Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal Friday, 11 November 1898
Mrs. Mahala Gray on Tuesday celebrated her 90th birthday at the home of her children, east of the city.
Mrs. Gray is probably the pioneer resident of this county, she having been born in Clark County in 1808, but has lived in this county nearly all her life. The occasion of her 90th anniversary was observed by her children, Mrs. Casad and Newton and Sturgeon Gray, and her grandson, Harvey Gray, and wife, who gave a dinner at their home. A sumptuous dinner was served at noon, to which a large number of invited guests sat down. The event was a very pleasant one and will long be remembered with pleasure by those present.
Mrs. Gray is the mother of eleven children, those living being: Mrs. J. G. Overton, of Kansas; Mrs. Nolan and Mrs. Enoch, of northern Indiana; Mrs. Carrie Trout, of Illinois; Jefferson Gray, of Missouri; Newton and Sturgeon Gray, and Mrs. Casad. Two daughters and one son are dead. Her sons, Newton and Sturgeon, and her daughter, Mrs. Casad, were the only children present. Mrs. Gray was made the recipient of handsome gifts of Ray and Harmon Hart, her great grandsons, and Mrs. Duff Casad. James Hutton, her son by marriage, and her granddaughter, Mrs. Hart, of Chicago, were present to help celebrate the birthday of Mrs. Gray.