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McCullah-Wasson family celebrates 121st reunion

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The 121st annual McCullah-Wasson family reunion was held Aug. 7 through Aug. 14 at the Finley River near Nixa. The two and a half acre campsite has been in continual use for 103 years, since 1908 on a part of the Hawkins farm.

The first reunion was a surprise birthday party for Samuel Calvin McCullah, son of Alexander and Lucy (Robertson) McCullah. The event was held north of Marionville in Samuel's home on July 1, 1890, to celebrate his 52nd birthday. The group enjoyed the event and decided to get together the following year. Since that time the reunions have been held every year.

At the 2011 reunion, there were 210 relatives and 16 visitors in attendance. Fifteen states were represented including: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin. Around the campgrounds, there were approximately 15 tents, campers and trailers where family members stayed. Many of the relatives who lived in nearby towns attended in the evenings to eat, visit and participate in the activities.

On Monday evening, a 31-card tournament was held, Tuesday was bingo and Wednesday was a Texas Holdem' tournament. On Thursday, was the first side dish contest with Katy St. George, of Springfield, winning first and second place and Alisa Wasson, of Fair Oaks, Texas, winning third place. Following dinner, a craft auction was held. The proceeds go into the reunion costs.

The group picture was taken on Friday by Rick Haege and Patrick Rhodes. A dessert contest was held with Hanelle Heath, of Strafford, taking first place. A talent show was held prior to the business meeting.

Nick St. George, president, conducted the business meeting. A committee was formed and plans are being made for the 125th reunion to be held Aug. 2-9, 2015. Newly elected officers are: Nick St. George, president; Heather Doran, vice president; Rick Haege, treasurer, all of Springfield; and Jane Staiger, secretary, of Billings.

The oldest member present were George Hawkins, Marguerite (Hawkins) LaPine and Nell (Wiles) Reynolds. The youngest member was 6-week-old Addison Dawn Phillips, daughter of Lee and Amanda Phillips, granddaughter of Todd and Shannon Hartmayer, great-granddaughter of Gary and Becky (Reynolds) Hartmayer and great-great-granddaughter of Nell (Wiles) Reynolds.

Following the business meeting, Callie Linville presented a memorial service for family members who passed away during the previous year. The members included: Norma Wasson, Gerry Doran, Edith (Shelton) Carlson, Helen Hawkins, Oliver Wendell Holmes and Louise Renfro, who was the cook for 20 years. Callie read scripture, and David Anderson led the group in singing "God Be With You 'Til We Meet Again."

Camp cook was Chris St. George, of St. George's BBQ and Catering in Springfield. The 122nd reunion will be held Aug. 5-12, 2012.

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