Hargis Family Reunion

 
The Courant American, Cartersville, Georgia; June 2, 1892, Page 1
 
transcribed from the microfilm reel June 1892-June 1895, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, GA
 
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That Reunion

Annual Gathering of the Hargis Family at Cass Station.

Cat. “Dick” the Host.

A day of pleasant commingling of family and friends at the old homestead last Saturday.

The old homestead! No matter where one’s fortunes may be cast in after life there is always a thrill produced by a thought of the old home, with its scenes of joy and even trials, which nothing can efface.

A quarter of a mile west of Cass Station is the old homestead of the Hargis family. Milton Hargis, who passed away in ’57 came from North Carolina and settled the place in 1840. His wife died three years ago. The present dwelling is now owned by Capt. R. R. Hargis, or as everyone knows him, Capt. Dick Hargis, and none know him unfavorably. He is everybody’s friend. His services for long years as conductor on the W. & A. railroad have been notable—his record being probably unsurpassed by any railroad man south, he never having seen a railroad accident and never cost the company employing one cent in the way of damages of any kind. After the present company had released him with others for the sake of reducing expenses his services were afterwards considered so valuable that he was reinstated and is now considered a fixture in the service. He is known by railroad men throughout the nation. He is a jolly, big hearted fellow, and especially at his own home, his hospitality gushes out spontaneous and profuse at every turn. About eight years ago the first family reunion was inaugurated and since the custom of assembling annually at the old homestead has been observed by the members of the family, the day selected being the Saturday following the birthday of the father, Milton Hargis, which is the 28 th day of May. This year, and for the first time, Saturday and the birthday came together.

Milton Hargis was a man of fine physical powers, honest, industrious, intelligent, genial, kind and hospitable in nature. All of these characteristics crop out conspicuously in each of his descendants. He had seven children, all of whom are now living, to-wit: Mrs. C. J. Loveless, T. V. Hargis, Mrs. E. M. Gilreath, O. P. Hargis, James F. Hargis, R. R. Hargis, and Henry Hargis. They are all living, all residents of North Georgia, and were all present with most of their children and grand-children. Notable in attendance the attendance also was that of Mr. Jud Hargis, of Tennessee, the only surviving brother of Milton Hargis, and of Miss Vira Hargis, a relative from North Carolina. Of the grandchildren in the family there were fifty-six, twenty-one of which are dead, and of the great-grandchildren thirteen, three or four of whom are dead. [Article continues describing the activities of the day, speeches, guests etc.]

 

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