Eaton Reunion, 1926
Community News, Saltfleet Ontario; June
1926 Vol II No. 6
Toronto Star Weekly, Toronto Ontario; June
Spectator, Hamilton, Ontario; July 15, 1926
Toronto Daily Star, Toronto, Ontario; July
Free Press (probably), Hamilton, Ontario;
Montreal Daily Star, Montreal, Quebec; August
Free Press, Hamilton, Ontario; September
On July 17th, 1926, more than 2,000 descendants of this couple gathered
at the Eaton homestead for the Eaton-Van Duzen (also spelled Vanduzen,
Vandusen, Van Dusen or Van Duzer) Reunion. A very busy day was planned.
There was a picnic, speeches, prayer, sports events and music. In the
afternoon, 32 children were baptized [including Elma
Masie Freeborn, Susan's mother]. Of special interest to all was a
display of a cabinet and a chest which had been brought to North America
by Francis Eaton when he arrived on the Mayflower. [Note: - the Mayflower
connection is probably not true]
Cemetery, lines of purple ribbon led from the Founders' monument to
the graves of all direct descents buried there. At a special ceremony,
a bronze plaque was unveiled in honour of John and Catherine Eaton.
In the evening, guests gathered at the Tudor Eaton farm on Centre Road
near Progreston Road. A stage had been built for the occasion so that
everyone could enjoy the entertainment. The final event of the day was
a gathering around a huge bonfire of pine knots.
It was a wonderful way to celebrate this pioneer family's 100 years
in Carlisle. In 1926, it was estimated that John
and Catherine Eaton had 2,622 descendants.
From Carlisle Beginnings by Dorothy Turcotte, 1994