Name: George SPENCER 1
Change Date: 01 OCT 2006 |
Josie MCCAIN b: ABT 1874
BEF 1892 1
- Note: Parents of three children, ages one to six.
- Title: Cass City Enterprise: Correspondence - DeFord, Page/item No: column 3-4 , Item Info: Public Interest, Url: http://newspapers.rawson.lib.mi.us/ent erprise/cce_1898_b%20(e)/issues/07-28-1898_4.pdf
Abbrev: 1898 News: H.J.Wilcox gathering (Chas Silverthorn)
Publication: Deford, Tuscola Co., MI, US, 28 Jul 1898
All who read the article this week relating to the gathering of Grandma a nd Grandpa Wilcox's kindred, if they have ever met the old gent, will wag er at once that Grandpa W. was the youngest youngster in the bunch.
Every youth should be taught that a lazy man is a mean man. That if h e is determined to be a do-nothing it would be better if he died young, f or a lazy man is of no more use than a dead man and he takes more room.
Not being in town for a few days past, on return we met an old friend H . J. Wilcox who informs us that everything in the burgh is doubling. Fo r instance formerly we had only two mails each day, now by application tw o more have been added, increasing the railroads business 100 per cent i n mail bag moving at least. Show us the town of our size that can compet e.
Advantages amount to but little. The stuff must be in the man; the dete rmination to get there. Money cannot buy an education; think of what ha s been spent to cultivate the mind of Queen Victoria's sons, but a Gladst one could not be produced and he was only a child of the factory. Reader s, have you and I not had a chance equal with Lincoln or Garfield? Yes , perhap better advantages, but we did not rise. We lacked the climbin g qualities; obstacles are nothing to him who determines to succeed.
A day of merriment and rejoicing by the meeting, almost by accident, fou r generations consisting of a part of H.J. Wilcox and wifes family, and t he whole of J.W. McCain and wifes numerous family at the home of H.J. Wil cox in this place on the 10th inst. The celebration was not annoyed by t he boys' noisy fire cracker or the booming of cannon, but by countless ki sses and other happy greetings which were not annoying but very enjoyable .
Those present on this occasion were H.J.Wilcox and wife, born in the sta te of Vermont, seventy-five years ago, and married in the same state fift y-two years ago last May; lived together all these fifty-two years, not i n perpetual happiness all of the time but neither of them ever applied fo r a divorce which is very remarkable for these divorce times of ours. Th e next on the list is J.W. McCain and husband; she is the oldest daughte r of Mrs. H.J.Wilcox, born in the state of Vermont 51 years ago last Marc h. She is the mother of seven children, all present at the family gather ing on the 10th inst. Her oldest daughter, Marcie is twenty-nine years o ld, wife of Chas. Silverthorn, with her four children ranging from thirte en to three years. Her second daughter Loella, wife of James Pugh, who i s a policeman at the Tunnel railroad station at Port Huron, is twenty-sev en years old and the mother of three children, ranging from eight to on e year. The third daughter, Josie, is twenty-four years old and wife o f George Spencer, the mother of three children ranging from one to six ye ars, making in all ten great grandchildren of H.J. Wilcox and wife. Th e other four are unmarried ranging from twenty-one to ten years, all pres ent.
At about twelve o'clock dinner was served in the grove south of the resi dence of H.J.Wilcox, consisting of chickens, cakes, pies, watermelon, ora nges and topping off with ice cream, etc. All seemed to enjoy the dinne r and did justice to the same. At about three o'clock all repaired to D . Croop's hall, he having previously donated his hall and organ for the u se of said party. After spending an hour or two in singing, assisted b y Miss Carrie Bell McCain on the organ, and hearing a few pieces spoken b y the little folks all decided that there are times for recreation and en joyment, in this troublesome, trying, starving world of ours. But I beli eve it usually is as we make it; chickens usually come home to roost. A t about six o'clock all separated for their homes feeling that they had h ad a good time, long to be remembered and all joining in expressing thei r heartfelt thanks and gratitude to D. Croop for the favor he so willin g bestowed on them which added much to the merriment and enjoyment of th e occasion. All parted with light hearts and renewed energies feeling th at they had a new lease of life as it should be lived which is to make ot hers happy and thereby accuring a good share of the same to yourself. Pe rpetual hard work and drudgery do not make happiness but the reverse . A little merriment and innocent sports now and then is approved and pr acticed by the best of men.