the Quidnunc the Pyne family

30 August 2014

Having a great time at the reunion.

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Sarah Whitaker was elected as the new secretary and Brandi will remain as treasurer. Sean and Vaun are the hosts for next year’s reunion. The location is to be determined.

The auction is going well with Robert filling in for the absent Russell as auctioneer. The auction brought in nearly $400 more than we spent so far for this year’s reunion.

28 August 2014


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It has been a long process, but the Quidnunc is (mostly) resurrected.

We have gone through a long process of moving from an unsupported software package running on hardware that was rapidly failing, to updated, actively supported software on up-to-date hardware.

We are almost ready to launch the much requested Family Directory! In fact, you can start submitting your own entries now, just click on the “directory submission” link right up there in the top right corner. We are taking great pains to make sure that your information is visible only to verified family members by restricting access to registered users who have been vetted to make sure they are family, so you will have to register to see or add to the directory.

As time permits, look for more improvements to come. Next up is the ability to maintain your own directory entry without admin intervention.

7 January 2008

Leo Vincent Pyne – 2 September 1922 – 5 January 2008

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Leo Vincent Pyne, son of Hester Ethel Miller and Charles Fitch Pyne, born 2 September 1922 at Wendell, Gooding, Idaho, passed away 5 January 2008 at Provo, Utah, Utah.

Funeral Services will be held at the Twin Falls 4th Ward chapel, 667 Harrison St., Twin Falls, Idaho, at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2008. There will be a viewing at Hove-Robertson Funeral Chapel in Jerome, Idaho on Friday evening and at the chapel from 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. on Saturday. Interment will be at the Grandview Cemetery in Elba, Idaho following the funeral.

3 September 2007

2007 Pyne Family Reunion

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As the 2007 Pyne Family reunion winds down, it is time to start looking forward to next year.

Russell Pyne was elected vice president, and Brandi Whitaker was elected as secretary. Michael Whitaker volunteered to host the reunion next year, so start planning now to make the trek to Victor Idaho.

We had the best turnout in years with 87 people. Lets keep it growing. The auction brought in over $700.

3 April 2006

Jacob Harman – Pioneer

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The first permanent settlers in Sheridan Township were Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Harman, in March 1855. They lived first at Hickory Grove until building their new home. He raised corn and wheat. In 1856 he plowed a furrow from his home in Sheridan Township to Grinnell to guide other settlers.

The first marriage in Sheridan Township was that of Susan Harman and John Reberg. Uriah Jones officiated the ceremony. The first birth was of twin daughters, Lucy and Frances in 1859, to Mr. and Mrs. Jonas Harman. The first death was of Mrs. Hervey Coulsen, October 20, 1855. She was initially buried near Walnut Creek, then moved to the Kent Cemetery.

The first schoolhouse was built in Sheridan in 1858, on the south side of Hickory Grove. In a few years there were three school districts, then nine as was the usual pattern in Poweshiek County.

Sheridan Township was organized September 5, 1866, after first being a part of Bear Creek, Sugar Creek, Jefferson, Madison, Washington, Grinnell, and Chester Townships at different times. The first trustees were M.M. Snider, P.J. Stowells and Jacob Harman. A levy of 2 mils on the dollar was set for road purposes.

Early ministers preached at the school buildings. Rev. I.N. Busby was a Methodist minister assigned to northern Poweshiek County, preaching in schools in Sheridan, Ottawa, and Pleasant Prairie before the Methodist Church building was erected in 1877. The Evangelical Lutheran Trinity Church was built just across the township line in Malcom Township, and was served by a minister who also served a congregation just to the north of Sheridan Township. Many of the members of these congregations lived in Sheridan Twp.

The first cemetery was platted in Section 4. Some of the bodies were moved to where the church and its nearby cemetery were located when the church was built in Sheridan, and some to Grandview Cemetery in nearby Tama County. The Sheridan Post Office was established in 1877. The first general store was opened in 1887 by Steven Webster.

A real estate hoax was foisted on the public, based on a town called Ottawa City in the northeastern part of Section 12. The town was platted and many parcels sold, mostly to prospective settlers in the eastern United States, but no town was ever built.

(from Poweshiek County Iowa Historical and Genealogial Society)

28 December 2005

Abbie Barker Pyne – April 2, 1924 – December 22, 2005

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Abbie Barker Pyne was born April 2, 1924, at Elba, Cassia, Idaho, the daughter of John Edmund Barker and Teggie Harriet Ottley Barker, died December 22, 2005 at Sun City West, Maricopa, Arizona.

She moved to Jerome with her family in 1926 and was reared and educated in Jerome. Abbie married Leo Vincent Pyne at Jerome on Oct. 12, 1941, and the marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple April 3, 1961. They moved to Twin Falls in 1951, where they have since resided. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For 39 years, Abbie took a very active part in the Scouting program and received the Silver Beaver Award in 1977.

Survivors include her husband, Leo of Twin Fallls; one daughter, Mary-Lou Whitaker of Boise; four sons, Leo B. (Linda) of Montpelier, Robert B. (Linda) of Falcon, Colorado, Melvin B. (Jan) of Murtaugh and Richard B. of Provo, Utah. Also surviving are one sister, Iola Lee of Quartzsite, Arizona; 30 grandchildren and 82 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Kelvin, one grandson, one great-grandson, one brother and two sisters.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, December 30, 2005, 10:00 a.m. at the Twin Falls 4th Ward LDS Chapel, 667 Harrison St., Twin Falls, Idaho. Internment will be at the Elba Cemetary, Elba, Idhao, following the funeral.

Friends may visit from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, December 29, 2005, at Hove-Robertson Funeral Chapel, 629 E 3rd St., Jerome, Idaho, and one hour prior to the funeral at the church.

23 December 2005

Abbie Barker Pyne (1924 – 2005)

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I am saddened to have to tell you all that Mom passed away at 9:12 p.m., December 22, 2005, at Sun City West, Arizona.

Tentative plans are to have her funeral on Friday, December 30, 2005, in Twin Falls, Idaho, and Burial that day in the Elba, Idaho cemetary.

We appreciate all the support we have received from family and

Leo V. Pyne
Mary-Lou Whitaker
Leo B. Pyne
Robert B. Pyne
Melvin B. Pyne
Richard B. Pyne

5 October 2005

Guelph, Kansas, April 25, 1890

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Dear Sister

There is a bright and precious gem
Lovely to behold;

Guelph Kans
April 25, 90

Dear Sister

There is a bright and precious gem
Lovely to behold;
Tis seldom seen, and mostly when
We feel we are growing old.
Contentment is that little gem
And if you have it not
Take and cherish it and then
Happy be thy lot.

Your Brother

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17 July 2005

Announcing Jera Ann Bjornberg

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Jera Ann Bjornberg was born 17 July 2005 at 3:55 p.m. in Pocatello Idaho to Christopher Ryan and Lisa (Pyne) Bjornberg.

Lisa is the daughter of Richard Barker Pyne, son of Leo Vincent Pyne, son of Charles Fitch Pyne.

1 January 2005

2005 Pyne Reunion

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Mark your calendars and make your plans now for the 2005 Pyne Family Reunion

Who: All the family of Willaim Anderson Pyne
What: A chance to get reacquainted with all of the family
When: Labor Day Weekend, September 2 – 5, 2005
Where: Downata Hot Springs, Downey, Idaho
Why: Because we are a fun loving family

See you there!

If you have not recieved a postcard with this announcement, please send an email to rpyne at

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