|"A Farewell Party," announcement, Alexandria Times-Tribune, 18 February 1915; online images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : accessed 23 March 2015).|
A farewell party was given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Montgomery who will soon move to a farm near Reed's station. Games and music were enjoyed and refreshments served to the following guests: Zelda and Hazel Gale, Myrtle Stephenson, Bessie Larmore, Mildred Fuller, Myrtle Lawler, Lottie Schwinn, Marie Smith, Ollie and Cecil Johnson, Ethel Seybert, Ruth Jones, Clara and Beulah Adams, Merle Pierce, Mary Moore, Nellie Mohler, Omah and Apha Miller, Opal Millspaugh, Marie Brannenberg, of Kendallville, Kenneth Jones, Virgil Wright, Sam Thurston, Bernard Millsbaugh, Joe Draper, Delbert Swindell, Rand Farrar, John Johnson, Rex Fuller, Everett Wilson, Lertie Bushong, Clifford Eppard, Elmer Miller, Earl and Joe Mohler, Jesse Peck, Ollie Schaefer, Walter Hurst, Ernest and Esta Quinn, Frank Simms, Jesse Lawson, Chester Seybert, Ray Fuller, Eddie Warren, Ben Jones, Jesse Gaither, Sanford Hicks and Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Martin and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Montgomery.
My maternal great-grandfather, Virgil Lee Wright (1894-1972) attended this farewell party that was well attended by neighbors. I also found several other names in my genealogy database from this party.
The Mr. and Mrs. Claude Montgomery were Claude Benjamin and Ruth E. (Johnson) Montgomery. Ruth was my maternal first cousin 3 times removed, our common ancestors were Edmund G. Pierce and Catherine Groenendyke. She was the daughter of John M. Johnson and Martha Pierce. The Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Montgomery at the end of the list of guests were the parents of Claude.
The Ollie and Cecil Johnson listed were sisters of Mrs. Claude Montgomery, daughters of John M. and Martha (Pierce) Johnson.
I do not place the Merle Pierce in the family at this time.