Etcetera - 08/25/11

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The descendants of early settlers convened in Pioneer Park for a Pfaffle-Krumbah family reunion Aug. 20, reported Walla Wallan Shirley Pfaffle Fowler.

Her cousin Cassandra Pfaffle Dick and husband Gale arranged the gathering. Cassandra also compiled the family's history using records and photos contributed by other members of the family.

Shirley's grandfather Frederick Wilhelm Pfaffle was discharged from the U.S. Army at Fort Walla Walla on April 10, 1891. He owned and operated a butcher shop for many years on Ninth Avenue, Shirley said. Her father, Frederick Martin Pfaffle, Cassandra's grandfather, William and their brother Wallace were born here.

After Shirley's father served in the U.S. Army during World War I, he built and ran Machinery & Draper Co. on North Fourth Avenue and sold Case combines and Cletrac crawler tractors there. Shirley's father also raised Hereford cattle, wheat and hay on his ranch up Cottonwood Canyon. In the 1950s, he raised registered Herefords on acreage near Braden School. Shirley said children of Lorence and Mariann Pfaffle attended local schools and continue to reside in the area. Krumbah relatives also live here.

Over the course of her 35-year career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, Shirley served as executive secretary to 12 commanders.

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Looking for a cause and an opportunity to stay in good physical condition? A local Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty walk will be held here on Oct. 9. The round-trip CROP Walk will depart from the Walla Walla Community College Dietrich Dome at 2 p.m. It offers 5- and 3-mile distances and a 1/2-mile route for wheelchairs, strollers and others wanting a shorter walk.

Registration begins at 1 p.m. Walkers may seek donors to raise money that's used to alleviate hunger locally and globally. Donor envelopes are available at 525-4608 or 525-1376. Donations may also be made at www.cropwalkonline.org. This community contributed $35,093 over the last four years of CROP walks, said Barbara Daniel in a release. Twenty-five percent of that went to Helpline, Pantry Shelf, Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul and Christian Aid Center.

Last year alone, participants in 2,000 American communities joined in 1,600-plus walks and raise $15.4 million to feed the hungry, protect children, assist uprooted people and empower those around the world to help themselves. Church World Service organizes the walks and distributes the funds.

"Did you read recently in the Union-Bulletin about 29,000 Somalian children under 5 dying of starvation? Does that call you to action?" Barbara asked.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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