Cochran's Tent Camp near Anderson Lodge during the 2003 Reunion
Chronological List of Reunions
Revisiting Past Reunions By Edith
Chronological List of Reunions
- 1941, Yakima, WA. June 22 - At the Montague Home.
- Bob McCoy elected Chief, 40 attended.
- 1953, Ocean Park, WA. July 3, 4 - Methodist Church Camp.
- Ellen Miller elected chief, 41 attended.
- 1956, Coeur d'Alene Lake, ID. - Paul McCarthy's cabin.
- Dick Cochran elected Chief, 50 attended.
- 1958, Manson, WA. July 3,4,5,6 - Dick Cochran's home.
- Bill Wortman elected Chief, 54 attended.
- 1961, Lewiston, ID. September 2, 3, 4 - At the Ray Shinn home.
- Paul McCarthy elected Chief, 84 attended.
- 1964, Kelso, WA. September 5, 6, 7 - At the Robert Cochran home.
- Louis Shinn elected Chief, 58 attended.
- 1967, Kelso, WA. September 2, 3, 4 - At the Robert Cochran home.
- Louise Kimble elected Chief, 45 attended.
- 1970, Liberty Lake, ID. September 5, 6 - A church camp.
- Joan Knoshaug elected chief, 49 attended.
- 1973, Lake Cushman, WA. - At the Montague cabin.
- Geneal Erickson elected chief, 58 attended.
- 1976, Lake Cushman, WA. - At the Montague cabin.
- Marcia Campbell elected Chief, 64 attended.
- 1979, Manson, WA. July 20, 21, 22 - At Dick Cochran's home
- Margaret Perkins elected Chief, 56 attended.
- 1982, Doumecq Plains, ID. July - The old home place.
- Leo Montague elected Chief, 95 attended.
- 1985, Fort Warden State Park, WA. July 26, 27, 28
- Eileen Lancaster elected Chief, 73 attended.
- 1988, Anderson Lodge, Cougar, WA. August 5, 6, 7
- Marty Cochran elected Chief, 85 attended.
- 1991, Anderson Lodge, Cougar, WA. July 18, 19, 20
- Larry Campbell elected Chief, 94 attended
- 1994, Anderson Lodge, Cougar, WA. July 15, 16, 17
- Karen Booth elected Chief, 100 attended
- 1997, Manson, WA. July 18, 19, 20 - Dick Cochran's home.
- Uncle Robert was the oldest at nearly 99. His great great granddaughter River Holt was the youngest at just 10 days.
- Jim Montague elected Chief, 125 attended.
- 2000, Anderson Lodge, Cougar, WA. July 21, 22, 23
- Jim Lancaster elected Chief, 98 attended.
- 2003, Anderson Lodge, Cougar, WA. July 11, 12, 13
- Karen Knoshaug elected Chief, 92 attended
- 2006, Field's Spring State Park, WA. July 14, 15, 16
- Lowell Kimble elected Chief, about 84 attended
- 2009, Fort Flagler State Park, WA. July 3, 4, 5
- Zae Miller elected Chief, 68 attended
- 2012, Camp Zanika, Lake Wenatchee, WA. Aug 24 -26
- Rozy Williams elected Chief, 54 attended
Revisiting Past Reunions By Edith
The Cochran family always enjoyed getting together. As long as
Grandpa and Grandma lived on Doumecq, all nine of their children
spent some time every summer together. After Grandpa and Grandma
moved to the Horse Heaven Hills the nine of them were never
Aunt Edna died in 1923, Aunt Inez and Aunt Mary went to Nome,
Alaska in 1919 and 1920, and Aunt Omie and Aunt Zenna spent time in
both Alaska and California. Probably the last time that Grandma went
to a family gathering was in the summer of 1931 when she, Grandpa,
the McCoy children, the Shinns, the Montagues, and the Robert family
met at the Robert home out of Pomeroy. As I remember, this house had
only two bedrooms. Robert and his wife Edna kept their bed with two
cribs in their room .Grandpa and Grandma of course got the other
bed. Ruth and Grover and Ray and Ethel found a couple of old
fashioned bed springs but there were no mattresses. They put them on
blocks on the east porch and settled in for a night's sleep. Of
course they visited far into the night. The coils were not
comfortable with just a blanket or quilt over them. On the east
porch in late June the sun came up very early.
The "big" boys, probably down to Dick, who would
have been four, took their blankets and went to the barn. The barn
was filled with hay, but much of it was fireweed. The stickers on
the fireweed made sleeping almost impossible. Soon the boys
abandon the barn. First they moved their beds to the middle of the
barn yard and later in the night to a smooth place along the
railroad tracks. In the wee small hours of the night a long freight
train rushed by, blowing its horn loudly. The frightened sleepers,
still half asleep, grabbed their blankets and rushed to the house
almost walking on the adults trying to sleep on the porch. The girls
had been smarter and had taken their blankets out under a tree. The
lack of sleep really did not seem to bother people too much.
After dinner the next day the teenagers, apparently supervised by
Aunt Ruth, were assigned the job of doing the dishes. The noise in
the kitchen got louder and louder until the adults were having
trouble visiting. Ethel opened the door to speak firmly to her
teens. As she put her head in the kitchen a paper plate barely
missed her. It was not thrown by a teenager but by her sister Ruth.
