suggests, there is also some good news as well as sad. We announce the eagerly anticipated arrival of a new clan member, indeed another Sarah Eliza. This time it is a Sarah Eliza O’Toole. She is reported to have arrived rather hurriedly at 7:30 PM on September 29 at the Wexford General Hospital.
What an adorably formidable namesake for Sarah Eliza Walsh! Congratulations Clare, Laurence, Darren and Maeve!