CHIEF LOGAN STATE PARK — Forty-seven descendents of Alex and Elizabeth Zekany held a reunion at Chief Logan Convention Center on June 20 to honor one of Logan’s Hungarian families. The Zekanys were featured in the W.Va. Golden Seal magazine in the fall 1991 edition.
Alex was a metal worker in the mines who was trained as a blacksmith before he left Hungary in 1907. Elizabeth was trained by nuns in the art of homemaking and her needlework was of professional quality. The family displayed her work and a continuous slide show showed many family photos including the boarding house for miners which was situated at the entrance of what is now Chief Logan State Park.
As part of the celebration, the family members took a tour of the home-sites and ended with a group picture at their resting places at Forest Lawn cemetery.
Friday night the family enjoyed pizza and salad, along with a lot of visiting and photos. Saturday night, the family shared memories of their grandparents as the convention center staff served their meal in the dining room of the center.
The family is appreciative to grandsons Frank Sonye and Vernon Lovejoy who worked several months arranging the special occasion.