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The location for this reunion was chosen because the regiment participated in the capture, occupation and then evacuation of Cumberland Gap during the summer or 1862. It was also the primary Union regiment to be attacked by Confederates about 15 miles south at Tazewell, Tennessee, where a hard battle was fought.
Certain misspellings from the original document, believed to be accidental, were corrected, while others were transcribed as recorded.
16th Regiment, O. V. I.,
CUMBERLAND GAP, KENTUCKY,
Sept. 16th, 17th and 18th, 1891.
COMRADES.--Inasmuch as these pages will undoubtedly be read by a number who did not have the pleasure of attending this reunion. I will for their benefit write up a brief history of one trip, and what we saw while on that historic ground.
Some twenty-five or thirty of the 16th O.V.I. with their wives and friends left Wooster on the evening of the 14th, en route for Cumberland Gap.
After a delay of nearly three hours at Orrville, our train arrived, and having secured Sleeping Car accomodations in advance we stored ourselves away in our little beds, and were soon being whirled southward. Arriving at Cincinnati at 7 a. m., where after getting breakfast, we boarded the Kentucky Central train, and crossing the Ohio, we ran down to Milldale, where we were joined by the regular trains of the L. & N. R. R., having on board General Morgan, wife and daughter. General John Caburn and members of the 33rd and 49th Indiana, and 42nd Ohio. At other points along the route we were joined by the 14th and 19th Kentucky Infantry and 7th Kentucky Cavelry. Our route carried us through some of the wildest and most picturesque part of Kentucky. Whizzing through the tunnels, rattling over bridges, swinging round the curves, we are constantly filled with admiration as we behold the everchanging beauties of the landscape.
As we near London we pass numerous coal mines, from which great quantities of A, No. 1 coal is being mined.
At Barbourville, we are met by the Reception Committee from Middleborough, who proceed to assign us to hotels, boarding houses, and private families. We arrived at our destination at about 8:30 p. m. of the 15th inst., and found an immense crowd had assembled there to receive us. As soon as all had alighted form the train, the processions was formed, headed by the band and Alford Light Infantry, and marched to the Middleborough Hotel, where the welcome addresses are made by Capt. Jno. M. Brooks, Mayor of the City, and Hon. L. F. Woodson, responded to by Generals Morgan and Coburn.
Today (Wednesday, Sept. 16th,) has been a general day of sight seeing by the veterans. Some started out on foot, others went horse back and the rest in carriages. A part of Wooster crowd took the train and went to the town of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, which is situated a short distance from the tunnel; this is a very nice town, with an abundance of good water which comes from a large spring located up the side of the mountain, about two hundred feet higher than the town, there are a number of good springs close by, also two sulpher springs. We procured teams here, and after winding around in almost every direction for over three miles, we arrive on top of the Pinical and as we emerge from the pine forest and step out on the huge rocks, the eye takes in a panoramic view that is beyond description. Stretching away to the south for miles, is Powell's Valley, while away to the east in the dim distance is seen the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. As our time is limited, we spread our lunch upon the rocks and while eating, we are also inhaling the pure mountain air, laden with the fragrance of the pine and cedar, which are all around us, every breath of which seems to fill us with new life and vigor, and as we reluctantly turn our footsteps valleyward, we each carry with us some momento of the occasion. The grandest view of the pinical rocks is had from the valley where the town of Cumberland Gap stands. I wish I could describe the scene, so that some faint idea of its grandeur might be conveyed to the mind of the reader, it must be seen to be appreciated. We can hardly realize that this was our abiding place twenty-nine years ago. The change that has been wrought here in the last three or four years is perfectly wonderful.
Middleborough is certainly a phenomenal city; it has the finest hotel building in the south, and a majority of the business block are very handsome structures. Cumberland Ave, the principal street is paved, and the sidewalks are made of concrete and cement, and are eighteen feet wide, and makes a fine walk. There are many places of interest that we visit, among which is the immense iron and steel plant, which is very near completed and will give employment to 3000 hands when in operation. Then the Exposition building is visited, where we find samples of all the Minerals that are found in this vicinity on both sides of the Mountain, such as coal, cannel coal, iron, lead, zink, marble, granite, sandstone, limestone, fire clay, kaolin, manganese, onyx, glass, sand, and almost everything known to the mineral kingdom.
THURSDAY, Sept. 17, 1891.
Today the different regiments hold reunions and business meetings.
