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The Imlers, together with their near kinfolk, met on Christmas day at the home of Irvin Imler on Randolph street for a family reunion. This was the family's first effort along this line, but it was such a happy success that officers were chosen and a place selected for the next annual meet.

Besides a most enjoyable time of visiting, there was a bountiful and palatable feast of good things to eat. A recitation was given by Miss Jennette Imler, a reading by T. J. Richardson of Chicago and an address by the Rev. C. G. Roadarmel of Warren, Ind. Those present: Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. William Imler, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Grogg and sons Darewood, Russell and Randel, Miss Gretchen Rettig, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hoover and sons Harry and Claude, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Feagler and son LeRoy, Mr. and Mrs. M.D. Eagan, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Denison, Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Imler and daughters Georgia and *___nette, D. S. Grogg and Mrs. Margaret Feagler, all of the city, Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Smith of Syracuse, Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Richardson of Chicago and the Rev. and Mrs. Roadarmel. Mr. and Mrs. W.E. *Ric____ of Toledo sent their regrets by parcel post in the way of two mince pies better than mother used to make. Mr. and Mrs. William Ungard of Bellevue, Ohio, also sent regrets. Mrs. D. S. Grogg was absent because of the illness of a brother of the Imlers, Levi Imler of Elkhart. (Re: Garrett Clipper - Jan. 1, 1914)


Mrs. John Ingersoll enjoyed a family reunion of her family at her home in Waterloo last Sunday. Those present were Marion Ingersoll, of Akron, Ohio, Leland Ingersoll and family, of San Diego, Cal., Frank Douglass and wife, of Auburn, W. H. Bowman, and family, of Toledo, and Ernest Bowman, and family of Toledo. All of the children were present with the exception of Ivan Ingersoll, of Hollister, Cal., and Cyrus Bowman, of Omaha, Neb. This is the first time in ten years that so many of the family had been together and it was a very enjoyable occasion. (Re: Waterloo Press - May 18, 1917)


The eighth annual reunion of the Jennings family was held at the home of Jacob Helwig and family Sept. 5, 1914. At the usual hour the members of the family arrived and a hearty hand shake and smile was given to one and all. At the noon hour the table was loaded with all the appetizing food that hands could prepare. A short time was spent in visiting. Miss Ada Bunker arrived and arranged all for a picture. She says we are all looking better than last year. There has been one death and four births in the past year. There were 105 present and those from a distance were as follows: Georgina Harris, Samuel Smith and wife and son and daughter of Toledo; Deadly Webber of Ft. Wayne; Rebecca Kimball, E. L. Kimmel, A. M. Diets an Clyde Dietz, Helmer, Ind., Wallace Beamer, wife and son and daughter of Carrollton; Miss Cavada Jennings of Kendallville; Floyd McClellan, wife and daughter of Three Rivers, Mich.; Mary Rosenberry of Canton, Ohio; Miss Georgia Wise assisted in the program and was enjoyed by all. A collection of $5 was given her to assist in her music. The following officers were elected for the next year: President, Jacob Helwig; Vice Pres., Jacob Jennings; Secretary, Mrs. Snyder; Treas. Roy Jennings; Chorister, Ruby Jennings; Pianist, Sarah Bell Helwig; The next reunion will be held at the home of Jacob Mowery and family the first Saturday in Sept. 1915.

Among the many delightful incidents of the Jennings family reunion none afforded more pleasure than did the opportunity to once more greet Mr. and Mrs. William Jennings, the oldest of the Jennings family now living. Mrs. Jennings who was Miss Annie McCord was born near Ypsilanti, Mich.; July 22, 1836 and her fathers family of seven children she alone survives and her only relatives, aside from he own children, are the McCords of Iowa and the Cranes of Angola. Mr. Jennings was born in Carroll county, Ohio October 14, 1835 and came to DeKalb county with his parents when but a lad of eight. Through nearing the fourscore year mark both are active and able to assist in the general work about the home, Mr. Jennings having assisted in shocking twenty two acres of wheat this past harvest. During their long journey together, fifty five years the third of last May, they have acquired a good farm, a comfortable homestead which has ever been, known as one of the most hospitable of homes. One daughter, Olive lives with them in the old home while a son lives near. Mrs. D. E. McClellan is also a daughter and Hiram, the eldest of the family resides in Iowa, another son Jesse having died a number of years ago. Only one grandchild remains since the tragic death of Chester Jennings a little more than a year ago. As citizens of the community none have lived more exemplary lives, as neighbors none are more charitable, and as friends none are more genuine than Mr. and Mrs. William Jennings. Neighbors and friends united with the Jennings family in congratulation Mr. and Mrs. Jennings and trust they may enjoy for many years the comfortable contentment which no rewards their years of toll. (Re; Butler Weekly Record - Sept. 11, 1914)


