The 23rd reunion of the descendants of Johann Karl Ernst Menzel was held Sunday, July 12, 2009 at St. John Lutheran Church, Lincoln, Texas, with 135 in attendance.
All eight families of the children of JKE and Louise Menzel were represented and came from as far away as Port Arthur, Lubbock, Thorndale, Serbin and places in between.
After a devotion led by Pastor Dale Bohm of St. John Lutheran Church, Lincoln, a delicious meal of roast beef and all the trimmings was enjoyed by all.
Allen Menzel of Austin presided over the business meeting.
Highlights of the business meeting included recognition of the oldest member present, Mrs. Hermine Zoch of Northrup who is 96 years old.
The family tree maintained by Donald Pratho now shows 1894 descendants of the family who emigrated to Serbin in 1858.
Election of officers was held with Allen Menzel elected as President, Gary Rupp, Vice President, Donald Pratho Historian, Cheryl Petersen, Secretary and Clarence Weiser, Treasurer.
The next Menzel reunion will be held on July 10, 2011 at St. John Lutheran Church, Lincoln.