For the last 32 years Scott has been caretaker of the Sutherland Cemetery. He retired January 1, 2011. Without lawns to mow, headstones to clean, roads to gravel, weeds to spray what oh what would he do to with his 'free' time? It did not take long for him to figure that one out. For starters our yard looks gorgeous! But even that was not enough to keep him busy. So his Memorial Day plans began months ago. Beginning with setting up a fund to install a new headstone for his great-great grandparents, William Henry and Eliza Pratt Bishop, over in the Fillmore Cememtery. He began contacting many of their descendants. Thanks to the generosity of some of these desendents they were able to purchase a very nice headstone. Scott put together a program, a program handout, hauled over some chairs and basically worked hard to make it all come together. That event took place Sunday afternoon. Monday he and sister Jacquie put together a Bassett cousin reunion. Unlike the Petersen reunion, which brings together around 100, this get together was much, much smaller. It was also much more enjoyable. Sorry Beulah!! Perhaps I like smaller crowds. I did a photo shoot of the Bassett cousins. This will give you the numbers.
Granddaughters of William and Eldula Bassett left to right: Paige Hawley, Margaret Heimann, Barbara Child, Judy Bergstrom, Jacquie Turner.
The beginning and the end of the grandchildren! Margaret and Barbara
Grandsons left to right: Howard Bassett, Scott Bassett, Oscar Swalberg.
The Bassett grandchildren from A to Z. Barbara, Howard, Jacquie, Judy, Margaret, Oscar, Paige, and Scott. One other grandson did show up, but it was after the photo shoot. William and Eldula had 15 grandchildren total. Nine were in attendance. One is deceased. Bud and Beulah Bassett had 100% attendance as did N.S. and Dorthory, and Aunt Nona. I think these cousins all thouroughly enjoyed one another's company.