2009 Strong Family Reunion Details

Come to Dixon, Illi­nois Sun­day, August 2, and Mon­day, August 3, for the 2009 Strong reunion!!

We are stay­ing at the Qual­ity Inn and Com­fort Inn, located near the inter­sec­tion of I-88  & Il Rt. 26  at the south end of Dixon, IL    The motels are mid­way between Chicago and the Quad cities, and about  45 miles south of Rock­ford, IL.

The two motels are under one roof and share two pools and ban­quet rooms.  The Qual­ity Inn with an entrance at the east end of the build­ing serves a full hot break­fast.  The Com­fort Inn with the entrance on the west end of the build­ing has a deluxe con­ti­nen­tal break­fast fea­tur­ing waf­fles.  The motels are located beside a large Wal­Mart and small strip mall.

The SFAA has a block of rooms reserved at both motels.

The Qual­ity Inn:

  • 815–288-2001
  • Room rate — $93.46 plus tax

Com­fort Inn:

  • 815–284-0500
  • Room rate — $84.96 plus tax

The motel will hold the rooms for the SFAA until July 2. Con­tact the Qual­ity Inn and Com­fort Inn directly and men­tion SFAA.  A credit card will hold the room. You can can­cel with no charge until  4 p.m. of the day of arrival. Please reg­is­ter early to assist us in our planning.

Dixon, in Lee Co., IL, is the boy­hood home of Ronald Rea­gan.  His home is open for tours daily.  It is also the home of the Wal­green fam­ily. Our ban­quet speaker will be Paul Lan­gan, a retired psy­chol­ogy pro­fes­sor with an inter­est in Dixon area his­tory.  His topic will be the founders of the Wal­green Drug Store chain.  More infor­ma­tion on area points of inter­est, din­ing and shop­ping will be avail­able in the SFAA hos­pi­tal­ity room located across from the Com­fort Inn reg­is­tra­tion desk.

A spe­cial guest at the Strong­hold Cas­tle tour on August 3 will be W. Ansel Strong III.  He, and pos­si­bly some of his cousins, will share sto­ries of  his grand­fa­ther, Wal­ter A. Strong, who was a Chicago news­pa­per­man and builder of Strong­hold Cas­tle. The Wal­ter A. Strong fam­ily descends from Elder John Strong’s son John Strong. More infor­ma­tion about the cas­tle and adjoin­ing prop­erty is found at http://www.strongholdcenter.org/

Reg­is­tra­tion for the SFAA reunion in Dixon, Illi­nois   August 2 & 3, 2009

Main Con­tact Name______________________________________________________________


City__________________________________  State ________________ Zip_______________

Phone  ________________________       email __________________________________

Names as they should appear on the Name Badges_______________________________________

Reg­is­tra­tion fee for the 34th SFAA reunion in Dixon, IL

Adults           $15                    _____adults X  $15=___________

Ban­quet meal                          _______adults X  $20=_____________

Mon­day, August 3

_______children under age 8  X  $10=_____________

Sun­day late after­noon at the Low­ell Park shel­ter north of Dixon

oven fried chicken, potato salad, fruit bowl, Del Monte bicol­ored sweet corn, dessert and iced tea or pink rasp­berry lemonade

Get Acquainted catered pic­nic       _____adults X $8=______________

_____   chil­dren under 8 X $8=______________
(Update: chil­dren same price. Our caterer was unable to get us the discount.)

Strong­hold Cas­tle tour          num­ber of peo­ple   X $3=______________

Tour­ing inside the cas­tle involves many steep steps.  It is NOT hand­i­capped acces­si­ble.  Any­one may walk around the grounds with­out a charge. W. Ansel Strong III’s pre­sen­ta­tion about his fam­ily and life at the cas­tle will be in the cafe­te­ria at 11 a.m., fol­low­ing the 10 a.m. tour. That is open to all of the SFAA.  It isn’t nec­es­sary to have also toured the castle.

Lunch in the Strong­hold Pres­by­ter­ian Con­fer­ence Cen­ter cafe­te­ria  on August 3

________number of peo­ple X $8.25=_____________

Make check or Money order payable to SFAA Reunion 2009 and Send reg­is­tra­tion to:

Mrs. Ann Hecathorn
P.O. Box 95
Ear­lville, Illi­nois 60518

Ques­tions?  s.hecathorn@verizon.net

Posted in Reunion.


  1. Dear Sirs,

    I have been research­ing the fam­ily her­itage for about a year and pur­chased two copies of the Samuel Strong Dwight vol­ume. For somer eason, I thought there was a reunion in the Mass­a­chu­setts area this year some­time in August. I may be mis­taken about this of course.

    I plan to take a car trip from Col­borne, Ontario where my imme­di­ate ances­tor, Ozem Strong is buried down Route 7 through Ver­mont to Pitts­field, Northamp­ton, Dorch­ester, Wind­sor, NYC etc… to set up an itin­er­ary for future gen­er­a­tions. August 1 to about August 20.

    Nice there are so many actual houses and even muse­ums and such, not just gravesites. Since there doesn’t seem to be any ref­er­ences to this reunion, am I com­pletely mis­taken as to the locale, or was it changed since last winter?

    Please reply to the above email, not this server. Thanks!

    Fred Strong

  2. Cor­rec­tion in the above reunion information

    Get Acquainted catered picnic

    _____persons X $8=______________

    The caterer was unable to give us a dis­counted price for children.

  3. Look­ing for­ward to the event. Louis Strong and I plan to be there, along with Ryan Wardlow.

  4. The SFAA 34th Annual Reunion in Dixon, IL has come and gone. It was my first and I really enjoyed the last cou­ple days. Met a lot of Strong descen­dants from all walks of life and from cor­ners of the United States; heard many great sto­ries. The Strong­hold Cas­tle tour was very inter­est­ing and was an enjoy­able tour. Thanks to Ann Hecathorn for the nice job she did plan­ning this year’s event.

  5. This years Reunion was the best, Ann Hecathorn when all out not only did she include Fam­ily his­tory but his­tory of the Dix­ion area.

    The Fam­ily pic­nic was a great idea and enjoyed by all met many cousins from the area and look­ing for­ward to see­ing them again

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