WESSINGTON SPRINGS — A group of approximately 85 of the descendants of August and Ella Brodkorb gathered to celebrate a half-century of family fun at the 50th Annual Brodkorb Reunion.
The weekend kicked off Friday, July 15, with a blind-draw, best-ball golf tournament at the Wessington Springs Country Club.
It was won by cousins Dihl Bult, Sioux Falls, and Kaleb Bult, Raymore, Mo., while Lacy Sprenger, Faulkton and Sierra Brodkorb, Plankinton, took home the loser’s trophy. Several other prizes were also awarded.
On Saturday, a dozen first cousins reminisced about the early days of the reunion when most of the eight children of August and Ella were still alive. It was the couple’s children who established the reunion in 1972, after losing some of their siblings. All 32 of the first cousins grew up in close proximity to each other in central South Dakota, so we’re more brothers and sisters than cousins.
First cousins in attendance were Betty Albright, Huron, Darlene McNaught, New Underwood, Harold Brodkorb, Huron, Dareld Buchholtz, Wessington Springs, Rose Carson, Sioux Falls, James Brodkorb, Wessington Springs, Sharon DiCarlo, Wessington Springs, Marvin Bult, Grain Valley, Mo., Nancy Chappina, Pierre, Peg Sprenger, Orient, Vernon Bult, Wahpeton, N.D., and Deana Brodkorb, Mission.
More than 45 family members met for breakfast at the Springs Inn Cafe, enjoyed a 3 p.m. luncheon and then headed to the softball field for a hilarious game. Everyone from 3-year-olds to those 70-plus played.
In all, four generations were represented, as the family tree is leafed out to six generations.