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The Spiker Family Gazette

     Oxford, WVVolume 16       Issues 1-3January-March 2022       
In This Issue

     I've finished publishing Jake and Gay's Courting Letters. Well, at least for now. (See "In Case You Missed It" links below.) There are a few more things I'd like to include, but I am taking a temporary break from writing our monthly newsletter in order to "visit the neighbors." The "door" is unlocked, so feel free to stop by any time and explore the "house" while I'm away. I'm certain there is a lot you haven't seen. 

     Of course, if you have a story or photo to contribute, I am more than happy to publish it. In the meantime, I'll continue to drop by every now and then with updates like this:

     The 2022 Spiker Family Reunion is scheduled for Sunday, May 29. Consider joining the Early Birds who will begin arriving on Saturday. Lots of fun around the property and the campfire. The schedule remains the same.

     Mike has reminded us that we really need items for the auction this year. As you know, the proceeds cover the cost of the main meal (the chickens, charcoal, marinade, etc.,) and the balance goes to fund the perpetual upkeep of the South Fork Baptist Church Cemetery. Any questions, please contact Mike or Mark.

     Remember to also bring a covered-dish item, drinks, lawn chairs, and bug spray. Some will be bringing fishing gear, the "makings for S'mores," ATVs, and favorite lawn games. What are you going to bring?

     Bobbi Spiker-Conley
     Editor - The Spiker Family Gazette


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ICYMI -- Recently Published Issues

     November 2020A shoebox stuffed with letters and cards addressed to our grandparents, Jake Spiker and Gay Zinn is opened and the contents revealed. Follow along as we open their "Courting Letters" from 1905 through 1907.

     December 2020 - Gay sends first Christmas Greeting Card to her sweetheart, Jake Spiker.

     January 2021 - Gay and Jake begin writing almost daily letters to one another. Gay "quits" her other beaus.

     February 2021 - The valentines Jake and Gay sent to one another were not what we expected. See pics.

     March 2021 - Untangling the numerous hidden messages in the courting letters. 

     April 2021 - The Secrets of Courthouse Cave in Harrisville, WV

     May 2021 - Local Courtships and Marriages, and Rumors and Gossip.

     June 2021 - Gay Zinn marries Jake Spiker

     July 2021 - Sweet declarations of love close almost every letter.

     August 2021 - Gay Zinn's Adventures with the Horses

     September 2021 - Sickness, Injuries and Deaths

     October 2021 - What's Happening at the School and Churches

     November 2021 - What's Happening with the Weather and in the Community

     December 2021 - What's Happening at Work and at Home