GO-GETTER’S CLUB HAD A GRAND REUNION
From the Colon Express, June 19, 1924: “WONDERFUL INTEREST TAKEN IN THE SECOND ANNUAL MEETING
SCORES OF OLD-TIME CITIZENS RALLY TO THE CALL
PLAN FOR GREATER REUNION NEXT YEAR
Another page of real history was recorded in Colon the past week and it is one of the most interesting of all. The second annual reunion of the Go-Getter’s Club of Colon was held June 15th, 16th and 17th, and many made the stay even longer than the three days. “Coxey” and “Jake” and “Ted” and “Liz” and “Slim” and “Shorty” and their children and grandchildren nearly three hundred strong were back in the “Old Home Town” for three wonderful days of fishing, feeds and fun. After ten, twenty, thirty and in some instances forty years, these former Colon boys and girls came back and it surely would have done your heat good to have been an eye witness when those people who had not met in years came together. Hearty handshakes, embraces and in many instances tears of joy were seen as they came to town, car after car – and then they settled down to one grad good time.
Through the efforts of F. B. Cornwall now of Chicago, but still a staunch supporter of Colon, the Get-Together’s Club was organized one year ago. It was his idea, and a grand one, as was proven last week. about a dozen of the “old gang” were enticed back to the old home town for a few days session, and they met at the leading “food emporium” of the village for an evening of food, frolic and fish stories. The party was a grand success and then and there the boys formed a permanent organization for the purpose of promoting an annual get-together meeting to spread the spirit of good-fellowship which is so characteristic of the little old town of the lakes.
This year the old timers drove in from Long Beach, Calif., from New York City, Detroit, Chicago, and from all sections of the country just to be back in “The Old Home Town” for a few hours with the boys and girls of the old-fashioned school days, and friends of former days. There were doctors, lawyers, merchants, school teachers, ministers, farmers, men and women from all walks of life.
Homes and all the resources for entertainment of the village were thrown open to the merrymakers during their short stay. As early as Friday they began to roll in, Will ”Billie” Hinkle of Fremont, Ohio, being the first to enroll, and with several others they explored some of the old haunts, the old swimmin’ hole, the spring by the creamery, and incidentally hid their fill of fresh buttermilk, and from then on things began to liven, and there were still a few of the folks lingering with relatives here as late as Wednesday.
On Sunday, the 15th, memorial services were held at Lakeside cemetery and it was a very impressive occasion because of the fact that one of the number, Jerome West, was laid to rest on that afternoon, and the “old timers” all pad their respect to their friend “Rome”, as he was better known, by accompanying his body to the final resting place. Beautiful flowers were strewn upon his grave as well as the many others of the “old school” who rest in Lakeside.
Returning from the cemetery they all met at the library for registration and a relaxation to prepare for the coming program. In the afternoon they all met at the Masonic Temple for a few hours of reminiscence and listened to remarks by several and heartily enjoyed the musical numbers by “Billy” Hinkle and Forney Clement. Mr. Hinkle is a fine singer and was called upon many times during the three-day session.
Others at the informal meeting at the Masonic Temple were W. H. Davis of Albion, 76 years of age, who taught the \Colon school for six years and was really the man who placed our school on the road to its present high standing, was there and gave fine talk, looking into the faces of many who were students at that time and had a hearty laugh when some of the boys addressed him as Teacher Davis who wielded the “boy skinner” of the old days. Mrs. S. V. Hill, another teacher who was well known to the boys in the Temple also had a fine time greeting the many students who remembered her as teacher. D. L. Akey and D. R. Hazen were also present to greet their old time students.
Sunday evening the Go-Getter’s met at the Baptist Church and listened to an inspiring sermon by Rev. P. C. Cypheres of Romulus, Mich., a gray-haired veteran of eighty-three years who held a pastorate at the local Baptist church back in the days when the greater number of his listeners were in their teens. It surely was a very inspiring service. Despite his eighty-three years, Rev. Cyphers is as keen as the average man of sixty – a wonderful memory, up to the minute on daily topics, good sight, and forceful in voice and delivery, sending his message home to the heart of every one in the packed church. John and Eli Hawk, Bert Fisk and Dr. Roy Chivers filled their places in the choir as they did in days of yore, when Rev. Chivers held the pastorate here.
Monday was a busy day, a national holiday for the Issac Walton’s of Michigan, for the fishing season opened on June 16th, and in spite of the “big ones that got away” the club enjoyed the early morning outing on our lakes and brought in a fine catch.
