S. C and Lizzie (Walker) Hyndshaw's 25th Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Horrom
March 21, 1878
The anniversary - 50 years of matrimonial life - of Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Horrom, was reached on Saturday last, March 16. It was pleasant to think of, and they talked it over and imagined the pleasure that would come to celebrate it with their friends. But nothing was done about it, and with Mr. Horrom the thought of its observance passed from his mind. Not so with the good wife. She conspired with some of the intimate friends to give him a surprise, which was agreed upon, and most capitally planned and executed. Mr. and Mrs. Horrom had business at Peoria, and somehow that seemed to be the time to go and transact it. The friends then had the house to themselves, and the baking, the stewing, the frosting of cake, and the etceteras went on, and the preparations were elaborate. Nothing was omitted to make it a delightful time.
Invitations were sent out to a limited number of their friends, as follows: Mrs. Henry Sayers and Dr. K. B. Sayers, of Wilmington, Ohio, sister and nephew of Mrs. Horrom; Mr. and Mrs. David Coan, the latter another sister; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hunt, the latter a sister of Mr. Horrom; D. W. Horrom and wife, the former a nephew; Rev. E. C. Wayman and wife, Mrs. Bishop and daughter of Wenona; Miss Taff; H. L. Hutchins and wife, I. A. Green and wife, Dr. J. E. Powell and wife, T. P. Coan and wife, John T. Smith and wife, Mrs. Swan, and Miss L. Harris. These all assembled in good season, in the parlor, and as the ancient bride and groom returned from their journey, and filed into the house, the "surprise" at the company was a complete "stunner" to Mr. Horrom, and it was some minutes before he recovered. But his greeting were most cordial, and a very happy evening was spent by the "old folks" with the old friends who had assembled for a social time.
Mr. and Mrs. Horrom were married in Tippercanoe, Ind., March 16, 1828. Their life has been an even one, attended with prosperity, the result of industry, frugality, and excellent business management. Both have reached "the sere and yellow leaf", Mr. Horrom being 71 years of age and Mrs. Horrom 67. A grand collation added to the pleasures of the anniversary, supplemented by appropriate remarks from the pastor, Rev. Wayman. The house was also decorated, the insignia, "1828, In God We Trust, anchor of hope, 1878" being suspended on the wall. The occasion was richly enjoyed by the party, and it proved highly gratifying to all concerned. It is hoped Mr. and Mrs. Horrom may yet see the diamond anniversary, and have the pleasure of celebrating the same with their many friends. They will have only 25 years to wait.
Eugene H. and Victoria Hutchins
Henry News Republican, Henry, IL
Will Celebrate Their Golden Anniversary
On Monday evening of next week, Feb. 8, the public is invited to call with congratulations at the home of Mr. And Mrs. E. H. Hutchins in honor of their golden wedding anniversary.
To our earliest citizens now living the above announcement will awaken memories very dear to all. But as those days, those friends of youth, are called to mind, we are saddened at the thought of how few are left on this side of eternity. Moved away, dead and gone are the friends of long ago. Others have come; new friendships formed, children born grown to manhood and womanhood, married and their children now are young men and women, as we were 50 years ago. Small interests in business have grown into magnificent proportions; new vistas of life opened up; new planes of life upon which to live. Next week we will give an account of the golden wedding as celebrated by our friends.
Henry News Republican, Henry, IL
Married Fifty Years
Our hearts glow, we smile and rejoice, when our friend marry and are given in marriage. We improve the earliest opportunity to wish them the joy and happiness we feel they deserve and with hope and earnest anticipation we love to see them establish homes and make for themselves places in the esteem of the work-a-day world. How much grater the joy, however, it is to congratulate those whose lives have been born fruition, those who for 50 years, have together shared each others joys, sorrows, cares and successes and whose hearts as the years have gone by have grown folder, their tastes, likes and dislikes become assimilated.
