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June 2007   An Apple a Day (From the Spiker Family Tree) Keeps the Doctor Away???
  • Introduction to our new family website, the Spiker Gazette & the Gazette staff.
July 2007   Family Records Tombstone Etchings
  • Dean Spiker, Cathy Gregis & Melanie Fouse went "grave hunting" to record the location of family graves.
  • Chris & Renee Chambers had a baby girl, Ella Brooke, on June 13th.
  • Keri Gregis Hurst & family moved to their new home in Oxford.
  • Haley Conley wins award for her fiction writing published in FGCU's student-edited literary & arts magazine.
August 2007   It's no Bull -- John Bob Spiker Risks Life & Limb
  • Details of the First Annual Championship Bull Riders event on the John Spiker Farm in Jane Lew, WV.
September 207   A Family Birthday Celebration for Paul Miller's 90th
  • Week-long celebration in the beautiful Rocky Mountains to celebrate Paul Miller's 90th birthday.
  • Melanie Fouse shares a touching sibling love story about her grandchildren.
  • Larry & Cathy Gregis took a trip to New York. Cathy shares the highlights.
  • Central Florida is the "lightning capital of the U.S." -- the Conley's felt the power when it struct at their home.
October 2007   Melinda Spiker Chambers' Journey from Inspired Writer to Published Author
  • Our interview with Melinda Spiker Chambers about the children's books she has authored.
  • What do you get when a mother of three children marries a father of three children? The "Curry Bunch," of course. Meet mother Shelly (Gregis,) father Rob & their six energetic children on the Curry Farm.
  • Yvonne Haines submits a story about her grandfather's (Felix Brigham Wood Zinn) life in WV.
November 2007   Sunny Pointe Guesthouse, a Quiet, Peaceful Farm of Hospitality
  • Introduction to the Sunny Pointe Guest House owned by John & Sue Spiker. Includes link to their new website.
December 2007   History of the Spiker Farm from 1768 to Present
  • Mike Spiker submits an excerpt from his publication "Spiker / Zinn Farm History."
January 2008   2007 - A Year in Review
  • A review of the year's family events.
February 2008   Searching for Peace
  • Paul Miller discusses his involvement in the Faith and Education Collaborative.
  • Evan & Jennifer Thrush have a son, Liam.
  • Dean Spiker's annual winter vacation in Florida at the Conley's home is shortened.
March 2008   Taxing the Brain
  • A look at our ancestors and the tax man.
April 2008   Watching our Garden Grow
  • Editors of the Gazette will be canvassing for stories at the family reunion next month.
  • Haley Conley graduates with honors from Florida Gulf Coast University.
May 2008   The Ritchie County Flood of 1950
  • Newspaper article remembering the "Flood of 1950."
  • Evan Thrush accepts new position with John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland.
  • Ryan Thrush completes further law enforcement training in his job as park ranger for the National Park Services.
  • Updates about Shelly Curry's sons, Clayton & Robbie's, involvement in high school sports.
June 2008   Family Garden at the Spiker Family Farm - The 2008 Reunion
  • Highlights of the 2008 Spiker Family Reunion.
July 2008   Generations of Understanding
  • Editor requests copies of old family letters.
August 2008   Celebrating Dean Spiker's 80th Birthday
  • Surprise party for Willa Dean Spiker's 80th birthday
  • Editor requests documentation of the Spiker men in the military.
September 2008   The Mother of Seven and Two -- Lillie Missouri Gay Spiker's Personal Diary
  • Introduction to Gay Spiker's personal diary.
October 2008   Alison Spiker Goes to Guatamala
  • Highlights of Alison Spiker's mission trip to Guatamala.
  • Responses were received about Gay Spiker's diary.
November 2008   A Neighbor, Mary Lucille DeBerry, Drops by the Farm
  • Mary Lucille DeBerry reminisces about how important education has been to the families living near the Spiker farm.
December 2008   No News is Good News
  • No news to share - just wishes for the Happiest of Holidays and all the best in the New Year.
January 2009   All Around the House at the Spiker Family Gathering Place
  • Navigating our website is like going from room to room at the Spiker farm. Here's how it works.
  • Rachel Fouse delivers fourth child, Caden Scott, on December 9.
February 2009   Questions are the Wrapping Paper, Answers are the Gift
  • Exploring the connections of Bradford Spiker's manuscript, "The Good-Will Community," with Barr Wilson, John M. DeBrular, Port DeBrular, Geneva Haught, Gay Spiker, Orville & Gerry Bonnell, Mary Grace Maxwell, Ed Haught, and Sue Ann Maxwell Spiker.
March 2009   All in the Family Name
  • Our family's efforts to record some of the Spiker names in our history are sometimes hindered by conflicting "sources."
  • John Bob Spiker was selected to fight the Southern Extreme Bull Riding Association Finals & is elected "Bullfighter of the Year."