The following account of the Jones and Chaney family reunion, held in Ashland county, Ohio, will be of interest of many readers of the The Press, as a number of people living in this county are members of the families mentioned. Our townsmen, J. W. Jones and George M. Crane are related to the families. But were unable to attend the reunion. The second annual reunion of the Chaney and Jones family was held at the residence of Mr. Josiah Chaney, in Orange, September 30th. Members of the respective families were present from the States of Iowa, Michigan and Indiana, some of them after an absence of more than thirty years, from the scenes of their childhood. A splendid dinner was served by the generous hostess, at which one hundred and five persons sat down, a fact which speaks more for her liberally that any word of comment could. After the more than twelve baskets full of fragments were gathered up, the president of the association, Rev. P. R. Rosenberry, called the guests to order, and announced the 798 hymn of the M. E. Hymnal; following the singing of which the Rev. Mr. Hagerman offered prayer. The secretary, Dr. Bowman of Spencerville, Indiana , being absent, J. W. Cummings was chosen to fill his place. The chaplain and pro tem secretary were members of the Chaney-Jones family by adoption for the day, but they enjoyed the day as well as if they had been to the manor born. The preliminary exercises were followed by the inaugural address of the president, who, with pardonable satisfaction, called the members of the association to remember that the blood of the four best nationalities formed the basis element of their family, and that heir ancestors had fought for the establishment of this government. By motion, the homestead of Mr. Milton Chaney, near Sedan, Indiana, the former residence to father Charles Chaney, was chosen as the place for the next annual reunion,. It was further ordered that the meeting should be considered a sufficient invitation to all members of the two families without further notice. By motion, the secretary was requested to publish the proceedings of the meeting in the Ashland papers. The formal meeting of the association was closed with the Apostolic benediction. One of the most interesting features of the reunion did not belong strictly to the program. The host and his wife were surprised by being made the recipients of some valuable presents. The guests departed with the full determination to attend the next meeting, if possible, at Sedan, Indiana, Set. 30, 1886. (Re: Waterloo Press - Oct. 5, 1885 pg 5 col 3)


The Jackman family met at C. C. Boyer's on Friday, Feb. 7th 1890, in Franklin township, DeKalb county, Ind., and were entertained by Mrs. C. C. Boyer and Mrs. Alma Boyle, the family all being present that are now living, namely, Cyrus Jackman and wife, Wesley Jackman and wife, Adam C. Jackman and wife, now residing in Grand Rapids, Mich., John Peterman and wife, Mrs. Sarah Boyer, Mrs. Lydia Jackman, Maria Jackman. Average age of the 5 now living is 62 years. After enjoying a most sumptuous dinner and an afternoon of most enjoyable visit, talking over their pioneer lives and this brought to them very vividly the fact that one half of the family of ten had already passed over to the better world, they yet felt that God had been very kind to them, allowing them to enjoy such a happy reunion together. (Re: Auburn Courier - Mar. 13, 1890)


The Second Annual Reunion of the Lanning family was held at the home of Wm. Lanning, one mile west and one mile south of Butler, Ind., on Thursday, August 27, 1914. A large crowd began to gather at an early hour with well, filled baskets and at noon two large tables were filled with everything good to eat. Everyone enjoyed themselves. About 2:30 the house was called to order by the President, Henry Lanning and the program was as follows: Song, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus." Prayer by Dr. A. A. Kester. Song, "Nearer My God to Thee." Welcome Address, Wm. Chambers. Reading of report of last meeting. Solo---Georgia Wise. Recitation---Mildred Teutsch. Instrumental music---Agnes Hasack. Instrumental music---Georgia Wise. Recitation---May Lanning. Instrumental music---Esther Bowlby. Solo---Georgia Wise. Recitation---Olive Bell. A number of letters from absent friends were read by J. R. Lanning. Music---Georgia Wise.

A short sketch of the early history of the Lanning family, written by Hon. Jay C. Lanning, read by Henry Lanning. Closing song, "God Be With You Till We Meet Again," sang by Georgia Wise. There were in all about 70 percent. The selection of the next reunion was made for Rome City on or about the last Thursday in August 1915; The election of the officers was as follows:

Henry Lanning, President; T. L. Brown, Vice President; Miss Clara Lanning, Sec'y and Treas. Entertainment committee, J. C. Lanning, Mrs. Nellie Raetteg, Sturgis, Mich., Stella Perry, Garrett, Nora James, Milford, Mrs. Fernando Cole of Butler, J. R. Lanning of Moores. Music committee, Mrs. Roy Lanning of Sturgis, Mich., Mrs. Leota Woods of Ft. Wayne, Miss Agnes Hosack of Butler. At a late hour they all parted hoping to all meet again and very many more. One who was there. (Re: Butler Weekly Record - Sept. 4, 1914)


The annual reunion of the Leas family was held at the commodious home of Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Leas on South Wayne street, last Thursday, Aug. 9, 1906. The day proved a complete success, although the threatening rain in the morning kept some away. However, there were one hundred twenty-six present. The following is a list of those present: Mrs. Amanda Leas, Mrs. Ruth Leas, Mrs. Amanda Hendry, Earl D. Leas, wife and three children, Wayne, Ralph and Vernon, from Angola, Ind.; Mrs. Ann Leas, Jacob H. Leas and wife, John S. Leas, daughter, Kadus and son, Lloyd, Hezekiah R. Leas, wife and five children, Carl, Norma, Bonnie, Herber and Ralph, David W. Leas and son Fay, Marion Sparks, wife and four children, Ward, Vern, Earl and Wanda, William A. Leas and wife, L. R. Waterman and wife, John T. Leas and three sons, Freeman, Ward and Warren, Marvin Leas, wife and daughter, Mildred, from Hudson, Ind.; James B. Whysong, wife an two sons, Harold and Van, C. S. Thompson and wife, from Ashley, Ind.; Oscar H. Taylor, wife and son Russel, John L. Taylor, wife and son, Oscar A., B.B. Taylor and wife, M. J. Waterman, and three daughters, Mabel, Grace and Ruth, from Hamilton, Ind.; George W. Deitrick and wife, Carl Schomberg, wife and son, Frank, from Auburn, Ind.; Douglas Deitrick, wife and daughter, Lucile, Mrs. Addie Brummond and son, Ory, O. L. Waterman, C. Deitrick and C. E. Berry, from Fort Wayne, Ind.; George Parr, wife, from Helmer, Ind.; E.B. Whysong and wife, Fred Whysong, wife and two children, Luella and Alice, from Pleasant Lake, Indiana; L. M. Leas, L. A. Housely, wife and daughter Florence, Mrs. Charles Smathers, Carl Rice, Roscoe Rice, from Canton, Ohio; Doctor Ralph C. Wallace and wife, from Brockport, New York; D. L. Leas, wife and daughter Stella, Obediah Leas and wife, H. K. Leas, Albert Yeagy, wife and daughter, Leora, Byron Leas, wife, Frank Leas, wife and two daughters, Reuah and Verna. Mrs. Henry Boozer and son, Ralph, Mrs. Cassie Beard and daughter, Etta, T.E. Imhoff, wife and son, Harry, Ira Till, wife and five children, Fern, Fay, Thelma, Bessie and Carle, William D. Beard, C. B. Williamson, F. M. Beidler and Miss Lulu Hine, of Waterloo.

