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1931 May Family Reunion

Another May reunion was held that year at the home of
Mr. & Mrs. W. M. Greenwade at Cliff, Kentucky

We are fortunate to have photos and a brief report of this summer reunion from
Edna A. May, who was 15 years old at the time.
More of Edna's memories

Another reunion of this branch of the family was held on the farm about 1936

May family reunion at the home of Reuben Thomas May in 1931
on Blain Creek in Lawrence Co, Kentucky.
Family members in the photo have been identified

See chart of relationship of people to Reuben

Home of Reuben Thomas May,
where he lived from about 1917 until 1937.

Photos courtesy of Eldon J. May & Emilee Clevinger Jones

Quotes from Edna May Clevinger's memories of their 1931 reunion.

We used to go to Louisa to the May reunion. The first year, Ike Hurt drove his car and took us. He was Popa's boss on the railroad section. Grandma and Grandpa were keeping the people who lived in the [Lawrence County] 'poor house.' This building is somewhere between Route 23 and Little Blain, Louisa, KY, just south of the town of Louisa where we drove down west of Route 23 and crossed the mountain to Uncle Tom May's. We crossed the swinging bridge to Grandfathers home in the country on Little Blain where the cemetery and the dam are now (1990). They lived in a house where they had their personal things. The 'poor' were in the large house where they slept and were fed. Our first year at the reunion was there. I have an enlarged picture of Granddad and Grandma taken that year. I was about 16 years old. We had a group picture. Ike was in the picture.

[The following probably refers to this reunion, since Dulcie died in 1935.]
I remember that Moma [Dulcie Adkins May] would go upstairs and have us talk to her and make noise when the men were killing a lamb for cooking. They didn't have refrigerators then, so they killed the lamb the day before the big dinner. They hung the lamb in the large tree left of the well back of the house. They put some food in the well with buckets and rope [to keep it cool]. R.T. and Joanah [Edna's grandparents] invited the neighbors to the Sunday and Monday Labor day dinner.

Reuben Thomas May and Joanna Damron May in 1931

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