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Re: Greetings from Connecticut, USA, Feb. 7, 99.
Posted by: John Kelling Date: February 07, 1999 at 10:42:18
In Reply to: Re: Greetingd from Connecticut, USA by Douglas Hartley of 176

Doug,

Greetings. I am Chris' father, John. My wife and I live about 12 miles from Chris in Connecticut.

Your suggestion to contact Jeff is astute. In fact Jeff and I have been Emailing each other for a while, and we actually had a delightful dinner together last October in Arizona - just before I hiked across the Grand Canyon. (Sorry, had to brag a bit.)

Anyway, Jeff and I haven't exactly reconciled how our two families are related. As I recall, we think that we either have the same grandfather or great grandfather. I need to tap the mind of my dad's 90 yr. old sister to see if she can clarify some things.

My grandfather, John Kelling of Renwick, Iowa, remarried after his first wife died. My dad left home then (about 1917), but his sisters (Alice, Fran, and Mary) stayed. John Kelling had three sons by the second marriage - all alive today, I believe.

Supposedly, we are related to the former owner and founder of the Kelling Nut Company in Chicago, but what the exact relationship is remains blurry.

I have been trying to keep up with the messages, but have been in and out of the hospital after surgery last month, but hopefully am on the mend now.

It's been fun reading the messages from everywhere. Maybe we should have a worldwide reunion of Kelling relatives. Do you have a big house?

Mary and I are going to Germany in 2000 for the Passion Play and a highly flexible tour of Switzerland, Germany, and Austria. Next on the list is New Zealand and Australia probably in 2001 or 02. We'll see whether our travel lust, our money, and our health stay sound.

Cheers,

John Kelling



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