  • Chris & Jenny Nolan have a little girl, Alexis.
April 2009   Spiker Family Auction Supports South Fork Cemetery
  • Reunion schedule is announced. Requests made for auction items to benefit the South Fork Cemetery.
  • Evan & Jen Thrush welcome son, Logan Paul, on March 27.
May 2009   Family Reunion Schedule of Events
  • Bobbi Conley looks forward to attending the family reunion for the first time in years.
  • Reunion schedule is confirmed.
  • Shawn Gifford & Rikki had a son, Alexander Douglas, born on May 11.
  • Black bear spotted at the farm (from where Bear Run gets its name.)
June 2009   Family Gathers at the Spiker Family Farm - The 2009 Reunion
  • Highlights of the 2009 Spiker Family Reunion
  • List of the attendees at the 2009 reunion.
July 2009   Third Annual Championship Bull Riding at John & Sue Spiker's Farm
  • Announcing the Third Annual Championship Bull Riding at John & Sue Spiker's farm.
  • John Bob & Lisa Spiker welcome their third daughter.
  • Angela & Rob Benson welcome son, Blake Alan, on July 11.
August 2009   Spikers Host Bull Riding Event / Spiker Buggy Makes its Debut
  • Recap of the Bull Riding event at John & Sue Spiker's farm.
  • First peek at the restored Spiker buggy.
September 2009   Family Wills & Estate Auctions
  • Review of Quilly Manley Zinn's Will & the Estate Sale of John Zinn.
October 2009   Spiker Buggy Comes to Life
  • The Spiker Buggy has been restored to it former glory. Photos included.
November 2009   South Fork Baptist Church - Rules of Decorum
  • Examining hot the South Fork Church's "Rules of Decorum" may have shaped some of Bob Spiker's expectations for his children's behavior in church.
  • Obituary of Genevieve "Jenny" Stout Summers.
December 2009   Christmas at the Spiker Farm
  • An interview with twins Boots & Ann about what Christmas was like when growing up at the Spiker farm.
January 2010   An Ocean Apart - Letter from Alice to Brad, Christmas 1944
  • The love letter Alice Spiker sent to husband Brad has a very special place in the hearts & homes of their descendants.
February 2010   "Fraidy Cat" Wins Mom's Choice Award
  • Children's book written by Melinda Spiker Chambers & illustrated by Sue Ann Maxwell Spiker wins Mom's Choice Award.
March 2010   The Alphabet Name Game
  • Census reveals Burns Harlan's slightly unusual way of naming his children.
April 2010   Getting Ready for the Spiker Family Reunion
  • Preparing for the 2010 Reunion.
  • Pete Deremer will graduate from WVU College of Engineering and Mineral Resources next month.
May 2010   Reunion Schedule of Events
  • Sarah Smith reminds everyone to look through boxes of letters and post cards from the Spiker family that she dropped off at the farm.
June 2010   Family Gathers at the Spiker Family Farm - The 2010 Reunion
  • Highlights of the 2010 Spiker Family Reunion.
  • Melanie Fouse distributes bookmarks she designed by incorporating pictures taken at the Spiker farm.
  • Introduction to Guy Zinn's professional baseball cards.
July 2010   Remembering Francena Miller
  • In Loving Memory of Francena Miller 1919-2010
August 2010   Fourth Annual Championship Bull Ride at John & Sue Spiker's Farm
  • Recap of the Bull Riding event at John & Sue Spiker's farm.
  • A bull named Super House, calved by John Bob Spiker, had his first out in the PBR Ford Tough Series and is still unridden.
  • Robby Currey III elected to WV State FFA Secretary Office.
September 2010   My Husband's (Ryan Nolan) Life as a National Park Ranger
  • Barbara Thrush shares her thoughts & family photos about her husband Ryan's career as a National Park Ranger.
October 2010   Breaking through the Brick Wall
  • Requests for sources about David Spiker & his father that will help us positively identify the family connection.
November 2010   Friends are a Wonderful Thing
  • Wayne Struzik shares his adventures of meeting up with an old military buddy that he hadn't seen in 50 years.
  • YouTube videos of Appalachia base player, Chris Chambers, and of Bullfighter, John Bob Spiker.
December 2010   Happy Holidays
  • No news to share - just wishes for the Happiest of Holidays and all the best in the New Year.
January 2011   New Year Resolutions for the Spiker Family
  • Resolve to scan, document, organize and share all those family photos you've been saving.
February 2011   The Spiker Family History Interview
  • Why it's so important to talk to our families before they leave us. Includes easy ways to interview them.
March 2011   Growing Healthy Family Trees
  • It's important to document our family's living history, but it is even more important to be aware of our family's medical history.
  • Brad Stotts became a father in February to daughter Kista.
