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Letters 08/01/2017

posted Aug 2, 2017, 7:24 AM by Pam Ellingson
Photo of Claude Westerfield in the pulpit at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow NY .

It is with deep sadness I share the news of the passing of Claude Westerfield, who served as leader and president of the Dutch Cousins from 2005 to 2013.

LAST CHANCE!  BETTER HURRY!   We have some really special events included this year for the first time.
- For the pre-con event at the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort on Thursday evening September 7, Debra Renard, a DNA EXPERT will speak on what you might hope to learn from a DNA TEST.
- Friday, a brief business meeting and all day is packed with interesting information and networking time, family exhibits, silent auction, and that evening the keynote dinner speaker we all love, Vince Akers.
- Saturday, our excursion event will be to the Painted Stone Settlers reenactment of the Dutch involvement in the Long Run Massacre, and the evening keynote speaker/entertainer is Eddie Price, author of “Widder’s Landing”
- Sunday we return to the Old Mud Meetinghouse at Harrodsburg to participate in an 1800s style Reformed Dutch Service led by Russell Gasero. Archivist of the Reformed Church in America,in New Brunswick, NJ. He will be ably assisted by several of our own Dutch Cousins. (more about that soon)
- And all during the event our photographer Charlie Westerfield will be cranking away with the memorable photos of us all having a great time!
- Go to our official website to download the registration blank and newsletter and more complete information.

THE LOW DUTCH COUSINS ARE COMING TO FRANKFORT September  8-10,  2017.   Put it on your calendar now.

We will have special rates at CAPITAL PLAZA HOTEL - We loved it last time. 405 Wilkinson Blvd, Frankfort, Ky  Better call soon - only 30 rooms in our block.  502-227-5100  BE SURE TO GIVE THE GROUP CODE:  Dutch Cousins 2389

Our Treasurer Janice Cozine of Kentucky and the 2017 Gathering Coordinator Mr. Lynn Rogers of Ohio (and me - Oklahoma) are working out the details.  It will be memorable - we can guarantee you that!


SENT BY: carolyn (herself)
On Sunday September 10 we will caravan to Harrodsburg, a 45 minute drive, for photos and special 1800s worship service at the Old Mud Meetinghouse at 2 pm. The next day, The Harrodsburg Historical Society will have their Research Library and Dutch Archives open just for us from 10 am to 2 pm. Call or email the H-burg tourist office for their recommendation on where to stay. (859) 734-2364. or (800) 355-9192.

SENT BY: Just received word from Corey Westerfield that our beloved Claude LaDell Westerfield passed to a new life yesterday. More information when available.  Corey said his dad was out for a walk and just fell over. That was it.
Obituary for Claude L. Westerfield

Claude LaDell "Wes" Westerfield, 80, of Farragut, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at the Shenandoah Medical Center. Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 4, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the Nishna Valley Funeral & Cremation Service in Shenandoah with Gene Shelton giving the words of comfort. The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Thursday evening at the funeral home. Burial will take place at 3:00 p.m. Friday at the Unadilla Cemetery in Unadilla, Nebraska with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established in Claude's name.

share a memory with the family here:

Claude was always the driving force behind the family gatherings. first with the Westerfield family and then with all the Dutch Cousins. He always had a hug and a smile for everyone and he shared his personal faith and love of God. He will certainly be missed at the gathering in September.


SENT BY: Greg Huber, who spoke at the Gathering in 2015 about the Dutch building structures. He has a new book out:
my particular barn study areas of southeast Pennsylvania, the eastern river valleys of New York State, northern New Jersey and certain areas in New England. Hello – my name is Greg Huber – I am an architectural barn and house historian and I have documented many thousands of buildings, particularly barns, in the past 40 plus years.

The Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania - Architecture and Preservation - Built 1750 to 1900 by Greg Huber
His book is available on


Carolyn Leonard
president, Dutch cousins of Kentucky
Now preparing for 9/8/2017 Dutch Cousins Gathering

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