BAILEY 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. James M Bailey Sr. of Rock Falls celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 15, 2003, with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. James "Jim" Bailey and Janet Hurley were married Feb. 15, 1953, at First Baptist Church in Morrison. They are the parents of Belinda (Tim) Anderson of Rock Falls, James (Cindy) Bailey Jr., of Wilsonville, Ala., and Daniel (Linda) Bailey of crystal Lake. They have four grandchildren, Amy Sanchez of Columbiana, Ala.; Sarah Bailey of Wilsonville, Ala.; and Scott Anderson and Benny Anderson, both of Rock Falls. They have two great-grandchildren. Jim worked for 29 years at Swiss Valley and retired after 33 years with the Teamsters. He served in the U.S. Army from 1948-1957, stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., and serving overseas in Germany, Korea and Japan. Janet worked at Sterling Sears. [Dailey Gazette February 2003]
BENT 54TH ANNIVERSARY
Honoring the 54th Wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Jay M. Bent of Milledgeville, a dinner will be given in their honor in the home of Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Coyle in Milledgeville on Sunday. Guests will be present from Oregon, Sterling, Morrison and Amboy. Mr. and Mrs. Bent were married Feb. 6, 1890, at Morrison by the Rev. Mr. Colegrove. After their marriage they went to housekeeping on a farm near Thomson, where they lived for one year, then moved to a farm near Morrison where they lived for six years before moving to Milledgeville. They lived there for two years, going to western Kansas for five years and later to Washington, D.C. for three years. They then returned to Milledgeville and purchased the home they now reside in. Both Mr. and Mrs. Bent are enjoying good health. They are the parents of two children, Gifford Bent of Oregon, and Mrs. Harold Shonts of Sterling. Two grandchildren, S2/c Harold Shonts, who is serving in the Pacific and Grace Bent of Oregon. [Sterling Gazette about 1944]
BENTERS 55TH ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. Herman Benters are observing their 55th wedding anniversary today, and on Sunday will serve a big family dinner at their home, with all members in attendance. Their children are Mrs. Albert Loos of Sterling, Mrs. Jack Devine and Arthur Baenters, both of Morrison [Sterling Gazette February 27, 1943]
BOOK 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Merlyn and Joyce Book of Sterling will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 22, 2003, with a cruise. An open house for family and friends is planned for May 25. Merlyn Book and Joyce Dettman were married on Feb. 22, 1953, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Falls. They are the parents of two sons, Dale (Bonnie) of Golden, Colo., and Dean (Cindy) of Sterling. They have four grandchildren. Dustin (Laura) Book of Lombard, Seth Book of Sterling and Laurette and Lacy Book, both of Kansas University, Lawrence, Kan. They farm in Sterling. [Sterling Gazette, February 2003]
BRANDT 65TH ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. Elwin Brandt of Sterling will celebrate their 65th anniversary on Dec. 2, 2004. A family brunch will be held at the Rock River Country Club on Nov. 28. Elwin and Marjorie Stinemyer were married in Clinton Iowa 2 December 1939. They are the parents of Judy (Brokaw) and Keith. They have five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. [Sterling Gazette November 23, 2004]
BRUDER 60TH ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond W. Bruder of Tampico will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary and Mr. Bruders 80th birthday on Sept. 8, 2002, with an open house from 1 to 3 pm at Deer Valley Country Club, south state Route 40, Deer Grove IL. Raymond Bruder and Eva Fern Williams were married on Sept. 12, 1942 at the Methodist Church in Tampico. They are the parents of five children, Gloria (Greg) Abbott of Spring Valley, Ronald (Connie ) of Rock Falls, Richard (Becky) of South Bend INd., Randolph (Jill) of Poplar Grove and the late Barbara Price. They have 11 grandchildren and 12 great-granchildren. [Unknown newspaper, c. Sept 2002]
BURCH 50TH ANNIVERSARY
