The Seneca County, Ohio, Hartzell reunion was held Saturday August 25, 2000 at the Poplar shelterhouse of Meadowbrook Park in Bascom. Over 100 relatives were in attendance. The reunion was open to all Hartzell/Hartsel families with an interest in their Seneca County roots.
A Hartzell and Seneca County memorabilia collection, and a family picture slideshow were on display. The walking bridge was lined with information about our ancestors, who arrived at Philadelphia in 1750. The walking bridge display also demonstrated how each of the 5 Seneca County Hartzell and Hartsel family branches are connected. The dinner prayer was led by the family's patriarch, Deacon Robert J. Hartzell of Tiffin.
The reunion weekend began on Friday, with a family campout at Meadowbrook attended by about 30 relatives. Family campfires were held well into the night both Friday and Saturday nights with a large number of cousins circling the fire on both nights.
Among those attending the reunion were Helen & Bob Guinther of Galion; Craig Shoemaker and Andrea Guinther of Columbus; Dave and Donna Elchert of Goshen, Indiana; Victor "Socker" Hartzell Jr. and Roger Hartzell of Defiance; John Hartzell of Napoleon; Joanne & Faye Greene of Tecumseh, Michigan; Mike & Anne Beat of Wellington; Warren & Agnes Welling of Woodville; Norm & Rita Hasselschwert of Stanwood, Michigan; Jim Hartsel and Patrick Hartzel of Cincinnati; Marilyn Rohrbach of Republic; Donald "Bobo" Hartzell of Hamilton, Indiana; and Stephen J. Hartzell, Robert & Marie Hartzell, Joe Hartzell, Rob & Dorothy Robenalt, Bruce Robenalt, Jacci Leon-Guererro, Clara Hartzell, Michael Canton, Jenny Shanteau, Pete Hartzell, Melissa Hartzell, Chad & Angela Hartzell, Jeremy Hartzell, Sarah Hartzell, Bud Shultz, Ellen & Paul Elchert Sr., Doug & Pat Poe, Mike & Beth Elchert, Mary Wuescher, Walter Beat, Elaine Smith, Urb & Pat Elchert, all of Tiffin.
The next reunion is scheduled for the last Saturday of August, 2002, at the same shelterhouse.