At noon the guest were comfortably seated at an L shaped table under the beautiful maples on the south of the residence, the sons and daughters of the late John Leas Jr., Jacob H., John S, William H., Obediah, Hezekiah K., Daniel L. Leas, Elizabeth L. Taylor and Adaline Waterman, being seated in the shorter end of the "L", the remaining guest occupying the longer part thereof. The table beautiful decorated with flowers, Thanks was returned by Mr. L. A. Housely, of Canton, Ohio. All partook of the supply and a good quantity was left. After dinner a large picture of the assembly was made by R. W. McBride. The following program was rendered: Vocal Solo, "At Last,"Miss Fearne Leas. Secretary's Report of meeting of 1905 read and adopted. Monologue, Elixir of Youth," five parts, Miss Fearne Leas. Recitation, "An old Played Out? Song, " Grace Waterman. Recitation, "When the Fairies Lived Here, " Ruth Waterman. History of Leas Family last year by Secretary, showing three births and one death and one marriage during the year. Recitation "Two Little Kittens," Fern Till. Recitation, "Pumpkin Seed I Planted." Florence Housely. Recitation, "The Little Questioner, " Fay Till. Recitation, "A Slight Misunderstanding," Mildred Leas. Recitation, "Asleep in Church," Etta Beard. Vocal Solo, "Why Don't you Try?" Fearne Leas. The usual contest at base ball between DeKalb and Steuben county representatives occurred, with Wayne Leas as umpire. The honors fell to DeKalb. Souvenir Buttons with the pictures of D. L. Leas and family and the date, place of meeting were presented by the hosts to each guest. Before saying farewell the family and guest had light refreshments, ice cream and cake, and parted with a good cheer for their respective homes, except those from other states, who remained with friends until the 12th. The next annual meeting will be held at the home of J. H. Leas, Hudson, Ind., on Aug. 15, 1907. The officers for the year are Jacob H. Leas, President and William H. Leas, Secretary. (Re: Waterloo Press - Aug. 16, 1906)


The Leas family reunion was held at the residence of Jacob H. Leas at Hudson, Ind. August 8, 1907. Among the earlier settlers of Steuben county, Indiana, in Salem township, was John Leas, Jr., who settled on a part of Sec.35, Tp. 36 N.R. 12 E. Mr. Leas located at that place in 1842, where he resided until 1868. The family, with relatives and friends assembled at the residence of the oldest surviving son, Jacob H. Leas, who resides on the W. 1/2 S. E. 1/4 of Section 25 in that township, on the said date and by resister 126 were present by time dinner was prepared. Among those present were the six sons and two daughters of the early pioneer. Two of the sons have always been continuous residents of that township, Jacob H. Leas having from the time of leaving his father's home settled on the place where he now lives which at the time was an unbroken forest and out of which, he by his labor, has one of the most beautiful farms of Indiana. It is needless to say that all resent had a most enjoyable day and enjoyed the meeting. Among those present were many from Steuben and DeKalb counties, also a representation from several residents of other states. A report to births during the year shows 3; marriages 1, and deaths 1.

