I remember trying to put together who extended family members were at the picnics and how we were connected as I got older. (Really wish I had written down some of the many things I had heard at the picnics over the years.)
I decided to take a look at what I could find out about the Warner Family Picnic first. Since the picnics were held in the same area over the years I thought I would see what I could find about the picnic in the local newspapers where many of which are now available digitally. I know the Warner Picnic was reportedly first held in 1921.
Here are some of the articles I found in the local newspapers through Live-brary.com
This is what I found in The County Review from 21 July 1938 under the Baiting Hollow section:
Then there were times that I found something like this in The Northport Journal from 21 July 1955 under the Local News section:
I never would have thought to search in this newspaper since it isn’t in the area where the picnic was held but it is an area that family lived in.
But the best was when I found one like this in the Mid-Island Mail on July 20, 1938:
The wealth of family information in this last article is wonderful! Again not a local newspaper but what great information.
As I read all of these newspaper clippings about the previous picnics I have to figure out how all the people mentioned in the newspaper fit in to my family tree. I recognize a lot of the names but there are some I am definitely not sure of. It’s also interesting to see that the location was not always at Wildwood State Park.
Now living 3,000 miles away it has been difficult to get to the Warner Family Picnic as often as I’d like. This year it works that I will be able to go again. I really look forward to seeing familiar cousins that I haven’t seen in a while and in meeting some of the younger new ones. I will be sure to make and bring some chocolate and butterscotch brownies using my mother’s recipes.
If you have any corrections or additions or stories to share I look forward to hearing them.I can almost taste them. YUM!
Enjoy the journey,