The 16th O. V. I. Association convened at 9 A. M. and was called to order by the President, Harry McClarran, who after a few remarks called on Comrade Alfred Tanner for the invocation after which the following business was transacted.
The reports of the Secretary and Treasurer were read and approved. The matter of selecting a place for holding the next reunion was discussed and finally left to a committee consisting of Lieut. J. G. Boling, Geo. Emory, G. W. Cooper, O. P. Sellers, J. B. Ross, E. W. Smith, and F. H. Earle. Several letters were read and ordered printed in the proceedings.
The committee on place for holding next reunion, reported that Orrville, O., had been selected as the place. The election of officers being next in order, J. B. Ross made a motion that the present officers be re-elected, with S. N. Coe, as Vice President, motion prevailed.
Comrade Frank Earle, in a brief speech presented the 16th O. V. I. with a revolutionary sword and a stone that was used to mark the grave of Capt. Joseph Edgar of Co. B. who was killed August 6th, 1862, at the battle of Tazewell, Tenn. On behalf of the Association the presentations were accepted and responded to by J. B. Ross, and Lieut. J. G. Boling.
Miss Mae Kershner, daughter of the Regiment made a short address, which was received with applause. The hour having arrived for the meeting of the 7th Division, the Association adjourned to meet in Orrville, O., in 1892. The following members of the Regiment were present:
(reunion attendance pages to be developed)
Mrs. H. McClarran, Mrs. E. Pierson, Mrs. E. W. Smith, Mrs. J. Shelley, Mrs. S. Metzler, Wooster, O.; Mrs. D. Seacrist, Seville, O.; Mrs. A. Tanner, Creston, O.; Mrs. G. W. Cooper, Cooperdale, O.; Mrs. J. B. Ross, Union City, Ind.; Mrs. B. F. Clark, Akron, O.; Mrs. O. P. Sellers, Cleveland, O.; Mae Kershner, Detroit, Mich.; Mae Stine, Fairmont, Ill; Mrs. A. Branstetter, Wooster, Ohio.
The following persons were elected honorary members of the Association: Mr. E. P. Hubbard, Mrs. S. C. Hubbard, Mr. H. C. Blanchard, Mr. W. R. Davis, of the 96th N. Y. Infty., Chas, S. Patterson, all of Middleborough, Ky.; Mrs O. P. Ealy, Flat Lick, Ky.; Mr. Moss, Pineville, Ky.; M. Anderson, 33rd Ind. Vol, Infty., Cumberland Gap, Tenn.; Mrs. C. M. Yocum and Miss Pinkerton, Wooster, Ohio.
Immediately after the adjournment of the 16th O. V. I. Association, the 7th Division Army of the Ohio was called to order and Gen. Jno. Coburn, of Indiana, called to the chair. He made a rousing speech of 15 minutes length, after which he appointed a committee on permanent organization. While the committee were out, short speeches were made by Gen. A. T. Baird, Dr. B. B. Brashear, Col. Wilcox, and Capt. M. N. Harris, of the 9th Tenn. Cav., who made a rousing speech, and invited all to come and see the most loyal portion of the Union ---East Tennessee.
Capt. Harris on behalf of the ladies and citizens of East Tennessee, presented Gen. Morgan with a large bouquet of flowers. He spoke of the hardships and suffering of the loyal Tennesseans, in '61 and '62 and of their everlasting gratitude to Gen. Morgan and the men of his command for coming to their relief.
The committee having come in their report was read by the Secretary as follows: Grand Division Commander, Gen. Jno. Coburn, Vice Division Commander, Gen. D. W. Lindsay, with one additional from each regiment in the Division, viz.:
SIXTEENTH OHIO VOLUNTEER INFANTRY.
|1st Tennessee Inft...........................................||Capt. J. W. Bronson.|
|2nd " " ...........................................||Col. J. M. Melton.|
|3rd " " ..........................................||Col. Wm. Cross.|
|4th " " ...........................................||W. R. Carter.|
|5th " " ...........................................||E. E. Young.|
|6th " " ...................................||Lt. Gen. Geo. L. Maloney.|
|16th O. V. I. ...........................................||J. B. Ross.|
|42nd " ...........................................||Capt. M. L. Benham.|
|19th Ky. O. V. I. ...........................................||Col. W. J. Landrum.|
|14th " " ...........................................||to be supplied.|
|22nd " " ...........................................||Capt. G. R. Bullock.|
|7th " " ...........................................||J. H. Linsley.|
|33rd Ind............................................||to be supplied.|
|49th " ...........................................||Col. James Kegevin.|
|1st Wis. Battery...........................................||Col. J. T. Foster.|
|9th Ohio " ...........................................||Lieut. York.|
|7th Michigan Battery...........................................||Lieut. T. F. Garvin.|
The organization to be known as the Society of the 7th Division Army of the Ohio, and the Annual Reunion to be held on or about Sept. 18th.