After the noon hour a report of the previous meeting of 1906 was read, and an address was given by Mrs. Charles Thomson; recitations by several of the children, "The Picnic," Etta Beard; "Helping Mother." Wanda Sparks; "Jack in the Well," Faye Leas; "Burdock's Goat" Mildred Leas, and "Milking Time," Etta Beard. H. K. Leas then told a story of forty years ago. The register shows the following were present: Jacob Leas, Clara A. Leas, Addie W. ___an, William H. Leas, Emma D. Leas, Allie Deitrick, Ada Whysong, James Whysong, Ann Leas, John S. Leas, Lydia Leas, Lloyd Leas, William Leas, Jennie Leas, Joseph Leas, Della Leas, Russel Leas, Hilda Leas, B. B. Taylor, Edna Taylor, Byron Leas, Otie Leas, William Marks, Tillie Marks. Frank Leas, Clara Leas, Reuah Leas, Verna Leas, J. Albert Leas, Wayne D. Leas, Ralph Leas, Vern Leas, Belle Dunlap, Carrie Leas, Jennie Leas, Marvin Leas, Mildred Leas, L. R. Waterman, Mabel M. Waterman, M. J. Sparks, Nancy J. Sparks, Ward Sparks, Vern Sparks, Earl Sparks, Wanda Sparks, D. L. Leas. Nellie M. Leas, Fearne Leas, M. J. Waterman, Otto Waterman, Mabel Waterman, Grace Waterman, Ruth Waterman, J. Wayne Waterman, Estella Leas Peters, Decatur, Zella Farmer, Oakland City; Obe Leas, Lydia Leas, George Parr, Catherine Parr, Bessie Parr, Carle Schomberg, Lulu Schomberg, Frank Schomberg, Auburn; A. M. Leas, Ruth Leas, Angola; Oscar H. Taylor, Libbie Taylor, Hamilton; Honnie Leas, Gibbon Neb., M. A. Averill, Mrs. F. N. Averill, Portland, Ore.; Norma Leas, Bonnie Leas, Gand_us Leas, H. B. Weight and wife, Angola; Harry Dunlap, H. K. Leas, Ida M. Leas, Grace Wilcox, H. K. Leas, Carle Leas, Heber Leas, Ralph Leas, Caroline Leas, William Wilhelm, Electa Wilhelm, Shirley Wilhelm, Clyde Wilhelm, Cassie Beard, Etta Beard, Annetta Hood, Paul Hood, Ira Till, Cora Till, Fearne Till, Faye Till, Thelma Till, Bessie Till, Carl Till, John L. Taylor, Blanche Taylor Oscar Taylor, Charles Parnell, and wife, Mrs. Philip Parnell, D. W. Leas, Merty Leas, Fay Leas, Frank Nelson, Emma Nelson, Ellis Whysong, Josie Whysong, George Deitrick, Alice Deitrick, Auburn, Ward Leas, Freeman Leas, Arien Leas, Elmer Leas, C. S. Thomson, Libbie Thomas, Russel L. Taylor F. C. Deitrich. In the afternoon, by choice of sides, the younger men selected a base ball team for their usual annual contest and at the same the honors were a tie.

The election of the ensuing year officers was as follows: President, John S. Leas; secretary, William H. Leas; Treasurer, D. L. Leas. The president then named the date of the reunion for 1908 to be held at his residence in Salem township, August 20, 1908. The souvenir cards consisted of cards with a monogram, Leas, August 8, 1907, on which were photos of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Leas. The design was drawn by Mrs. F. N. Averill, of Portland, Or.; Virgil Cline, of Angola, photographer, took a group picture of the people assembled and informed the writer that those wishing copies of the same could procure them at his studio in Angola. Respectfully Yours, William H. Leas, Sec'y, Jacob H. Leas, Pres. (Re: Waterloo Press - Aug. 15, 1907)


The thirty-fifth annual reunion of the Leas family was held in Waterloo on Friday of last week, at the very pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Leas. The event proved to be of more interest than heretofore, as do the succeeding reunions as the numbers increase. There were eighty-eight present at this reunion, and it was a happy event, the guest arriving early in the day and enjoying the social hours before the big picnic dinner. The afternoon was given to an interesting program, telling of reminiscences and a general good time. At four o'clock ice cream and cake was served as the concluding feature of the day. At the noon hour after the tables had been heavily laden with appetite-encouraging things, the host, D. L. Leas, in a brief address, bade hearty welcome to the guest and indulged in witticisms appropriate to the occasion. Prayer was offered by Mrs. Byron Leas after which the guest proceeded to devour the good things which had been prepared for them. Following the dinner, W. H. Leas, secretary of the reunion, read the minutes of the preceding reunion and the following program was rendered. Piano duet, Miss Fearne Leas and Ruth Waterman; recitation, Wava Nelson; recitation, Irene Marks; solo, R. E. Peters; pioneer stories relating to the Leas family, Miss Ora Yeagy; recitation, Leah Peters; and report of births and deaths and marriages, William H. Leas. John Leas, whose descendant celebrated today, was one of the pioneer residents of northern Indiana. He came here in 1839 and was one of the first three families to settle in Salem township, Steuben county. In 1869 he moved to Waterloo, where he resided until his death, June 16, 1897. He was the father of twelve children, seven of whose names follow, survive: Jacob H. Leas, Hudson; William H. Leas, Waterloo; Obediah Leas, Waterloo; H. K. Leas, Waterloo; Elizabeth L. Taylor, Hamilton; Adeline Waterman, Hamilton and D. L. Leas, Waterloo. D. L. Leas, the host at the reunion was voted a royal entertainer. The 1916 reunion will be presided over by Jacob H. Leas, and Attorney William H. Leas will be secretary. (Re: Waterloo Press - Sept. 2, 1915)


The thirty-seventh annual reunion of the Leas family was held at the home of Mrs. H. R. Leas northwest of Hudson last Thursday. At an early hour the relatives and friends assembled, and the register, shows that there were in attendance 134, all came with well filled baskets, had an enjoyable time until the hour of 12 arrived when a sumptuous dinner was served on the lawn in front of the residence. The oldest person present was Mrs. A. M. Leas, of Angola, and the youngest child being that of Ward and Zema Sparks, Richard Daniel Sparks,, born on June 5th, 1917, during the past year there were five births and four marriages, one death. After the noon hour a business meeting was held. Jacob H. Leas was elected President; William H. Leas secretary, Mrs. R. E. Peters Assistant Secretary, Marion Sparks Treasurer. A short program consisting of music, by Dr. and Mrs. Doctor Tracy, Welcome address by Ruby Leas, Talk by R. E. Peters and Fay Leas. Those from a distance in attendance, were Mr. and Mrs. Martin Rice, Canton, Ohio, Mrs. and Mrs. C. W. Smathers, Canton, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Peters and daughter Leah V. of Fort Wayne, Mrs. A. M. Leas, Mrs. Ruth Leas, Mr. And Mrs. G. Y. Daum, Angola, Mrs. A. L. Cameron, Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Thompson, Ashley, Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. John L. Taylor, Mrs. Benj. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Waterman, Hamilton, Mr. and Mrs. H. K. Leas, Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Leas, Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Leas, Mr. and Mrs. Bryon Leas, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Schomberg, W. H. Leas, Mr. and Mrs. O. Leas, of Waterloo and Mrs. P. Hamman, Butler. In the afternoon a game of base-ball was indulged in by the younger people, in which the "Leas Family" was winner, at the hour of 3:30 the hostess served Ice Cream Cake and Lemonade, and the relatives and friends adjourned to meet in August 1918 at School Park, in Waterloo, the date to be fixed by the President. (Re: Waterloo Press - Aug. 30 1917)


