Lee County Illinois

Edward F. Guffin & Addie K. Wheeler

Edward F. Guffin and Miss Addie K. Wheeler were married at the home of the bride on Jan. 1, 1896 on New Years night in the presence of about 35 guests, immediate relatives of the parties. The marriage ceremony was performed by B.A. Dickens of Fulton Illinois. After the ceremony and congratulations the guests sat down to a beautiful repast.

"The couple started in married life with very bright prospects, and a large circle of friends who wished them the utmost happiness and a prosperous future. They are at home to their friends at the residence of B.G. Wheeler."

The above article was written at the time of their marriage on Jan. 1, 1896 and was taken from the files of the Lee County Times that year.

A family dinner, followed by an open house, marked the 50th anniversary on Jan. 1. Through the mail and the telegraph came messages of congratulations from all corners of the country.

The family dinner was held at the Guffin home which had been the scene of so many family gatherings ever since it was built. Present besides the honored guests were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wheeler, Mrs. Bruce Wheeler & daughter Jacqueline, Mrs. Jeanette Fleming, Dr. and Mrs. Robert Fleming and Mrs. Lusetta Smith of Paw Paw; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wheeler, Mrs. Marilyn Wheeler Castle and Mrs. Nellie Adrian of Downers Grove; Roy Guffin of Oak Park; Mr.and Mrs. Irvin Cole of Indianapolis, Ind; Mr.and Mrs. Arthur Quigley of Rockford; Two immediate members of the family Bruce Wheeler and Jack Fleming had not yet returned from overseas service with the army.

From 4 to 6 p.m. nearly 80 old friends and neighbors stopped by to convey their best wishes. In the dining room, cake & coffee was served. Mrs. Robbin Fleming, Mrs. Bruce Wheeler and Mrs. Vincent Castle poured at the prettily appointed table, lighted with golden colored tapers. Innumerable bouquets decorated the house, and the soft glow of the fireplace made the house proof against the cold weather which prevailed outside. The warmth and sincerity of the greetings left no doubt of the high esteem in which they have always been held.

Coincidental with the golden anniversary were two other wedding anniversaries within the Wheeler family. The Robert Wheelers were celebrating their 25th and it was the 31st of the marriage of Mrs. Jeanette Fleming.

Mrs. Guffin was born in Paw Paw and has been a life long resident. Mr. Guffin came from Compton in 1889 and has lived here since that time. At the time of the marriage Mr. Guffin was teaching school but in 1897 he accepted a position as turnkey at the Joliet State Penitentiary where he remained until 1901.

The Guffins returned to Paw Paw in 1901 and in 1905 Mr. Guffin purchased the Lee County Times. Mr. Guffin operated the Times until 1922 at which time he became postmaster for a period of 12 years. Mr. and Mrs. Guffin resumed operation of the Times office in 1934 and continued the publication until 1943 when they retired and sold the paper to the present owner.

Mr. Guffin has been an active Republican all his life. He served as Chairman of the county central committee for two terms and is a member of the Masonic fraternity and of the Dixon Lodge of the Elks.

Mrs. Guffin is an active member of Foster Chapter 331, being a charter member.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 08 January 1946

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