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The Haynes-Barnum family reunion was held at the Southside Senior Community Center in Springfield on July 30.
Out-of-town and out-of state relatives as well as the local kinfolks that still inhabit the hollers and ridges of the Beaver Creek foothills attended the 35-year family reunion. Some of the older family members were impressed with the number of young people present.
For the past several years attendance has declined due to lack of interest and the older generation’s passing. This year some of the elders commented on the family resurgence there seemed to be in the reunion by the youth in the extended family.
It certainly bodes well for the future family reunions.
Perhaps 75 percent of the attendees were young parents and their children.
Some family members delighted in hearing some of the elders use a vocabulary replete with Elizabethan English.
The first recorded Haynes family arrived in America in 1632. They migrated down the Appalachian Mountains to Tennessee and finally to Missouri.
Those in attendance who signed the register included:
Chris and Michele Hall and boys, Chris Haynes and Brayden Hall, Springfield; Michael Haynes, Springfield; Debbie Haynes, Springfield; Burl Woods, Republic; Marjorie and Gerald Haynes; Rolland Haynes Jr., McAllen, Texas; Eddie and Phyllis Foust, Springfield; Brian and Becky Plunkett, Nixa; Mike and Annette Applegate and grandson, Crash, Nixa; Vivian, Larry and Jonathan Haynes, Ava; Mary Lee Myers and grandson, John Riley Myers, Ava; Mike and Jaquita Trogdon, Claremore, Okla.; Juanita Goins, Sparta; Carolyn Hendrix, Springfield; Steven Muchmore, Springfield; Darrell and Janette George, Ava; Ronnie and Judith Haynes, Fordland; Joey, Laura, Destany, Dustin Haynes, Fordland; Casey Haynes, Chandler, Cooper, Kidron, Chloe Haynes, Bruner; Doris Haynes, Ava; John and Debra Adcock, Brookline; Wes and Lauren Adcock, Republic; Burl and Shirley Huey, Brookline; Ila Barnum, David, and Kenneth, Warsaw; Don Trogdan, Springfield; and John and Donna Dixon and son, Chris, Springfield.