April 2011   Author Melinda Chambers is Interviewed on Lifetime Channel
  • Melinda Spiker Chambers tells what it was like to be interviewed on "The Balancing Act," a nationally televised weekday show on Lifetime Television.
May 2011   Spiker Reunion Schedule Announced for May 2011
  • Schedule announced for 2011 Spiker Reunion.
June 2011   Spiker Auction Sets Record in 2011
  • Haley Conley's cross-stitched wall hanging sets Auction record for an individual item of $550.
    Highlights of the 2011 Spiker Family Reunion.
  • Alice Spiker passed away on May 25 at age 94.
July 2011   The Buzz Around Town
  • Lisa "Kate" Spiker sets up a website detailing the goings-on at John and Sue Spiker's farm in Jane Lew, WV.
  • Christ Chambers' bluegrass band, Appalachia, is also busy updating their website.
  • Jonelle Swiger reserves spot for use as a Farmer's Market.
  • Haley Conley & Pat Cloughessy became engaged on July 1.
  • Robby Currey III completed first year as a WV State FFA Secretary & runs for National FFA office.
August 2011   The Descendants of Isaac Monroe Spiker & Catherine Bradford Spiker
  • Introduction to the descendants of Isaac Monroe & Catherine Bradford Spiker, including photos & memorials.
  • Jonelle Spiker Swiger wins Grand Prize in WV Living Magazine's second annual photo contest.
  • Surprise party for Ryan Thrush's 40th birthday.
September 2011   Always Carry Cash in the Country
  • Marty Spiker tells us about the good, and the not so good, times daughter Alison Morris & her husband had while staying a spell at the Spiker farmhouse.
October 2011   Black Sheep in the Family Tree
  • An excerpt from "Ritchie County Crimes & Calamaties" tells the tale of counterfeiters William and Emmanual Alkire (in our family tree by marriage.)
  • John Bob & Kate Spiker welcome fourth daughter, Katelyn Fay.
November 2011   A Southern Sympathizer?
  • Brad Spiker's manuscript "Good-Will Community" hints that George Farley Bush was a Southern sympathizer.
December 2011   Newspaper Delivery Changes
  • No news to share - just wishes for the Happiest of Holidays and all the best in the New Year.
January - March 2012   Announcing Release of the 1940 Census
  • The US government releases the census to the public exactly 72 years after it was taken. Announcing the release of the 1940 census.
  • Cathy & Larry Gregis take an extended vacation to Florida & share emails of their adventure.
April - June 2012   The 6th Annual Bull Ride / Spiker Family Reunion
  • The 6th Annual Bull Ride moves to June.
  • Adelene Spiker passed away in Mar.
  • Sarah Smith sells framed & matted photos of her photography of the Spiker Farm.
  • Zach Gifford becomes a father in April to daughter Hailey Jade.
  • Article with Del Monte's Chris Struzik appears in Progressive Grocer magazine.
July - September 2012   Fun Facts about the Spiker Family / Reunion Contest Results
  • Haley Conley shares some fun and interesting facts that she has been collecting about the Spiker family.
  • Highlights of the 2012 Spiker Family Reunion
October - December 2012   Remembering Willa Dean Bonnell Spiker
  • Remembering Willa Dean Bonnell Spiker 1928-2012
  • Haley Conley and Pat Cloughessy get married on 10-11-12 at Sanibel Island, Florida.
January - June 2013   Husband & Wife Earn Medical Degrees
  • Husband & wife, Alison & Grant Morris, earn their medical degrees.
  • Twins Delene (Boots) & Delane (Ann) celebrate 80th birthdays in February.
  • Clayton Yeager graduates high school
  • Morgan Hurst graduates high school.
  • Chris Chambers releases new solo music album titled "Weathervane."
July 2013 - December 2013   Introducing the South Fork Cemetery Association
  • Mike Spiker reveals the establishment of the South Fork Cemetery Association and Uncle Paul's generous contribution to the fund.
  • RC Brunstetter will be going to NC State in January to play football as a Long Snapper.
  • Jonelle Spiker Swiger appears in singer Gary Allan's music video titled "It Ain't the Whiskey."
  • Haley & Pat Claughessy announce they're having twins.
January 2014 - December 2014   None Published.  Announcements Only.
  • Haley & Pat Cloughessy's twin sons, Greyson Patrick and Logan Andrew arrive on May 20.
  • Boots, Ann and Paul all celebrate birthdays, as did Coon, who turned 90 on September 10.
January 2015 - May 2015   "Home" Renovations Almost Complete - Introducing our NEW Website.
  • Introduction to the "home renovations" being made to our website.
