Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Everyone is invited to join with the friends and descendants of William Franklin Smith and John Alvin Smith on June 17, 18, 19 for the 2011 Smith Clan Reunion. We will headquarter in Vernal, Utah. This promises to be the best reunion yet.

Join us at 6 pm on Friday, June 17 for supper at the Golden Corral in Vernal, Utah.

Join us on Saturday morning, June 18 for a pilgrimage to the old Moffat County homesteads where we will erect historical marker signs.

Join us at 6 pm on Saturday evening, June 18 for supper at the Golden Corral back in Vernal, Utah.

Join us on Sunday morning, June 19 for a visit to the ancestral graves in Craig, CO and Steamboat Springs, CO.

If you need further information, please contact Mary Simms:

By phone at 803-996-3567

By email at

By snail mail at 431 Beechwoods Dr., Lexington SC 29072

Please RSVP and let us know when to expect you. We will leave the light on for you! (To enlarge Wanted poster below click on the image.)

-JUNE 17, 18, & 19, 2011-
The friends and descendants of William Franklin Smith and John Alvin Smith will gather on June 17, 18, and 19 for the 2011 Smith Clan Reunion. We will headquarter in Vernal, Utah.
DEDICATION - This reunion is dedicated to the memory of our most common ancestors: William Franklin Smith [1865-1921], his brother, John Alvin Smith [1868-1953], and their father, Alvin Smith [1827-1868]. Without Alvin, Frank, and John, none of us would be here today. Alvin was a Texas Ranger and died when on duty. Frank participated in the great OK Land Race in 1893. He and his brother, John, homesteaded near Noble, OK in the late 1800s. Frank later homesteaded near Weatherford, OK, Sentinel, OK, and in Moffat County, CO.
  • Friday evening, June 17, 6 pm - supper at the Golden Corral in Vernal, Utah
  • Saturyday morning, June 18 - pilgramage to the old Moffat County homesteads where we will erect historical maker signs.
  • June 18, Sunday morning - trip to Steamboat Springs to visit ancestral graves in Craig and Steamboat Springs, CO
  • June 19, Sunday, about noon - lunch at Wendy's in Steamboat Springs
  • June 19, Sunday afternoon - The Smith Clan Reunion will come to a close in Steamboat Springs, CO
Vernal Airport is recognized by most online travel agencies.
Transportation - fly into Vernal Airport and rent a car, or fly into Denver Airport and rent a car and drive to Vernal, UT; or, drive your own car.
Rental Cars are available at the Vernal Airport - best to reserve a vehicle in advance. There is an Enterprise franchise along with several other non-chain car rental companies.
Lodging - The most reasonable lodging found thus far was located online through at Travelodge. Motel 6 also has good rates and a good location. There are numerous other chain motels: Day's Inn, EconoLodge, Best Western, Roadway Inn, Super 8, and Holiday Inn plus many private motels.
Food - All meals are Dutch Treat.
Friday, June 17 at 6 PM - Supper at Golden Corral in Vernal, UT - located at 1096 West Highway 40.
Saturday, June 18 at 9 AM - Pack a bag lunch plus bottled water as we will be eating our noon meal at the old Moffat County homestead site. Meet in Golden Corral parking lot at 9 AM.
Saturday, June 18 at 7 PM - Supper at the Golden Corral in Vernal
Sunday, June 19 about noon - Lunch at Wendy's in Steamboat Springs - located at 225 Angler's Drive
There are numerous fast food franchises in Vernal: Taco Bell, McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Wendy's, Burger King, Arby's, KFC, Blimpie, and Subway.
Homestead Pilgramage - Saturday, June 18, we will convoy approximately 43 miles from Vernal to the Moffat County homestead sites. Leave Vernal at 9 AM and spend the day erecting historical markers and locating various homesteads. Return to Vernal for supper.
Tour Guides - On Saturday, we have two excellent tour guides to help us locate the homesteads - Doris Burton and Eldon White. Both grew up in this area and are familiar with the location and history of the homesteads.
Cemetery Guides - On Saturday, Wes & Jana Brosman will serve as tour guides at the Craig Cemetery, and Bill and Beth Reynolds will serve as tour guides at Steamboat Springs Cemetery.
Weather can be a bit fickle in this region in June. It may be cool and rainy or it may be hot and dry. Be prepared for about anything.
Clothing should be cool, casual, and comfortable. Blue jeans, slacks, shorts, T-shirts, polo shirts, sports shirts, etc. - whatever you prefer. There will be no need for fancy or formal clothing. Long trousers, a hat, and hiking shoes are suggested for the homestead pilgramage.
Clan History & Photos - There will be many opportunities to look at old family photos and hear tales of what life was like over 100 years ago. Those interested in the Smith Clan history will find a treasure trove of information available at the Reunion. If you have old family photos or know any old family legends, please bring them to the Clan Reunion and share them with others. Bring your cameras, tape recorders, old photos, and your memories - or just come and look, listen, learn, and enjoy yourself.
Arrival in Vernal: When you reach your motel or other overnight facilities in or near Vernal, please phone Nancy Miller at 513-702-2692 [cell] and let her know that you have arrived. We do not want anyone to get lost and fall through a crack in the floor during the Vernal Clan Reunion!
For Further Information, please feel free to contact Nancy or Mary. We would love to hear from you. Hope to see all of you in Vernal, UT on June 17, 18 & 19, 2011.
Please RSVP to Nancy or Mary so that we will be expecting you and have the red carpet rolled out! We will leave the light on for you!
Phone Mary at 803-996-3567 [home in SC] or
Email Mary at
Phone Nancy Miller at 513-7002-2692[cell phone]
PS - If you have difficulty printing this out, please let us know and we will be happy to send a paper copy to you!

Click here to see photos of the old Bear Valley homesteads from years past, and here for recent photos taken by Bill Reynolds.