Noble 2005 Family Reunion
Westfield and Amherst, MA

August 12-13, 2005

The 2005 Noble family reunion was held again in Massachusetts, in the towns of Westfield and Amherst. .  This is the third time in the past  four years the reunion has been held this area.  Family members began to arrive at 8:45 AM on Saturday in front of the Westfield library.  At 9 o'clock everyone went into the library basement conference room.  Old friends met new friends and the next half hour was taken up with getting acquainted.    Carol Benner, our reunion coordinator, had done her usual wonderful job with name tags and binders for everyone.  A business meeting was held with discussions of future reunions, and the election of officers for the Noble-Warriner Family Association.  It was agreed that the 2006 reunion would be in Iowa in late July or early August..  Ron Kuhnel then gave a photo presentation of a recent trip he and Melanie Kuhnel had taken to Egypt earlier this year.  After this we departed for Stanley Park and had a picnic lunch in this beautiful setting.   After a great meal, with only one pesky bee this year,  everyone adjourned for the short trip to Amherst to visit the Jones Library and research the papers of Lucias Boltwood, the author of the definitive genealogical work on the Noble Family.  We were provided the opportunity to examine his original research papers, and a number of members were able to obtain valuable genealogical data.   From there we proceeded to dinner at the Royal Buffet.   Day 2 consisted of a trip to Noble View where we had a presentation by Gary Forish, then a group photo was taken (click HERE for that photo), a visit to a nearby cemetery where some Nobles are buried, and on to lunch and dinner engagements where much socializing was done.   Photos of the reunion follow.

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Westfield Library

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Arriving at library

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Picking up binders

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Bruce Cortis

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Following are photos of the picnic in Stanley Park, everyone meeting at the Westfield Library to begin the second day, and the trip to Noble View.

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Picnic at Stanley Park

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More picnic arrivals

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Even still more arrivals

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Carol, Wally, Melanie

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Bruce Cortis and wife

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Paying the bill at the Royal Buffet (a real bargain)

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Gathering on the steps of the library

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More arrivals

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Westfield library

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The road to Noble View starts here in Westfield

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Ralph Cortis and Bob Benner
 arrive at Noble View

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Gary Forish tells about Noble View

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Gary tells about Noble View.  This beautiful site is owned and operated by the Berkshire Chapter of  the Appalachian Mountain Club.  

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Ralph Cortis

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Patricia Bishop. Melanie Cindy Sadowski Boucher

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Bob and Carol Benner

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Gary Forish tells about Noble View

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Patricia Bishop was the winner of the drawing for the  beautiful wall hanging made and donated by Carol Benner

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Robyn and Tyler Boucher with Noble View sign

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Group Photo (click on it for names of everyone)

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Main Club House

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Old house


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Melanie Kuhnel in  the Albert Noble House
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New construction in main club house

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Back of Main Club House

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Wood from property for sale to support site

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coming back from a walk

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Kitchen scene in Albert Noble House with Tyler Boucher

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Kitchen area in Albert Noble House

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Tyler and Ryan Boucher pumping water.  
Yes the pump really works!

From Noble View we went to a small cemetery where some Nobles are buried.  Then we had lunch at the Russell Inn and after some free time we had dinner at Take Five in Feedings Hills.

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Next to the cemetery is a wolf trap.  It consists of a deep hole with the side tapering outward. When the wolf falls in it cannot climb out.

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Russell Inn (lunch)

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Betty and Wally 

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Bruce Cortis

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Ralph Cortis

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Carol and Bob Benner

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Ron and Melanie Kuhnel

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Bill Benner

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Bruce Cortis and Melanie Kuhnel do genealogy work at the home of Bruce Cortis

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Margaret and David Peschau

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at Take 5 in Feeding Hills

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Ralph Cortis

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Bruce Cortis and Melanie Kuhnel

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Melanie and Ron Kuhnel