The fifth reunion of the McClellan family was held at the home of Daniel McClellan, two miles north of Artic, September 14, 1907. A large crowd was present, fifty-four in all. After the bountiful dinner was served, at which the guests were all seated, a program was rendered, consisting of instrumental. Music, songs and recitations.

Officers were elected for the following year with Daniel McClellan as president, Cora Hanna, Secretary, Louie Wise, treasurer. Then ice cream and cake was served. One feature of the day was one sister and son being present that had not been here for fourteen yeas, they making four states represented. Those present from a distance were Mrs. Chloe Dinius and son Roy, of Emporia, Kans., Mrs. Etta Leibold of Detroit, Mich., Mr. and Mrs. Chris Landall, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Miller, of Ohio. (Re: Hamilton News - Sept. 20, 1907)


The 12th annual reunion of the McClellan family was held t the old McClellan home, now belonging to Guy Eddy, Sept 12, 1914. The day was rather cool but fair and by noon the number of 72 had assembled to enjoy the day together. The forenoon was spent in friendly converse, and as the dinner hour drew near we all became delighted with the tempting display for the culinary department of the "McClellan" homes. To say the tables "groaned" is putting it mildly, but when all had finished eating the groans proceeded from another source. After dinner President McClellan called order and a program was rendered and business transacted. The program rendered consisted of opening prayer by D. M. McClellan, music, songs and recitations. President McClellan gave an interesting history of the McClellan family, which we all enjoyed. A motion was made and supported that the old officers remain for another year. There were two births, Florence daughter, of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde McClellan and Loyd, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wise. One marriage that of Ruth Wise and Paul Nichols. One death that of Cully Hanna. Those from a distance were Floyd McClellan, wife and daughter Anieta of Three Rivers, Mich., and George McClellan of Danville, Ill. The men folks had a shooting match with their father, Daniel McClellan's rifle, the one he brought with him when he moved to this part of the country. D.E. McClellan was the best shot. they also played horse shoe. The next reunion will be held at the home of John Everetts and wife at Edon, Ohio, the last Saturday in August 1915. Watermelon and ice cream were served just before leaving and farewells were expressed and all departed feeling that the time and place had been ideal and the entertaining friends had spared no effort to make the reunion a success. All hoped to meet in reunion again. (Re: Butler Weekly Record - Sept. 18, 1914)


Last Sunday, Aug. 12th at the home of Mr. and Mrs. David Skelly on what is known as the "Old Jacob Myers Farm" in Smithfield township there occurred the first reunion of the Myers family. Al enjoyed a very pleasant day by joking about their boyhood and girlhood days, and also with music by the young people. And of course there was a dinner, a feast which was enjoyed fully as well and given ample justice by the assembled guest. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. David Skelly, Elmer, Carlo and Ray, of Ashley; Mr. and Mrs. Peter Coyle, Artis, Ona, Vera, Leathie and Harold, of Hudson; Mr. and Mrs. Frank P. Myers, Clark, Glen, and Mayme, of Waterloo, Mrs. and Mrs. John Myers Vern, Ernest, Lloyd, Nettie and Homer, of Ashley; Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Myers, of Hudson; Mr. Amos Myers, Irene and Ersayl, of Osseo, Mich., Mr. and Mrs. George Myers, Jay, Guy, Ethyl, Hazel, Elizabeth, Maud, Gail, Russell, Goldie and Donald, of Waterloo; Mr. Richard Rockwell, of Hubbard, Neb.; Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Brand, John, Ethel, and Howard, of Fairfield Center; Mr. Joseph and Miss Susan Zonker, of Hudson; Mr. and Mrs. Byron McEndarfer, of Waterloo and Mrs. Riley King, of Waterloo. (Re: Waterloo Press - Aug. 16, 1906)


The first annual reunion of the McClellan family was held at the home of Henry Whitman is Otsego township on New Year's day. Of the twelve children there were present five girls and four boys with their families of children and grandchildren, in all thirty-eight. And to say they had a good time is putting it mild. After greetings and wishing each and all a Happy New Year we all gathered around the table, which was loaded with good things and to which all did ample justice. After dinner we had our pictures taken in groups by artist Charles Zeigler of Hamilton, after which good byes were said and all returned to their home. Those here from a distance were Caroline Fink nee McClellan and husband of Barberton, Ohio. The next reunion will be held at the home of Geo. Wise some time in September. (Re: Butler Record - Jan. 10, 1902 pg1 col 5)