It is indeed fitting and proper when a man and woman have lived together for a half century that the eventful day that rounds out their fiftieth wedding anniversary should be celebrated in some appropriate way. The homecoming of the sons and daughters with their children has at such a time more than a common interest, as the occurrence is one that comes to any couple but once. A very delightful event occurred on New Year's day at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Burch in this city, being no less than the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the marriage of that esteemed couple. The day had been looked forward to for some time with pleasant anticipations and when the time arrived nearly all of the sons and daughters and their children gathered in the old home to enjoy reminiscences of the years past, and recollections of events of common interest when all were one family and beneath the paternal roof. Harrison D. Burch was born July 22, 1833 in Chautauqua County NY and came to Whiteside County IL in 1837, with his parents, who were among the first families settling in Garden Plain IL. Miss Elizabeth Wookey was born May 29, 1835, in England, and came to this country when fifteen years of age, her parents locating in Kenosha WI. Mr. Burch and Miss Wookey were married in that city, January 1, 1856, and during a large portion of the past fifty years resided on a large farm near the town of Union Grove IL, about three and one-half miles west of this city, where their son Herbert and family now reside. Mr. and Mrs. Burch removed from the farm to this city several years ago, Mr. Burch being engaged in the stock business most of the time since. Those present at the golden wedding anniversary Monday were T. J. Burch of Fulton IL and Mr. and Mrs. Ira Burch of Union Grove, the gentlemen being brothers of Mr. Burch; Mr. E. Stinton of this city, father-in-law of T. J. Burch; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Paddock of Union Grove, Mrs. Paddock being a sister of Mrs. Burch. The following children, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law and grandchildren were also present; Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Burch and son Will and Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Burch and sons Ray and Arthur, and daughters Ina and Fern of this city; Mrs. H. E. Hindes of Goffs KS; Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Dysart and son Raymond of Franklin Grove, Il; Mr. George Burch and daughters Eveline, Helen and Mary of Galt IL; Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Burch and son Harold and daughters Bernice and Luella of Union Grove; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Burch and daughter Irene and son Fremont of Sterling. Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Spears and Rev. M. G. Wenz and daughter of this city were the only guests present who were not relatives. There were in all thirty-nine persons present. The dinner served on this occasion at the Burch home was one of the best, and all partaking of it relished it greatly. The boys, whether they ventured to mention it or not, thought that the good things were just "such as mother used to make" and they were. It was a matter of regret that two daughters, Mrs. Walter King of Brooklyn NY and Mrs. James Spears of Goffs KS, could not be present with their families to enjoy the occasion. Mr. Burch is one of the best known and most highly respected citizens of Morrison and his good wife has always, with him, been highly esteemed by all who have had the pleasure of her acquaintance. Their many friends here and elsewhere will be pleased to know that these people though over seventy years old are still strong and vigorous, and all hope that many more years will be added to their lives, and that these will be replete with the good things of this life, and that their many friends will never grow fewer. [Contributed by Reta Kleve - Whiteside Sentinel - January 4, 1906]
BUSHMAN 50th ANNIVERSARY
January 31, 1924 - January 31, 1974
GOLDEN WEDDING CELEBRATION IS A HAPPY OCCASION
Mr. and Mrs. H. Bushman, Esteemed Citizens, Honored by Many
Mr. and Mrs. Harlem Bushman, well known residents of Rock Falls, observed their golden wedding anniversary Thursday at the family residence, 709 First avenue. The children, grandchildren, relatives, a few neighbors and close friends, and a sister of Mrs. Bushman, Mrs. Henrietta Hamilton, of Canada, whom she had not seen for forty-six years, were present to give cheer to the occasion.
A sumptuous turkey dinner with all the trimmings was served at two large tables, one for the relatives and the other for friends and neighbors. Throughout the home a color scheme of gold was used. Streamers were festooned from the chandeliers to the corners of the rooms and pretty crepe paper shades covered the lights. Bouquets of paper chrysanthemums were also effectively used in decorating. The color scheme was carried out in the table decorations and as nearly as could be in the menu for dinner. Bouquets of yellow flowers formed the centerpieces for the tables. White carnations were the favors for the quests. During the dinner hour Miss Edna Peugh of Sterling sang sweetly "Silver Threads Among the Gold."