General Coburn positively declined the office of Grand Commander, and nominated General Geo. W. Morgan in an energetic speech, who was elected by acclamation amid enthusiastic cheers. On motion Gen. Morgan's daughter, Mrs. Sarah Irwin was elected daughter of the Society.
Gen. Coburn was made 2nd Vice Division Commander, and at the request of Capt. McKinney of the 19th Ky. Inft. presented a battery axe, captured at Cumberland Gap twenty-five years ago, to be used as a gavel, when presiding over the veterans of the 7th Division Army of the Ohio, this day formed.
Maj. H. Crumbliss was made Adjutant of the Society and Miss Florence Burlow of Middleborough, Ky., was made local corresponding Secretary of said Society. The meeting then adjourned for dinner and to get ready for the parade.
The Division parade came off at 2 o'clock, P. M. and made a very creditable appearance, the Blue and Gray marching together, the confederate soldier that were present exerted themselves to make the occasion pleasant and enjoyable to all of us, and to judge by their talk and actions, we are lead to believe, that they are thoroughly reconstructed.
After the parade is over we start for our old camp at the foot of the mountain, which we reach after a long, tiresome walk. The marks of our tents are still plainly to be seen. The ravine on the left, down which flowed the pure and sparkling water from the mountain top, the big spring on the right, under the shade of a sweet gum tree, are all familiar spots, and as we sit around the spring and quench our thirst while we rest from our long walk we are carried back twenty-nine years, and speak of the time when we used to fill our canteens from this cool and sparkling fountain. We then return to our hotels, a very tired and dusty lot of mortals.
Friday, the 18th, we decide to take a trip to Mingo mountains to see the coal mines and immense coke ovens. Consequently we pack our lunch baskets and go to the depot of the Belt Line road and while waiting for the train we were astonished to see Comrade J. B. Ross and Mrs. C. M. Yocum coming up the walk with a suspicious looking package, which we conclude is an
original package. As we were all temperate and on our good behavior, we had the matter investigated. The package proved to be a large water melon, which was duly disposed of later on.
After following the belt line for three miles we bear off to our left and go up a wild looking gorge for five miles, where we disembark and have our dinner. I am told this road was a grade of 85 feet to the mile. This mountain is 2,900 feet high, which beats the Cumberland Gap range. There are a great many coke ovens in operation and others being built.
There is also an immense quantity of fine timber on these mountains and we pass several lumber mills. As our time is limited we board the train at 2 o'clock on our return trip, which was enjoyed by all, the cars being open gave us a good view of the grand scenery.
Arriving at Middlesborough we decided to go to Haroagate, Tenn., and therefore wend our way to the L. & N. depot and get our tickets for Cumberland Gap, where we put in our time visiting different points until the train we want to take is ready. Arriving at Harrogate which is two miles from the Gap, we take a tramp of one mile to the hotel and Sanitarium which is being built there. The hotel is 700 ft. front and contains 600 rooms. It is beautifully located on high ground and commands a good view of the country for miles around. When furnished it will cost a million dollars. The stock-holders are prominent physicians of America and England. Two-hundred men are now employed on the building and it is expected it will be opened in January, 1892.
Mr. Arthur, President of the Middlesborough town company built a large mansion near by, which is surrounded by beautiful grounds, and taking everything into consideration it will be a very attractive and pleasant place to live. After getting supper we went back to the depot where we had to wait two hours for the trains, there was 25 of us and we had a lively time of it, until the train arrived.
We had a campfire in which the ladies took part making some very good speeches, while this was going on, the veterans were winding up the reunion with a grand display of fire-works on the pinnacle, it sounded like old times to hear the booming of the cannon up in the mountain. Our train arriving at 9 p.m., we return to Middleborough and bid good-bye to Cumberland Gap. Saturday morning, at 7 o'clock, we take the L. & N. train homeward bound, but after arriving at Pineville, 14 miles from the Gap, we conclude to stop off for the day and visit our old camps, one of which the town is built upon. Mr. Moss and his son, old residents here, procured teams and took us around to the different points. The 16th Regiment camped on his premises in the spring of 1862, and were delighted to meet him again. The courtesies shown us by him and his son on this occasion will long be remembered. We also visited the coke ovens and coal mines in this vicinity, and picnicked at Camp Moss House where our artist comrade Theo. D. Wolbach, took a picture of the camp and group. The town of Pineville lies in the valley of the Cumberland River, and is surrounded by very high mountains. The 7th division was distributed along the valley for a distance of six miles, in the spring of 1862, until June 7, when DeCourcy's Brigade in advance started for the rear of the rebel army (Via) Rogers Gap into Powell's Valley where we arrived on June 11th and on the 18th marched to Cumberland Gap which the enemy were forced to evacuate, having left there a short time before we arrive.
