Hargis Family Reunion

The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
June 1, 1899, page 1
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The Hargis Reunion
Twenty First Annual Meeting of This Interesting Family.
Large Assemblage Present.
Bounteous Repast Spread Under the Shade of Massive Oaks.
Entertaining Speakers.

The twenty-first annual reunion of the Hargis family was held at the old homestead, near Cass Station, last Saturday.  The place was settled by the father of the family many years ago, and is now owned by Capt. R. R. Hargis, in whose hospitable home all who enter receive a most cordial welcome.

On this occasion the brothers and sisters of the family, with their children and grandchildren and a few invited friends assembled to honor the memory of the patriarch who rests in the family graveyard on the hill within sight of the house.

At the foot of the hill, on which the house stands, is a beautiful oak grove, and under the shade of these massive trees, near the spring which supplies an abundance of cool and sparkling water, a long table was arranged, and when the baskets had given up their contents the good things spread before the eye were tempting to behold.  It was a splendid feast, just such as the ladies of the household know so well how to prepare, and was greatly enjoyed by the large company present.

Capt. R. R. Hargis was master of ceremonies and after dinner he introduced the speakers, and also made an interesting talk himself.  Short talks were made by Rev. A. W. Bealer, Rev. Mr. Jamison, of Kingston, Mr. Gaines, Mr. O. P. Hargis and others.  After the speaking the guests were invited to the house, where the young people entertained them with vocal and instrumental music.

Some one suggested that the Hargis family form a line, and Capt. Hargis, who, by the way, is a full-fledged Georgia colonel, being a member of Governor Candler’s staff, put on his uniform and buckled on his sword and headed the line of march.  It was an interesting sight.

There were seven children in the family and all are living except one, Mr. Thos. V. Hargis, who died at his home in Kingston, a few years ago.  These, with their children and grandchildren, make an interesting group, and are as follows:

Mrs. Eliza J. Hargis, widow of Thomas V. Hargis, has five children: Mrs. J. N. McKelvey, Mrs. J. D. Rogers, who has three children, Ruth, Gordon and Kathleen; Charles Mayson, Frank Milton and Hattie Lee Hargis.

Mrs. E. M. Gilreath, nee Miss Lizzie Hargis, has six children: Mrs. G. S. Tumlin, who has nine children: Clara, Irene, now Mrs. Harris, one child; Mary, Laura, Basha, Alice, Lillian, Eva and George; L. R. Gilreath, who married Miss Byrnham, two children; Nelson Gilreath married and has two children; Paul Gilreath married Miss Mary Lou Wofford and has two children; Thomas M. and William Gilreath.

W. H. Hargis.

R. R. Hargis, married Miss Cornelia Loughmiller and has five children: Harry W. Hargis, married Miss Edna Sewell and has two children, Harry and Richard; William, Dixie, Robert and Ruby Hargis.

O. P. Hargis and wife and eight children: James has three children, Alma, Dixie and Howard; Mrs. Jas. Lumpkin has three children, Allie, Lucile and Hugh; Mrs. Charlie White has three children, Jamie, Edwin and Clyde; Nannie; Mrs. Edward Mois and one child Adoris Ruy; Lillian, Sydney and Grace Hargis.

J. F. Hargis and wife and seven children: Lucy, Leila, Mrs. H. C. Griffin, who has one child; Sallie, Jessie, Emory and Frank Neal Hargis.

This is a large and interesting family and it is a pleasure to be with them at these annual family gatherings.


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