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my (and Diane's and Anna's) photos from the 2012 Clare
Family Reunion in and around Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, home of Dollywood ,with
great views of The Smoky Mountains and lots of fun things to do and see.
Special thanks to the combined efforts
of Kelley Reinfelds, Diane Everitt, my mother Mary, her sister Margie, who also
brought this sign, Bev Rutten and Cathy Conway, who organized
this reunion, almost everyone in the 136 photographs
on this page — selected from my 1,947 reunion shots — are now identified and
me with any questions, comments or corrections. Diane Everitt, who realized
he was missing from this page, tracked down her photo of Ian
Greiner, which may be the last photo
added to this page.
Thank you, all who helpd make this page
A Short History
Reunions - info by Marge Sweeney
July 16-23 1983 -
Estes Park YMCA Camp.
July 12-14 1991 - Howard's motel in Albia, Iowa — 60
of us were there.
1993 - Howard's motel in Branson, Missouri
2008 - Estes Park in Colorado, again — 70
Clares there — my
photo page of the 2008 reunion
2012 near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee - 64 of us
Mom, Margie and Anna are working on
official group photos from past reunions, which will be on another
the time, I hung out in the Great Room in The Lodge, where families with children
stayed in one or another of 15 rooms on the first, second and third floors — and
there was still plenty of room left over for a medium-sized kitchen, a couple
game rooms, a dining area and a great Great Room. It was the social center of
the 2012 Clare Family Reunion, and those who didn't live there, visited often
Susan McClellen, Collette Conway McClellen's
mother-in-law, and Cathy Conway, with Diane Everitt and daughter Kelsey
Meat Is Murder
John T. (Many call him "Jack.") and Collette
Brenna Goode, Pauls Reinfelds, Aerin
Reinfeldcs, Marc Goode and Isadora Goode practice American Sign Language.
Bev & Russ
Russ and Beverly Rutten with Jack Hoffman
and Marge Sweeney behind.
Sittin' and Smilin'
Peg Haluska with Howard Greiner, widower
of Lois Clare Greiner ,who was Harold J. and Emily Clare's third child.
Howard is father of Cathy Conway, Beverly Rutten, Tom, Doug, Clare and Peter
Jared Connor & Jay Culbertson
These two have been best friends since
long before they met and married Jennifer and Joyce.
Grace Conway, Sean and Barb Conway's
daughter, talks with Jennifer Connor, Tom and Patsy's daughter.
Kelsey, Diane, Mary and Anna
Dale and Clare
Dale with his wife, Clare. Not
the only person named Clare at the reunion, because there's Mary Clare Compton
and Marjorie Clare Compton, who got their last names from Harold James Clare
and Emily Clare.
Todd At Rest
Of Todd and MaryAnn Mathis
Of Phil and Diane
John T Compton
and his only daughter, MaryAnn Mathis
and Anna Palmer's right legs. Each was injured on the same day at about the same
time in the same bodily place by passenger side doors of different cars, as they
tried to exit. Mom's wouldn't stop bleeding for hours. Anna's healed quickly.
Mary Compton and whom she called "my
Nurse Barb Conway is married to Sean,
son of John and Cathy, daughter of Lois and Howard Greiner.
Barb Conway attends Mary Clare Compton
My mother Mary bleeding into
a pan of water while Barb attempts to staunch the flow. It took
awhile. The doctor at Smoky Mountains Urgent Care, where we took Mom the next
day, told her that whoever did those bandages could have a job there, immediately,
whenever she wanted — they were so professionally done.
Oh, Grandma — Mary Compton and
After she and several other unidentified
hands had thoroughly explored Mary's head where it had bled worse than her leg
probably still was, her granddaughter Jennifer showed concern.
Play around much outside, and you were
likely to accumulate a tick or two. Here two responsible adults pull a tick from
Grace Conway's head. Those adults are Bev Rutten and Grace's mom, Barb Conway's.
Jack — also known as John T — and Mary
Longest-lasting couple at the reunion.
They've been married 69 years (I can usually remember that number. It's my age
plus one.) And they will celebrate 70 years of marriage in September 2013 — probably
quietly. Their 50th Anniversary was gala and packed the church hall with long-time
friends and family, but that was pre-Internet, or I'd link you to more pictures.
