Bits & Pieces


Karsten Adler Hansen was born January 10, 2007, in  Chiangmai, Thailand, and weighed seven pounds, twelve ounces. He is the seventh child of Bruce Alan Hansen and Linda Smith Hansen, and the grandson of Alf. C. Hansen, Jr. (1916-2007) and Norma McCormack Hansen. Karsten’s parents and six siblings live in Nanning, China where Bruce Hansen works as a translator. His Smith grandparents work as missionaries in Thailand.

The entire Hansen family was saddened that the child’s paternal grandfather passed away just eight days before he was born. Alf Hansen was looking forward to the birth of another grandchild, but the Lord called him Home.


A Garrison-Erwin Reunion

Sylvia Kelly Smith reports:

Last month, a planning committee got together to set a date for our next Garrison-Erwin Reunion. Our last one was postponed because of Hurricane Katrina.

It will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2007, at the  air-conditioned  gym of Hebron Baptist Church in Denham Springs, LA. 

Please mark this date on your calendar.  It is for all the descendants of Lot Garrison and Margaret Erwin, as well as others with close family ties.

For more details about the reunion, including directions to its location, times of registration, types of displays being planned, fellowship, etc., please contact Sylvia Smith at”


Bicycle Racing;

A Campbell Family Hobby 

Jim and Denise Campbell, with their children Cheyanne and Zakk, spend much of their recreation time involved with their middle Oregon BMX (Bicycle Moto Cross) group. Cheyanne is now Oregon state champion in her twelve-year-old age group, Zakk is eleventh in his nine-year-old group, and mama Denise is third in her age thirty-six-to-forty age group. Daddy Jim says he rides sometimes, but his part in the family hobby consists mainly of acting as manager, pit boss, co-financier, and cheering squad.

Cheyanne and Zakk ride twenty inch bikes and Denise rides a twenty-four inch cruiser. The racing is done on a six-hundred foot, tightly-packed dirt strip with moto cross obstacles, which require some jumping and lots of pedaling. They race locally two to three times a week and go out of town one or two weekends a month during the season. So far they have raced in their home state of Oregon and in Washington and Nevada. This summer they plan a trip to Pennsylvania to see an old friend and to enter a BMX race that is conveniently scheduled at that time.

Cheyanne and Zakk have each won about fifty trophies a year, and that's every year, and Denise about thirty. Some of the trophies are fairly large; Zakk has one that is taller than he is. They are now collecting only first-place ones and donating second and third place ones back to the group, except for out-of-town trophies. They keep those as sort of a "map" of their   travels.



Cheyanne and Zakk: They are the great-grandchildren of Richard L. Campbell and Helen Erwin Campbell, and the great-great-grandchildren of Odes H. Erwin and Hazel Hayworth Erwin. They are also the 23rd great-grandchildren of Sir William de Irwyn of Drum.







The Nutcracker

Visualize this: Its Christmas Eve in Nuremberg, the city of toys. Governor and Mrs. Silberhaus are having a party and their children, Clara and Fritz, are excited to be allowed to stay up past their usual bedtime. They scamper about as their parents greet arriving guests.

Clara and Fritz play host and hostess for their friends. The children dance and play games. Everyone is excited about the gifts under the tree, wondering which gift is theirs.

To surprise the children, a very special guest arrives: Herr Drosselmeyer, Clara's godfather. Drosselmeyer builds mechanical toys and clocks and has created some wondrous toys for the party, including a windup doll, a harlequin, and a Columbine.

Drosselmeyer has also brought Clara a special gift—a large nutcracker in the shape of a toy soldier. Clara is delighted, but Fritz jealously grabs the Nutcracker away from her. When she demands that he give it back, Fritz angrily throws it down and breaks it. Clara is very upset by Fritz's cruelty to her new toy.

All too soon the party is over and the guests go home. The family retires for the night, but Clara is unable to sleep and returns to see her Nutcracker. An army of mice appears, led by the terrible Mouse King.

The Nutcracker is soon fighting for his life with the aid of the toy soldiers. The battle between the toy soldiers and the mice becomes a duel between the Nutcracker and the Mouse King. When defeat appears imminent for the Nutcracker, Clara helps the Nutcracker to victory. This act of devotion transforms the Nutcracker into a handsome prince.

The Prince takes Clara on a magical journey to the Land of Sweets, and they travel through a forest in the snow. Snowflakes swirl in a beautiful and graceful waltz as the curtain falls on the first act. Continuing on their journey to the Land of Sweets, the Prince and Clara meet the Sugar Plum Fairy who welcomes them warmly to her kingdom. The Prince explains how he vanquished the Mouse King with the help of Clara. To celebrate the victory, Clara and the prince are entertained by a variety of festive dances.

We shall never know if this magical journey of delightful fantasies and sugar spun dreams was a dream—or did it really happen on a Christmas Eve long ago?


The Nutcracker is performed each Christmas season by the Bakersfield Symphony and the Civic Dance Center in Bakersfield, California. John Farrer is the music director, and 2006 was his thirty-second year. Cindy Trueblood has been the dance director and choreographer of the Civic Dance Center since 1968.



Austin, Zachary and Kacey Erwin, children of Scott and Rebecca Erwin of Bakersfield, and 22nd great-grandchildren of Sir William de Irwyn of Drum, were all part of the cast for Nutcracker 2006. This was Austin’s second year as part of the cast, and in 2006 he played the part of Clara’s little brother, a featured part. Zachary had a dancing part as well as an overture boy, and Kacey played the part of one of the toy soldiers who fights the mice. All are looking forward to Nutcracker 2007.









The Bits & Pieces column is intended to be a bulletin board for our extended family. The list of items on it is often short, not - it is suspected - because the list of family events was short, but because the Bagpiper editor was not informed of various family happenings. This newsletter is purely for the benefit of our extended family. It needs the participation of everyone to make it interesting and informative. Please... remember to inform your newsletter of births, deaths, graduations, marriages, special events, etc., etc.