In commemoration of such a union of hearts and hand the neighbors and friend were glad of an opportunity to greet Mr. And Mrs. E. H. Hutchins on their golden wedding anniversary on Monday evening of this week. At an early hour singly, in couples and in merry crowds they came with best wishes and congratulations between two and three hundred, of whom 192 stopped to register their names. The spacious parlors were decorated for the occasion and their large and beautiful residence could not have been better planned for such a function. Each caller was invited to the dining room where dainty refreshments of ice cream and cake was served. The host and hostess stood near the open alcove of the front parlor where every caller received a warm and hearty welcome. The broad smiles and universal good cheer evidenced the depth of feeling had high esteem in which the bride and groom of 50 years ago were held. Four persons beside themselves were present, who were in attendance at the ceremony a half century before. Great bundles of letters, telegrams and post cards were received from old-time friends sending best wishes, congratulations and best regards who could not be present in person. From the very many we select the following as showing the general tone:
687 Jefferson Ave., Feb. 5, 1915
Mr. And Mrs. Hutchins - Dear Brother and Sister: Right here in Brooklyn sits an old lady, who will be 78 years old next June, and whose hair is as white as the snow, who would wonderfully love to be with you in person on the event of your golden wedding, to congratulate you. Fifty years spent almost entirely in one spot, loved, honored and respected, what a record to be proud of. It is not given to many. Herbert joins me in congratulations and my very best wishes for many more wedding anniversaries is sent with this little note, and the sincerest love of - Sister Addie.
1210 North Quincy Street, Topeka, Kansas
Dear Friends: We have just received a copy of The Henry Republican, announcing your golden wedding anniversary and hasten to offer our congratulations. Doubtless the 50 years through which you have walked hand in hand together, sharing in the joys and sympathizing in the sorrows of life, have wrought their usual changes with you. But it is difficult for us to picture you in other guise than that in which you stood before us in that long ago where in we knew you well. Gathering up the memories of those other days, therefore, we join your later friends in their felicitations and express the hope that you may enter upon the realization of even brighter and more beautiful visions thatn those which half a century ago stood beckoning to you from the morning hills of your future. Yours sincerely - J. D. Glendenning, H. M. Glendenning, Saturday evening, Feb. 6, 1915
Mr. And Mrs. E. H. Hutchins, Henry, Ill.
Dear Friends: The announcement of the celebration of your fiftieth anniversary fills us with the desire to send a word of congratulations. It is a great thing to be able to look upon so many well spent years and to hold the warm place in the hearts of so many friends as is your privilege. It would be a great pleasure to be present on so extraordinary an occasion, but since that is impossible, please accept the message of love, with best wishes for many more anniversaries from your friends - The Family of Cannah Jones
Viacennes, Ind., Feb. 7, 1915
Chicago, Ill., Feb. 8, 1915
Please accept my heartiest congratulations and love of our mutual friends in our (?)zation on your fiftieth wedding anniversary. May you both continue in good health for many years to come and in the increasing respect of the community at large, due to you which have furnished such upstanding models for the youth of today, both men and women - J. R., Manager of Marshall Field, Chicago, Ill.
Council Bluffs, Ia., Feb. 8, 1915
Sincere congratulations on this, your golden wedding day, and best wishes for many happy returns. We are thinking of you and wish we were with you to enjoy the celebration and the meeting of old-time friends. - Mrs. J. C. Hyndshaw, Mr. and Mrs. Bushnell.
Frank Vail of Aurora, a Henry boy, long employed as a salesman by Mr. Hutchins and who afterwards held a splendid position with Marshall Field, sent the following characteristic telegram: Aurora, Ill., Feb. 8 - Congratulations of Eugene and Victoria for 50 golden years of heath, wealth and prosperity - Frank Vail.
James G. Hull, years ago in the hardware business here under the name of Hull & Hulce, writes a very interesting letter from their home at Danville, which, with scores of others, we are obliged to forego on account of space.
The present on this anniversary who were also guest of the wedding day were Mr. And Mrs. William Everett of Chicago, John Kilne and Mrs. Culter, both of this city.