Marc Goode, husband of Brenna, father
of Isadora and Gunner
Anna & J
R - photo by Patsy Compton
Several people this reunion were kind
enough to include me in photos — this time using my camera, so I
am represented among the Clare hoard. J R is the first son of John
T. and Mary Compton, and Anna is my girlfriend of seven years and two reunions.
Mark & Rhonda Sweeney and Mark's sister
John M. Compton
Of John and Julie and Jackson. John is
Mary and John T Compton's third son.
Fellow Photographer Laughing
Susan McClellen and Collette Conway McClellan
The Oldest and The Youngest at the Reunion
The Oldest, 98, & the
Youngest (8 months) at the Clare Family Reunion: John T Compton (my father) and
Laila Kate Reinfelds, with hands left & right from Mary Clare Compton and
the youngest's grandmother, Kelley Reinfelds. I chose this one among a half dozen,
because of the hands in the picture. I love hands in my photographs.
Jennifer and Jared Connor's daughter
Maizy and Karen Sweeney and Steve Clark's son, Jack
Collette, daughter of John and Cathy
Conway, and Fiona McClellen, daughter of Matt and Collette
Thinking About Pool
One of the ongoing dramas was finding
and keeping all fifteen pool balls, which had the habit of disappearing under
various pieces of furniture in the area. The cabin-renters charge a hefty fee
if anything is lost or damaged, and it's difficult to play real pool games with
fewer billiard balls.
One of twins impossible to tell apart,
Nigel or Noah, son of Peter and Lisa Greiner, and Fiona McClellen
Brenna (daughter of John and Cathy) and
Mark Goode' s child
Cooper, son of Joyce and Jay Culbertson,
Maya and Maizy, daughters of Jennifer and Jared Connor
Will and Jack Clark, sons of Karen and
Jared Connor with his children,Maya and
"The Broom Triplets"
Two are twins, of course, with
another brother who is older, but they dressed similarly and got brooms out
and were often effective with them. All are Peter and Lisa Greiner's kids.
Isaac Greiner is the older one up front. The other two are Nigel and Noah, and
somebody can probably tell them apart, but not any of the namers for this page.
Gunner, Lisa, Nigel/Noah and Sofia
These Clares are Gunner Goode, Lisa Greiner,
married to Peter, and their children, Nigel or Noah and Sofia.
Anna Palmer holds Collin McClellen,
son of Collette and Matt.
Gunner Goode, son of Brenna and Marc
Maya Connor, daughter of Jared and Jennifer,
with Laila Reinfelds, daughter of Kelley and Pauls
Standing on the Table
Moments later, when he realized what
was happening right in front of them, Jared Everitt (left) rushed over to take
Jack down from the table. To Jared's left are Erin Sweeney, daughter of Mark
and Rhonda, Kelsey Everitt, and that's Jack Clark on the table — briefly.
Looks like Karen Clark in pink, so
the striped one is Will Clark, then Steve Clark, and finally, Karen's big sister,
Green Sipper & Dad
Either Noah or Nigel Greiner, son of
Peter and Lisa Greiner
Allison Ockenfels (a Goode babysitter)
feeding Gunner Goode
Either Nigel or Noah Greiner and his
Paper Towel Dispenser
Rearranging the Chairs
I'm sure somebody will tell me who this budding arranger
is, but I watched him carefully lay chair after chair over on their backs and
move them around. Not sure why, but I admire his industriousness. Nigel or Noah
Slap Hands Laughing
Collette's husband Matt and their son
Aerin and and her father Pauls Reinfelds,
husband of Kelley, who is daughter of John and Cathy Conway, who is daughter
of Lois Clare Greiner and Howard Greiner.
Grace Conway, daughter of Sean and Barb;
and Sofie Reinfelds, daughter of Kelley and Pauls
Ian Greiner and Mary Compton
I don't know how I managed to miss
photographing Ian, but thanks to Diane Everitt for this shot of him talking to
my mother. Ian's parents are Peter and Lisa Greiner. Peter is Howard and Lois
Clare Greiner's son,
One of the twins, Noah or Nigel Greiner
Isadora and J R
Isadora Goode, daughter of Brenna and
Marc Goode, and J R, who took most of these photos,, including this one. Love
the mysterious attitude she's adopted.
