HERSHEY FAMILY HOLDS REUNION NEAR PARADISE
Eighth Annual Gathering of Descendants of Leacock Township Couple
About 250 descendants of the family of Joseph and Fanny Hartman Hershey, of Leacock Township, held the eighth annual reunion at the home of Willis H. Hershey, one mile south of Paradise on Memorial Day.
A prize was given to the oldest member of the family, Mrs. Fannie Leaman, of New Holland, who is in her eighty-first year. The youngest member is Jacob Warren Hershey, fourteen days old, of near Lancaster. Since he was not present the prize was awarded to Marion Ada Hershey, six weeks old, of near Strasburg.
The following program was given:Opening prayer, David E. Weaver, Waynesboro, VA; song service by the clan; minutes of the last meeting, secretary; remarks by the moderator, letter from T. K. Hershey, Mennonite missionary in Argentina, South America, read by his brother H. H. Hershey, 625 Lime Street, Lancaster; prayer in behalf of Bishop Hershey, by Rev. Joseph Weaver, five minute talks by Rev. Etter Heatwole, Springdale, VA; Rev. Martin E. Weaver, Lebanon; Rev. Joseph Weaver, Waynesboro, VA; Isaac Hershey, Paradise; Jason Weaver, Stuart's Draft, VA; Sem Eby, Intercourse; benediction, Rev. Etter Heatwole.
There were eight births, five marriages, and two deaths during the last year in the clan. The deceased were Moses Hershey, Intercourse, and Mrs. Lizzie Weaver, Waynesboro, VA.
The family circle consists of 413 members as follows: first generation, 2; second generation, 21; third generation 110; fourth generation, 226; and fifth generation, 54. Of this number 54 have died, leaving 350 members living.
The committee in charge of this event was Amos H. Hershey, New Holland, moderator; Henry K. Hershey, Welsh Mountain Home, secretary; and Martin R. Hershey, Gordonville R. 2, treasurer.