From the December 22, 1926 issue of the Gastonia Daily Gazette, paper of Gastonia, NC
Reuben Bland Martin county, is figuring on going to the national capital to keep his story straight. Bland is the father of 34 children. He expressed resentment that representative Upshaw and the United States house of representatives made such an ado last week over a Georgia farmer with only 28. Bland claimes he is the father of the largest family in the United States.