This article appeared in a Palo Newspaper dated January 24th, 1905:
Weatherwax Family in a Happy Gathering
Reunion at the Kline Home in Clinton Township - Pioneers of Linn County Palo, Iowa, June 24, 1905 -- At the residence of H.A. Kline, in Clinton township, 5 miles southwest of Palo, adjoining the place they once called home, on June 24, 1905, occurred the third and probably last reunion of a somewhat remarkable pioneer family of this vicinity. On November 8, 1848, Thomas Weatherwax and family, consisting of wife, six sons, and two daughters, shook the stonebruise-making dust from their feet and taking passage in a canal boat at Amsterdam, New York, left their native state, never to return. After bumping along through the locks of the Erie Canal for eleven days, they reached Buffalo, where they embarked in a lake boat, bound for Chicago, Illinois. landing in that city, plodded on their way, through mud and slush, where they arrived at Kaneville, Kane County, Illinois, fifty miles west of Chicago, their destination.
Out upon the prairie, remote from schools, there, for six years they lived and, during this time, the family was increased in number by the birth of two sons and one daughter, making eleven in all -- a family, for numbers, that would be very gratifying to President Roosevelt. Fitting up two covered wagons, drawn by oxens (as there were few horse and no railroads in the west at that time), they, on April 10, 1854, again set their faces westward, landing at William Gardner's place, two and one half miles south of Palo, April 23rd, and in this vicinity lived until after the close of the war, when many of them left the "old home:, went west and started homes of their own.
When asked, "Was there such a thing as a war record in the family?" the questions was modestly answered in the affirmative, yes, from 1861 to the close of the war there was no time that the family was not represented, either in camp, on picket, or the skirmish line. The father was in CO. A, 37th (Graybeard) Iowa Infantry; J.C. and S.C. in CO. I, 20th Iowa Infantry; A.T. in CO. K, 8th Iowa Cavalry, and T.J. in CO. E, 46th Iowa Infantry, with one exception, all who were old enough to shed their Swaddling clothes, were in the army. Taps: Well, yes. Taps has sounded for some of us. For mother, (we consider her the greatest soldier among us) in 1881; father, in 1884, and brother Seymour C. in 1903; but we consider the fact that the oldest now living, John Clark, has long since passed the three score and ten mile post in life and the youngest H.A. (Hendrick), has successfully dodged the half century mark, we have no reason to complain of our stay in life. "What kind of citizens have we made?" Well as to that, we shall have to refer you to our neighbors and those who have had dealings with us, but will have to inform you that, though educated out upon the prairie, among coyotes and Indians, we are not only proud of our family, but not ashamed of our life record.
For many long years we have lived apart, but today we have gathered near to the home of our youth -- with an aching heart, with a sigh and a falling tear; to think we may never meet again near this dear old place we love, is a saddening thought, that causes pain; should it be - let us meet above.
Those present with ages and addresses were: John Clark Weatherwax, 74, Moulton, Alabama; Martin Luther Weatherwax, 71, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Mrs. Moses (Jane) Denman, 68, Vinton, Iowa; Mrs. H.O. (Martha) Kerns, 66, Elberton, Washington; Thomas Jefferson Weatherwax, 62, Palo, Iowa; Archibald Todd Weatherwax, 61, Charles City, Iowa; Charles Oscar Weatherwax, 56, Alexandria, Minnesota; Mrs. H.A. (Lourinda) Kline, 54, Palo, Iowa; H.A. (Hendrick) Weatherwax, 52, Shellsburg, Iowa. Besides these there were forty-four others present, mostly descendants of the family. It was a happy meeting, but with a sad parting. Louis Phillip Weatherwax, 58 of Des Lacs, North Dakota was not present.
TJW Palo, Iowa