We see many familiar land marks between Pineville and Flat Lick. The brick house used by the Generals as head quarters and known as Pogue's residence is one of the familiar objects that meets our eyes. Mr. Pogue's daughter is still living at the old homestead and is the wife of Major Ealy, late of the Confederate service, she was Post Mistress for us in 1862 and handled all the mail for the Division. She remembered the 16th Ohio very well. She had a good word to say for us, and said she always thought a good deal of the 16th Ohio, that they were the most gentlemanly and best disciplined regiment in the Division. She came with us as far as London on our return trip. Nothing of much importance transpired on our way home.
REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON RESOLUTIONS.
The comrades of the 16th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry Association, their wives, sons and daughters of the comrades, and their friends here present, feeling very thankful and grateful to the committees and citizens of Middleborough, Ky., and Cumberland Gap, Tenn., for the generous greeting and cordial reception and entertainment proferred to them while on the first visit to the old camping grounds of twenty-nine years ago, at the historical part of Cumberland Gap. Therefore be it
Resolved, That the aforesaid comrades and sons tender to the said committees of Middleborough and Cumberland Gap their kindest and best thanks for the enjoyment and pleasure experienced while reviewing the old camps, walks and scenes in and around the memorable Gap in this heir first visit in peace.
Resolved, That the wives and daughters of the comrades and their friends who are here present desire to offer their best hearty thanks to the committees of ladies and all who aided them, both at Middleborough and Cumberland Gap, for the very hospitable reception and entertainment given to them while on their visit to the historical pass of Cumberland Mountain.
Resolved, The comrades, their wives, sons, daughters and friends with them, all unite in tendering their pleasantest feelings to the committees, on both sides of the Gap, and all citizens alike who aided to make the first reunion visit to Cumberland Gap an historical one of great pleasure and satisfaction.
Resolved, That in this first meeting of the association at Middleborough, in conjunction with those once marshalled in arms against us, we feel and extend our gratitude to them, for an occasion so pleasant and enjoyable, and such meetings can only result in the good and advancing welfare of our common country. For when those who wore the gray can at this day march under the old flag, displayed so extensively at this reunion, and with so much devotion toward, a better and deeper patriotism will occupy their minds, and surely make stronger the American idea, and hence greater Americans.
S. N. COE.
B. B. BRASHEAR.
J. B. ROSS.
B. F. CLARK.
H. H. LAWRENCE.
(From the London Times, Nov. 28th, 1890.)
The death is announced of John Fitz Roy de Courcy, 31st Baron Kingsale, Baron Courey and Baron Ringrove of Ireland. The deceased Peer was the premier baron of Ireland, and held the oldest peerage not merged in any other dignity. He was the only son of Lieutenant Colonel, the Hon. Gerald De Courcy (who was the fourth son of the 26th Baron) by Elizabeth Carlyon, daughter of Mr. John Bishop. He was born in Corfee, in 1821; married in 1864, Elia Elizabeth, daughter of M. C. de Francois de Ponchalon; succeeded his kinsman in 1874; enlisted in the 47th Foot in 1838, in which he served till 1847; he served as a major in the Turkish Contingent during the Cremean War, for which he received the fourth class of the Order of the Medjidie; he also served as a Colonel in the Federal Army in America during the War of Secession; and was Stipendiary Magistrate at San Juan Vancouvers Island during the Harvey disturbances.
IN MEMORIAM OF COL. JOHN FITZ ROY DE COURCY.
The Sixteenth Ohio Regimental Association, composed of the survivors of the 16th O. V. I. having learned of the death of Col. De Courcy, who was the first Colonel of the Regiment in the war of the rebellion, deems it fitting to place upon record, its appreciation of the character and services of its highly esteemed and honored Colonel.