Informal Reception: In the afternoon an informal reception was held. A few friends and acquaintances called to extend their congratulations and best wishes on the happy occasion. Mr. and Mrs. Bushman started life together fifty years ago Thursday, January 31, 1874. They resided on a farm near Coleta until eight years ago when they moved to Sterling, where they resided for three years, before settling in Rock Falls, where they have spent the past five years. During their long residence of this vicinity Mr. and Mrs. Bushman have made many friends and they are held in high esteem. They are the parents of three children, Hanford Bushman, south of Rock Falls; Mrs. J. P. Bryson, of Moorehead, Minn. [ Clay County], and John Bushman, who lives with his family at home. Mr. and Mrs. Bushman were remembered with many handsome anniversary gifts, among them being solid wedding rings presented to them by their children. There were other gifts of gold money, flowers, cards and a set of gold band dishes. Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Kadel sent a beautiful bouquet of handsome rosebuds, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Isherwood and Mrs. Mary E. Davison sent a plant, H. F. Daggett sent a box of candy and John Kadel, Sr., presented them with a gold pencil and pen. The grandchildren furnished the flowers for the tables.
In Splendid Health: Mr. and Mrs. Bushman are enjoying excellent health at their comfortable home, and the celebration of their golden wedding anniversary was a very happy occasion for the couple, whose friends are hoping they will live to celebrate their diamond anniversary. The guests who were present at dinner were as follows: Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wagg and daughter, Miss Alice, of Easter Ontario, Canada, Mrs. Henrietta Hamilton of Canada, Salem Bushman of Eldora, Ia., Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Burton of Fairdale, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Bryson and children of Moorehead, Mont., Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Crom, Mrs. Rebecca Bushman and Mrs. B. H. Kline of Coleta, Mr. and Mrs. Harlem Morden of Milledgeville, and those from the Twin Cities [Sterling-Rock Falls], Mr. and Mrs. Hanford Bushman and children, Mr. and Mrs. John Bushman and children, John Morden, Mrs. Anna Bryson, Mrs. John Welker, Samuel and Leola Welker, Mrs. Joe McKune, John Kadel, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Isherwood, Mrs. Mary E. Davison and Miss Edna Peugh. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds]
CELEBRATE 58TH ANNIVERSARY.
Mr. and Mrs. Harlem Bushman of route 88, Rock Falls, celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary Sunday [01/31/1932]. They were married in Coleta. Their children are John, at home, Hanford, south of Rock Falls, and Mrs. J. P. Bryson, Moorehead, Minn.
BUSHMAN 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. John L. Bushman - 1914 - 1964
Open House Planned In YWCA Sunday, Dec. 20 (1964)
Mr. and Mrs. John L. Bushman will be the guests of honor at an open house from two to five o'clock Sunday Dec. 20, at the Sterling YWCA to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary. John L. Bushman and Ellen Welker were married Dec. 23, 1914 by Judge Crabtree in Dixon. Except for approximately two years in Sterling they have lived their entire married life in Rock Falls. For a number of years Mr. Bushman was engaged in farming with his father and brother south of Rock Falls. Prior to his retirement in 1962 he worked 33 years for Russell Burdsall and Ward Co. for many years he has been a volunteer fireman. The Bushmans have two sons, Donald F. and John G., one daughter, Mrs. Lyle (Nellie) Williamson, a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Merle Bushman, 17 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. All reside in Rock Falls and will be at the affair except one grandson, Ralph, in the US Navy. Another son, Ralph, died in March 1961. Friends and relatives are invited to join the couple on this occasion in the YWCA auditorium by using the north entrance on Fifth St. The affair is being planned by their children. Mr. and Mrs. Bushman ask that gifts be omitted. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds]
CHAFFEE 20TH ANNIVERSARY
