The Martin Heiner family reunion was a big success at the Morgan Stake Center Saturday with approximately 500 descendants of Martin and Adelgunda Heiner in attendance. All eight children of Martin and Adelgunda were represented, as well as descendants of Martin’s nephew, Heinrich Dittmar.
The event began with a program in the chapel. Heiner cousins Garth Heiner and Kathleen Lindsay dressed in period costume and portrayed Martin and Adelgunda telling the story of their immigration from Germany to America, joining the LDS Church and their pioneer journey to Morgan, Utah. This was followed by a presentation about the villages of Walldorf and Wasungen, Germany where the Heiners came from.
A highlight of the program was when representatives of Wasungen were contacted by telephone to join in the program. They read a message from Mayor Manfred Koch which was heard by all in attendance. A message from Morgan Mayor Jim Egbert was then read to the people in Wasungen. There was a proposal from Wasungen to form a sister city relationship with Morgan, due to the many similarities between the two towns. The program was concluded by members of the Heiner family singing “A Mighty Fortress is our God” in German, followed by the congregation singing in English.
There were even games and activities for the children to learn about life in Germany and the history of the Heiners. There was something of interest for everybody.
After a pot luck lunch, activities included viewing displays of family pictures and histories from the various branches of the Heiner family, a trip to the North Morgan Cemetery to visit the Heiner graves, a driving tour of Morgan to view the Heiner points of interest, a visit to the DUP Museum to see many Heiner portraits and artifacts, and a trip to the old Heiner Ranch up Echo Canyon.