Marshall County Illinois Wedding Anniversaries from the Past

Isaac Alonzo and Sallie (Pettit) Green

January 13, 1881
Taken From the Henry Republican

A Golden Wedding Anniversary

On the night of January 5, 1831, Isaac Alonzo Green and Miss Sallie Pettit, both 23 years of age, were united in the holy bonds of wedlock at Galway, Saratoga county, N. Y., and have trodden together its rugged and toilsome way for 50 years, reaching that milestone on Wednesday evening of last week.

It was the wish of Mr. Green, and his three sons and their wives, to commemorate this important and not very common event, and it was proposed on their part to invite in their friends and have a merry party, at the same time to make it a complete surprise upon the good, faithful wife and mother. So the preparations went on at the house of the son Oscar, and on the eventful day Mr. and Mrs. Green were induced to take tea with Mr. and Mrs. R. McDonough's mother.

The due precautions were taken, and the matter so adroitly managed that at the appointed hour 7 p.m., she returned home to find her residence filled with a jolly company, the table duly set, and sure enough a commemoration of that gladsome event, 50 years marriage. For a time, it almost overcome Mrs. Green, but after the greetings and frolic over the completeness of results and the recomposure of Mrs. G., Mr. and Mrs. Green were encircled by the company, who stood near a table of gifts and all listened to Rev. Mr. Minium's address.

Congratulations followed until supper was announced, the tables presents a fine appearance, the loaves of frosted cake being ornamented with gold paper cut into oak leaves of an autumnal hue.

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