of August 19, 1898.
"The annual reunion
of the O'Hair family occurred on Thursday Aug. 18, the place of meeting
was the beautiful locust grove which stands just in front of the residence
of Simpson O'Hair. The members of the family began to assemble early
in the day and before the noon hour arrived a company of near one hundred
was gathered. Two long tables were placed in the shade of the locust
trees and loaded down with every conceivable kind of tempting food.
The guests were comfortably seated before the bountiful feast, and made
an heroic but unsuccessful effort to exhaust the supply. In the afternoon
a formal meeting of the members of the family was called, during which
an interesting program was rendered. The year's report was read by
the secretary, Dessie O'Hair. A full history of the father of the
family, Uncle Jimmie, was read by Miss Jennie Curtis. Several short
speeches were made by visitors who were present while the singing of several
appropriate songs added to the interest of the occasion. A novel
feature of the day was the giving of gifts by Uncle Jimmy O'Hair to his
children and some of the grandchildren. The gifts were bank checks
ranging in value from $500 downward and making a total of $6,000.
In presenting these gifts the aged grandfather made the statement that
he had reached a point where money was of no more use to him; money loses
its value when one faces the grave. A business meeting followed in
which Bascom O'Hair was elected Pres. and Jennie Curtis, Sec. for the ensuing
of the day was spent in the enjoyment of refreshments and in playing of
games. The friends remained till a late hour, thus testifying to
their enjoyment of the occasion. This reunion is pronounced one of
the best held by the O'Hair family in many years."