Last Thursday, the 20th , was a red letter day for the Newcomer families. On this occasion they celebrated their fourth annual reunion at the home of Mr. George Newcomer in the first ward, at which nearly one hundred in attendance. It was quite early in the forenoon when the guests began to assemble, some of them coming from quite a distance and long before the noon hour there was a jolly crowd together which made the day a pleasant one. The weather was perfect for a reunion of this character. At noon the families and their friends sat down to a sumptuous dinner spread on table under the shade of the trees and also the shade of a canvas stretched over the tables for the occasion, so that every comfort should be enjoyed. It was a feast for all, and during the serving of the meal, which was ample for at least double the number present, music was furnished by a graphaphone. At the close of the dinner a photograph was taken of the whole number present, which well be a pleasant remembrance of the occasion. Among the guest present were those from this community and the surrounding country, and others for Bryan, Ohio, Carey, Ohio, Clayton, Mich., and other points. Among those were Levi N. and Samuel N. Newcomer, from Carey, who are brothers and they are among the oldest ones of the family now surviving, being cousins of Mr. George Newcomer of this place. There is but little known of the Newcomer family history, and even the oldest of the Newcomers today were unable to tell much of their ancestors. It is for that reason that the reunions of the family are to be continued and there by best perpetuate the memory of the family and carry out the history of the same so far as possible. After the dinner was served, music was rendered on the organ, and vocal solos were enjoyed. Then came a regular program arranged for the (not finished) (Re: Waterloo Press)


Christmas day witnessed a very pleasant gathering at the home of Jerre Plum, one mile east of this place; it being the occasion of a reunion of the family of Mr. Plum. On this day, 57 years ago, Mr. P. was married to Miss Jane Scott, making it also the anniversary of that important event. To them were born 7 children, four sons and three daughters, all of whom were present on this occasion. The oldest son, Obediah, who lives in Iowa City, Ia., had not been with the family for about 32 years. Thus the family once more gathered around the home fireside after a separation of over a quarter of a century. Martin, second son, lives in Shelby, Iowa, Andrew Plum and family, of Butler, Ind., Phil Plum and wife, of Auburn, D. F. Smith and family of Auburn, J. W. Jones and family, and Margaret Texter, and children, of Waterloo, were present. There are 24 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Three sons served in the army during the war of the Rebellion. The oldest son, Obe, being so unfortunate as to loose the sight of one eye, from injuries sustained while in the service. The combined age of the children, including the parents, are 486; average age, 54 years. After the happy greetings on such occasions, the family gathered once more (as in the days of yore,) around the festive board, groaning with the substantial, as well as the delicacies of life, and as each took his or her place at the table, it was with a feeling of joy mingled with sadness-joy at the meeting, and sad with the thought that it would in all probability be the last feast to which they would ever all gather in this world, and that the next meeting would be in the sweet, beyond where partings never come. The day passed very pleasantly to all, and the day being one of the fairest that could be desired. The services of Mr. Davison the Waterloo artist, was procured, and a negative was taken of the aged couple with their children about them. It is to be hoped that this venerable couple who have passed nearly three score years together may be able to gather their children about them, if not again in this world, in that sun bright chine, each wearing a jewel in their crown. (Re: Waterloo Press - Jan. 2, 1890)


Corunna, Sept. 2-The first annual reunion of the Rynearson and Shade families was held at the country home of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Rynearson, one mile south of here, yesterday, with 42 relatives in attendance. The value of such gatherings was manifested from the fact that in some instances relatives met for the first time, while others who had not seen each other in twenty years assembled to review by-gone days. Those present came from South Bend, Mishawaka, Kendallville, Auburn and Hudson. The oldest person present was 70 years, the youngest one year. At noon the basket dinner was served and at the business session in the afternoon, an organization was perfected with officers elected as follows: President, Mrs. George McDonald; vice-president, Mrs. Floyd Rynearson; secretary-treasurer, Mrs. George Rynearson. A committee comprised of Frank Shade and Carl Rynearson, South Bend and Earl Schrader, Auburn, was named to arrange for the second reunion to be held the first Monday in September, 1925. During the afternoon a ball game was staged, sides being chosen among the members with men, women, boys and girls, young and old, participating. The score was 18 to 16. Lottie Rynearson, Auburn, was arbiter of the game. Mrs. George McDonald, Corunna, score keeper. (Re: Garrett Clipper 1924)


Fifty-six members of the Ryneason and Shade families gathered at the Kendallville fair grounds yesterday to participate in the second-annual reunion. It proved a most enjoyable gathering with members present from Pioneer and Archbold, Ohio, and North Liberty, South Bend, Mishawaka, Hudson Corunna, Auburn, and Kendallville, Indiana. A bounteous basket dinner was served at noon and during the afternoon an unusually interesting literary and musical program was carried out. Two outstanding features of the program were a solo by Mr. Amanda Shade of Auburn, who is past seventy years of age, and a reading by Mrs. George Greenwood of Hudson, who is past sixty years of age. At the business session George Shade of North Liberty was elected president; George McDonald of Corunna, vice-president, and Ruth Rynearson of Kendallville, secretary and treasurer. It was announced that during the past year there were __ births, one marriage and no deaths. (Re: Garrett Clipper - 1925)


