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Kangas Family Reunion set for Saturday at Lewisville Park

Family has gathered for 70 consecutive years at same location

The Kangas Family Reunion will take place on Sat., Aug. 18 at Lewisville Park in Battle Ground in the Juniper Section. This year marks the 70th consecutive year for the event.

The first Kangas Family Reunion with all siblings in attendance was held in July 1948 at Lewisville Park. Shown here are the 11 siblings. Photo courtesy of Carol Taylor
The first Kangas Family Reunion with all siblings in attendance was held in July 1948 at Lewisville Park. Shown here are the 11 siblings. Photo courtesy of Carol Taylor

Members of this long-time Clark County Finnish family will be coming from around the United States to attend. The first and second generations are no longer alive, but most of the third generation (first cousins) will be attending with their families (fourth, fifth & sixth generations.)  

The first Kangas Family Reunion with all siblings in attendance was held in July 1948 at Lewisville Park.

Helen Elizabeth Kangas Berggren was the first to come to Clark County in 1925 with her brothers and father eventually all following from North Dakota and Minnesota by the 1940s.  About 40 percent of the extended family still lives in this area today.

The 11 siblings (second generation) all attended the first reunion in 1948. They included:

  • Helen Elizabeth Kangas Berggren (1901-1994)
  • Alfred Leonard Kangers (1903-1973)
  • Eino Mathias Kangas (1904-1989)
  • William Arthur (Bill) Kangas (1907-1987)
  • Elmer Edwin Kangas (1909-1995)
  • Aldrich Emil (Al) Kangas (1911-1972)
  • Andrew L (Andy) Kangas (1913-1995)
  • Arnold Warner Kangas (1915-1995)
  • Charles Willard (Charlie) Kangas (1917-1960)
  • Raymond Louis Kangas (1919-2000)
  • Reuben Everett Kangas (1919-1989)

The third generation included over 40 first cousins.

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Ken Vance got his start in the newspaper industry in 1987 as a reporter at The Columbian Newspaper in Vancouver. Vance graduated from Stevenson High School in Stevenson, WA, and attended Clark College in Vancouver. He worked for The Columbian from 1987-2001. He was most recently a staff member of The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground, where he served as editor since 2010 and reporter since 2007. Vance’s work in the newspaper industry has won him multiple awards, including a first place award from the Society of Professional Journalists for in-depth reporting.

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