The Wallings, pioneer Willamette valley family, held their annual reunion one Sunday recently at the grove at the J.D. Walling farm near Lincoln. A picnic dinner, a program in the afternoon with various members of the family group contributing musical and reading numbers, and plans for the reunion next year, occupied the group during the day.
Children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and cousins and other relatives of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse D. Walling who crossed the plains and took up a farm in Spring Valley in the earlier fifties were included in the family group.
Eight of the thirteen children of Jess D. Walling who survive him are John Walling of Toledo, B.F. Walling of Portland, J.D. Walling of Salem, Grant Walling of Amity, Mrs. Peasley [sic], Mrs. Alice Pomeroy of Kimberly, Idaho, Mrs. Florence Toner of Toledo and Mrs. Jennie McFarlane [sic] of Salem.
Those present for the reunion included Ben F. Walling, Georgia M. Walling, Ben F. Walling, Jr., all of Portland; Jennie L. McFarland of Salem; J.D. Walling of Salem, route 1; Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Munkers and their daughters, Loma [sic] and Jessie of McMinnville; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Walling on Amity; Ruby Warner of Amity; Mr. and Mrs. Roy A. Freeman of Portland; O.C. Wait, of Salem, route 2; J.W. Walling of Amity; Grand Walling of Dayton and Nellie Walling of Dayton; Marjorie Walling and Lorine Walling of Dayton; Frank B. Walling, Katie E. Walling, Mrs. Hazel Hollingsworth and Richard and Robinette all of Portland; Mrs. Kirk Walling, Lorraine Walling of Dayton; Elsie L. Stutz, Lawrence Macken, Jean Mackin, of Perrydale; Gertrude Walling of Portland; Mrs. D.L. Keyt of Perrydale; Florence Newson [sic] and D.E. Newson [sic] of Portland; Mrs. O.C. Wait, Mrs. Mary Toews of Salem; Ira E. Newsom of Portland; Mary E. Jennings Mr. and Mrs. Seymour Wilson of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. J. Fred Purvine, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Walling, and Jesse Walling, Jr., all of Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Merle Walling of Independence; Jessie M. Walling, Lester Walling, Ellsworth Loft, Gilbert Walling, D.L. Kent, all of Amity; Mr. and Mrs. James Hiatt, Mrs. B.W. Harritt, Miss Jessie Harritt, Miss Julia Cal, and Nellie Keyt Cal, all of Salem.
Source: The Salem Capital Journal, July 7, 1927.