Adams-McKain Family Reunion

1979 Adams-McKain Reunion

Forty members and one guest attended the 60th Adams-McKain Reunion 8-5-1979 at Prairie View Park, Portage, Michigan. After getting a shelter because of a storm, and Irving Gale saying the blessing, the group enjoyed a bountiful potluck dinner. Hyldred Adams Gale served a marble cake decorated with white frosting, pink roses and green leaves that stated "60th Adams-McKain Reunion." Games and visiting were enjoyed by everyone.

Barbara Gale presented a brief history, explaining that the marriage of Thomas McKain and Jane Morrow in County Down, Ireland, produced Allan, James, David, Jane, Mary, Joseph, Esther, and Will. The reunion's name is the result of the marriage of Jane Woods McKain to Uri Mason Adams 4-1865. Uriah and Jane had Effa Mae, Chester, Archie, Mary, Mason and Ross. All Adams present today are descendants of George and Effa Mae Adams, Chester and Roxanna Adams, or Archie and Lily Adams. October 20, 1972 letter by Lotta Copley details McKain history. The first meeting in 1919 honored Ross Adams who has no living descendants and Harry, son of George and Effa Mae Adams. Those attending 7-16-19 and today are Uriah M. Adams, Carl V. Adams, Clare Adams Price, Dorothy Adams Morse, and Hyldred Adams Gale. Betty Jane and Alford, children of the late Harry and Marian Adams, are here from Bakersfield, California, and Robert, the son of the late William and Helen Adams Kunce, is here from Houston, Texas. Besides acknowledging them and their spouses as coming the farthest, C. Irving Gale and Adam Stoops are the oldest and youngest.

Since the 50th reunion, the family has met at St. Mary Margaret's Church, Marcellus, Upjohn Park and Prairie View Park. Uriah and Clarice, Jim and Kyle, and Jerry Jr. have been presidents and Hyldred Gale secretary-treasurer. Jerry, Jr. called the business meeting to order. Dennis Munson was elected president, and Hyldred and Barbara Gale secretary-treasurer. Clarice told about the Marcellus Centennial on Labor Day weekend. It was decided each family was to donate $2.00-5.00. The next reunion will be 8-3-80 at Prairie View Park; Jerry Jr. to secure a shelter.

ss: Hyldred Adams Gale

Hyldred Adams Gale, Secretary


Adams-McKain Reunion Held August 4th

The 66th Adams-McKain reunion was held August 4, 1985 at Prairie View Park, Portage with 35 members and 1 guest present.

C. Irving Gale, 89 and husband of the late Hyldred Adams Gale and Todd, 7 year old son of Daniel and Pam Adams were the oldest and youngest members present. Todd's grandparents are Leslie and Mildred Adams, formerly of Marcellus. Alford, son of Harry Adams, and his wife Beverly came the farthest, from Bakersfield, California. Games and visiting were enjoyed after a bountiful potluck dinner.

Elected 1986 officers are president, Douglas Adams and Secretary-Treasurer Barbara Gale.

The next reunion will be August 3, 1986 at Prairie View Park.

The following attended: Dr. Uriah and Clarice Adams, Marcellus; Mildrred Adams of Jenison; Daniel, Pamela, Keri, Tim and Todd Adams of Hudsonville; Francis and Dorothy (Adams) Morse of Kalamazoo; Horace and Mary Adams of Lawton; Carl Adams, Phillip and June (Adams) Powell, Gregory Powell, and Dale Powell all of Kalamazoo; Dennis, Sandra (Powell), Amy Munson of Mattawan; Douglas Adams of Schoolcraft; Clare (Adams) Price with guest Frank Thompson of Kalamazoo; Don and Sharl (Price) May and Jody, Ken and Tina (Price) Allehouse, Russ and Sue (Price) Stazicki, Bud and Lisa all of Kalamazoo; Alford and Beverly Adams of Bakersfield, California, Irving and Barbara Gale of Coloma.


Adams-McKain Reunion Held

The 67th Adams-McKain reunion was held August 3, 1986 at Prairie View Park, Site 5, Portage with 50 members and 1 guest present.

C. Irving Gale, 90, and Tyler David born May 13, 1986 to Douglas and Mary Adams and Nicholas born May 4, 1986 to Michael and Mary (Adams) West were the oldest and youngest members present. Other births include Jack Louis born September 21, 1985 to Jack and Mary (Adams) Coleman of Colony, Texas, Andrea Nichole born October 14, 1986 to EArle and Teresa (Graham) Martin of Schoolcraft, Hallie Catherine born May 6, 1986 to John and Mary Jo (Adams) Cochran of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Jennifer Lian born July 31, 1986 to John and Patricia Adams of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Ronald Earl McKain died October 28, 1985. His survivors include his parents, Max and Rose McKain, his wife June, his 5 children, 4 grandchildren and Michael his brother and family.