The friends and neighbors of Mr.and Mrs. V. G. Chaffee discovered that Monday was the twentieth anniversary of this worthy couple's wedding day. It was deemed wise, by those having the affair in charge, in order to make this a complete surprise, to sent Mr.and Mrs. Chaffee up town. The plan worked charmingly and the unsuspecting couple wandered about town never dreaming that at this time their house was being taken possession of by their friends and neighbors to the number of about thirty. Mr.and Mrs. Chaffee at last meandered home and you can imagine their amazement in finding their home filled with guests that they had not invited. The surprised couple of course willingly forgave the intrusion and began at once to make everyone feel at home. The evening was spent in social conversation and reviewing the ups and downs of the past twenty years with the bride and groom. During the evening refreshments were served. Rev. H. H. Rapp in a few well chosen and witty remarks, presented the host and hostess with a handsome willow rocker, in behalf of the friends present. We were not informed as to whether Mr. Chaffee responded to the presentation speech of not, but presume likely he did as this worthy gentle man does not need to take a back seat when it comes to making speeches. The friends of Mr.and Mrs. Chaffee left for their respective homes, all wishing that they might be able to assist them in celebrating their golden wedding, thirty years hence. [Contributed by Karen Fyock Scrapbook clipping June 5, 1899; Married 5 June 1879]
CROUCH 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Crouch, well known residents of Coleta, have issued invitations to a dinner and reception Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the hall at Coleta in honor of their golden wedding anniversary. The affair will not be a very large one and will include only the relatives and a few of the close friends. A number from this vicinity will attend. [Sterling Gazette, 13 February 1914 - Sub. by Larry Reynolds]
C.W. DEETS 45TH ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Deets of Emerson celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary January 14 with a turkey dinner in the home of their son, Lawrence, in Miami Spings, Florida, where they are spending the winter. A feature of the dinner was a large wedding cake decorated in pink and white and topped with a bridal pair and wedding bells. Bertha Mensch and Charles Deets were married January 18, 1906, in Mason City, Iowa. They have lived in Hopkins township since their marriage. They have three children, Lawrence Deets of Miami Springs, Florida, Clarence Deets and Mrs. Clair (Kathryn) Schwank of Sterling, and nine grandchildren. [Contributed by Mike Hosler]
HENRY DEETS 55TH ANNIVERSARY
Mrs. Samuel Wright and family and Ed Deets and family, all of Rock Falls, went to Erie this morning to attend the wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Deets, the parents of Mrs. Wright and Mr. Ed Deets. Just fifty-five years ago today [03/31/1910] this aged couple were married and they have lived most happily together all these long years, five years more that a half century. They have six children, all long since grown to manhood and womanhood and not one of them has died. This couple are among the most highly respected citizens of Erie and are well known to the entire populace as being honorable residents of that little town. Today they are celebrating this marriage anniversary, and all of their children, grandchildren and other relatives to a goodly number are present to make these old people happy. A big dinner was served at noon. (Contributed by Larry Reynolds)
DEETS 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. John L. Deets of north of Emerson will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary Sunday, March 9 with their family. No special observance is planned. Bessie Stanley and John Deets were married by the Rev. C.W. Marlow of the Christian Church of Coleta in the brides' home on March 11, 1908. Eleven children born to the couple are Milton Deets of Bettendorf, Ia., Mrs. Christian (Hazel) Haberer of Polo, Chester Deets of Malvern, Mason Deets of Sterling, Mrs. Laurence (Dorothy) McDarmon of Mt. Carroll, Mrs. S. (Nellie) Stewart of Milledgeville, Lloyd Deets of Waco Tx, Mrs. Perry (Bessie) Snitchler of Sterling, Mrs. Charles (Marian) Mangan of Galt and Clark Deets and Mildred Deets of Sterling [Contributed by Mike Hosler]
DEETS 60th Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. John L. Deets of Sterling, R.R. 3, will observe their 60th wedding anniversary on March 11, 1968. They request that there be a guiet observance of the event with a family gathering Sunday March 10. However, instead of an open house a letter and card shower is being planned for Mr. and Mrs. Deets. The couple was married in the home of Mrs. Deets' parents in Coleto. All of their married life has been spent on the farm north of Emerson where they reside. Mr. Deets rents out the farm land but maintains an active interest in the farm work. Mr. and Mrs. Deets were the parents of 11 children, Milton Deets of Bettendorf Iowa; Mrs. Christ (Hazel) Haberer of Polo; Chester Deets of Morrison; Mason Deets of Sterling; Mrs. Lawrence (Dorothy) McDearmon ofMt. Carroll; Mrs. Myrl (Nellie) Stewart of Milledgeville; Col. Lloyd Deets of Universal City TX; Mrs. Percy (Bessie) Snitcheler of Sterling; Miss Mildred Deets of Sterling; Mrs. Charles (Marian) Mangan of Galt and Charles Deets of Sterling. There were 39 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. [unknown newspaper, c. March 1968]
