“On July 1, 1890 a surprise birthday party was held in honor of Samuel Calvin McCullah's 52nd birthday. Relatives and friends came to his home located two miles west of Marionville, Missouri. This was the first and beginning of the McCullah-Wasson Family Reunion. The first reunions were a one-day affair held at the homes of relatives, later extended to two or three days over a weekend, and finally to span a week. In 1908, it was decided that a permanent place be selected for the reunion. A campsite was chosen on the old homestead of John and Caroline (McCullah) Wasson on the Finley River south of Nixa, MO. This ground, known as the Hawkins farm, is now owned by relatives of the original couple. Each year, from the first Sunday to the second Sunday in August, relatives gather on this land to renew, reconnect, reminisce, and simply relax. It’s our Reunion.” ~ Written by Jane Horn Staiger with Callie Carter Linville
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- 2416 S Seneca Nixa MO 65714
- Dan Hilgedick: (816) 359-0330 / Kimberly Hilgedick (785) 617-0694
The McCullah Wasson Family Reunion only exists to the extent that funding allows. We are funded through donations and fund-raisers such as quilt and craft raffles, card tournaments, craft auctions, and cook book sales. Each year, the operating expenses are around $8,500, the majority of which covers food. We do not have a required amount to donate. Any and all donations are welcomed and appreciated. Your donation can be made through the PayPal link, given to any Officer, or given when we “pass the hat” in the Friday night business meeting. The Treasurer, Rick Haege, can give you any specific information if you would like to see regarding the balance sheet. If you would like to mail a donation to the reunion, please remit to Rick Haege 4767 S Woodpointe Ave, Springfield MO 65810..