Schelin family celebrates 145 years

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Members of the Schelin family gather around the farm that served as the family home for 145 years for a recent reunion. Calisse Papen photo

Historic family home center of activities

Seventy-nine people, in the womb to 90 years of age, from Connecticut to Colorado and Florida to Iowa, came to celebrate the Schelin history recently at the family farm east of Monett

The Schelin family story in southwest Missouri began when Anders Sjolin and Eva Sophia Larsdotter Rastrom emigrated from Kallna, Skane, Sweden to Brooklyn, New York, 1869, via the Bethel Ship. They came to Verona, Missouri in 1874.

The family gathering began on May 25 as 49 people enjoyed lunch at the Linda and Harold Schelin Jr. home. Some played golf that afternoon and others toured the Monett Historical Museum guided by Mark Henderson who had done some research on the Globe Post office where Andrew Schelin was postmaster, as well as owner of his tailor shop, for nine years.

That evening, 63 people dined at Angus Branch Steakhouse and perused a lengthy family tree, created by Peggy Schelin Jude, marking the eight children of Andrew and Eva showing descendants, spouses, and their children to the fifth generation.

On Sunday, more than 60 family members met at the Spring River Cemetery to view 29 graves, all adorned with Swedish flags placed earlier by Corin Patel, Iella Schelin Patel, and Ava Schelin.

Harold Schelin Jr. and Victor Schelin spoke briefly and a new stone was unveiled as cremains of Grace Schelin Kunz were interred and cremains of Florence Schelin Haefele, Ernest Wayne Schelin, Jane Wight Schelin, and Davye Dawn Haefele Carter, Charles M. Kunz and Charles M. Kunz II were spread in the same area. These were all descendants of Ernest and Edna Schelin.

The names of nine veterans were announced as Miriam Schelin Childers tolled a bell for each one.

The afternoon of May 26 was spent at the farm with 79 people feasting on a catered meal by Prime Cut and two cakes honoring the occasion, as well as the 90th birthday of Jennie Lee Means Schelin.

Guests toured inside the home enjoying the many items of special remembrance through-out the house. Young ones played games outside while others enjoyed visiting with those not seen since the last reunion in 1999. Several searched for people to complete a scavenger hunt.

Some picked up their Schelin family history book of 123 pages full of stories told by Jennie Lee and photos graphically created by Rebecca Schelin Patel.

"Three months of planning through conference calls and emails provided such a delightful time, we have decided to do it again in five years," said Linda Schelin.