The Rushville Times, August 11, 1999
The descendants of D. M. and Florence Tomlinson gathered Aug. 1-8, at the homeplace, 125 E. Clinton St., in Rushville for the 25th annual reunion and hog roast. Family and friends traveled from as far as Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Los Angeles, Calif., and points in between to take part in the activities.
Although cooking, baking and eating are major highlights of the gathering, there were several other activities throughout the week. On Tuesday evening, a private family swim party was held at the Scripps Park Pool. Thursday, a large group traveled to Grafton to spend the day at Raging Rivers Water Park. During the week, Gale Tomlinson provided material and guidance for doing bead work, making necklaces and bracelets and so forth. Friday supper was the annual fish fry, followed by singing around the campfire with guitar played by Rick Law of Oswego. As always, the hog roast was held Saturday afternoon with many friends of the family attending as well. A family worship service concluded the week Sunday morning in the back yard of the family home.
Two family members have spent untold hours throughout the past year and during the reunion week gathering and researching information on the family genealogy. Kraig Tomlinson of Dayton, Ohio, (grandson of the late Francis and Wilma Tomlinson of Rushville) and Tina Townsend of Phoenix, Ariz., (daughter of J. P. and Sharon Tomlinson of Rushville) posted a huge computer printout showing the lineage of the Samuel Tomlinson family which included everyone present.
Everyone enjoyed locating themselves and tracing things back to Samuel, as well as discussing stories and histories.
Those present or visiting during the week were:
Gene and Marie Bayles of Cleveland, Miss.; Bruce, Diane, Joanna and Will Bayles of Marietta, Ga.; Terry and Linda Bayles of Lebanon, Ind.; Tony, Jennifer and Evan Bayles of Lebanon, Ind.; Tim, Debbie and Timmy Bayles of Elizabethtown, Ky.; Barry, Dora, Syriah and Nikolai Bayles of Radcliff, Ky.; J. L. and Maurine Tomlinson of Apple Spring, Texas; Vera Faye Tomlinson of Lake Charles, La.; Paul Robert Tomlinson of Corpus Christi, Texas; Glen and Gale Tomlinson of Normal; Connie Lineback, Tommy Nunn, Jeff and Keely Lineback, all of Anaheim, Calif.; Ginger and Betsy Ellard of Calgary, Canada; Dave, Lyn, Jay, Johanna, Jonathan and Jared Mounce and family friend, all of Downs; Dorothy Walker of Ann Arbor, Mich.; Jeff Walker of Detroit, Mich.; Wayne and Gloria Tomlinson of Rushville; Norm, Jean, Grant and Rebecca Kloker of Rushville; Jack, Patti, Matt and Nick Hendon, guests Heather Sechrest and Megan Panther, all of Galesburg; Alan, Cathy, Jordan and Ryan Williams of Rushville; Craig Tomlinson of Rushville; Brian, Susan, Mackenzie, Michael, Andrew and Gracie Tomlinson of Rushville; Gerald and Joan Tomlinson of Rushville; Brett, Kathy and Courtney Brown of Springfield; Braden Tomlinson of Springfield; Debbie Tomlinson, Brooke, Taylor and Griffith Bennett of Springfield; John, Vicky and Misty Marquis of Rushville; Nova Boon of LaPrairie; J. P. and Sharon Tomlinson of Rushville; Jim Tomlinson of Houston, Texas; Al and Rita Thomas and Jesse Phillips of Rushville; Tina, Pete and Jonathan Townsend of Phoenix, Ariz.; Annie and Richard Phillips of Rushville; Mike, Cathy, Michel and Josh Phillips of Rushville; Patty Ritchey, Jessie and Kelly of Rushville; Marilyn Jane Lewis of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Jan and Bob Davis of Fullerton, Calif.; Rick, Rose, Adam, Catherine and Ethan Law of Oswego; Jimmy Tomlinson of Champaign; Larry Bennett of Springfield; Keith and Linda Tomlinson of Dayton, Ohio; Traci and Zachary Belcher of Dayton, Ohio; Kraig Tomlinson of Dayton, Ohio; Alice Hiles and granddaughter, Lois Henninger, Mary Paisley, Doug and Lynn Kettering, Frances Kettering, all of Rushville; Terry and Patsy Layne of Lawrenceville; Dorothy Webster and Dolly Rhoades of Macomb; Ila Mae Toland of Huntsville; Carl, Julie, Lara and Quentin Hamm of Kincaid; Scott Smith of Rushville; Jim Smith and wife of Rushville; Richard and Shirley Kelly of Cincinnati, Ohio; Bill and Patricia Kelly of Cincinnati, Ohio; and Scott Kelly of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Next year's hog roast day will be Saturday, August 12 at 2 p.m.
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