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Family Reunion Forum

Re: History of Family Reunion Attire

Mel,

I'm not sure of the year for the 1st reunion for my Stevens line, but following is what was in a 1920 newspaper article (unfortunately I don't have a photo to go along with the article):

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Ref. 1920 newspaper clipping that belonged to my maternal grandmother, Ethel Mabel (Stevens) Adams, granddaughter of James W. Stevens:

Stevens Re-union: The annual reunion of the Stevens family was held at the home of J. W. Stevens 3 miles southwest of Waterford on Wednesday, August 11th. The attendance was large considering the unfavorable weather. Following a picnic dinner [served] on the lawn, the afternoon was spent ... literary exercises and games. The principal address was delivered by A. J. Barnett of Vincent OH. An interesting sketch of history of the Stevens family was read by E. E. Stevens of Beverly route. It dated back to 1770 the year of the birth of James Stevens Sr. in the state of Maryland. He was married to Rachael Plater in 1790. To this union was born eight children, Stephen, James Jr., Michael, Catherine, Harriet, Nancy, Mary and Maria. Michael (known locally by the older people as "Uncle Mike") the third son, was born in 1808, and moved with his father's family to OH in 1825. He was married to Martha Fletcher in 1833 to which union were born five children, Tabitha, Catherine, James W., Harriet and John. Among a number of other interesting points read was that J. W. Stevens, the present owner of the old Stevens farm was born near Stockport 79 years ago today on August 20th 1841. When but one year of age he moved with his parents to his present farm where he has lived continually for the past 78 years. A record probably unequalled in this country. The day was enjoyed by everyone ... it was decided to hold the ... at the same place.

Note: This is an old article which had a few spots/smudges and the bottom corner missing making those sections unreadable.
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Not only has the Stevens Reunion been on-going since 1920, the reunion had been held at the Stevens' homestead in Waterford, Washington Co., OH, until about 1980 (give or take a year or two) when it was changed to Camp Hervida, which is at the foot of the hill (or 'the holler' :) as Art so fondly refers to the area where his wife and my families are from).

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Art, I agree ... the dress has changed dramatically over the years ... some come a little tooooooo casual.

Irita


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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