Savanna Jean Goergen

Savanna Jean Goergen was born January 10,2012 to Sara and John Goergen, of Wapella, Il.
 She weighed 10 pounds at birth. She is named after her maternal great Grandmother Annabelle Rousey Slayback and her maternal grandmother Elizabeth Ann Slayback. She shares her paternal great Grandmas middle name, Jean Goergen.
She is very much loved by her brothers Cameron(13), Casey(11) and sister Sloane(4).

Reece Marie Mason

Kyle and Jill Tannehill Mason announce the birth of a daughter, Reece Marie, on May 14, 2011.  Maternal grandparents are Bill and Brenda Fox.  Great Grandmother is Nina Rousey Hatter.  Riley Rae, age 2,  is so excited to be a big sister.

Reunion 2012 Planning

Bill is fired up to plan the Big Reunion!


First Planning Meeting

2012 Big Reunion

October 1, 2012

Date of 2012 Big Rousey Reunion:  Friday-Sunday July 20 -22, 2012

****Proposed Change:  The Big Event pot luck dinner will be held on Saturday evening.

The Saturday Big Event Day will include activities all day with a Memorial Service at 5PM and Pot Luck dinner on the grounds at 6PM.  We will draw raffle tickets immediately following the meal. 

Activities Friday will include a cookout (hotdogs and pulled pork with bring your own sides)at 6PM followed by a movie under the stars.  Night hike will be directed by Bill if some are interested.

Saturday activities discussed include:

  • a narrated tour or Butchertown and the sand knob fire tower.
  • Hayrides
  • Snow cones
  • 3 Inflatables for children (one a water slide)
  • Scavenger hunt for adults
  • Scavenger hunt for children
  • Temporary tattoos and face painting
  • Music (depending on availability-your suggestions would be helpful)
  • Horseshoe and Cornhole contests



  • Bring your own picnic lunch or eat leftovers
  • Hayrides
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Horseshoes
  • Homemade Ice Cream
  • Hikes
  • Inflatables
  • Butchertown tour (for those who did not do it on Saturday)


We are having a t-shirt and hat design contest beginning now.  You may submit a drawing or picture of your design to me by email.  I will post them on the website where you can vote for the one that you like.  Deadline for submission of designs will be January 1, 2012.  Voting will be finished by March 30th.

T-shirts and caps will be available for purchase but we are asking that you request a t-shirt by Mid June so that we know about how many to order.  You will pay for them at the reunion.  You will not be assured of getting a t-shirt if it has not been requested.

A limited number of campsites with electricity and water are available.  There are numerous options for dry camping.  No sewer facilities are available for campers.  Those wishing to use a campsite should let us know prior to the event.

Your comments and suggestions would be appreciated.  There is still much to be done.

Our next meeting is November 5th-our fall clean-up day.  Email your comments and suggestions and I will relay them to the planners.

Claire Michelle Jeffries

Precioius Baby Girl

Justin and Dr. Angela Jeffries and Big Brother Alex welcomed Claire Michelle Jeffries to their family October 6, 2011.  She is the grandaughter of Barbara (Rousey) and Danny Jeffries and the great grandaughter of June Rousey and the late Robert Rousey.

Spring Work Day 2011

3-26-11-clean-up-day-133-26-11-clean-up-day-213-26-11-clean-up-day-5 3-26-11-clean-up-day-10 It was a cold day in March at the Old Homeplace. Twenty four people gathered to spruce up the cabin, the yard and the field.  Participants ranged in age from 82 to 6 months.  Picking up tree lilmbs, raking leaves,cleaning in the cabin and moving dirt kept everyone warm.  Hot soup, hot dogs and other goodies including smores were shared at lunch.  It was a very good day for work and sharing.  Check out the people gallery page 3 &4 for a view of what was done.

Taylor Dean Osborn

Nikki and Brad Osborn welcomed Taylor Dean Osborn October 4, 2010. He looks just like his big brother. Taylor weighed 6’14 and is 20 in. long. He and Nikki are both doing well. Austin is very excited to have a baby brother.  He says he’s going to teach Taylor how to hunt deer, turkey and bears and how to drive a boom-boom ( 4-wheeler). Taylor is the grandson of David and Sherry Rousey Anderson and the great grandson of Patrick and Mildred Rousey.

Wanda Elaine Rousey Swanner Robinson

Wanda Elaine Rousey Swanner Robinson, 64, of Bloomington IL (formerly of McLean, IL) died of gallbladder cancer Monday Sept 6, 2010
at Asta Care Center, Bloomington. 
Wanda was born January 14, 1946, daughter of Marion Rousey and Alta Pearl Southerland.  She is survived by her children, Lane Swanner
and Jacquelyn Diane Robinson; a grandchild, Aurora Jade Hughes; sisters, Helen Hughes and Joan Reineke: one brother, Richard
Rousey and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Marie Sapien, Norma Gordon, Lorene Collison, Christine Ellis and two brothers,
Marion Eugene Rousey and Donald Wayne Rousey.
Scott and Audrey

Labor Day Visitors

Scott and Audrey Rousey along with Audrey’s brother Gary True, his wife Mindy and children Courtney and Conner stopped by the old homeplace riding four wheelers on Labor Day.  Check out more pictures in the people gallery. Scott and Audrey

Labor Day Weekend at the Old Homeplace

9-5-10-old-homeplace-6nina-allen-ronnie-sherwood6x4Sherwood Rousey was in Kentucky for his class reunion during Labor Day weekend.  It was a great opportunity for other family members to get together with him and Pat at the Old Homeplace.  There was food, hiking and lots of good conversation on an absolutely beautiful day.  Check out the pictures in the People Gallery.

Riley Rae Mason – April 16th, 2009

Birth of a daughter to Kyle and Jill Mason of Murfreesboro, TN, on April 16.  She weighed 7 lbs. 14 oz. and measured 21 inches.  Proud grandparents are Bill and Brenda Fox and great-grandmother, Nina Rousey Hatter, and Don and Rena Warren of Danville.