Tri County Clippings- Troy Gazette Register 1904 - Yesterday's News
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Twenty-third Year, #104166, Thursday, June 23, 1904
The first reunion of the descendants of Horace and Hannah Spencer, now deceased, was held Saturday, June 18, 1904, at "Hill Crest," the beautiful home of Mr. and Mrs. Dewitt Spencer near West Burlington. There were between fifty and sixty present, three generations being represented. The meeting with relatives was pleasurable. The dinner, luxuriant, including ice cream and lemonade. After dinner a session was held, opening with singing, and prayer by Rev. Mr. Loller. The following officers were elected: President, Abram Spencer; secretary, Alfred Spencer; treasurer, Horace Spencer. Miss Hattie Baxter the oldest great-grandchild gave two recitations. Two songs were sung by Floyd Spencer. A quartette was rendered by Horace Spencer and family, the music written by Floyd Spencer, entitled "Rock Me to Sleep Mother." A recitation was given by Miss Laura Bourne, also by Mrs. Loller, whose recitation was about a tobacco chewing husband. The piece ended with the words to the wife, "If you will chaw tobacco you must swallow all the juice." The decision was to hold the reunion next year at Merritt Spencer’s, the third Wednesday in June. The session closed by singing ""God be with you ‘till we meet again."
The following were present: Abram Spencer and family, Merritt Spencer and family, Robert Hall and wife, Ben Spencer, Dewitt Spencer and family, Miss Hattie Baxter of Canton, Horace Spencer and family, David Johnson and wife, E. L. Bourne and family, Willie Spencer and family, Elwin Spencer and wife, Guy Gustin and family, Mrs. John Spencer, two sons and grandchild, Mrs. Bruce Spencer, Rev. W. H. S. Loller family, and nephew, Mrs. B. Pratt, and John Howard Hill and family.
Horace Spencer, Sr., and wife Hannah, with seven children came to this section of the country in 1850, They were Godly parents. May their descendants be worthy, and a blessing upon the earth.
Alfred C. Spencer, Sec.
Twenty-third Year, #1198, Thursday, July 21, 1904
The firs reunion of the descendants of Alanson, James, John, Gordon and Jacob Fuller, old residents of Bradford county, and neighbors, are to meet on Monday, August 18th, 1904, at Alparon Park, Troy, Pa. Dinner served at 12 o’clock noon. All relatives are urged to attend. Come early. J. C. Fuller, Pres., Minnie Carnright, Secretary.
Twenty-third Year, #1201, August 11, 1904
The Wilson Reunion.
Thursday, August 4th, was a gala day at Alba, as it was the reunion of the Wilson family, the first one held in thirty-five years, and being so, marked a new epoch in that family’s history, as it brought together many direct descendants of Col. Irad Wilson, most of whom were born since the last reunion. Bradford county has perhaps no more ancient or distinguished family within its borders than that of the Wilsons, as the late Col. Irad Wilson was a grandson of Ebenezer Wilson who was an officer in the Revolutionary war, and Noah Wilson his son served in the same company under him.
It was Noah Wilson, father of Irad, who was the first settler at Alba, coming here from Addison county, Vermont in 1803, when Irad was five years of age, and Alba was the latter’s home until his death at the age of 86. It is at this place that four of his children are still living, another residing at Canton.
Col. Wilson’s history is a familiar one to residents of the county, and in fact, the State, as he served the State two terms as Representative from Bradford county. The reunion, while rather of an impromptu affair, brought several relatives from a distance who, with those from a distance who, with those from nearer home, enjoyed the event to the fullest extent, as it was an ideal day for any occasion of the kind, and the beautiful shady lawn of A. D. Wilson’s on Sister street, made a picturesque background to the sumptuous feast, which was followed by leasing addresses by Elders L. G. Encil, J. L. Baker, W. I. Burrell and John Encill the three former being connected with the family. Other interesting talks were made by members and guests.
It was resolved that the Wilson reunion should become a permanent organization and be held annually hereafter the next one to be held at the home of C. S. Wilson, who resides on the old homestead place, on the first Thursday in August, 1905. Mr. V. M. Wilson the oldest living member of the Wilson family, was chosen president, and A. D. Wilson, the youngest son of Irad Wilson, as secretary. The day was one long to be remembered and served to weave a new bond of friendship as well as relationship around the descendants of this time honored family.
