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Sec. State  Historical Society               7434


                                                          Kansas State

                                                          Historical Society

Dear Sir:


Herewith I send a condensed history of the Ill. Picnic Assn. supposing such things are beneficial.


C. A. Smith  Sec.


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Illinois Picnic.                                        7435


Ed. News:  On the 2d of Sept. the Illinois picnicers assembled at the beautiful grove of J. J. Davis’, on Cherry Creek.  People were there from all over the county.


After an old fashioned picnic dinner, of which there was plenty for all, the assembly was called to order by president Davis, who introduced the Hon. L. W. Leplinger, of  Humboldt, to the audience.  Mr. Keplinger held the crowd spell-bound for one half an hour by his eloquent address.  He showed the contrast between the early settlement of Illinois and Kansas;  how much faster Kansas is being settled than Illinois was.  He also touched lightly on the all-absorbing topic of the day, the prohibitory amendment to the constitution of Kansas.


A vote of thanks was tendered Mr. Keplinger for his eloquent address.


The following officers were elected for the ensuing year:


Vice-Presidents---J. W. Depew, Center; D. W. Finney, Neosho Falls; J. Robbins, Belmont; A. F. Darst, Eminence; D. Crist, Perry; J. H. Bayer, Owl Creek; W. W. Smith, Everett; H. S. Trueblood, Liberty.


Secretary and Treasurer----C. A. Smith, Center.


The Davis grove was the place selected for the next picnic.


The name of “Picnic Association” was changed to “The Illinois Kansas Picnic Association.”


The next picnic will be held on the first Thursday in September,1881.


Committee of Arrangements----C. A. Smith, Center; Wm. Frevert and Wm. Blandy, Owl Creek; D. Babione, Belmont; Geo. Inge, N. Falls.


C. A. Smith, Sec.




Picnic.                              7434


The fourth annual picnic of the Illinois Picnic association will be held June 16th, 1881 at the Davis Grove, 7 miles southwest of Neosho Falls.




Music by the band.

Speech, by W. H. Slavens.


Music by the band.

Essay, by M. L. Davis.

Vocal Music.

Declamation, L. Michener.

Song,  Ada Smith,


Croquet, swinging baseball, good shady grove, plenty of water and lemonade.  People of every nationality are cordially invited to come and have a good time.  By order of committee.

J. J. Davis, Pres.                      C. A. Smith, Sec.


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Woodson 60. History                  Kansas State

                                                    Historical Society,  7434


Illinois Picnic Association

Of Woodson Co. Kan.


The Association was organized in 1878, by J. J. Davis & C. A. Smith for the benefit of the Ill. Setlers to meet exchange experience and have a good time.  The 2” meeting was held on July 31” 1879, when the following officers were elected.  J. J. Davis. Pres. And C. A. Smith Sec & Treas.


The 2” Sept 1880 was day named for next meeting & J. J. Davis Grove the place.


A committee on arrangements appointed, one from each [xxxxxxx] in Co.


The 3” meeting was held Sept 2” 1880, Hon. L W Keplinger addressed the Association in an eloquent way.  The old board of Officers re-eleected.


The Davis Grove place for next meeting


The 4” meeting was held June 16” 1881.


C A. Smith Sec.







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