DEETS 70th Wedding Anniversary
The sign above the house of John and Bessie Deets, rural Galt, could read "Deets Marriage Counselors — Visitors Welcome." Though there is no such sign on the Deets property, if there was one, it would be appropriate. The Deets' probably know as much about married life as anyone, having celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Wednesday [03/15/1978]. Married since 1908, where they were joined in matrimony near Coleta, the Deets' still manage to stay active, keeping track of their 10 children. Though the Deets' have help taking care of the house and property and heavy housework, they both pride themselves in caring mostly for themselves. John, 92, enjoys working with the yard surrounding his farm house and taking care of the wildlife there. "I enjoy wildlife and always have. I've always enjoyed the country," he says. Bessie, 91, still prides herself in doing her own housework and proudly will tell you she also does her own cooking. Not only have the Deets' mastered the art of marriage and getting along with one another, they seem to be pretty proficient at getting along with strangers. Never has there been a stranger turned away from the Deets front door.
"Hoboes used to come by her and have had nothing to eat. We would give them food and sometimes they would spend the night. We would never turn them away," John relates. "On several occasions people have been stranded on the road in snowstorms and come knocking on our door. It happened this winter. A young girl came to us and she was stalled in one of those bad storms. We invited her to dinner and she stayed until the snowmobile people came," he said. The Deets' have had 11 children, six girls and five boys. They are: Milton, Bettendorf, Mrs. Chris (Hazel) Hober, Polo, Chester Deets, Morrison, Mason Deets, Sterling, Mrs. Larry (Dorathy) McDearman, Mt. Carroll, Mrs. Merl (Nelie) Stewart, Sterling, Lloyd Deets, Wimberley, Tex., Mrs. Percy (Bessie) Snitchler, the late Mildred Deets, Mrs. Charles (Marian) Mangan, Galt, Charles Deets, Oregon. (Article contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, March 18, 1978, page 3, column 1)
DEGROOT 73rd ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. William DeGroot of Rock Falls [IL] will celebrate their 73rd wedding anniversary Thursday, October 20, 1977. The former Gertrude Van Dyke and William DeGroot, both natives of the Morrison [IL] area, were married October 20, 1904 by Rev. Andrews. To this union was born one daughter, Mamie, now deceased. Her husband, Dr. Mason Hargett, resides in Hamilton, Montana. The couple have one grandson, Overton Hargett and two great Mr. DeGroot was in the commission business in Chicago IL for 42 years, retiring in 1949 when he and his wife moved to Rock Falls. He is very interested in sports and still enjoys golfing. When in his eighties he often "shot" his age, and has been seen playing on the Morrison golf grounds. He still drives his car and manages his farms, some of which are in the Morrison locality. Mr. DeGroot is 94 years young and his wife is 91. Their many friends and relatives extend congratulations. Contributed by Reta Kleve Dirks Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Lyle W. Dirks of Sterling will celebrate 50 years with an open house on Sunday November 28, 2004 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Lyle W. Dirks and Donna J. Stern were married Dec. 19, 1954 in Sterling by Rev. Robert Chidister. They are the parents of Lyle C,Lynda (Staples), Larry. Lyle retired as a claims adjuster with Rockford Mutual Ins. and currently is a partner in Dirks Auction Service. Donna is retired from the office of E.O. DeWeerth D.D.S. [Sterling Gazette November 23, 2004]
EBERSOLE 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Ebersole, 610 3rd Ave. Sterling; will be observing their 50th Wedding anniversary with open house on Sunday, Sept. 30 from two to five o'clock. Addie Mensch and Dan Ebersole were married Oct. 3, 1906, at the bride's home by the Rev. E. Lee Fleck of St. John's Lutheran Church. They have spent their married life in and around Sterling with the exception of eight years in Minnesota. They have two sons, Leighton of Garfield, Ark., and Raymond of Polo, Route One, also four grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Ebersole are members and regular attendants at the services and active in the organizations of St. Johns Church. They will be be happy to welcome their relatives and friends at their home but request no gifts. [Contributed by Mike Hosler]
