This 1st family reunion is from 1932, paper unknown, but probably the Greenup Press.
A family dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Snearley Sunday, November 6 in honor of the 52nd wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Ward. The occasion was an enjoyable affair, there being 62 living of the four generations and 40 were present. Mr. and Mrs. Ward were married November 6, 1880 at Armstrong, Ill., where they lived for 1Ĺ years. In 1882 they with 13 families formed a colony and started out west to help settle what was then wild country. They homesteaded in Beadle County, South Dakota and while there experienced many thrilling adventures such as blizzards, cyclones, forest fires, and mirages, the first year they spent in a little sod shanty and drove oxen but it was not until 1889 when 3 children of one of the families that went with them were frozen to death in a blizzard, that they turned their back on the west and moved to Keokuk, Iowa where they resided for 4 years. The longing for home was getting so strong that in 1893 they started for Armstrong in a covered wagon, it took them 9 days to make the trip. Since then they have resided in and near Greenup where they have many relatives and friends who feel the need of them in their home and community and wish for them many more years of happiness. They are each 75 years old and were blessed with 9 children. two dying in infancy and seven daughters living and present at the dinner. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Ward,Mrs. May Matthews, Walter and Luella, Mr. and Mrs. Ward Matthews, Mr. and Mrs. Herschel Mathews, Edsel and Donald, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd McDaniel and Glen of Champaign, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Matthews, Mr. and Mrs. James Glenn and Oliver of Urbana, Mr. and Mrs. Chall Kellogg, Allen, Helen, Lyle and Bobby of Tuscola, Mr. and Mrs. Amos Hanners, Bill and Clyde, Mr. and Mrs. Ivo Dunning and Betty, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Swim, Leah and Wanda and Mrs. And Mrs. Earl Snearley and Martena and Earl Jr.
Donít know the year on this one, except that is after 1950, and probably before 1955, also probably from the Greenup Press:
The 24th annual Ward
Sisters reunion was at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. Earl Snearley,
2 miles southeast of Greenup on Sunday. The
Ward sisters are the six
surviving daughters of a family of 8 girls and one boy born to Mr. and Mrs. John R. Ward who left a
farm near Penfield in May 1882, by chartered train, with 12 other
families to homestead near Huron, South Dakota. After
7 years of prairie fires, blizzards and hardships, only 3 families
remained in Huron. That winter after 2
small boys on their way home from school froze to death within a
half mile from home, the 3 families decided to leave. The
Ward family moved to