John F. DeCourcy was born in 1821, a subject of Great Brittian. He served in its army from 1838 to 1847. He served as a Major in the Turkish Contingent, during the Crimean War, and for which he received the 4th class of the Order of the Megjidie.
At the breaking out of the rebellion he came to the United States, and offered his services to the Government, and on the 22d day of Sept., 1861, was appointed and commissioned by Gov. Wm. Dennison (then Governor of the State of Ohio) Colonel of the Sixteenth Ohio Volunteers, and took command of the Regiment at Camp Tiffin, Wooster, Ohio, on the 2d day of October, 1861, and remained its Colonel until November, 1864, when he resigned and returned to his native country.
The Colonel was a man of fine education, general culture and intelligence, a brave soldier and a popular and able officer. As Commander of the Regiment as well as of a Brigade, he was an efficient, trusty and valuable officer, and at all times, whether in camp, on the march or in battle, sustained a high character for ability and devotion to the interest of the Government. Although strict in discipline he was ever just and considerate of the rights of the private soldier.
Leaving his own country at a time when most of the people had great sympathy for the rebel cause, and voluntarily seeking an opportunity to aid the United States Government to maintain existence, and preserve the Republic, deserves, as he had received, the gratitude and thanks of every patriot in our country.
Thoroughly loyal to his own government, he hated rebellions, and being deeply imbued with English love of liberty, he gladly assisted in the overthrow of treason and wiping from the great republic the evil of human slavery.
At the time of his death, in November, 1890, Col. DeCourcy had succeeded to the peerage as the 31st Baron of Kingsale, and was the premier Baron of Ireland. He had also been Stipendiary Magistrate at San Juan, Van Couvers Island, during the Harvey disturbances.
And now, be it resolved, that the members of the association and survivors of the regiment, and his comrades in much hard service, take pleasure in bearing our individual testimony to his faithful and valuable services, and to say that at all times he inspired our confidence and respect, and by his conduct won our highest admiration as a man, a soldier and an officer.
We express our profound sorrow and grief for the death of our able colonel, who was endeared to us by his many good qualities, and whose memory will be cherished by all of his soldiers; and tender to his wife and family our deepest sympathy and condolence for the great loss in his death.
Resolved, That a copy of these proceedings be forwarded to the wife and family of the deceased.
HON. MARTIN WELKER.
CAPT. A. S. MCCLURE.
DR. B. B. BRASHEAR.
Lt. Boling's response to Comrade Frank Earle on the presentation of the stone that marked the grave of Capt. Joseph Edgar, of Co. B. 16th O. V. I.
Mr. President, Comrades, Ladies and Gentlemen:
If there ever was a time when this chest of mine was too small to hold the heart it contains, it is now. The thought that this is only the second time that I have had the pleasure and privilege of meeting with the comrades of our old regiment, since we were disbanded at Columbus, Ohio, in Oct. 1864, is an impressive one.
That it is my duty at this time to accept at the hands of Comrade Earle, in behalf of the 16th Ohio Reg't so sacred a momento, is also an impressive thought. In the name of this organization I accept this, the marker that showed the last resting place of the lamented Capt. Edgar of Co. B, 16th O. V. I. who fell at the battle of Tazwell more than 29 years ago, and I feel warranted in extending to you, Comrade Earle, the sincere and heartfelt thanks of each and every member of the organization for your kindness in preserving this marker and for the disposition you have made of it.
Feeling as I do that it would take a Patrick Henry to do this occasion justice and knowing that I have not that ability, I thank you all.
Comrade F. H. Earle, of Middleborough, Ky., presents the 16th O. V. I. with a revolutionary sword, in the following speech.
Comrades of the 16 Ohio:
It is many years since we last met, and I'm glad to see you all again. We can hardly recognize one another's faces, so great has been the change by the hand of Time. Still I am very glad indeed to see so many of you here in the marvelous city of Middlesborough. I have presented you with a sword--a revolutionary sword worn and used by Col. Strange of Virginia. I know it is in safe hands. Some day my children may want to draw it from its scabbard in defense of constitutional principles. Let them have it. It is for them to see, and for them to know that their father once belonged to the 16th Ohio Regiment. It will not be necessary to question their loyalty.
Again thanking you for your many expressions of good will, I trust we may meet again under as happy auspices.
BUFFALO, N. Y. Sept. 10, 1891.
Harry McClarran, Wooster, O.