EVERETT & DOROTHY (BOOK) EBERSOLE 65TH ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. Everett Ebersole of Sterling celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Nov. 21, 2004. Everett Ebersole and Dorothy Book were married Nov. 21, 1939 at the home of the brides parents. They are the parents of John, Marcia (Jackson), Sharon Graybill, Verne and Janice (Calsyn). They have 17 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. [Daily Gazette November 23, 2004]
ELMENDORF 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. Henry B. Elmendorf of Portland avenue passed the 50th anniversary of their marriage Wednesday, December 31, a number of their relatives and friends assembling at their home to assist them in the celebration of the occasion. A family dinner and a season of reminiscence and social good cheer with many good wishes for the future made the affair a very happy one for all. Mr. and Mrs. Elmendorf were united in marriage in Sterling December 31, 1874, by Rev. J. H. Moore. They have been residents of Morrison since 1895, where they have many friends to add their good wishes to those already received. [Contributed by Georgi DeBartolo - Sterling Daily Gazette, Friday January 2, 1925]
FERGUSON 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Spangler of Chadwick were among those who attended open house Sunday for the former's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Ferguson, who were celebrating their golden wedding anniversary at their home in Morrison. [Sterling Daily Gazette 22 October 1940; Contributed by Larry Reynolds]
FRANKFOTHER 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. Duane Frankfother of Sterling will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Dec. 5, 2004 with an open house at Rock River Country Club. Duane Frankfother and Shirley McBride were married Dec. 31, 1954 at St. Mary Church in Sterling. Children are Patrick, Michael and Tammi. They have 6 grandchildren. Duane retired from Northwestern Steel after 38 years in 1992. He worked at Parrish Alford. Shirley retired as an administrative assistant from Sterling Public Library. [Sterling Daily Gazette]
GARWICK 50th ANNIVERSARY
Charles P. Garwick and Barbara Ackerman
18 December 1877 - 18 December 1927
Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Garwick observed the 50th anniversary of their marriage Sunday [12/18/1927] afternoon at their home in Coleta when fifty of their friends and relatives were pleasantly entertained in two groups from 2 to 3:30 and from 3:30 to 5 o'clock. White and gold cake adorned with favors of gold bells, brick ice cream with gold trimming and coffee were served, followed by a happy season of reminisences and good cheer. The room was nicely decorated in cut flowers of white and gold chrysanthemums. They were remembered with many beautiful tokens and $40 in gold in honor of the event. Charles P. Garwick and Miss Barbara Ackerman were married Dec. 18, 1877, in Clyde township at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ackerman, and have lived in this vicinity ever since. They have been highly respected citizens of Coleta for the past thirty three years and have many friends here who wish them many more years of married life. The following were the guests: Fred Garwick, of Chadwick only brother of Mr. Garwick, Cris Ackerman of Milledgeville only brother of Mrs. Garwick, Hazel Bast, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dial, Arthur Deets of Chadwick, Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Geesey, Mrs. M. A. Hanna, John Hubbard and family, Mrs. Jacob Chambers, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Deets, Mrs. Elizabeth Overholser of Milledgeville, Mrs. Jacob Smaltz, Clara Ackerman, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Lasher and family of Morrison, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Buck, Mrs. George Huber and son of Sterling, Colonel Bushman, Mr. and Mrs. Adam Myer, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Manning, Mrs. Rebecca Bushman, Mrs. Rexie Boughman, Gertrude Bushman, Rev. and Mrs. F. A. Lubbs, Mrs. Margaret Harrison, Mr. and Mrs. L. V. Reecher, Miss Irene Boughman, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Garwick and family, Mrs. Lizzie Overholser, and Mrs. Sue Ackerman. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds from the Sterling Daily Gazette, December 20, 1927]