Gunner Goode floats after something.
Noah and Nigel Greiner, at one of the
few times we could tell them apart, if we only knew their individual personalities.
Of Jennifer and Jared
Aerin Reinfelds of Kelley and Pauls
I think Isadora was
practicing for the Talent Show, but maybe she was just playing. Looking on is
Sean Conway, someone else and Tommy Greiner.
Kelley and Pauls' daughter, had been
crawling on her elbows for awhile already, so when her parents put her down on
the floor, that's what they expected to see and show the gathered Clares.
Instead, she crawled like any kid would, and away quickly. This is not then.
Later, I saw her in her talented, other,
elbow-crawling style. Like this, crawling quickly on elbows and knees on this
comparatively soft carpet.
Joyce with Twins Spencer and Cooper
or Cooper and Spencer, When
one of them quit talking, Joyce would reach around, put her fingers over his
lips and 'talk' for him.
Mary's Clare Song
Mary Compton, Marjorie Sweeney and Clare Compton,
Uncle Howard Tells A Story
All Together Now
Mariah and Andrea Roller, non-Clare sisters
who came as Kit's friends, perform with two of the usual Clare suspects, Isadora
Goode and Grace Conway.
Wiggling Their Ears
John T. Compton and Anna Palmer wiggling
The T-shirt Anna is wearing shows Mary,
Marge, their late siblings Jim and Lois's parents Harold
James and Emily Brian Clare at their Homestead outside of Douglas, Wyoming
(fifty miles east of Casper) in 1918. My mother had so dearly wanted to wear
a T-shirt with her parents' pictures on it, that I got Jared Connor, who designed
the official, green, 2012 Clare Reunion shirts, to help get the minimum one dozen
early-Clare photo shirts printed as a gift for my Mom.
The Tongue Folders
It's not really a talent, but
those who could fold their tongues back were presented in the talent show, which
was introduced as not being a competition. But it was a show. Here,
variously wagging , resting and sticking out and folding their tongues are Collette
McClellen, Tom Compton and his daughter, Joyce Culbertson, Diane Everitt and
her mother Marjorie Sweeney.
Joyce Culbertson, Tongue-Folder
A tongue-folder-upper up close. Daughter
of fellow tongue-folder Tom Compton who's at her right in the photo above. Note
also mother-daughter tongue-folders, Marge and Diane Sweeney, in floral and green
Bending Over Backwards
Diane Everitt's daughter Kelsey and son
Jared do a little tumbling.
A Little Fiddling
Goode family babysitter, Allison Ockenfels
with a very small violin.
a small part of the crowd of 64 Clares
present. Isadora Goode is in the front row with sisters Joyce and Jennifer and
Jennifer's daughter Maya.
daughter of Margie and the late Gene Sweeney, is mother of Jack and Will and
married to Steve Clark.
Paige Greiner, Peter and
Lisa's oldest daughter
Patsy Compton Smiling
She doesn't just use it for photographs.
I have seen Patsy smiling that big, beautiful smile many, many times, and I treasure
seeing it, every time.
Dale Patrick and his mom Mary Clare Compton
Photo by Anna Palmer
Sean and Barb Map It Out
Sean is the son of Cathy and John Conway,
married to Barb, and together they are parents of Kitty and Grace.
And It Stands for Pool
Kit Conway, daughter of Sean and Barb,
with friend Andrea Roller
Three Bugs in a Rug
Jared Everitt, son of Diane and
Phil Everitt; Jackson Compton, son of John Compton and Julie Clifton, and
Erin Sweeney, daughter of Mark and Rhonda
Bugs in Daylight
Jared, Grace Conway, daughter of Sean
and Bard; Erin and Jackson
Sean Conway, Reinfelds nanny Katie Loksa
and Laila Reinfelds
Daughter of Russ and Bev Rutten.
Sisters — The Elder Clares
Margie Clare Sweeney and Mary Clare
Compton, the surviving daughters of Harold James and Emily Brian Clare.
Tom and Patsy Compton help teach sign
language to friends, Kit and Bev
John T. and Tommy G.