About a hundred and twenty of the Go-Getters enjoyed a picnic dinner on Mrs. S. V. Hill’s spacious lawn and of course devoured their morning’s catch and a lot of other good eats. Mrs. Hill has been very active and interested in the club as many of them were doing their daily stunts at school when Mrs. Hill was teaching – undoubtedly she could relate a lot of school history regarding the visitors. There were fish and more fish, then fish stories for all, even though Lawyer “Dave” who had been so busy arguing the merits of Cleveland’s administration with Professor Davis the he would forget to halt the boat.
In the afternoon the club visited the home of Lamb Knit Goods, which has grown from a glove and mitten factory to a large modern manufacturing plant of national importance. They were all given souvenirs; the ladies knitted holders, and the men skull caps which they all wore the balance of the day.
The final and crowing event of the home-coming was the banquet held at the Odd Fellows hall at 6:30, attended by about a hundred and thirty, and there were scores more who would have been there had the seating capacity of the hall been sufficient to accommodate them all. The Rebekah’s served a fine menu in good order and did remarkable well in taking care of the large crowd. The music furnished by Colon orchestra was heartily enjoyed and during the banquet several old-time songs were sung, also solos by Mrs. Bernice McCormick, Anna E. Corbett and Will Hinkle. Many of the members responded with fine talks.
After the banquet a business meeting was held and the old officers reelected: F. B. Cornwall, president; C. E. Godfrey, vice-president; John Watson, secretary and treasurer.
Then F. B. Cornwall, the mainspring of the organization, who displays ability as an organizer and progressive business head, and we are sure will make the Go Getters greater another year, gave a very impressive talk, the subject being “The Reminiscences of Youth,” and the message and thought so plainly brought out touched th3e hearts of every one present. At the close he spoke of “The Qualities of a Go-Getter.”
Rev. Cyphers then came forth with the final message, recalling happenings of long ago, resisting incidents in which many of his listeners took part in in younger days, and assured the Go-Getters that he had heartily enjoyed his visit and would be with them another year.
While old and young were mingling for the final hours of a great day the Colon band, located in the balcony of the St. Joe House across the way, played their best and made a grand climax to three big days.
The Go-Getters are all planning to make next year’s jollification bigger and better than ever and resolved the “the old home town may be a one horse town but it’s the best little town after all.”
We are unable to give a complete list of all from outside of Colon who came back for the Go-Getters reunion but will list all who registered.: Wm. “Billy” Hinkel, Fremont, Ohio; Wm. Watson, Altak Fisk McMillen, A. L. Fisk, Henry Dickinson, Roy Chivers, Claude and Beulah Palmer, Blanche Sharer Sinclair, Gates Sinclair, Leo Griffin, of Jackson.
S. D. Ware, Long Beach, Calif., Bernice Akey McCormick, Rye Fisk Halvorson and son Eugene, of Albany, Ind.; Floyd and Roy Lamoreaux of Dowagiac; Anna Leidy Corbett, New Bethlehem, Pa.
Fant Godfrey and son Frank, Mrs. G. E. Smith, Harry Paddock, of Detroit, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Cornwall of Sturgis; Agnes Garmon Ball, and C. N. Ball of Omaha, Neb; Cora Garman Savory and Chas. P. Savory, Anna Dougherty of Three Rivers, Mildred Baird French, Portland, Oregon; Rev. P. C. Cyphers and wife, Clare Cyphers, wife and daughter Wayne; F. W. McMillen, Lora Sharer Phillips, Elton Phillips, Elmer Pulver, Maude Garmon Pulver, Lansing; Ansel Wagner, Homer; Reeve Cornwall and wife, L. V. Cornwall and wife, H. C. Starke and Eva Cornwall Starke, of Niles; Frank Bradley, South Bend; Mrs. F. B. Cornwall, LaGrange, Ill.; Chas. And Mace Anderson, of Ann Arbor; J. L. and F. Z. Hawk, of Mongo, Ind.; Audrey Mater, of Stanton; F. B. Cornwall of Chicago; Bruce bower and wife, Mrs. Dorlevea Bower of Elkhart, Ind.; Edd Moore of Centreville; Carl Adams of Grand Rapids.
Udell Chaffe and Irene Gorton Chaffee, Forney Clement and Edna Tompkins Clement, of Battle Creek, Harriett Anderson Clark of Birmingham; Wm. A. Broom of Adrian; Wilson Davis of Albion; Mrs. Tillie Sharer Wattles Cook of Battle Creek; D. E. Hazen, Peter Hagelgans and wife of Centreville; Harry Davis, Morrice Wm. And Lucy Strunk of Kalamazoo; O. J. Dean of Illinois; C. E.d godfrey of Morris, Ill,; J. L. Godfrey of
Buchannan; R. G. Clement of Kalamazoo and C. W. McCarty of Coldwater.