Came across these articles while researching Arizona McMullen, who married Oliver Chester Allender. Evidently this reunion was an annual event. Posting in case it might be of use to someone.
Daily Republican The
11 May 1912 p 1
PREPARES HISTORY ALLENDER FAMILY
Mrs. E. A. Willis Hopes to Arrange For Reunion at or Near Arlington This Summer
First Settled Here In 1862
Mrs. E. A. Willis of Bluffton, Ind.,is engaged in arranging a history of the Allender family. Mrs. Willis is the youngest daughter of Garland S. Allender, who many older Rush county people well remember. It is their purpose to have an Allender reunion at or near Arlington some time the latter part of August or the first of September. Strenuous efforts are being made to get the history ready for the printer by that time. This book will contain the names, dates of birth, dates of death, and to whom married of all the descendants of George Allender, Sr., who with his family came from Kentucky in 1926 and settled two miles west of Arlington.
Mr. Allender had fourteen children and ninety nine grandchildren. Mrs. Willis says she has already found relatives as far west as Seattle, as far north as Minnesota and as far east as Washington D. C. "And as I have only just begun no one knows where I will get to before I finish." she says. She has prepared a ledger and is keeping date of each letter she sends out and of reply to same. Indications so far point to prompt replies to letters.
Daily Republican The
2 Sep 1912 p 4
The Allender family reunion will be held in the Christian church at Arlington Tuesday, September 3. A basket dinner, speeches, music, readings and a general good time will be
the order of the day. An earnest endeaver has been made to notify every one whose address is known. If you have been missed this is your invitation.
E. A. WILLIS,
Daily Republican, The
9 Sep 1912 p 5
The Allender family met in their first reunion at Arlington Tuesday September 3. More than two hundred were present, many of whom had never met before. That it was a most enjoyable time goes without saying, yet with it all there was an undercurrent of sadness at the thought of the many who have passed to the great beyond. The forenoon was spent in getting acquainted, and renewing old acquaintances. At noon a feast of good things was partaken of after which a short program was rendered and an organization was effected by electing Morton Allender president; Mrs. Nora Offutt, vice-president; Lesner H. Allender, secretary and Mrs. Mattie Hufford, treasurer.
George Allender Sr., came from Fleming county Ky., in 1826 and settled on a farm two miles west of Arlington, where he resided until his death in 1852. After his death, Garland B., his youngest soncame into possession of the farm and resided there until his death in 1878. The main body of the big house erected by George Allender, Sr., in 1826, is still standing.
George Allender was born July 1, 1772. Elizabeth (Overly) his wife was born September 6, 1778. There was born to this couple ten girls and four boys. These children have all passed away. Mrs. E. A. Willis of Bluffton, Ind., is compiling a genealogical record of the family, and she reports she already has a record of more than 1000 names of descendants and there are yet several to hear from. The grandchildren present Tuesday were: John A Eaton, James H Allender, Mrs. Sophronia Brown, Mrs. Lizzie Nelson of Arlington, Phebe Moss, Gwynneville, Nancy J. McDaniel, Argola Ill; Frank Zornes, Carthage; Stephen Laden, Anderson; Mary J. Kennett, Walla Walla, Wash.; Wm. H. Allender, Axtell, Kan.; Mrs. Narcissa Gates, Carthage; Mrs. E. A. Willis, Bluffton; G. W. Parish, Shelbyville, and Mrs. Sarah C. Schumaker, Fortville.
Daily Republican The
7 Sep 1920 p 6
The ninth Allender reunion was held Sunday at the Allender homestead two miles west of Arlington. About one hundred and sixty relatives were present. A short program, was given in the afternoon, which
included talks by A. L. Gary of this city, Carl Shank of Indianapolis and Mrs. E. A. Willis of Bluffton. The officers for next year are Morton Allender, president; Cicero Linville; vice-president; Mrs. Virgil Junken, secretary-treasurer;- Cicero Linville, Frank McDaniel and Jesse Nelson, committeemen