Walker Family Reunion, 1901

From the September 20, 1901 Skidmore Standard (Skidmore, Missouri), page 4:

A Family Reunion.

The family has at all times been regarded as the unit of society.  Rend the family tie asunder and you destroy the greatest defensive bond known. Many notable examples in national life have illustrated this principle.  Greece in her zenith was the most illustrious of peoples.  In war, science and letters she surpassed.  Yet the glory of her achievement was but commensurate with the beauty of her domestic life.

In our Civil War the sons of the south fought with a valliance therefore unknown.  The bonds of family affection, characteristic of the south, which made the southern men in time of peace the most regardful of brothers and fathers made them in war the most aggressive and vicious of fighters, and caused the north for four years to shed the blood of her own splendid valor.  Such bravery as was displayed by these heroes of the south would have conquered any people on earth save only the equally brave men of the north.

In our own days of commercialism when the younger generation frequently leave the paternal roof even in the very spring time of youth to battle with the forces of business life, the family is too little regarded.  the Grand Army of the Republic go “tenting on the old camp ground” annually; the Shriners journey to their temples with regularity; the Knights Templar cross the broad continent triennially to fraternalize with their brothers, yet the reunion of a family, the unit and basis of all society, is an occasion of extreme infrequence.

A notable example of such infrequence was the reunion week before last at the home of Bruce Walker east of Skidmore.  Here the entire membership of two families, representing two generations, were present, an incident which had never before occurred.  Of the first generation there were the following brothers and sisters:  Bruce Walker, Mrs. Lydia Williams of St. Paul, Minn., Miss Hettie Walker likewise of St. Paul and M. D. Walker of Oregon, this state.  The combined ages of these four were 275 years, making an average of very nearly the allotted three score and ten.

Of the younger generation there were present L. R. Walker of Atchison, Kansas, Mrs. Anna Hoagland, Alamosa, Colo., Mrs. Lydia McGinnis, Wray, Colo. Mrs. Ella Russull [Russell] of this county and Harry B. Walker of Kansas City.  This was the first meeting of this generation for fifteen years and, as before said, the only meeting ever held of the two generations.

In addition to the members of the family who are above mentioned there were present:  Mrs. M. D. Walker of Oregon and H. G. Hoagland of Alamosa, Colo., besides the resident members.  Dinner was served Sunday at which twenty-six of the family were seated.  The reunion was in every way a delightful one and should be but the first of a series of such occasions.

Already several of the family have returned to their homes and business, bearing with them the most pleasant memories of an interesting occasion.