1879 Old Settlers Picnic
[Source: "Whiteside Standard" 27 August 1879 Pg 4, C4; Contributed by Sue Nesland]
Last Thursday the Old Settlers, with some thousands of new ones, gathered at Hamilton's Grove, near Lyndon, for their annual picnic and reunion. The forenoon was spent in social intercourse; and after the dinner under the trees, the assembly was called to order by the President, Col. E. Seely, and the Prophetstown band opened the exercises with music. Rev. J. Bush of Lyndon made the opening prayer, followed with music by the Tampico band.
O.F. Woodruff, of Morrison, then read a letter from Col. R.L. Wilson, of this city, who is detained at home by illness. After more music, the gentleman delivered the address of the day, which was a most excellent and appropriate one indeed, in spite of the fact that the speaker was quite unwell - so much so that on retiring from the stand he well nigh fainted from exhaustion. After the address, there were short talks from Col. Seely, Father baker, of Fulton and others, interspersed with music. Hezekiah Brink, of this city was introduced as the oldest living male settler of the county, having landed here in June 1834. Col. Seely claimed for Portland the first woman who cooked a meal in Whiteside, for actual settlers, still living, and boasting of 182 children of several generations - Mrs. Asa Crook, nearly 90 years old. Mrs. Thompson of Fenton also has a family of 125 descendants.
The death roll of old settlers for the year past was then called for, and the following were reported; M.S. Henry, Sterling; Jas. Talbott, Jordan; A.C. Jackson of Morrison; Samuel Happer of Albany; J.M. Scott of Lyndon; Horace Burke, Portland; and Simeon Cole who died in an adjoining county, but was one of the early settlers of Portland.
On motion, the old officers were re-elected and the meeting for next year set for the 23rd of August. The throng present was immense and everything passed off in the best of order, and most agreeably to all. We noticed - and heard others remark the same - that there was an entire absence of drunkenness. Not one did we see who showed signs of intoxication.
Old settlers in Whiteside county who have died since the last annual meeting of the old settlers are as follows [partial list]:
Rebecca Overholser Crom, settled in Genesee in 1854, died at Sabina, Ohio, August 16, 1916, aged 80 years, 2 months, 22 days.
Barbara Hendricks, settled in Sterling in 1855; died at Sterling, Sept. [day missing], 1916, aged 76 years, 8 months, 14 days.
Phianna L. Colcord, settled in Genesee before 1857; died at Milledgeville, August 29, 1916, aged 73 years, 5 months, 2 days.
Joseph Harrison, settled in Genesee in 1849; died at Coleta January 28, 1917, aged 67 years, 4 months, 3 days.
Mary Hendricks Leatherman, settled in Sterling in 1854; died March 11, 1917, aged 66 years.
Caroline L. Brown, settled in Mt. Pleasant in 1849; died at Morrison, April 18, 1917, aged 68 years, 2 months. [Daily Gazette, 20 August 1917; From Larry Reynolds]
PROPHETSTOWN - 70 YEARS A RESIDENT
George R. Kellogg is eighty-nine years old and past and has been a resident of the town for nigh onto seventy years and standing out prominent is the fact that he has lived almost all of that time in the one location and most of the time in one house. When the old house had become too old to be comfortable as a residence a new one was erected and this had since been his home. Mr. Kellogg has a memory that is very acute and is surprising. He cannot see to read and his only way of keeping up with the times is through others. [By E. Porter Brown, The Sterling Gazette - 20 May 1922; Contributed by Larry Reynolds]
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