The annual family reunion of J. W. and Mary McDowell was held Oct. 28, 2018 at Teen Town in Fredericktown. The McDowell family traveled from Perry County to a farm in Madison County by the way of a wagon. They had a family of 17 children and has grown to several generations, and continues to hold this reunion the fourth Sunday in October. Cousin Jim King has faithfully reserved the Teen Town for many years. Also, Auther McDowell has never missed a reunion for 40 years or more. Present at this reunion was 8 first cousins, numerous second and third cousins, and the family continues to grow. Pictured in the first row seated is Auther McDowell, second row Phyllis McDowell Bell, Sue McDowell Wagers, Norma Jean McDowell McCarver, and third row Norma Lee McDowell Helm, Don McDowell and Gene McDowell. Present but not pictured were Pat Huddleston, Jane Barger, Jim and Phyllis King, Raymond Miller, Sheila Hayman, Tony Helm, Jonathon, Gina, Matthew and MaKayla Morris, Wilma McDowell, Cherie Huddleston, Lola McDowell, Auther Jr. and Kathy McDowell, Dalton and Kaydena French, Ashley, TJ, Ethan and Layne Eiskant, Rusty McDowell, Wade Wilson, Danielle and Samuel Tomlinson, Maggie Gallagher, George and Ely McDowell, Tina and Steve Wienecke, Sam Lee, Regina Keown, Bradley and Fox McDowell, Levi and Kimmy Lakies, Rae McDowell, Gerry and Leslie Stephens, Danny, Lethia, David, Aidan and Braydan Homan and Terry and Marilyn Flanagan. The next McDowell Family Reunion will be Oct. 27, 2019.