Twenty-third Year, #1203, Thursday, August 25, 1904
(Checkerville News) Those who attended the first reunion of the Fuller family at Alparon Park last Thursday were as follows: Abel Fuller and wife, John R. Fuller, Mrs. Violet Brown and children, John and Anna, Mrs. Martha Fuller and sisters, Mrs. Matilda Luddington, and Mrs. Nora Sample. They reported a fine time with about 100 in attendance.
Twenty-third Year, #1206, Thursday, September 15, 1904
Ayers-West Reunion. Families Met at Alparon Park at Troy, on August 27.
On August 27, 1904 the Ayers and West families numbering 115 met at Alparon Park, Troy, for their annual reunion, the day being fair and a good time enjoyed by all present. After a sumptuous dinner the business meeting was called by President A. C. Ayers, opened by singing and prayer by Rev. L. D. Ayers. The minutes read by Mrs. Cora Burgess, also three letters, one from Madison Ayers, and one from Miss Athel and Miss Bettie Phillips of Poplar Grove, Ill. Officers elected: L. D. Ayers, president; A. C. Ayers, vice president; Mrs. F. C. Burgess, secretary; Mrs. Clarence Ayers, treasurer; committee on arrangements, William Hemenway, Fred Burgess; table committee, Ella and Daisy Ayers; Eva Ayers, Isa Ayers, Myrtle Smith, Gladys Bar, Oneda West.
Recitations by Mrs. Elmer Hemenway. Mahlon Thorp, Mabel Ayers, Gracie Ayers, Eva Ayers, Eva Wood, Myrtie Hemenway, duet by William Hemenway and wife.
Rev. L. D. Ayers gave a short but very interesting talk on children’s duties to their parents.
Those from a distance were Rev. and Mrs. L. D. Ayers of Canton, N.Y.; Ed Orr and wife and daughter of Lindley, N.Y.; Mr. and Mrs. Bar and daughter of Chemung, N.Y.; Mrs. Cora Pruyne of Owens’ Mills, N.Y.; Miss Eva Ayers of Willard, N.Y.; Joseph and Charles Rodes of Popular Grove, Ill.; A. A. Chamberlain and family of Mainesburg; William Hemenway and family of Overshot; Paul Ayers and wife and three daughters of Coryland; John Ayers of Canton, Clarence and Emery Ayers of Wheelerville. Those from Athens were Robert Ayers and wife and daughter, Mrs. Chas. Rentz, Dell Thorp and wife and children, Mrs. Lottie Blanchard and son Leon; L. D. West and wife and daughters, Picture Rock; Harrison West and wife, Muncy; Mr. and Mrs. Weaver of Picture Rock; Mrs. Myrtie Smith, Elmira, N.Y.; also a number from Gillett and Granville Center.
The next reunion to be held at Alparon Park, the last Saturday in August, 1905.
The 5th annual reunion of the Timothy Rolfe family was held at the Phelps grove, Smithfield, Pa., September 3rd, 1904.
After dinner a short program of speaking and singing, short addresses by J. D. McKean, Horace Brown and Henry Rolfe. Election of officers was next. Horace Brown was elected President, Emma C. Wilson, secretary; Addie Rolfe, assistant secretary.
The next meeting will be held at the same place the first Saturday in September 1905.
The following were present: J. D. McKean and wife, John McKean and wife, Horace Robinson, Mrs. R. Robinson of West Burlington; Horace Brown and wife of Litchfield; Henry Rolfe and wife and Herrick and John Rolfe, Lestershire, N.Y.; W. A. Rundell and wife, John Stilwell, Davis and Florence Rundell of North Towanda; Mrs. Emma C. Wilson, Cora and Addie Wilson, Burlington; George Loomis and wife, Mina, Libbie, Hazel Loomis, Pascal Rolfe, Addie, Tressa, Bertha, Nettie, Lillie, Lottie, and Walter Rolfe, Mrs. Eli Thornton of Towanda. Emma C. Wilson, Sec.
Twenty-third Year, #1207, Thursday, September 22, 1904
Hicks Family Reunion.
The fourth annual reunion of the Hicks family was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Rice in Wetona on Tuesday, August 30th. One hundred and twenty-four of the family were present.
Among those present from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Hicks
of Elmira, Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Grace, Mr. and Mrs. Willard Guild of Owens
Mills, Mrs. Max Youngs, Mrs. Joe Stanton of Chemung, N.Y., Mr. and Mrs.
Joe McElwain of Carpenter, Pa., Mr. and Mrs. James McKean of Granville,
Mrs. Irvin Powers of Towanda, and others from Troy, Burlington, Riggs,
Grover, East Smithfield, Big Pond, Ogdensburg and Powell.