As Hurricane Irma swept into Florida on September 9, 2017, 72 family members, friends and neighbors gathered at the Childers home in Sandhill to again revive the legacy of Squire Childers. The old grist mill ran again, grinding corn into corn meal and wheat into graham flour, as it has done for many years
A crew of dedicated workers transferred the grain into the hopper and did the bagging while many others enjoyed watching the process. When the grinding was completed, Victor Childers, grandson of Squire Childers, asked the blessing on the meal, which Elaine Forrester and the crew from the Rutledge School Restoration group, had provided. After the wonderful meal the afternoon was spent visiting, catching up on family news and making new friends
Those arriving from out of state were Victor Childers and daughter, Jean Childers-Arnold, husband Richard Arnold and children; Theo and Eva Childers-Arnold of Indianapolis, IN and daughter Kathaine Childers-Martin and husband, Larry Martin of Jacksonville, FL; Marjorie Delaney and Gregory Delaney, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; John and Sue Guio, DeKaib, IL; Neil and Rhonda Hoover, Taylorville, IL; Ron and Rachel Hance, Auburn, WA;
Those from Missouri who were in attendence include Paul Slater, Bridgeton; Earl and Cindi Burgdorf, St Louis; Joe Matlick, O’Fallon; Johnny and Carol Matlick, Wentzville; Adam Childers-Arnold, Diane Johnson, Dennis Goodman, Kirksville; Jordan Pellerito, Joe Forrester, Al and Jeanne Diamond, Columbia; Mark Forrester, Scott and Beth Kasper, Kansas City; Pat Berthold, Cletus Berthotd, Wheatland, David Berthold, Camdenton; Jim Washeck, St Peters; Tanner Hawkins, T. Hawkins, Winfield; Steve McPherson, LaBelle; Gwen Laudwig, Greentop; Maurine Robinson, Arbela; Jim and Alisa Kigar, Eli and Elise, Bible Grove.
Those there from Memphis were Ruth Ann Carnes, Sterling and Elaine Forrester, Lucus Thompson, Scott and Angela Westhoff, Kim Nicoli, Marjorie Peterson, Betty Lodewegen, Leon and Marlena Trueblood, Mitch and Nancy McClamroch. Those from Rutledge were John and Beverly Cole, Leroy and Jane Huff, Bob Hunolt, Oren and Celina Erickson, Dale and Judy Good and Kristy, Martin Guinn, Reva Husted, Bob and Angela Neese and Opal Blaine.