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Rainford Reunion 2024:  What a great event!

  • Final Saturday number of attendees: 93.
  • Financial results are still rolling in and will be posted here
  • We will add everyone's photos on this website; for now, click THIS LINK
  • A survey of your satisfaction and preferences will go out this week.

We had so much fun and now we want to keep in touch with Cousins we met.  You can too!  This website will allow you to send messages directly without knowing contact info.  Just click the name of the person.


93 people in this group!  Remember, the Rainford Cousins page on Facebook and this website are private, no one can join without being approved.  So photos and info are not shared with the World Wide Web!



Schedule for the Big Day at the 2024 Rainford Reunion

What are the activities Saturday June 22?   

Formal activites start about 11 am --check in at the Lodge, our gathering space is at the back. 12138 Ray Smith Drive, Hill City, South Dakota 

  • Check the Sign In Poster, so you can see who is at the Reunion
  • Buffet lunch of pizza and chicken starts at 11:30 and ends at 1:30.  
  • The Portrait of Dr George Rainford will be officially passed down by his great-granddaughter Arlene Potts Cole.
  • The Silent Auction runs all day, walk around the Dakota Lodge and make your bids
  • Elders' Stories from Arlene Potts Cole, Darlene Kahle, Diane Bull, Don and Delaine Heer
  • Play the Reunion Bingo game all day (icebreaker) to win a prize.  LINK

The Lodge activites end at about 4 pm.  Continue with gatherings and games provided by the ranch:

  • Cornhole competitions, cowboy golf, Jenga, 
  • Chickens, ducks, two ponies, goats, pigs
  • Firepit gatherings

What should I bring?

  • Plenty of picnic table seating inside the Lodge but you may want to bring a folding chair and a snack to share in the evening.
  • Dress for changeable weather

Who will be there?

  • Close to 100 cousins who are eager to meet you, share stories, catch up.


Updated 5.2  

  • Darlene Kahle family: Darlene Kahle, Skip Kahle & daughter Michele Montes with kids 4, 2.  Kelly Kahle Northrup with Riley & Megan Northrup and kids 4, 2: Lacy & Andrew Maher and kids 6,4,1.   Holly Kahle, daughters Karsyn, Kailen and Padyn Scheer with kids 14, 7, 5.  Melody Kahle Littau & Curt Littau.   Donna Jean Singer family: Alex, Theresa, Elizabeth, & Sophia Felderman,   Diane Bull: Diane,  Dawn Bull Lundholm & Roy with Dana Bull, Dean Bull and other Bull cousins; possibly Marvel & Bob Havlin.  Delaine Heer family  Delaine & Don, James & Kristy and kids. Darrel Rainford family: Robin & John, Karen & Paul, Pat & daughter Madi Rainford LeBaron & Thomas with 4 boys aged 10, 8, 6,4, Wendy & Steve with son Nick,; Neil & Michelle with sons. Dwight Rainford family:  Rick & Darnell, Clint & Jeannie with kids 18, 15, 10; Chad & Kim with toddler son.  Rhonda & Kevin Gueke with grandson Jordan and son Jason & Lisa Gueke  Delmar Rainford: Clyde Rainford & Kim; Paul & Shelley Rainford with Heidi, Matt and 5 granddaughters.  Delroy Rainford family: maybe kids of Delania Witt. How about Rocky?
  • Belle Rainford Mashino family: Arlene Potts Cole, most direct living descendant of Dr George Rainford, and her husband Dennis, also Todd Cole and Brent Potts. Arlene will bring the portrait of Dr. George that she inherited.
  • Wolfgram: Debbie Wolfgram, daughter of Irene LaBrie Wolfgram--sister of Dolly Rainford
  • LaBrie: Sandra Radlinger, daughter of Evelyn LaChance & Lawrence LaBrie--brother of Dolly Rainford.  Maybe Sandy's daughter Beth and granddaughter Sydney.
  • Klapperich: Thomas Klapperich of Rapid City--Dolly's mother's family.  Also Vickie Sippel, the Klapperich genealogist from Groton SD
  • Bloom and Groft: updates  Derek Groft, Donna Bloom Hipfner, Cody and Chris Bloom, possibly Robert Bloom Samples.

Missing Folks:

It's just not a Rainford Reunion without cousins from the Groft, Bloom, LaBrie, Lenox, Klapperich, Fortin, Besse, Barrie and other related families. We are hoping to see the children of Bev and Ron Rainford , who came to every reunion and shared stories.   We've heard from a few Rainfords who can't make it (Marty Rainford) but you're welcome to change your mind.  We still have a few rooms at the resort site and plenty of RV space plus some people have booked nearby in the town.  We can help, just contact us.  Contact Us 

Rainford Reunion 2024 

DATE:  Saturday, June 22, 2024 is the main day. Many pre- and post gatherings of cousins arriving Wednesday or Thursday, but this is the day everyone is together.

LODGING: High Country Guest Ranch,  12138 Ray Smith Dr, Hill City, SD 57745 in the Black Hills   Booking 605-574-9003

DONATION: $25 per family for food and meeting room rental

STATES:  Cousins are booked from Arizona, California, Indiana, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin.

LINKS:  South Dakota Tourism  Things to Do in the Black Hills

WHAT TO DO:  Call your cousins! Talk to your families!  This website and the Facebook Rainford Cousins page will have lots of updates and ideas for expanded travels, but now is the time to get everyone on board. The Reunion Committee has reserved the big meeting space and set up the day's events.  Each family can book their own lodging.

ALSO: This website allows you to contact other cousins directly; you just click the name to send a message.  


2024 Reunion Committee

Robin Rainford
Kelly Kahle Northrup
Karen Rainford
Melody Kahle Littau
Wendy Rainford
Dawn Bull Lundholm



List of Descendants in Major U.S. Rainford Branches  

(click this link to see how your family fits in with all the US descendants of Dr George Rainford with his English wife, Harriet, and American wife, Margaret.)

The Picture Slideshow

The Besse Connection

The LaBrie Connection

The Klapperich Connection




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•   Neil Rainford  6/19
•   Rhonda And Kevin Rainford (Geuke)  6/13
•   Clinton & Jeanne Rainford  6/13
•   Donna Kay Bloom (Bloom Hipfner)  4/13
•   Paul Osika  8/1
•   Loretta Tucker /Frize  8/1
•   Holly Kahle  8/1
•   Shelley Reidenbach (Rainford)  7/30
•   Delaney Rainford  7/6
•   Madi & Thomas LeBaron  6/24
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Who lives where - click links below to find out.

3 live in Arizona
17 live in California
4 live in Colorado
2 live in Florida
1 lives in Idaho
10 live in Illinois
7 live in Indiana
11 live in Minnesota
1 lives in Mississippi
3 live in Missouri
1 lives in Montana
10 live in Nevada
3 live in North Dakota
1 lives in Ohio
30 live in South Dakota
3 live in Texas
2 live in Virginia
1 lives in Washington
6 live in Wisconsin
1 lives in Wyoming
2 live in United Kingdom
46 location unknown


Know the email address of a missing Cousin? Click here to contact them!


Suggested Donation of $25 per family.