Rhonda Sweeney, Diane, Erin Sweeney —
daughter of Mark and Rhonda, Kelsey
and Jared Everitt
Tom Greiner, Dale Patrick andClare
Comptons on the Porch The Last Night
Left to right: John M. Compton, his
significant other, Julie Clifton, my significant other Anna Palmer, and Clare
and Dale Compton
Late Night Cards
Jared Connor at computer; Joyce and Jay
Culbertson, Brenna Goode, Karen Clark and Jennifer Connor
Let Them Eat Cake
Each family took a turn at making dinner.
Breakfast was usually "on your own" and lunch was "catch as catch
one time, early in the reunion, a list of Evening Meals included: Sun - Rutten/Greiner;
Mon - Compton; Tues - Sweeney; Wed - Conway.
Alone in the Kitchen
events sheet on the bulletin wall that I photographed but never read, although
I did help gather and wash dishes a couple times, was titled Trash -
Sun- Conway, Mon Rutten/Greiner,; Tues - Compton; Wed - Sweeney; Thurs - All.
Alone in this
photo is Joyce Culbertson.
Some of the Breakfast Foods
What Was Left of the Watermelon That
The Food Line
Joyce Culbertson and Collette McClellan,
someone who may just remain unidentified and Jennifer Connor.
The Usual Kitchen Melee
I chose this shot, because it had the
most people in one picture of all similar kitchen mob pix. But I know more people
than that crammed into that space. I count 19.
I don't know how many cherries I pitted
by thumbs, but it was too many, by far. Later, someone who actually cooks, instead
of just making the occasional salad, told me how to do it much quicker and easier
next time. Don't remove the stems first; pull them out together. Someday I'll
Presenting the Clare Affair 2012 Cake
Steve Clark, of Karen and Steve,
presents the reunion cake, as Collette McClellan watches.
Isaac Greiner, son of Peter and Lisa
helps while standing on special kitchen stilts.
Every time I drove by this monstrous
absurdity — not quite as big as real buildings, but big nonetheless, I thought
I should photograph it. Finally, I did. Anna and I didn't go to Dollywood, but
I thought this was close enough.
Finding Free Parking Downtown
We enjoyed lunch downtown and strained
to find a parking place till Todd suggested we go to Friday's, because they had
free parking if we bought dinner, and we did.
Anna just had to fly, so we went with
Peg Haluska and Howard Greiner, Marge Sweeney and Jack Hoffman. Here's Anna,
Jack and Marge swooping down toward over the river across the treed area
to a horse barn.
Margie and Jack. Peg and I weren't that interested, and besides, then who'd
take the pictures?
Jelly Fish at the Aquarium
We heard people extolling the virtues
of Ripley's Smoky Mountain Aquarium, saying they'd read it
was better than California's Monterey Aquarium. It is big,
has a lot of pretty fish, and even glassed-in tunnels that let kids climb
into some aquariums, but it lacks the breadth, scope and extended beauty of the
Monterey institution. We've seen both, and San Francisco is still better than
MaryAnn and Todd Dangling on the Chair
First we went up a long, slow, and terrifying
to some, cable car, then we took these chair lifts to the top, where there were
Bluegrass musicians, big green bugs, cool breezes and great views.
We Saw Bears
We saw bears out the cable car windows
from high over this extra-charge bears-only zoo. But only for a few
seconds, and I think those two black bears were asleep, with
just three humans in attendance around their technicolor habitat. A chance encounter.
Mountain Top View of Mountain Tops
I think Anna (second or third from left)
is the only person in this photo whom I know, although I got used to having
mountain tops in our views for about a week. Pretty place, and the Bluegrass
music nice. Seemed to go together. It was cooler and breezier
on top, and we could see for miles and miles and miles.
The Putt-Putt Dragon
I am drawn to dragons, even though putt-putting
in the 100+ degree heat did not appeal.
clear, sharp memory from this reunion was someone, I think an adult
male, announcing a game of "Second-cousin Twister" about to begin. The
several adults around me all laughed, but I didn't go there to photograph it,
and I should have.
What 'Cha Doin?
A small part of the more or less organized
goings-out-and-doing-something with family. Lots to do, although I don't
see shopping listed.
