Finally, after many years of trying to touch base – on September 24, 2022, the third cousins of the Boller family got together for a reunion in Kalona. In the picture above, we have my three third cousins – Arnold Boller (far left), Emma Sullivan Boller (far end of table), and James Boller (blue shirt) – with Jason Boller (Arnold’s son – far right). Arnold, Emma & James are the great grandchildren of Jacob A. Boller – keeper of the Jacob B. Boller farm – pictured above in an 1869 map. Got all that?
You see, my great grandfather – Daniel J. Boller (1856-1946) of Wayland, Iowa and Jacob A. Boller (1862-1948) of Kalona, Iowa – were brothers. And, according to our family records, the last time (outside of a funeral) any cousins from Daniel’s or Jacob’s tribes gathered together for any special celebration was on November 18, 1899 – one hundred and twenty-three years ago!
The occasion? The golden (50th) wedding anniversary party held in Kalona on Saturday, November 18, 1899 for Jacob B. and Catharine (Smucker) Boller (see pics above)!
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