The twelfth Walling family reunion was held recently when the immediate descendants of the old pioneer family of Jesse D. and Eliza Wise Walling and many relatives to the third and fourth generation met in the beautiful grove of giant oaks at the home of Jesse D. Walling, Jr., himself well into the seventies, near what was once called Lincoln, and very near to the old donation land claim of Jesse D. Walling in Polk county.
A feature of the reunion was the reading of two letters from pioneer people. One of the letters was written near Galesburg, Ill., in 1854 and the other at Chariton, Iowa, in 1863, from James and Charlotte Wise Perkins to Jesse D. and Eliza Wise Walling. The two women mentioned were sisters, whose brother, Andrew J. Wise at 19 years of age, had driven an ox team across the plains in 1847 for his brother-in-law, Jesse D. Walling. In both letters the writer said “times are good here now,” and in the 1854 letter mention was made that cows were worth $25 to $35 a head, horses to $100 to $135 a head, wheat $1.12½ a bushel, land “tolerable” high and on the rise. In the 1863 letter the writer told of receiving the wheat sent to him by the Wallings, and it was the finest he had ever seen and that he had planted it.
Those attending the family reunion and the large dinner were J.M. Wise of Portland; Mr. and Mrs. C.L. Sherwood of Amity; Mr. and Mrs. B.B. Sanders of Coquille; Mrs. Eva Sherwood of Amity, Mr. and Mrs. Grant Walling of Amity; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Walling and Mr. John Walling of Amity; Mr. and Mrs. D.L. Keyt of Perrydale; Tracy Walling and Marian Walling of Lincoln; La Versa J. Kirkwood, Marshfield; Mr. and Mrs. James W. Mott, Francis and Dorothy Mott of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Walling of Lincoln; Errol Walling of Portland, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Walling, Jess and Ellis Walling, Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Walling and Loraine Walling, Dayton; Claude, Lorine and Marjorie Walling, Salem; Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Walling, Portland; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Purvine, Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Reaney, Salem; Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Stultz, Lawrence and Jean Macken, Perrydale; Mr. and Mrs. Seymour Wilson, Salem; Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Munkers and daughters, Lorna and Jessie of McMinnville; Mr. and Mrs. William Toner, Toledo; Mr. and Mrs. Roy E. Barker, Salem; Mr. and Mrs. John C. Plankington, Betty, Bob and Jack Plankington, Portland; Mr. and Mrs. William G. Walling and daughters, Neva, Gladys and Velma, Salem; Mrs. William Walling, McMinnville; Gertrude Walling, Portland; and Mrs. Jennings of Salem.
Source: Salem Capital Journal, July 24, 1930.