Lee County Illinois

Benjamin Warren & Ellen Maria Ketchum

One of the most enjoyable social events of the season was the fiftieth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Warren, which was held at their pleasant home on New Year's Day.

For several days friends and relatives of the family began to gather to celebrate the happy event, which was a complete surprise to the parties directly concerned.

When the clock struck the noon hour, New Year's day, the home was full to overflowing with friends, relatives and neighbors, all eager to shower their blessings and wishes for long life upon the bride and groom.

Dinner was announced, and seventy persons sat down to the table, and enjoyed one of the best meals ever spread in this community, each one doing ample justice to the same.

Immediately after, James W. Larabee, Sr., in a few well chosen remarks, presented the couple with several beautiful presents, and $30 in money, showing the high esteem with which the couple is held in our community. A delegation from Anchor lodge No. 510, I. O. O. F., also presented them with $50 in gold.


Benjamin John Warren, son of Peter and Francis Warren was born in New York City, June 22nd, 1834, and his wife, Ellen Maria Ketchum, daughter of Jeremiah and Phoebe Ketchum, was born in Long Island, N. Y., December 11th, of the same year.

They came to Illinois, with their parents, fifty-two years ago, locating near East Paw Paw, where on the first day of January 1856, their lives were united in the holy bonds of wedlock.

To the couple were born five children: John, who resides near Endeavor, Wis.; Harry (deceased); Addison (deceased); Martin D., of this place; and Hollis O., of Batavia.

Ever since the happy union Mr. and Mrs. Warren have always lived in our immediate vicinity, and are held in high esteem by everyone.


Mr. Warren was initiated into Hickory Grove lodge, I. O. O. F., at Rochelle, forty-seven years ago, and has continuously worn the "three links" ever since. In 1866 he was transferred to Sparta lodge, at East Paw Paw, and later joined Anchor lodge, No. 510, of this place, the two latter being consolidated about twelve years ago.

He is also a member of Encampment lodge, No. 272, who serenaded the couple during the evening, and were invited in and enjoyed a bounteous supper, served by Mrs. M. D. Warren.

In 1862, when our country was threatened with dissolution and the war cloud hung heavy over our heads, the spirit of patriotism burned brightly within his breast, whereupon he went to Dixon and enlisted in Company F, Seventy-Fifth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and served faithfully throughout the entire campaign.

He is a member of William H. Thompson Post, No. 308, G. A. R.

Mr. Warren has also had the honor of holding the position of police magistrate for eleven years.

Those from a distance that were present: John Warren and family, Endeavor, Wis.; Hollis O. Warren, Batavia; Jay and Irving Gaudineer, Des Moines, Iowa; Will Guadineer and family, Fairbury; James Atherton and wife, Kansas; John Hoag, Manson, Iowa; and Ernest Wernick, of Dixon, the latter being a comrade throughout the war.

Contributed by Marilyn Widler

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