The Great Water Baloon Fight
and Grace Conway getting ready
dyed tied T-shirts, a few brave souls began filling balloons with
water for the Great Water Balloon Fight up the hill on the other side of The
Lodge. We missed that event entirely, but Diane Everitt was there with
Essentially, it was the kids on the left
— a.k.a., "The Hatfields"
Joyce Culbertson, Sofia Reinfelds, Maya
Connor, Collette McClellen, Andrea Roller [friend], Fiona McClellen,
Allison Ockenfels [babysitter], Isadora Goode and Susan McClellen also taking
pictures. Watching from a safe distance and behind the wood barrier were: Mike
and Marisa Kast, Mary and Jack Compton, Jack Hoffman and Marge Sweeney, Tom Compton,
Cathy Conway, Patsy and Jennifer Compton.
verses the kids on the right — a.k.a., "The
Left to right in the foreground: are
Grace Conway (in red striped swimsuit), Colin McClellen, Kitty Conway, Mariah
(mostly hidden by Kitty], Logan McClellen and Karen
Clark with sons Will and Jack. Watching from probably too close behind
are Sean Conway, Susan McClellen, Marc Goode and Steve Clark's sister Debbie.
Comuning with the Water Spirits
Jack Clark, not quite understanding
the concept of water balloons.
... and a
few adults engaging in more serious water exchanges
I heard (J R speaking here.) the beginning
of this adventure days before the event. It seemed then that nostalgic
adults were more excited about staging another
famous family water fight than the littler kids. But their enthusiasm
quickly spread among all ages. Here Kelley Reinfelds and Jay Culbertson get fierce
and wet in a ferocious exchange of H-two-O.
... with the more well-deserving of
them getting totally soaked.
Checking out the ice box is Logan McClellen,
standing well behind, holding a large, white trash can and laughing uproarously
is John Conway. Hidden almost invisibly behind the central figure of Jay Culbertson
in wet black is, well, we're not sure yet, In the lower right corner of this
photo by Diane Everitt is Grace Conway, and above her and on the right edge of
the photo still exploring her wetness is babbysitter Allison Ockenfels],
Pieces of Colors
And lots of projects, crafts
and other activities around The Lodge every day.
White Elephant Game
Logan McClellan, Victor with The Sword
Of course, we like
the version of the White Elephant game that my mom started the family on many
years ago, but we weren't in charge, so we went along. Some children got the
rules quickly. Others had difficulty with stealing their winnings.
while most of the adults considered it all in fun, Logan was only too happy to
take this very popular sword from the won originally won and unwrapped it.
The First Winner
Unfortunately, Sofia Reinfelds (daughter
of Kelley and Pauls) didn't understand the rule about stealing White
Elephant gifts, and really wanted to keep her sword, which was a very popular
elephant. Several adults attempted to explain the situation, but she clearly
did not understand.
Anna and I sat near Logan, but we felt
for Sofie whose prize had been stolen, and we wondered if the game rules might
be changed for younger kids who have been taught not to steal.
Sofie Reinfelds and Isadora Goode at either
end of the hose, which was another surprisingly popular elephant.
Watching The White Elephant
Cathy Conway, Russ and Bev Rutten, Bev's
daughter Marisa, and her husband Mike Kast getting into the game
Tie Dye Hands
Anna Palmer of J R and Anna
A Wrist Called Hope
Left to right, counting everybody: Joyce
Culbertson, Marge Sweeney, Mariah Roller and Kelsey Everitt
friend of the family, Mariah Roller
In Protective Plastic
Kelsey Everitt and Collette McClellan
Brenna, Isadora and Gunner Goode play
tickle and laugh on that big soft rug.
Playing With Time
One of "the Greiner Triplets," and
our best guess is it's either Nigel or Noah. We wonder whether even Peter and
Lisa can tell them apart. They must.
Isadora Goode in Pillow Bed
King John & Prince
The sign upper left on the fridge implores
Clares to "Eat Left-Overs!!" John Compton, son of Mary and Jack, with
his son, Jackson.
Scabbard vs. Sword
Allison Ockenfels and Logan McClellen play
with the scabbord that was almost as popular as that sword.
