Mail Tribune 100, Sept. 13, 1919
The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.
Sept. 13, 1919
OVER 200 EARLY SETTLERS ATTEND ASHLAND MEETING
Ashland, Sept. 12. — (Delayed) Lowering skies did not dim the enthusiasm or thin the attendance upon the 42nd annual reunion of Jackson county pioneers which met in this city yesterday. Comfortably housed in Chautauqua Pioneer hall, over 200 early settlers and their descendants, including native sons and daughters even unto the third and fourth generation, met around as hospitable a board as ever graced a social event in Jackson county’s history. Specifically enumerated, there were 80 pioneers present. Eligibility in this classification implies a residence in the county beginning at a period not later than 1869. One patriarch displayed a badge emblazoned with the year 1849, but in the activities incident to reception arrangements his name was not learned, a circumstance to be regretted inasmuch as it is conceded this particular badge antedated all others.
The dinner cannot be described by the stereotyped adjectives expressing the substantial, the abundant or the elaborate. It was a wonderment of culinary excellence, incorporating a renaissance of all the good things which “mother used to bake,” supplemented by present-day luxuries, served without stint as to overflowing measure.
The program, agreeably informal, included the initial welcome by Fred D. Wagner, acting as proxy for Mrs. Alice Peil, president of the association. Fred “is to the manner born,” and what he don’t know about the early settlers in general and many of their personal characteristics in particular, cannot be enlarged upon in any formal history of the pioneer clans. The invocation was delivered by Rev. C. F. Koehler, Presbyterian pastor. Musical accompaniment incorporated a Canadian war song by Mrs. Henry Provost, a selection which lost none of its attractions thru the circumstance of its being delivered in the “parley vous Francaise” vernacular; also an instrumental solo by Master George Francis Barron was an additional musical delight.
Reading of memoirs as tributes to the respect to the deceased pioneers was by Prof. Irving Vining and Mrs. Mamie Day Nelson. At the business session. Miss Mollie Britt was elected president; Miss Alice Hanley, vice-president; Miss Mamie Day Nelson, secretary for the eight successive year, all of Jacksonville; Mrs. Ella Garett, treasurer of Ashland. The place of the 1920 meeting will be at Jacksonville, in keeping with the rule or rotation as between the two districts of the county into which the pioneer territory is sub-divided.