Marshall County Illinois Wedding Anniversaries from the Past

Harmon J. and Eliza J. (Holt) Adams

Taken From the Henry Republican
August 19, 1875

Wedding Anniversaries - Silver Wedding

Sunday last, August 15, completed the 25th anniversary of Marriage between Mr. Harmon J. Adams of Sparland, and his estimable wife Eliza J. Adams, and that important period in life’s fitful journey was appropriately observed by them and their friends on Monday evening last. Two decades and a half in matrimonial experience is a long way in the race of life, and Mr. and Mrs. Adams, have realized its joys and sorrows, its ups and down, in that ratio peculiar to most mortals, having manfully baffled with early discouragements with fortitude and hope, and like all those who “look to the plow and do not turn back,” have come out “on top.” and to-day are enjoying the fruits of industry, sobriety, frugality and a well spent life. ...... Now for a little personal history. Mr. Adams was born in Prussia, but at the age of seven accompanied his parents to Ohio, where he resided 35 years. Mrs. Adams nee Holt, was born in England, but while an infant emigrated to the Buckeye state, where her youthful days were spent. She was married at Dresden, McSkendom county, O., to Mr. H. J. Adams, August 15, 1850, where they resided until they moved to Sparland 13 years ago. Their union has blessed them with 13 children, six of whom live to make their pleasant home blessed, Miss Anna, the eldest, being an accomplished pianist and a fine singer. Mr. Adams is a cooper by trade, and during the past few years, has done an extensive business for the distilleries and pork packers, but with the prevailing dullness with these institutions his business has suffered with it. But willing hands and persistent energy has prospered him in other enterprises, so that thrift, peace, plenty and comforts abound. Their host of warm friends therefore heartily congratulate Mr. and Mrs. A. on their success for the past 25 years of wedded life, joining in the hope they may live to celebrate the next anniversaries - the golden and the diamond. .......

Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Andrews

Taken From the Henry Republican
February 5, 1874

A Wooden Wedding

Mr. Richard Hunt and his estimable wife Ruth, made a wedding yesterday at their spacious and commodious residence in Whitefield, for their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Andrews, commemorative of their fifth returning anniversary of wedlock. The day was a fine one, and nearly all the invited friends were present, which embraced beside Mr. and Mrs. Hunt, and their daughters, Eleanor, Jane and Mary Hunt, living at home, Mrs. Harmon Andrews, brother and two sisters of the groom; A. J. Diehl, wife and three children; L. C. Hunt and family, Timothy Hunt and family, Newton Combs and family, Mrs. S. Coleman, Elwood Smith and family, Geo. Burt, Jr., and family and a number of others. The time was spent pleasantly, as such gatherings always are, until dinner, when seats were taken at a table that groaned with a bill of fare seldom excelled in a first class hotel. Our appetites, we fear, were not equal to the task of doing it justice, for when the writer folded his napkin his plate was bout 10 layers deep with cake for which we hadn’t room (and our overcoat wasn’t handy), and still there were several other loaves that we utterly refused to touch for “want of space.” In short, we haven’t sit down to a more abundant and better prepared, old fashioned dinner for a long time, and we doubt if Mrs. H. and her three (unmarried) daughters can be excelled in this “branch of the business.”

When the cloth was laid aside, a large number of presents of woodenware were displayed , consisting of hat racks, tubs, pails, bowls, sugar boxes, picture frames, butter smasher, clothes pins, etc., enough to set up a family right well to housekeeping. This expression of good will and remembrance were duly and truly appreciated by our young married friends.  Mr. Andrews owns a farm near Loda, in the vicinity of Mr. George Scott’s place, to which he contemplates removing in a few weeks. The past year it has been rented out and Mr. and Mrs. A. have been living in this county. The occasion was a very pleasant one to all.

Henry Howe and Mary E. (Hunter) Allen

(Newspaper Clipping Taken from the research of Elsie Piper. )

December 1904

December 12th 1854
December 12th 1904

Married, December 12, 1854, at the home of Andrew and Robert Hunter, in Wheatland township, Bureau county, Ill., by Rev. H. G. Pendleton, then in charge of the old Henry seminary, Mr. H. H. Allen to Miss Mary Hunter. Twenty-five persons were present at this wedding, and of the fortunate number, Robert, Andrew and Hiram Hunter, H. C. Wright and daughter Mrs. F. A. Powell, all of Henry and Mrs. Enoch Hunter of Tiskilwa, are yet living, and were present at the Golden Anniversary last Monday, December 12.

As the years rolled away from this happy event of the long ago, five sons and three daughters came as added blessing to this pleasant home - Fred H. of Winchester, Illinois; Albe C. of Seneca, Hiram C. of Cottage, Mrs. Hulda (Allen) Vail of Nevada, Iowa; Lewis H. of Lacon, and G. Andrew of Chapin. These are all married, and with 24 grandchildren, eight of the number being present at the anniversary.

