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Reynolds Family Heads West

July 9, 2009
by Joan Wheal Blank

In 1898, William and Ada Sterner Reynolds and their five children Harry, Minnie, Mary, Alton, and Sarah left Muncy and traveled west in this covered wagon to stay with William's father on his farm near Chicago. After the seven-week trip, a sixth child, Jimmie ("Gyp"), was born in Illinois. Another son, Walter ("Louie"), was born before the family returned to Pennsylvania after spending five years at the elder Reynolds' farm. Five more boys were born: Clarence, Emmett "Tip," William Russell "Jug," Charles "Chap," and David Rhine. Three other children died as infants.

A butcher by trade, William raised his family with Ada on a farm in Watsontown. The couple moved in the early 1930s to Pepper Street in Muncy, where they celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary. William died in 1939 and Ada passed away in 1949, leaving 47 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren, many of whom still live locally. (Photo provided by Kathi Wertman)

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