Selway reunion held
Descendants of Almira and the late John W. Seubert gathered recently at their Selway cabin for the 36th annual Seubert Selway family reunion the weekend of Aug 14-16.
Thirty-seven direct descendants, married relatives, and guests of the four daughters-Sharon Anderson, Diane James, Sally Hooker, and Patricia (Patsy) Smyth-were in attendance along with their mother, Almira Seubert.
The theme for this year’s reunion was “God Bless America and our Family”. The main celebration followed Saturday night’s “gathering” dinner. Almira’s great-grandchildren paraded the flag and the Pledge of Allegiance was said, followed by the singing by all of “God Bless America.” Master of Ceremonies was Sally Hooker. Great-granddaughter Jenny Wilbur on the acoustical guitar provided entertainment.
The celebration honored Almira’s grandson, Lt. Col Brian James of the Oregon Army National Guard (currently deployed to Iraq) and his wife, Jill and their three sons (Zachary, Justin, and Ryan) who were all in attendance. The patriotic event ended with the singing of Lee Greenwood’s popular song “Proud To Be An American.”
James deployed to Iraq
Lt. Colonel Brian James, Commander of the 141st Brigade Support Battalion, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, of the Oregon Army National Guard and oldest grandson of Almira and the late John W. Seubert of Cottonwood, has been mobilized since early May and most recently deployed to Iraq since early July. His parents are John (LTC, USAF Ret) and Diane (Seubert) James of Spokane Valley, WA.
LTC James’ wife, Jill, and their three sons (Zachary, Justin, Ryan) reside in Vancouver, WA. Jill is an elementary teacher at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. On July 3rd, they all were able to attend the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team casing (deployment) ceremony held at Ft. Stewart, GA., signaling completion of advanced training required prior to deployment.
In addition to being a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Gonzaga University Army ROTC program, LTC James also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from GU. His Masters of Education degree was earned from the University of Portland. As a Captain, he was an Army ROTC instructor at UP. Previous active duty tours have been to Fort Bliss, TX, South Korea, Fort Lewis, WA, and Fort Hood, TX.
In May of 2010, the Oregon Army National Guard is expected to return to the United States. Please remember LTC James and his soldiers in your prayers.