DEAR COMRADE:--I thought till this week I would be with you to Cumberland Gap, Tenn., but it is impossible. It will be the first re-union of the 16th O. V. I. I have failed to attend, and as I think it will be the most important one, must say that I feel very much disappointed. Remember me to all the boys, and hoping you will all have a good time with no accident to mar your pleasure, I remain, Your Comrade,
J. H. MORRISON, Late of Squad I 16th O. V. I.
P. S. Enclosed please find one dollar for dues for myself and Mrs. Morrison.
DETROIT, MICH., Sept. 12th, 1891.
DEAR COMRADE:--I regret exceedingly my inability to attend the Reunion of the 7th Division at Cumberland Gap, on the 16th, 17th, and 18th instant. Nothing but a physical infirmity confining me closely at home for the present, could prevent me from joining my comrades in commemorating the memory of those days so eventful to us all, and so auspicious for the welfare of a then, torn and dismembered, but soon to be united and happy country. Those stirring events which took place in and around your place of meeting, are most worthy to be held in lasting remembrance. We need not fear that history will ever permit the patient endurance, the suffering, the heroic deeds of those eventful days to be forgotten. At this meeting many eventful scenes, and many heroic deeds will be recalled and rescued from the slumbering ashes of the past to swell the volume of that history now so slowly forming. The history of the great civil war, and ours was perhaps the most momentous the world has ever seen, cannot be written in a day or a decade, but must await the evolving and moulding hand of time. Those of you who are so fortunate as to be able to attend this meeting at a time and place so fitting, and while enjoying the reunion with old comrades to assemble in Reunion. Already the list of those who have gone on before is longer than that of those who remain. We recall the manner and faces of many gallant ones who fought and suffered with us side by side in that memorable campaign, who have gone on to join their comrades who fell in battle, or by the more dreaded disease of camp and army life. Of such are Gen'l John F. DeCourcy, Major Mills, Capt. Edgar, Capt. Spangler, and many, many other officers and soldiers whose memory will be fondly cherished and their absence greatly mourned. It will be a scene of great rejoicing that the veteran hero of these wars, and equally eminent in civic, as in military life. Gen. George W. Morgan, is yet spared, and the first place in the preparation for this reunion, as he is
facile prencips in our regard. Gen. D. W. Lindsay, Dr. B. B. Brashear, and many other officers and soldiers whom I should be most happy to meet again will doubtless be there. Again permit me to express my sincere regrets at not being able to attend this meeting and ask you to convey to officers and men, my kind rememberance.
Truly your friend and comrade.
P. S. The difficulty with my eyes is the formation of cataracts, which has been forming for several years. P.K.
ENOS PIERSON, SECRETARY.
W. W. Ried and J. W. Anderson, of Kansas, Lt. J. N. Boling and T. B. Miller, of Iowa, took in the reunion.
George Emory was so elated with the trip to the Gap, his wife says he will do nothing but Gap since his return.
T. D. Wolbach (hatchet( was on hand with his camera, and took negatives of everything from valley to mountain top.
Will Robison has taken his meals off the mantelpiece since his imitation of
Sheridans ride to Winchester, over the Cumberland mountains on a broncho.
Comrade Frank Earle, of Co. K. 16th O. V. I., now a resident of Middleborough, Ky., was a busy bee during the reunion; he is a hustler, and make things hum.
Ike Fickes says if he can sell his Northern estates he will hie himself to the sunny South to live and die there, that southern beverages are so much more to his taste.
Dr. Brashear enjoyed himself in a manner indicating that he felt it was good to be there. His volubility, vim and vivacity has not diminished as rapidly as he has aged.
The life of the camp fire at the Opera House was H. C. Blanchard and J. W. Campbell. They were running over full of stories that kept the audience in a roar of laughter.
Wm. Shibley was up the mountain and down the mountains, searching cannon and recess for a shirt he hung out to dry thirty years ago. Says he would have recognized it by a particular mark.
The supper at Harrogate was immense and the crowd did ample justice to the repast, especially Mrs. Pierson and Mrs. Hubbard. The coffee, baked beans, crackers and salmon had to suffer.
The resident ladies of the reunion committee, had their head quarters nicely decorated, and are deserving of a great deal of praise for the assistance they rendered, in making the reunion a success.
Mrs. Elam Smith was highly pleased with the trip and boasted of her powers of endurance, but was forced to secumb at last, and got lost from the rest of our party on the tramp to
Doc McClarran, Wm. Shibley and Boyd Gilson, made the trip to the Pinical on foot, they are satisfied they wont do so anymore. Wm. Shibley only got about half way up the mountain, and give it up.
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