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Branching Out: A Family Affair
12/1/2004
With today's spread-out families and hectic lives, getting your relatives to reunions can be like pulling teeth—but that's not so for the Kalloch family.

With today's spread-out families and hectic lives, getting your relatives to reunions can be like pulling teeth. Not so for the Kalloch family: the Rev. Joseph Kelloch organized their first reunion in 1867, and 137 years later, they still can't get enough of one another.

Anywhere from 69 to 200 descendants of Finley Kelloch, a Scot who settled in Warren, Maine, in 1735, gather every summer in their ancestral state. Many Kallochs, Kellochs and Kellers still live in and around coastal Maine, but family members travel to the gatherings from as far as California. Some have made the reunions a lifelong habit — 101-year-old Frances (Bird) Hjerpe of Rockland, Maine, has attended more than 95 of them since she was a little girl.

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