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Bisbee-Foster Family Reunion, Blenheim, Ontario, 1902

Newspaper articles from Blenheim News-Tribune, September 18 and 25, 1902

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Bisbee-Foster Re-union

From: Blenheim News-Tribune - Thursday September 18, 1902 - page 1

A Large Gathering of the Members of These Two Families in Blenheim Last Thursday

The second bi-annual re-union of the Bisbee-Foster families was held in Blenheim last Thursday. Nearly one hundred of the members of these two influential families were present from all over Canada and United States. The visitors all wore white ribbon badges and a number of our citizens did not know for some time the meaning of so many good-looking strangers, wearing white ribbons, being on our streets, and many a questioner was anxious to find out what delegation had visited Blenheim, and what was the object of their visit. It was not long, however, until all knew that the white-ribboned visitors were members of the Bisbee-Foster families who had gathered in Blenheim for the re-union. The members of the family who reside in Blenheim, were kept busy all morning entertaining the visitors and showing them the town and surrounding country.

In the afternoon a program of athletic sports was successfully carried out on W. D. Samson's fine lawn. The special feature was the excellent trapeze work of the Bisbee Brothers.

The afternoon program was followed by a splendid supper served in the basement of the Presbyterian church at six o-clock. The party adjourned to Mr. W. D. Samson's immediately after supper, where a programme of more than passing interest was carried out.

The program in the evening included instrumental music by Miss Blanch Goodrich, Miss Lapp, Miss Edna Samson and Beatrice Hartshorn; Solos by Pearl Trigger, Jessie Rutherford, Mrs. Jas. Rutherford and Allie Samson; Duet by B. Hartshorn, Ruby Harvey, Maud Hartshorn and Mrs. Pearl Carr; Reading by Mr Samson; Recitations by Grace DuChene, Mrs. Fred Keeney and Jane McGregor. "Canada and its Resources," was the subject of a very able speech by Mr. N. H. Stevens. A number of others made short speeches. A poem from Mrs. Jean Blewett, who was unable to attend, and letters from some members of the families, who could not attend the re-union, were read. Mr. W. D. Samson made an efficient chairman. The evening's proceedings broke up with the singing of "Auld Lang Syne."

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