  • Schedule announced for the 2015 Spiker Reunion
  • Peyton Grett graduates from Olathe High School
  • Devon Yeager graduates from Doddridge County High School
  • Robby Currey III graduates from Marshall University
  • Pete Deremer & Stephanie McGowan announce engagement
  • Kari Deremer & Dustin Duda announce engagement
  • Brock Stotts & Missy Spangler got married in September 2014
  • Drew Spiker & Katie Onachila got married in November 2014
  • Katie & Christian Shaffer announce they are expecting their first child in August
  • Brock & Missy Stotts are expecting their first child in October
  • Twins Greyson & Logan Cloughessy celebrate 1st birthday with a touching video.
  • Melinda & Sue Ann's newest books has been published.
June 2015   Family Gathers at the Spiker Family Farm - The 2015 Reunion
  • Highlights of the 2015 Spiker Family Reunion
  • John Bob & Kate Spiker welcome fifth daughter, Caroline.
  • Cruz Hayes graduates high school
  • Remembering Paul Ausborn Miller 1917-2015
July 2015   The Grey-Haired Guy in the Yellow Shirt
  • We can always find Mike Spiker at the reunion, he's the grey-haired guy in the yellow shirt.
  • Pete Deremer takes trip to Italy.
  • Katie & Christian Shaffer welcome daughter Adalyn.
August 2015   Home Sweet Home - A Photo Scrapbook
  • Photo scrapbook of the Spiker Farm.
  • Mark Spiker takes Medical Mission trip to Ecuador.
September 2015   Spiker Cousin Joins WVU Football
  • RC Brunstetter transfers to WVU.
  • A few photos reinforcing that Spikers love everything Blue & Gold.
  • Kari Deremer opens Etsy store.
October 2015   Introducing Catherine Gay Spiker Miller
  • Paula Kay Miller Nolan introduces us to her mother, Catherine Gay Spiker Miller.
  • Brock & Missy Stotts welcome son Beckett Terry on September 22.
November 2015   Introducing Grace Gurdle Spiker
  • Joan Struzik Cerney & Ruth Strauss Stahl introduce us to Jake's sister, Grace Gurdle Spiker.
December 2015   Remembering Christmases Past
  • Bobbi Conley reflects on Christmases at Bob Spiker's home.
  • Sue Ann Spiker and her farm are seen in an episode of DIY Network's show, "Barnwood Builders."
January 2016   The Spiker/Zinn Farm History
  • Mike Spiker's outline of the Spiker / Zinn Farm History - Union District, Ritchie County, West Virginia.
February 2016   Our Link to Phebe Tucker Cunningham
  • Family photos suggest a possible relationship with Phebe Cunningham
March 2016   Mourning the Loss of our Dear Aunt Ann
  • Delane King - affectionately known to us as Aunt Ann - has passed away.
  • Ryan and Barbara Thrush's eldest son graduates with Double-Major.
April 2016   Spiker Sports
  • We can't get enough of these videos of some of our youngest players.
  • Grant & Alison Morris reveal they're expecting their first child.
May 2016   Spiker Family Reunion 2016 - Schedule of Events
  • A special memorial gathering will be held at the farm house on Saturday to remember Paul Miller.
  • The Schedule of Events is revealed.
  • A family video - Spikerhendge - is released.
June 2016   Highlights from the 2016 Spiker Family Reunion
  • Memorial service for Paul & Francena Miller
  • Currey family travels to Washington D.C. to remember & honor Veterans.
  • While on vacation, Angie Benson helps save a life.
  • Coon Larew has a fun time riding in the Farmer's Day Parade.

 

July 2016   Pending Publication
August 2016   Pending Publication
September 2016   Pending Publication
October 2016   Pending Publication
November 2016   Political Persuasion ???
  • We go back 100 years to see how much - or how little - political views have changed in Ritchie County.
  • Drew & Katie Spiker become parents.
  • Rob & Shelly Currey are honored as Doddridge County 2016 Outstanding 4-H Volunteers
December 2016   They Call it Christmas Creep
January 2017   Introducing: Jacob Verlynne "Lynn" Spiker (part 1 of 2)
  • Save the Date - 2017 Reunion
  • Sarah's photo of the South Fork Baptist Church appears in Charleston newspaper.
February 2017   Gay Spiker Organized First 4-H Club in Ritchie County West Virginia
  • Introducing: Jacob Verlynne "Lynn" Spiker (part 2 of 2)
  • Gracie Spiker mentioned in friend's 1966 Will.
March 2017   What Should I Bring for the Auction
  • Project ideas for the auction.
  • Sarah Spiker Smith offers photos for sale.
April 2017   The Ledger, The Lumber Company, and the Diary
  • Bobbi Spiker Conley announces the discovery of a new family heirloom -- a business ledger/diary written by members of Granville Preston Zinn's family.
May 2017   What's the Forecast?
  • Some reunion activities could be affected by weather.
  • Cousin Stanley Wolfe's family, Minard's Spaghetti Inn, celebrates 80 years in business.
June 2017