Among out of town guests we noticed Major J. H. Widmer and wife and daughter, Miss Mary Widmer of Ottawa; Mr. And Mrs. William Everett of Chicago and C. L. Jenness, also of that city. The young ladies employed in the Hutchins and Downey department store sent a beautiful bouquet of jonquils, Marshall Field & Co., an immense basket of Bulgarian roses, Mrs. J. C. Palmer of Kansas City, jonquils, Mrs. Culter and daughter, Mrs. E. A. Hall, red carnations, Mr. And Mrs. Daniel Horrom, white roses, Mrs. D. Holleeker of Ottawa, jonquils, First National Bank, a basket of flowers, and their sister-in-law, Mrs. John Locke of New York, a bouquet of 50 of the lovely Killarney roses, whose beauty and fragrance was simply wonderful.
Spoons were given by Mr. And Mrs. Frank Baer, Mrs. Joseph Herry and Miss Mary Slavin; Mrs. F. A. Powell, a gold piece; the Widmers, a beautiful pair of brass candlesticks; Mrs. Sue Culver, a booklet; Mrs. Henry Yaeger, a booklet, and many minor articles notwithstanding the notice given in this paper that presents were not desired. This not because that Mr. And Mrs. Hutchins do not appreciate the remembrances of their friends, but because they desire their affection and kindly regard more than those other things which money can buy. During the entire evening the Glasglow string band of Peoria, discoursed the sweetest of music, located in an alcove of the upper hallway, where the strains of harmony was plainly heard and highly enjoyed throughout the entire residence. A very striking and noteworthy incident in this splendid and touching tribute to our friends was the visit and words of congratulation by the Henry City Fire company as they gathered at the engine house and went to the home in a body. Scarcely had they paid their respects when the mayor, J. R. Paskell, the board of aldermen and the police force, appeared in a body. Must not such testimonials be a source of gratification to a couple whose lives for a half century of married experience have been such models of correct living, the wife full of goodness, charity and kindliness and the husband a model of just and upright business honor. The Republican feels that in honoring these, our friends, we but do justice to those whom our readers delight to honor and who will join with us in the hope that they may be spared to each other, to their children, their relative and to their friends, among whom we hope to be numbered, for year after year, until with them, we may reach, celebrate and pass their diamond wedding day, and when at last earthly ties are blended with those of eternity, may they and us, live forever, in a long, blessed union of love and happiness.
As an aftermath to the Hutchins golden wedding, the senior and junior classes of the public school were invited to the hospitable home on Tuesday afternoon, were seated on the rugs in the parlors, the young people were treated to ice cream and cake as a compliment from the aged bride and groom on behalf of the grandsons, Edwin Jenness and Gordon Downey, who attend the public school.
The Anniversary Dinner
In connection with the Golden Wedding anniversary duly celebrated on Monday, Feb. 8, by Mr. And Mrs. Eugene H. Hutchins, their children, Mr. And Mrs. Marshall Downey tendered their parents and out of town guests a 6 o'clock dinner at the Downey residence on Market street. Beautiful floral bouquets adorned the center of the dining table at which 12 plates were laid. Each took seats as designated by place cards.
Mr. William Everett invoked the divine blessing. A four-course menu was then served of most appetizing viands. Those present to partake were Mr. And Mrs. E. H. Hutchins, Major and Mrs. Widmer and daughter, Miss Widmer of Ottawa, and Mr. And Mrs. William Everett of Chicago, Mr. And Mrs. C. L. Jenness, Mr. And Mrs. Marshall Downey and son Gordon, and Mr. George Burt. At the conclusion of the feasting Mr. And Mrs. Hutchins were the recipients of a huge basket of American Beauty Roses, the gift of a relative of New York, which afterwards was carried to the Hutchins residence, where the basket occupied a conspicuous place among the floral decorations. The family and friends then repaired to the residence of Mr. And Mrs. Hutchins, where they had a full share in the enjoyable social features of this most exceptionally delightful anniversary occasion.