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Source: Weekly Argus News, Aug 20., 1898 p 2 c 3
The 8th annual reunion of the Deere family was held Wednesday at the elegant country home of Mr. and Mrs. Joel Deere, near Bluff Mills, and was attended with the former pleasurable success that has marked the previous affairs. The family assembled during the morning, more than 40 strong and at noon repaired to the Shades Hotel where a sumptuous dinner was served. After dinner the company returned home and with music, games, etc spent a delightful afternoon on the lawn. Mr. and Mrs. Deere will celebrate their folden wedding next April and it is a remarkable fact that as yet there has not been a death in the family. At the first reunion 8 years ago there were 37 in the family. Since that time there has been four marriages and 8 births and the total of the family is now 49. On several occasions group pictures have been taken of the family. Wednesday the 7 sons were taken in a group. The different reunions have been in the nature of receptions to brides and on this occasion there was introduced a grand daughter-in-law who has entered the family since the last reuion. Another remarkable fact in connection with the reunions is that until this year there has never been an absentee when the gong sounded for dinner. This year however it was impossible for two or three to be present. The luncheon was served this year as usual on the lawn.
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