overholser family reunion 1896

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overholser family reunion 1896 - OVERHOLSER FAMILY REUNION. One Hundred and Ten...
OVERHOLSER FAMILY REUNION. One Hundred and Ten Members of the Family Picnicked Yesterday at Coleta. The Overholser family reunion and picnic held yesterday at Coleta was a large and very enjoyable affair. It was held on the premises of H. S. Bushman, Bushman, the original homestead of Martin Overholser, the venerable head of the family. Mr. Overholser, who is 8S years of age, appeared to be as young in actions aa any of his great grandchildren grandchildren there yesterday. He came to Illinois in 1S53 from Ohio, and in 1854 located at Coleta, which has since been his home. The children were all present yesterday, yesterday, as follows: John Overholser, Rebecca, Rebecca, wife of M. V. Crum, Rachel, wife of H. S. Bushman, Anna, wife of B. M. Beers, all of Coleta; J. P. Overholser Overholser of {Sterling, Catherine, wife of Henry Wetzell of Hume, Sue, wife of George W. Howe of Morrison, and Sirah, wife of William Howe of Clyde. There were present 110 members of the family. There are now living 60 grandchildren, 6*5 great grandchidren and 3 great great grandchildren. There are21 grandchildren and? great grandchildren grandchildren dead. This was the fir's t family reunion since 1882, and this one was such a pleasant one that it was decided to have another next year. A bountiful dinner was served under the trees at noon which was participated in by about 175 relatives and friends, apd at 2 o'clock a short program was carried out. The program commenced with a song by all. Then an address of welcome was made by J. P. Overholser, who recalled recalled the early days of the family in Ohio and the eventful trip west A song was nicely rendered by a quartette composed of Mrs. Libbie Venson, Mrs. Annie Overholser, Mrs. Cephas Crum and Miss Annie Overholser. The response response to J. P. Overholser'o speech of welcome was made by County Clerk George W. Howe of Morrison, after which Martin Overholser was called on. He made a short address, but said he could sing better than talk, so he ended by singing a song, which was received received with great applause. Recitations Recitations were given by Misses Myrtle Ver-. non and Minnie Proctor, and addresses were made by Revs. Harrison of Coleta and Van Swearingen of Monmouth. The exercises closed with a song, after which a load of water melons was brought into sight and quickly made to disappear. Ed C. Brown of Sterling was present and got some good views ef the family with his camera. Thus ended one of the largest family reunions reunions ever held in Whiteside county.

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  1. Sterling Daily Gazette,
  2. 22 Aug 1896, Sat,
  3. Page 4

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