The second annual reunion of the Schultz-Mann families was held at the home of Mr. Amanda Shultz, Aug. 12. There were eighty-four present. The day was spent in visiting and a short program. The next reunion will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Clark the second Sunday in Aug. 1918. The officers elected for the next year were: John Clark, pres; A. L. Shultz, treas; Ida Mann, sec. Those present from a distance were: Mrs. Arthur Husselman of Fort Wayne, William Shultz, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Shultz and son Harry, of Middlebury, Ind.; Mr. and Mrs. John Wewell and grandsons, Nelson and Huston Shultz; Mr. and Mr. Marvin Shultz of Bristol, Ind.; Mrs. Arilla Graves and Mrs. Mrs. James Walley of Elkhart, Ind.; Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Shultz and grandson, Wayne Lehman of Butler, Ind. (Re: Waterloo Press - Aug. 23, 1917 pg 5 col 4)


The fourth family reunion of the Swartz families was held on the old homestead of William Swartz now owned by Melvin Swartz, one mile south of Waterloo, Thursday, Aug. 15, 1907. The reunion was called to order by the president, Melvin Swartz, who delivered an address of welcome to those present. The following program was given:

Piano Solo, Olie Bachtel; Prayer, Rev. S. P. Klotz; Vocal solo, Blanche Wilkins; Recitation, Myrtle Swartz; Recitation, Jaunita Miller; Song, Paul Swartz; Recitation, Newton Swartz; Recitation, Paul Curry; Piano solo, Edna Broughton; Short talk, Rev. S. Snyder; Recitation, Mrs. Jennie Fletcher; Solo, Blanche Wilkins; Then followed the election of officers for the ensuing year: President-Davis Vanzants; Vice President-John Swartz Secretary and treasurer-Laura Swartz. Next reunion to be held the last Thursday in August 1908, in Wells county, Ind. Three tables were filled with all the luxuries that goes to satisfy the inner man, the tables being filled twice. All enjoyed the dinner immensely. About 124 were present and partook of the dinner. Those that registered were: George Swartz and wife; John Swartz and John Swartz, sr., and wife; Wm. Swartz, wife and three children, John Swartz, jr., and wife; Forest Swartz and wife; Edson Swartz; Bessie Johnson, of Athens, Mich.; Frank Chroninger and wife; Henry Beatty and wife, of Liberty Center, O.; Elias Swartz, wife and daughter; Levi and Devilla Swartz; Augustus Swartz and wife; Emanuel Knauer, wife and daughter. Oscar Swartz, wife and daughter; Mr. Vincennes and wife; Margaret Swartz, of Bluffton, Ind.; Joe Kosht and wife; Esta Miller, wife and three children; Mrs. Curry and son and Guy Kosht, of Nova, O.; Elmer Swartz and wife, of Battle Creek, Mich.; Frank Swartz and daughter of Garrett; Elmer Swartz; Mrs. Dr. N. J. Shook, of Kendallville; Ida Swartz; W. J. Batorff, of Ligonier; Mary and Davis Vanzants; Mrs. W. H. Wilkins and son; Mrs. L. Snyder, S. A. Bowman, wife and five children; Mrs. Harriet and Ella Fisher; Robert Patterson and wife; Bert Bachtel and wife; Mrs. Lizzie Shoemaker and two children; Byron Leas and wife; Sol Fisher, wife and daughter; Mrs. J. W. Bachtel; Mrs. Henry Shoemaker; E.E. Miller and wife; O. B. Wise; S. E. McEntarfer; Wesley Fulton, wife and daughter; Floyd and Ollie Bachtel; Agnes Braun; Newton Swartz; Rev. S. Snyder, C. North; Dr. Frank Broughton, wife and daughter; David Shook and wife; Orlando Seery and wife; J. D. Fisher, wife and daughter; Dr. M. J. Shook; Mel Swartz and wife; Tarring Swartz, wife and son. A large number did not register. All went home wishing they might attend a Swartz reunion every day. The day was ideal for the reunion and all enjoyed themselves in the spacious front yard of the beautiful farm home. Mel Swartz, President; Jennie Fletcher, Secretary; (Re: Waterloo Press Aug. 22, 1907)


Mr. and Mrs. Michael Shoudel whose home is about five miles southeast of town held a family reunion May 24, on account of Balzer Shoudel who has not been at home for twenty-five years. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Baltzer Shoudel and children from Hesperia, Cal., Mr. and Mrs. Schuder Shutt and children of Woodburn, Ind.; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Janorshke and children for Fort Wayne, Mr. and Mrs. John Shunk and children of Garrett, Mr. and Mrs. John Shoudel and children of Auburn, Mrs. John Wetoskey and children of north of Auburn, Mr. and Mrs. Mathias Shoudel and children east of Auburn, Michel Shoudel, Miss Dillie Shoudel and Miss Alice Carnaham. At noon hour a bountiful dinner was served and the afternoon was spent in a social manner and is serving ice cream and cake and also in music and German singing. It was a reunion long to be remembered. (Re: Auburn Courier - May 28, 1903)

Stroh Family

The annual reunion of the Stroh family was held in the basement of the U. B. church last Thursday, and it proved to be one of the happiest gatherings that this family has ever had. Members of the families came to Waterloo from several surrounding states, and when they were all gathered it was estimated that there were about one hundred seventy present. A big dinner was served at the tables of the church basement, and the afternoon was spent in a very pleasant manner. There were recitations, addresses and a general good time that made the day one of the best ever spent in such a gathering. Officers were elected for the ensuing year as follows: President, John Stroh, of Fremont; Vice President , H. P. Stroh, of Waterloo; Secretary, Carl Strow, of Waterloo; Assistant Secretary, Bennett Stroh, of Fremont; Treasurer, J. A. Denison, of Waterloo. The meeting place for the reunion next year was not definitely fixed but will probably be in Waterloo, as this seemed to be the most central point for them to meet. (Re: Waterloo Press - June 10, 1915)