Intending to spring a happy surprise upon Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Allen, after arrival of the train Monday morning 36 jolly people gathered at the home of Robert Hunter, 26 of whom were children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, the others brothers or nephews and nieces. After perfecting arrangements, they proceeded to the beautiful home of Mr. and Mrs. Allen, and as they drove up, the old folks came out greatly surprised to see the grandchildren from the north, south and west, with other near relatives.

The happy meeting passed off as a genuine surprise, but after the many congratulations, there seemed to arise a mistrust as to whether farther and mother had not learned of the matter in some way, but this feeling subsided, and the occasion passed along as a perfect surprise until the hour for dinner, when all partook of a bountiful repast brought by the visiting company, prepared an in readiness at the elegant home of Dr. and Mrs. F. A. Powell. Just before going over, Elmer Hunter called the house to order, and in a very neat speech presented a gold lined silver tea service of seven pieces, the offering of children and grandchildren, silver fruit dish from Elmer Hunter and wife, gold headed cane and a brooch set with 67 pearls from Robert and Hiram Hunter, H. C. Wright and F. A. Powell and wife: also an elegant souvenir card cluster, bearing a title page of the occasion and the names of 20 Cottage friends. Later came a handsome gold-lined silver berry spoon from Mrs. Adeline Hunter of Tiskilwa. A beautiful hand worked collar from Mrs. E. F Carey of Harpoot, Turkey, made by a member of her class. Following the presentation was a feeling and happy response of thanks from Mr. and Mrs. Allen.

Some one again roused the suspicion that father and mother had been told, and each began to look with awe at the other and ask, Is it I? Is it I? Is it you that has given it away? Then came the second surprise of the evening when it was learned that one letter had caused an epistle to go astray. A letter which should have been directed to Mrs. H. C. Allen, Tiskilwa, containing the facts, was written Mrs. H. H. Allen, Tiskilwa, which the P.M. at that place forwarded to Henry, was delivered to Mrs. H. H. Allen, revealing the secret and giving the "surprise" away, but added its own line of fun to the evening.

These delightful reminiscent occasions, when the thought can reach back over a half century of married life with naught but blessing as the crown of the years, with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to remind them of the long stretch of time that has swept by since they plighted their vows in the far-off days freshly called to memory by the happy hour, are amount the pleasant things that serve to make life worth the living. Mr. and Mrs. Allen are a well prepared couple, revered and loved, not only by their children and relatives, but by the scores of friends who have learned to value them for their fidelity and trustfulness amid the varied walks of long and eventful lives.


The following from Mrs. E. F. Carey, who taught school at Cottage, Bureau county, and boarded with Mr. and Mrs. Allen at the time, indicated that she had been apprised of the approaching anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Carey are missionaries at Harpoot, Turkey: "Mr. and Mrs. Allen: I almost wrote "dear grandpa and grandma;" you see I have not forgotten you two, the blessing and example you were to me the year I spent in your home. In a letter I have just received from Lettie Farley Piper, I learn that the 12th of December brings your 50th anniversary. How I wish I could join the crowd that will gather about you to celebrate that occasion. The best I can do is to send my heartiest, best wishes and greetings. God grand you many more years of life together. I am sure each year that rolls by finds you depending upon each other more and more, and the many experiences of joy and sorrow which you two have passed thru will bind you closer in love and unity. Yours is a fit life for some of the rest of us who are just starting out to look upon. I trust when my 50th anniversary comes - if God grants it - that I may look back upon a life as well spent and that I may enjoy that "Peace" which I know you two possess. I hope I may never forget the lessons of thoughtfulness and kindness, hospitality and cheer I learned when in your home. Please accept, dear Mrs. Allen, this little lace collar. It is not gold, as all your presents should be on such an occasion I suppose, but it carries my love to you with it. Best wishes to your children and grandchildren, and God's blessing upon you both in that day." From "teacher" Mrs. E. F. Carey, Harpoot, Turkey, Nov. 13th, '04.

Present from the city were Robert Hunter and wife, Hiram Hunter and wife, Hiram C. Wright and wife, and Dr. F. A. Powell.

Present from a distance: F. H. Allen and wife, Winchester; A. C. Allen, wife and daughter, Seneca; H. C. Allen, wife and daughter, Cottage; Frank Vail and wife, Nevada, Iowa; John Farley and wife, Cottage; L. H. Allen and wife, Lacon, G. A. Allen and wife, Chapin; Elmer Hunter and wife, Chillicothe; Mrs. Ella B. Reed (grandchild) and daughter (g-gd), Zearing, Iowa; Fred Bean, wife and son (g-g-c), Winchester; Elmer McCullough, wife and daughter (g-g-c), Will Piper and wife (g-c), Cottage.

During the day two family groups were taken, one of Mr. and Mrs. Allen and their children, and one of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren present, which all will prize highly as a souvenir of this joyous meeting. With the many friends we offer congratulations, and wish them continued fullness of life till that even greater day when diamonds shall mark the length of their married years.

July 20, 1882

Bro. Whiffen of the Democrat attended the silver wedding at John Kamp's the 16th inst. One who was there says the editor was the fortunate one to first kiss the bride after the ceremony, beside having the honor of the first dance with her.

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