In this kitchen was a "dumb waiter" which carried heavy
articles from the kitchen to the basement. This was very handy when
moving fruit and fruit jars at canning time. It saved many heavy
loads being carried up and down. The young people discovered it was
a very interesting place. What fun the younger ones had riding it up
and down. That was fine until the rope jumped the track and a small
one was caught halfway, not able to go either up or down. An adult
had to be called to the rescue and that ended the fun.
In 1941 the first "official" reunion was held at Yakima
at the home of Ruth and Grover Montague. Grandpa and Aunt Georgia,
all of the sisters, Sid's wife and Robert's lady friend at the time,
and apparently about 18 grandchildren and two great grands were
there. The reason for this gathering was that Aunt Omie and sons
were coming from Alaska. This meeting was written up by Ruth and
Zenna. Minutes concerning this meeting have some not so important
things recorded. Here are quotes from them.
"Mary (Wortman) hovered over Ruthie (age 9) who felt
strange and clung. Finally exhausted she went to sleep on Aunt
Ruth's bed. Dan, Lowell, and Sharon were 2 and 3. Dan and Lowell
fought over who should lead Sharon around. Dan got his head stuck
between the steps and when Sandra shoved it through or pulled it out
his ears were scraped and he made a great uproar. Lowell locked
himself in the bathroom and couldn't unlock the door. The next group
ages 5 to 15, had a wonderful time. Mary had them give a program.
Lowell, at 2 could not talk much but we clapped when he spoke his
piece. He spoke again and again until Virgil or Louise dragged him
from the stage."
It was at this meeting that Aunt Omie suggested that Bob McCoy be
chosen Chief of the tribe or clan. She may have done some prodding
as time went on. In any case in 1953, twelve years later, a reunion
was held at Ocean Park, Washington.
The Ocean Park reunion was written up by Aunt Omie and Judy
McCoy. On the first page is this quote, "This history is
inscribed to the memory of JOHN EAKIN COCHRAN whose deep and abiding
interest in his family has kept it closely united. May many such men
arise in the Cochran Clan".
The invitation was a poem written by Judy McCoy. At that meeting
five sisters and Robert made it. Mary had died. Records show that 51
people were present. Some were Aunt Georgia's family. The minutes
have this to say, "Bob McCoy, President at the time, with
Ethel's advice and encouragement, started the John E. Cochran
Educational Fund." The original was signed by J. R. Cochran,
Omie McCarthy and Ethel Shinn. The first borrowers from the fund
were Ruth Wortman and Dick Cochran.
Also at this meeting Marcia Bergan announced her engagement, and
both Nancy Davis and Shirley Cochran said they were pregnant. These
minutes did not have fun things in them like those for the 1941
The minutes for the 1956 reunion were very skimpy. They did say
it was held at Paul & Eleanor's cabin at Coeur d' Alene Lake.
They dont say how many people Attended. They do record that Dick
Cochran was elected Chief, and invited the crowd to Manson in 1958.
Dick wrote up the minutes for the meeting at Manson. He wrote
several pages ending with a list of things that should be remembered
Pat and Ken Nelson picking cherries and raspberries by
flashlight for salad, The Old Folks Home, Delbert Davis making
homemade ice cream for 64 people, water skiing, watching fireworks
from the rocks, The "big" boys shooting fireworks, punch
cascading over the picnic table, Bob's tent shrinking after the
shower, the picnic at the point, eating green apples, picking
cherries, parking cars in the orchard, Ken using Hig's cane,
Visiting with anyone who would listen.
Aunt Zenna added her 2 cents worth saying "Omie and Ruth
spent an unreasonable amount of time holding their youngest
granddaughters. Inez and I are not upset about it any more. We now
have granddaughters for the next time. Maurice behaved exactly like
Omie and Ruth with Teena, and with good reason. She obviously adored
The 1961 meeting was special, it not only was the reunion, but
was also Ray and Ethel Shinn's 50th wedding anniversary. Ethel's
brother and sisters had done a booklet remembering the wedding 50
years before. Minutes say Zenna's diary brought back priceless
memories. Part of the crowd made a trip to Doumecq. Some had never
been there before. Maurice took them down a switchback or two toward
Whitebird. Leo admitted he leaned toward the bank and Roy said it
hadn't been exaggerated in the many stories told. The ladies at the
church served 84 people for the special dinner. It was the first
meeting to have an auction. The income was $170.
The 1964 and 1967 reunions were held at the J. Robert Cochran
home at Kelso on Labor Day weekend. Tents were pitched in the field
and there were horses for the young ones to ride. Cots were set up
in the basement Paul had flown to the 1964 meeting because he had
been moved to Idaho Falls where he was working for Arco, but felt as
Chief of the clan he had to come. The auction that year brought in
$234.95. This was the first reunion for which Edith did a genealogy
booklet to be sold. Aunt Georgia sent a wrapped package saying it
was something that had been in the family for many years. It brought
a good price, and turned out to be a pair of old scissors.
This takes us through the first 20 years or so of reunions.
Above is a list of the reunions, where they were held, who was
elected chief or president at each one, the number of people
attending, and how many generations were represented.