Rev. W.C. Cissna and wife of Wayne City, Ill., and Rev. W.E. Cissna, wife and son of Moore's Hill, attended the Garrison reunion at Tennyson, Sunday, and are here visiting relatives.
The descendants of Isaac Garrison held their third annual reunion here, Sunday. Isaac Garrison was a pioneer of Warrick County, was born Sept. 2, 1797 and died Feb. 15, 1877. There were members of the family from Chicago, Indianapolis and other points of the country. C.J. Lindsey and Rev. Everett Cissna of Moore's Hill college had charge of the morning services and Rev. Wm. Cissna of Wayne City, Ill., and Thos. W. Lindsey of Evansville had charge of the afternoon services.
A very fine musical program was rendered by different members of the family. A duet was sung by Mrs Ed St.Clair and Lillie Garrison, great-grandaughters , and also one by Irene Phillips and Ester Thrasher, great-great-grandaughters. A bountiful dinner was served in McDonald's Grove to 165 members of the family, besides many other friends. After pictures of the family were taken, the next reunion was announced to be held here the first Sunday in September, 1916
The Garrison family held their 4th annual reunion at the camp ground at Tennyson, Ind., Sunday Sept 3 , with a large attendance; over 300 friends and relatives attended and partook of the bountiful dinner which was spread on one table large enough to accommodate the whole crowd.
The day was delightfully spent, and every one present seemed to feel that they really belonged to the family. About 100 years ago, Isaac Garrison came from the state of Ohio and settled on a government claim in what is now Spencer county, about three miles east of where the reunion was held. He and his wife, who before her marriage was Miss Nancy Tennyson, were charter members of the old M.E. church at Bloomfield, Spencer county; having reared their family in that faith, so the homecoming was blessed with Methodist preachers, there being three present. Rev. W.C. Cissna of Juka, Ill., a grandson had charge of the morning exercise, while Rev. W.E. Cissna and Rev. Eliza E Cissna of Moores Hill, Ind., great-grandsons, conducted the afternoon service. C. J. Lindsey another great-grandson of Boonville who can fit in anywhere gave the address of welcome.
Six generations were represented. Mrs Nancy Skelton, Aunt Eliza Garrison wife of John P Garrison, deceased was the only living member of the first generation claims the honor of being the oldest. Mildred Deweese daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pearl DeWeese of Chrisney, Jesse and Howard Howes, daughter and son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Howes of Evansville were representives of the sixth generation. The relatives one and all are very grateful to the friends who helped to make the day a success and to the F.M. church for the use of their grounds and tabernacle and also to Rev. Walls paster of the U.B. church at Tenntson and Rev. H.B. Roller of Huntingburg for their assistance.