GEPHARDT 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Gebhardt of Sterling will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Nov. 28, 2004. They are planning a weekend in Galena to celebrate with their family. Ray Gebhardt and Nancy Kosier were married Nov. 28, 1954 in the Broadway Methodist Church, Sterling. The late Rev. C.A. Chamberlain and the Rev. James McKelvey of Glen Ellyn officiated the ceremony. Their children are LeAnne (Nye) and Craig . Their grandchildren are Jarod and Corinne Nye, Josh Nye, Trent Gebhardt and Troy Boutin and a grandaughter Amy Nye, deceased. Ray retired from the trucking industry after 31 years, Nancy was a stay at home wife and mother, working part time. [unknown newspaper, c. Nov 2004]
HARMS 60TH ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Harms of Rock Falls will celebrate their 60th Anniversary with a family dinner on Nov. 28, 2004. They were married 30 November 1944 at Immanuel Lutheran Church Rock Falls. Children are Stephen, Stanley, Sharon, Robert and Ronald. They have 15 grandchildren and several stepgrandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. [Sterling Gazette, November 23, 2004]
The observance of the 59th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hayen, 201 Seventh Avenue, Sterling on Monday was a happy occassion. They received a profusion of flowers, cards and gifts. Refreshments were served to the callers. At six o'clock dinner was enjoyed by Mr. and Mrs Hayen, their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. [Dixon Evening Telegraph, 16 January 1948]
HEIDE 64TH ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. William G. Heide of Coleta will observe their 64th wedding anniversary Friday, Sept. 26 in their summer home at Riverview Park, Thompson. William G. Heide and Amanda S. Howe were united in marriage Sept. 26, 1894 at the home of the bride's parents, William and Sarah Howe, by the Rev. William Beers, a relative of the bride. To this union 12 children were born. All are living. Mr. Heide farmed all his life until a few years ago, he retired. They spent the winter months in Florida at Palmetto. They have been members of the Coleta Evangelical United Brethren Church for the 64 years of their married life. [Sterling Gazette, 24 September 1958 - Sub. by Larry Reynolds]
HEIDE 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. William G. Heide Jr. of 600 E. 2nd St. Rock Falls, will observe their 50th anniversary Sept. 14, 1994. William G. Heide and Ethel B. Keefer were married Sept. 14, 1944 in Pacific Grove CA. They lived in Salinas CA until Mr. Heide was sent overseas and his military unit. Mr. Heide is a retired operating engineer from Whiteside Blacktop Co. Mrs. Heide is a homemaker. Contributed by Sue Nesland - Sterling Gazette Sept. 9, 1994
HERMES 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hermes, 409 7th Avenue (Sterling IL) will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary today with an open house from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Special mass will be said at 8 a.m. at the Sacred Heart church. A dinner will be held for the immediate family at noon at the Daniels Cafe in Rock Falls. Peter J. Hermes and Lena Lauff were married Jan. 12, 1898 at the Sacred Heart church. The couple lived on a farm seven and one half miles southeast of Rock Falls until five years ago when they moved to their present home. They have two children, Mrs. Carl Randolph and Raymond Hermes both of Sterling. [Dixon Evening Telegraph January 12, 1948]
Mr and Mrs Robert L. Hinrichs of Sterling will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on May 12 2002, with an open house from 1-4 pm at Rock Falls Community Building. Robert Hinrichs and Mary Jane Bellows were married May 19, 1952 at Church of the Brethren Sterling. They are the parents of Jackie (Gary) Roach of Freeport, Sallie (Todd) Bittner of Glendale AZ, Susan (Paul) Gould and Jan (Pete) Fischbach, both of Sterling. They have eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. All friends and family are invited to join in the celebration. The omission of gifts has been requested. [Sterling Gazette, 30 April 2002]
HOCKMAN 35TH ANNIVERSARY
Lawrence Hockman & Emily Wulf
29 April 1915 - 29 April 1940
Dinner Honors 35th Wedding Anniversary of Lawrence Hockmans