Daniel Graham and Judy Homola were married September 21, 1985. Phillip and June (Adams) Powell celebrated their 40th anniversary on June 1, 1986 and Max and Rose McKain their 50th on August 24, 1986. James and sons James and John Adams came the farthest from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

Genealogical data was added to the "Adams-McKain History, Tree and Group Records" presented by James Ross Adams August 5, 1984. The three contributors are James Ross Adams, son of Uriah and Clarice Adams who explored McKain data while in Ireland, Edith Johnson, daughter of Jason and Sara (Bates) Feller who provided data on Isaac and Emily Lorania (Adams) Bates family, and Robert Brown, son of Donald and Eleanor (Miller) Brown who sent Dorsey and Sara Lucinda (Adams) Fletcher data.

After Irving said the blessing, the group enjoyed a bountiful potluck dinner, visited and read letters from family unable to attend the reunion, while Lisa, game chairman and Jody her assistant took the children swimming and played games.

Elected 1987 offiers are: President, Rolland Morse; Game Chairman, Lisa; Secretary-Treasurer, Barbara Gale. The next reunion will be August 2, 1987 at Prairie View Park.

The following attended the reunion: Dr. Uriah and Clarice Adams, Marcellus; George, Christina (sic) and Richard Adams, South Bend, Indiana; James and sons James and John Adams, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin; Mary (Adams), Natalie and Nicholas West, Bay City; Mildred Adams, Jenison; Daniel, Pamela, Keri, Tim and Todd Adams, Hudsonville; Francis and Dorothy (Adams) Morse, Kalamazoo; Rolland, Patricia, Erin and Colin, Schoolcraft; Carl Adams, Kalamazoo; Phillip and June (Adams) Powell, Kalamazoo; Gerald and Marilyn Adams, Schoolcraft; Gerald, Charlene, Jennifer and Jessica, Paw Paw; David, Dawn (Adams) and Sara Sivley, Schoolcraft; Douglas, Mary, Kelly, Ryan and Tyler Adams, Schoolcraft; Teresa and Andrea Martin, Schoolcraft; Clare (Adams) Price, Kalamazoo; Russell, Sue (Price) Stazicki, Lisa and Bud, Kalamazoo; Irving and Barbara Gale of Coloma, Jody Munson and Matt Noyes of Kalamazoo.


Adams-McKain Reunion

The 68th Adams-McKain Reunion was held August 2, 1987 at Prairie View Park, Portage, with 11 Franklin B. and 32 Uriah Mason Adams descendants and six guests. Thirty-five members met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Adams for the first reunion in the summer of 1919 as a welcome home for Dr. and Mrs. Ross U. Adams and Harry Adams after serving overseas in World War I.

Today's Adams-McKain families are descendants of Robert (1602), Jacob, John, Joel, Bildad, and Horace Adams. Horace and Lorania's children were Franklin B., Uriah Mason, Sarah Lucina, Emily Lorania, and Mary Calista. Garry and Mary Brown of Tucson, Arizona and Robert Brown of Riverside, California contributed information about the Dorsey and Sarah Lucina Fletcher families and Marie Bowe, Genevieve Topping, and Vivian Dye contributed information about the Isaac and Emily Lorania Bates families. Information about the David F. and Mary Calista Smith family is unknown except they had a son Horace Herbert Smith. Further information about family members, addresses, and family pictures can be mailed to Barbara Gale.

C. Irving Gale, 91, and Tyler David born May 13, 1986 to Douglas and Mary Adams were the oldest and youngest present. Charles, Shirley, Michael and Kirsten Davis came the farthest from Jackson.

Joshua Adams was born September 19, 1986 to Michael and Sherri Adams of Cincinnati, Ohio and Heather Leigh Adams was born June 26, 1987 to Adam Daniel and Laura Adams of Kalamazoo.

Raymond House died June 27, 1987, his survivors are Sue Stazicki, Lisa House and Raymond House. William A. Browne died July 16, 1987, his survivors are Ruth (Sykes) Browne. Clarice Adams died August 16, 1987, her survivors are Uriah, George, John, Margaret, Jim, Mary, their spouses and ten grandchildren.

Hope Diane Adams married Theron Sutton September 1986 and Raymond and Edith Johnson had their 54th anniversary.

The next reunion will be August 7, 1988 at Prairie View Park.

The following attended the reunion: Allan and Gail Adams, Rhonda, Meagan, and Mitchell Misiaz, Gobles; Imogene and Glenna Adams, Robert, paul and Rob Knowlton, Lawton; Charles, Shirley, Michael, and Kristen Davis, Jackson; Mildred Adams, Jenison; Daniel, Pamela, Keri, Tim, Todd Adams and Robert Johnson, Hudsonville; Francis and Dorothy Morse, Kalamazoo; Rolland, Patricia, Erin, and Colin Morse, Schoolcraft; Carl Adams, Kalamazoo; Gerald and Marilyn Adams, Lawton; Dawn and Sara Sivley, Douglas, Mary, Kelly, Ryan and Tyler Adams, Teresa and Andrea Martin, Schoolcraft; Clare Price, Russell and Sue Stazicki, Lisa House, Bud House, David Easley, Jody Munson, and Matt Noyes, Kalamazoo; Irving and Barbara Gale, Coloma.