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Hi  District 12 Wing Cousins,
Just wanted to let you all know about our gathering last weekend in Happy Valley, Oregon.
Steve and Nancy Trapp graciously held the event at their home in Happy Valley.   They served a wonderful lunch and were super hosts.   As you can see in the attached photo, it was a beautiful day and our group of 12 Wings had very nice time socializing and learning about each other and about the Wing family of America.    

Here's a list of who attended. 
Genevieve Rowles, who is the editor of the Owl, drove from Cottage Grove, OR and brought her daughter, Amy Gwynne, with her.  Terry and Brenda Trapp came from the Dalles, OR.  Joan Woodcock made the trip from Washougal, WA.   Lisa Whedon Trapp and her husband, Harold are from Portland, as are the Wickhams (myself, Mark and John Jr.) and Steve and Nancy Trapp.  

We discussed the plan of having more gatherings in District 12.  They are smaller and less formal gatherings at various locations around the District.   It was agreed upon to continue with this plan for another year to see if we do indeed get more Wing members coming to events overall with this change.   So far this year we've had two gatherings.  The first was in Federal Way, WA on February 15, 2014, at the Country Buffet restaurant and was hosted by Sunnie Lujan.   It was attended by only Sunnie and her husband and by Jim and Ann Whitman.  The next gathering will be on August 2nd in Spokane, WA.  

A few of those in attendance mentioned that they would try to attend the Spokane gathering at Beverly and Dave Vorphal's residence in Spokane on August 2nd.   John mentioned the Wing Family NW website as a resource for connecting with District 12 cousins if anyone wanted to carpool to Spokane.      To access the member directory page use the username: wings and the password: sandwichma  .     John will be updating the member directory soon, so keep checking back or you can always bug him with an email to get it done.   

Also, Lisa Whedon volunteered to setup a Wing Family NW facebook page.   When that is up and running, more info will be sent.   

Since Steve and Nancy Trapp, hosted and fed all in attendance at no charge, John decided to take up a voluntary collection and so District 12 will be sending a check for $80 to the Wing Fort House fund.     

It was great to see all of you Wing cousins and I hope you can make it to Spokane in August.  More info on that event will be coming.

John Wickham Sr.   District 12 Rep

Old District News:

District 12 gets a New Representative

Jim Whitman of Sammamish, WA has taken over for Nancy Myers. On behalf of all the members of District 12, we would like to thank Nancy for her vision and dedication to the Wing Family of America. Nancy you moved the group to a new level by bringing the National Reunion to Seaside, Oregon in 2009.

Jim Whitman's District 12 Newsletter

District 12 Spring Planning Meeting: April 16th Location - To be determined. (email Jim or John W. if you need more info)

Wing Family reunion for District 12 WFA members and Martin Wing descendants.

August 27-28, 2011
The Dalles and Tygh Valley, Oregon



Ogden Wing

Our dear cousin, Ogden Wing, passed away peacefully early on the morning of December 28, 2010, at the age of 90.  Due to an unavoidable schedule, I was unable to attend his funeral service and memorial gathering in Wamic, Oregon, but I understand it was well attended by family and friends, and that a number of our cousins were able to be there.  Our prayers and condolences go out to his sons Steve and Mark, and all of their family members.  Those of you in attendance at the Seaside reunion in 2009 may recall that we gave special recognition to Ogden as the last remaining grandchild of Martin and Margaret Wing.  He was a wonderful husband, father, cousin and friend, and we shall miss him!
(Obituary by Jim Whitman)


Flossie S. Smith

This story was published Tuesday, July 4th, 2006 in Tri-City Herald

Flossie S. Smith, 81, of Pasco, died July 3 at Avalon Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pasco. She was born in Quincy and lived in Pasco for nine months. She was a retired secretary.

Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home, Kennewick, is in charge of arrangements.

2004 reunion photo
2004 District 12 Reunion at Flossie's Place in Pasco, WA. Flossie is in the center in the yellow
blouse with crutches.


Previous Meetings:

district 12 members The 2008 District 12 Reunion was held on Saturday, April 26, 2008 at the Prosperity Grange #315 located at 3701 Steamboat Island Rd. NW Olympia, WA 98502.  It was hosted by Daryl and Jessie (Wing) Duerr who live across the street at 6325 Sunrise Beach Rd NW, Olympia, WA 98502. Approximately 30 members came and enjoyed spending time with their cousins. We enjoyed meeting up with friends we've seen every year for the past 7 years and with the larger crowd this year we were able to meet some new folks. We're all super-excited

about the hosting next year's National Wing Reunion which will be in held in Seaside, Oregon. We did some planning for this event and got some of the new comers interested. We also had a great presentation by Jim Whitman on the westward movement of the Wings. Click here for more info.


The 2007 Spring Reunion was held at the home of John and Barbara Wickham of Portland, Oregon on Saturday, May 5th. Members shared ancestory, photos and stories. The biggest part of the meeting was planning for the 2009 National Wing Family of America Reunion which will be held here in District 12 at Seaside, Oregon on June 19 - June 21, 2009.


Beverly Smith Vorpahl's releases her novel based on Deborah Bachiler Wing.

Goody Wing, an American Foremother.

Deborah Bachiler, my eighth great-grandmother, assumed a personality as I researched life in 17th century England and New England to learn about the circumstances of women, Puritans and others who sought religious freedom by daring to cross the Atlantic Ocean to a little-known continent. The right to worship as they believed God directed them was the driving force of these earliest Europeans, who, with their noble quest and spirit of perseverance, established the basis of our nation's character. Much has been written of our forefathers, but of equal importance were the wives and daughters of those men - women we know little about. As I read and wrote, Deborah - in her world of four centuries ago - developed from a wide-eyed young lady into a brave, forthright woman. She and others like here was the precursors of their feminist descendants. I hope Deborah Bachiler Wing would approve of this narrative.

Bev Vorphal photoBeverly Vorpahl

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