Flashback Friday Encore: Descendants of Jay Ames, One of the Last Neligh Mill Owners, Hold Reunion

A 19th-century flour mill with all original equipment intact is on display at the Neligh Mills State Historic Site.

 

The Ames Family Reunion took place August 4-7 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park. Descendants of Jay and Mable Ames gathered from as far as Oregon to reconnect. Events began with an outing at Henry Doorly Zoo on Thursday, and catered welcome reception and dance at the Sapp Riverview Lodge Friday. Saturday events included a 9-hole golf scramble at Quarry Oaks, a wine tasting at the Glacial Till Winery Tasting Room, a picnic with backyard Olympic games.  Medals were awarded for a toddler bucket race, gunny sack race, pie eating contest, water balloon volleyball, hula-hoop, and adult relay races. The welcome reception and picnic each had over 80 people in attendance including four generations of the Dale and Phyllis Ames family. Many family members stayed in cabins within the state park or at the lodge. The final day of the Reunion began with an outdoor worship service lead by Rev. Tom Guenther, during which an offering was collected for the Neligh Mill totaling $400. Jay Ames was one of the final owners and long-time employee at the Neligh Mill. The weekend concluded with a farewell dinner at Lazlo’s brewery and grill.  Reunion organizers were Carlie (Ames) Froemke and Laura Ames of Fargo, ND. A check for $400 was presented to the Neligh Mill by Carlie (Ames) Froemke, great-granddaughter of Jay and Mable Ames and daughter of Chuck (Charles) and Sherrie Ames.  Laura Ames is the wife of Matthew, great-grandson of Jay and Mable Ames and the son of Chuck (Charles) and Sherrie Ames.

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