Registered users now totals 87

We now have 87 people registered on the Oswald reunion blog section of the reunion website.

If you go to the site:

Click on “Family news”





then scroll down to the lower right corner and click on “Log in”




It is a good idea to bookmark this page so you don’t have to hunt for it everytime.

You will see this page:








Hover of “Posts” and click “Add New”







You will see this page





Add a title where it says “Enter title here”

Add content in the block under the menu

When finished, click “Publish” or “Submit for review”

Your post will go out as an email to all 87 people registered on the site and will automatically be published to the Oswald Reunion Facebook page.

Please encourage one another to post.  You can do that by commenting on the post or by adding a post of your own.

It is not difficult once you do one or two posts.

If you have any questions, get in touch with me.






one of my stories – the tailor

Betty asks that we all add to our family story. The story doesn’t have to be long.  It doesn’t have to be funny, It doesn’t have to recount a traumatic experience.  It is information about us that if we don’t write down, will be forgotten.   I think it’s a good idea so I’ll add one here.

In 1981 our family moved to Jamaica to work with Mennonite Central Committee.  I was to teach in a secondary school in Port Maria – a small town on the North coast.

We settled in to our home which was a duplex that we shared with a young Jamaican family.  About a month in, the neighbor across the back yard sent word asking me to come over.  W

e didn’t have a phone.  The neighbor was a tailor.  People would bring him cloth, he would measure them for what ever they needed and and a few days later there would be a new suit or what ever it was they needed.

it seems that one of his customers had purchased an item of clothing and made arrangements to pay for it over time.   Now there was a dispute over how much was left to pay.  They had prearranged the amount of each payment and when it was due.  The tailor thought there was more money due and the customer thought he was paid up.

I don’t remember the exact terms of the agreement. It was over 30 years ago.  I just remember being very uncomfortable and wondering why they thought I might be able to settle the dispute.  I asked the tailor to explain what he thought had transpired and I asked the customer to wait until the tailor was finished before he spoke.  The tailor had a ledger where he wrote down every payment the customer made.  When  the tailor was finished making his case, I asked the customer to speak and asked the tailor not to interrupt.

If I remember correctly, the customer remembered running into the tailor in town and making a p

artial payment.  Therein was the cause to the misunderstanding.   By letting the other talk without interruption, they each could hear what the other was trying to say and they were able to understand the cause of the misunderstanding.

You have to understand that we were up in the country where folks spoke patois. It’s English but until you get used to hearing it, it is difficult to understand.  It’s not like I was able to listen to each side of the story and then make a judgment on who was right.  I was able to get each of them to let the other speak and get each of them to really listen to what the other was saying.  They finally were able to come to an agreement and I was so glad to get out of there.

I’m sure there is a lesson there somewhere.

2018 Reunion Info is here

What: William and Mattie Oswald Family Reunion
When: June 15-17, 2018
Where: Surftides Resort, 2945 NW Jetty Ave, Lincoln City, OR   97367
2018 William Oswald Family Reunion will be held at Surftides Resort in Lincoln City Oregon. Go to to take a look at the property.  We will start with at 6:00 pm on Friday June 15th with a pizza dinner followed by a s’more bonfire and singing on the beach.

Saturday includes breakfast, free time to explore the beautiful Oregon coast, with a  4:00 pm sharing time/ auction followed by a Luau dinner.

On Sunday we will gather for one final meal and a short worship service and the obligatory family pictures!

$ 110 adults, $ 50 for children age 2-12 and under 2 is free. Included in registration fee is the use of common rooms at Surftides resort and Whale Watcher Home, four meals (Friday evening dinner, breakfast and Luau dinner on Saturday and Sunday breakfast) and snacks.  You can register at

An Oswald reunion rate for an ocean front room at Surftides Resort is available for $164.44 per night (includes tax) for either a Premium double of a superior King. These rooms will be released on April 14, 2018 and will not be available at that reduced rate after that. You need to make your own hotel reservation by calling 541-994-3877 and ask for the “Oswald Reunion Rate”.  You are welcome to make other housing arrangements for Lincoln City but this is a good summer rate for an ocean front room.

Organized the Robert Jantzi family