The Daily Chronicle (Centralia, Washington) 28 July 1977 Edition
the a that other. supportive said, the part group the community keep a members this to of the Stiltner, C/evenger families will meet MORTON--The 21st annual reunion of the Stiltner and Clerenger families wfll unite relatives from Washington, Oregon and California in Jubilee Park, Morton, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 7. The two large colonial families have been neighbors, cousins and in-laws since 1550. The meeting will honor early Clevenger, Clevinger. Stfltner and related families including the Childers, Colemans, Dodrills, D a v i s e s , HamBtons, Meads, Mullins, Lesters. Looneys, Ratliffs, Riffes, Spears and others whose origins are in the Afiegheney and Cumberland mountains, mountains, southern Appalachians and upper Ohio River hill country o( Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Indiana. The family tree sprouted in early American history with John Clevenger and Frederick Stiltner and sons and daughters who helped clear forests of the Alleghenies, Cumberlands, Ozarks andCascadesoftheWest. The reunion traditionally takes place the firs_t Sunday in August and includes 3 picnic, introduction of elder family members, introduction of newcomers and guests, speeches on family history, folk music and visiting. About 200persons are expected. The association was formed through the efforts of Burton G. Stiltner, Stiltner wadman and Woodrow R. Clevinger. The first reunion took place 101957. Beef has been donated by John Stiltner of Tacoma and will be prepared by master chef Carl Stfltner of Entertainment win be by Kenneth acd Gwen Smotherman. Families should take their own table service and Coffee wiHbe provided. Associalion officers this yea r are Stiltner, Mossyrock, president, and Vivian Bingaman, Morton, vice president.