Former and present Rimbey residents gathered together last weekend for a great time of reminiscing, visiting and simply getting together.
Close to 300 people attended the 60th anniversary reunion of the Rimbey & District Old Timers’ As- sociation held at the Peter Lougheed Community Cen- tre Sat., June 20.
A short program began at 2 p.m. following lunch.
The class of ’65 was featured and a good representation gathered on stage for introductions and a brief message.
The Langmuir family was recognized as the pioneer family. A power point presentation on this interesting family was given by Walter Langmuir’s daughter, Darlene.
Allan Langmuir, who was born in Glasgow, Scotland, came to the Rimbey area in 1900. He married Daisy Tegart, a teacher in the area, in 1915. They set up a homestead in the Forshee area. The couple had nine children, Allan, Lillian, Alexander (Sandy), Walter, Ivor, Robert, Tom, Bertha and Edward.
In her presentation, Darlene noted that Allan Langmuir had wallpapered the Beatty House and worked on the construction of the Anglican Church, which is now at Pas Ka Poo Park.
As well as their children, descendants from Allan and Daisy Langmuir include 39 grandchildren, 87 great-grandchildren, 79 great-great grandchildren and one great-great-great grandchild.
About 53 descendants, representing four generations of Langmuirs, attended the event including siblings 95 year-old Walter Langmuir, 98 year-old Lillian Hawkings and 84 year-old Edward Langmuir.
Carol Carruthers from Rimbey, whose father was Alexander Langmuir said she was pleased so many from the family attended the event.
As in the past, the reunion proved to be an opportunity too good to pass up for many people who have made the event a priority over the years.
Marlene Beierbach from Calgary graduated from Rimbey in 1966. She looks forward to the reunion as an opportunity to see her old friends.
“It really is amazing,” she said.
Beierbach’s father, Ed, passed away in 2005 and her mother lives in Calgary.
Walter Langmuir and his wife, Margaret came from Creston, B.C.
“It’s been wonderful, it really has,” said Margaret. “We’ve been looking forward to it.”
Ken Donnelly from Edmonton said the reunion is always something he looks forward to.
“It makes your year, it really does.”
Dan Tessari who began his career as a teacher in Rimbey, said the town became very special and dear to him during his time here.
Gladys Johnson, past president of Rimbey & District Old Timers’ Association said she was pleased with the event.
“It was very successful, and we had a very good turnout with quite a large number from the pioneer family who showed up.”