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Middle Inlet Plans 33rd Annual Reunion

Photos that stir up old memories will be among items shared at the annual Middle Inlet Reunion Pot Luck, which will start at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 23.

The 1929 pickup truck shown above is what Blanche and Jake Jacomet used to move their growing family to South Dakota for a try at farming there during the Depression.

The farm there did not work out in the dry years of the 1930s, and in 1940 the elder Jacomets packed their considerably larger family into the pickup for the trip back to Wisconsin and their new home in Middle Inlet.

Must have been quite a trip. Blanche, Jake and Baby Lilyan (now Mrs. Gene Kuchta), rode in the front passenger seat. The six younger children, the dog, and some family possessions rode in back. They had built a frame over the truck bed and covered it with a tarp.

Passengers in the homemade camper that resulted were the Jacomet children, in order of their ages, Joan, Darrel, Blanche, Robert, Kenneth, Bill.

Many, many years later the elder Jacomets moved away from Middle Inlet, but some of their children, inkling son Kenneth and his wife, Mary Lou stayed on. The multitude of friends the elder Jacomets wanted to see on their annual trips home led Ken and Mary Lou to rent the town hall and invite everyone in town to a reunion. That was 32 years ago, and the Middle Inlet reunion is still an annual event, held on the Thursday before Memorial Day. This year the Reunion will be on Thursday, May 23, starting at 11 a.m. Mary Lou Jacomet, who once again organized the event, said admission is free and anyone with any sort of ties to Middle Inlet, is invited to catch up with old friends or meet new ones. Just bring some food to share. Tableware, main dish meats, coffee and lemonade will be provided.


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