The sixth annual reunion of the Wolf family was held Aug. 23, 1906 at the pleasant farm home of Sam'l Wolf five miles northeast of Waterloo. Although the weather was intensely hot which kept many away, yet the number in attendance was 83, and were as follows: Sam'l Harpham, wife and son Donald, John Smith, Jacob Wolf and granddaughter, Blanche Baker, Henry Weaver and wife, Frank Wolf, wife and two sons, Earl and Leo, Joseph Wolf, and Jerry King, wife and children, Riley and Mayme, from Hudson, Ind., Andy Wolf, wife and children, Romaine and Leora, Sylvester Shumaker and wife, from Auburn; Edward Crowl and wife from Hamilton; Rev. And Mrs. McCloe, from LaOtto, Ind.; James Myers from South Milford, Ind.; R. N. Crooks and wife, J. D. Payne and wife, Sarah Lutz and son, William, Clarence Bowman and wife, Geo. Newcomer and wife and daughter, Lona, Rilla McCague and daughter Irene of Waterloo; Geo. King, wife and two sons, Earle and Russel, Martha Oberlin, from Butler. The forenoon was spent in a social gathering an at noon, all were invited to surround two long tables laden with good things. All partook of the supply and a great quantity was left. After dinner the guests gathered in front of the Wolf residence, where a program was rendered consisting of recitations, vocal solos and a talk by Rev. McCloe. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: Sam'l Wolf, Pres. Herman Hamman, Vice Pres., Nellie Newcomer, Sec., Phoebe Harpham, Treas. After which the people were arranged and a picture taken by Mr. Tustison, of Butler. The guests then bid each other good bye, expecting to meet on the fourth Wednesday in Aug., 1907 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Hamman, three miles northeast of Waterloo. (Re: Waterloo Press - Aug. 30, 1906)


The 15th annual Wolf reunion was held at the beautiful farm residence of Thomas Myers, Aug. 19. The day being ideal, clear and a fine large number of Wolfs and others who became Wolfish by intermarriage gathered from various quarters, one auto from White Pigeon, Mich., two cars from Butler, Mich., 2 cars from Columbia City, one from Hudson, from Ashley, Pleasant Lake, Angola. Butler, Waterloo, Hamilton and a number of other places. A very spacious table and seating capacity had been prepared on the lawn under a large canvas tent, previously erected for the occasion. The tables were heavily loaded with innumerable varieties of appetizing food that had been prepared by the good looking ladies present. About the noon hour Wolfs and others who were not Wolfs, to the number of 90 seated themselves around these tables, then after the delivery of a very earnest invocation by Rev. Brown, M. E. minister of Hudson, the crowd began to satisfy their appetites with the many good things on the tables. After which they were rallied to order by the President, Thos. Myers. The secretary's report of the previous meeting read and accepted and a short program was rendered. Then by solicitation a Rev. Deltar from South Dakota delivered a very appropriate address followed with a good talk by Rev. McCloe of Butler. Then after transacting some business pertaining to the organization, such as electing officers, appointing committees, of which the same old ones were appointed. The next reunion will be held on the third Thursday of August 1916, at the residence of Charley Newcomer. That the reunion was a success is putting it mildly. (Re: Butler Record - Aug. 27, 1915)


In spite of the rainy weather and the bad roads for people coming from a distance in cars the first annual reunion of the Wines family was held at the farm home of Ernest Wines, August 12. Guest from a distance were; E. W. Wines and family, of Dayton, Ohio, Mrs. Herley and daughter, and Mrs. Howards of Lima, Ohio, Mrs. Johnson, of Hicksville, Mrs. Buda, of Cleveland, O., Miss Johnson, of Fort Wayne, Mr. Derick and family of Frankfort, Ind., Mr. and Mrs. Buda and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bodenhofer and sons, of Kendallville, and Mrs. Willis Gillis and Mr. Martin Wines, of Homer, Mich. After the last traces of turkey and other good things had disappeared, the men played horseshoes and the ladies visited. (Re: Waterloo Press - Aug. 14, 1915)


A very enjoyable reunion of the Wines family was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. Wines, on Wednesday of last week. There were present Mr. and Mrs. J. Penrick and daughters Ruth and Helen of Frankfort, Ind., Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Wines and son, Walter, of Dayton, Ohio, Mrs. Chas. Buda, of Kendallville, and Mrs. Effa Johnson, of Hicksville, and all of them were guest at dinner. It was the first time in years that so many of the Wines family had been together. The had an enjoyable time, recalling the days when they all lived in the same neighborhood in Ohio. They decided to hold a family reunion at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wines next August, and all of the company will look forward for the event. (Re: Waterloo Press - Aug. 13, 1919)


The second annual reunion of the Zimmerman family was held in J. W. Zimmerman's grove two miles east of Summit, Aug. 7, 1906. It seemed as if the family were a favored people, of while the rain could be seen falling in all directions, sixty relatives and friends were seated under the beautiful foliage of the grove. The principle feature of the day was a basket dinner. The dinners are usually the product of a fine art and it could be truthfully said of this that it lacked nothing in quality or quantity. You would surely have thought every mother had taken lessons in a cooking school. After dinner all were entertained by Rev. C. H. Murray with a graphophone, a short program was rendered and the following officers elected for the coming year: Chas. Zimmerman, President, Ella Cooper, secretary, F. M. Miller, treasurer. Light refreshments consisting of ice cream and cake were then served and departed feeling that it was well to have been there. (Re: Waterloo Press Aug. 16, 1906)