Saying Goodbye to Mary and Jack
At first Mary and Jack Compton had said
they weren't even coming, citing various issues and conditions. Then they decided
they couldn't not go, so though they did not spend the whole week of the reunion,
they came for a few days, and that was amazing and fun.
Tunnel Through the Mountains
Pledging to do The Next Reunion
Late the last night, an informal discussion
buzzed around the chairs in the big room with maybe a half dozen
or so Clares scattered around muttering about who would do the next reunion.
After some murmuring about figuring that out could wait, I reminded everyone
that the next organizers have always been announced by the end of the current
I've been to all of these, and that is my recollection,
but mostly I didn't want such an important matter to get further procrastinated.
It'd be too easy, and whoever would end up doing it, needs all the time they
can get. It's a major energy soak, of course, but time is also a major
ingredient. The more, the better.
Diane (of Phil & Diane) and I (of Anna and
J R) did
it one year, and Marge & Mary, who'd done the previous one,
gave us each a big rock for our time and effort. Imagine having to explain that
to airport security. It was comparatively easy for us, once Patsy gave us a block
of YMCA rooms she'd got from another group that had planned to stay there, and
Mary and Marge helped considerably, because they were used to running it. Etc.
And we loved our rocks. I still have mine in the corner
of some room here.
After more intermittent discussion, the talented
and apparently well-organized Conway' sisters (Kelley Conway Reinfelds and Brenna
Conway Goode) stepped to the 'stage' area, stood with their right hands raised
in oath position and promised they would do the next reunion.
Weary Greiner Sisters
Cathy of John & Cathy Conway and
Bev of Bev
& Russ Rutten organized this one, and boy am I sure they're happy to have
finally finished their job.
Mapping The HIlls
(John T. Compton) almost always knows which direction is which, wherever he is
(a handy skill for a pilot flying into Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941) but
I am direction- and location- impaired.
We had a devil of a time with the maps
provided by the cabin-rental place, and I had uncommon difficulties with hairpin
My brother Dale went out of his way to
find the Smoky Mountain road with the most such turns, that's been featured in
several motorcycle movies. And I understand he loved driving it, even in that
little renta-car they had instead of motorcycles this trip.
Raccoon in the Trash
Leaving our cabin early in the reunion,
we saw this guy picking precisely through the garbage after opening the outdoor
cabinet with its cute little opposing thumbs.
While "The Lodge," where most
of these photos were taken, sometimes looked and sounded like Bedlam, the smaller-group
cabins some adults-without-children were shunted off to was almost always quiet
and serene. There was a hot tub on the middle back porch and Jacuzzis instead
of furniture in the rooms.
We were tipped off early that one could
— if one were interested — see through the fireplaces into the supposedly
private room on the other side. We covered ours with a towel.
View from Kay Bee's Kabin
The view goes on forever, past big hills,
past a posh neighborhood with huge lawns under what looks from here like a little
white water tower on the left
— all of which I explored with my big telephoto — and on, to the
smoking mountains beyond. Most of my photos were taken at the lodge, with brief
mind vacations to Kay Bee's Kabin.
One of the Dreaded Spiral Stairways
One of the most distressing elements
of those otherwise elegant and strangely decorated (Ours had Country Western
memorabilia like posters, a bird house and other assorted decor) were these narrow
(so narrow one person and one suitcase was a challenge; I can only imagine multiple
suitcasery and children.) stairways.
I usually went up or down very carefully,
often using my hands on the next steps to keep me from tumbling down like Alice
The last Clare Family Reunion page.
images copyright 2012 by J R Compton.
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Clare Family Members who are in any of
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may copy or download any of these photographs
for their own use.
If any Clare at the reunion wants to
make larger prints, I will happily email them the full-size original image file
for any of my photos on this page. No charge.
Meanwhile, I will entertain
suggestions, corrections or names for the yet-unidentified.
Almost all of these photographs were shot
with my trusty little Panasonic Lumix G2. None, I believe, used flash, so the
lighting you see here was as it was. How did I get such candid
shots? I outlasted them. I stayed at The Lodge long enough for almost every wary
Clare to settle in and get used to me poking my camera at them and going "click." I
asked early and often for "no
pointing, no smiles," but I got both, and plenty decent shots.
If you have questions or quibbles,