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Hockman of 515 Oakland Avenue were guests of honor at a family dinner Sunday in observance of their 35th Wedding Anniversary which was an event of Saturday April 29. The dinner was served in the home of their son-in-law and eldest daughter Mr. and Mrs. (Dorothy) Francis Nelson of Shannon. Those present at the dinner were the honored couple, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson and two children, Mr. and Mrs. Nara (Goldie) Hunter and three children of Morrison, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond (Ruth) Verbeck and son of Fulton, Mr. and Mrs. Hubert (Mildred) Mathews and daughter of Morrison. All members of their immediate family were present. The dinner featured a beautiful 3-tiered anniversary cake iced in coral and white and topped with a miniature bride and bridegroom. Other decorations in the dining room and table appointments also carried out the coral and white color scheme in recognition of the "35th" or "Coral" anniversary. The cake was baked and decorated by Mrs. Hunter and Mrs. Mathews. Emily Wulf and Lawrence Hockman were married April 29, 1915 in the Methodist Church Manse of this city, with the Rev. James Potter performing the ceremony. The couple has resided in Morrison since their marriage with the exception of five years residence in Waupan Wisconsin. She was born in Morrison the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wulf and he is a native of Kent Illinois and his parents were Mr. and Mrs. Martin Hockman. They are affiliated with the Methodist church. Mr. Hockman operates an upholster's business with a shop at the rear of their home. Hosts of friends extend congratulations. [Contributed by their granddaughter, Martha Moellenberndt]
KNOX 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Unable to Celebrate the Occasion - Mr. and Mrs. John J. Knox passed the 50th anniversary of their married life last Saturday in Morrison. As both were in poor health and under the care of a nurse the family felt it was impossible to celebrate this event. P.J. Humphrey, a cousin of Mrs. Knox and Wilmot Fisk, a friend of the family, dropped in on them Saturday morning to extend congratulations and remained for dinner. Mrs. Thomas Robinson treated the host and hostess and the guests to ice cream and Mrs. Raymond Reynolds brought them some delicious fruit. The Humphreys and the Knox families sent in some beautiful flowers and at the same time gave Mr. And Mrs. Knox a large and varied postcard shower. Mr. Knox was born January 23, 1833, in Erie county, New York, and came to the Ox Bow Bend, north of Prophetstown with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Knox, when but two years of age. Two years later the family moved to Morrison, or to the site where Morrison was later built, and their home for a while was on the spot where the Stone & McLaughlin implement house now stands. Mr. Knox is the last but one of ten brothers and two sisters. He is thought to have one brother living at the soldiers home in Quincy. His wife was formerly Lucy Humphrey and the couple were married in this place on March 22, 1863. Mr. Knox was eighty years of age last January. Mrs. Knox was born April 21, 1834 and will be seventy-nine years of age next month. Two children were born to them both of whom died in infancy. Mr. Knox was born of Quaker parentage but later in life became affiliated with the Methodist church. In politics he was always a staunch republican and fearless in the defense of his convictions. The Sentinel extends them hearty congratulations in the passing of their fiftieth year of wedding life, and hopes for them a speedy recovery that they may enjoy continued years of happiness in each others company. [Whiteside Sentinel 24 March 1913]
LADUE 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Francis M. & Hattie (Griffin) LaDue
CELEBRATE GOLDEN WEDDING SUNDAY: Mr. and Mrs. F. M. LaDUE WILL OBSERVE HALF CENTURY MARK
Mr. and Mrs. F. M. LaDue will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary Sunday, Feburary 11th, at the home on W. 3rd Street, this being also the 69th birthday of Mr. LaDue. A reception will be held from 2 - 5 p.m. in charge of their children, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Glassburn of Tampico, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis LaDue of Prophetstown, Dr. and Mrs. S. B. LaDue of Chillecothe, at which time friends of the celebrants will be received. In the evening, Mr. and Mrs. LaDue will serve dinner to their children and a few other relatives and friends. Mr. and Mrs. LaDue have lived in the city since 1918 and in 1923 built the home which they now occupy. The have the respect and friendship of the whole community. Mr. LaDue was one of the organizers of the Prophetstown Shipping Association in 1922 and was elected President at that time and still holds that office. It was largely through his business ability that the association grew to be one of the heaviest shiping associations in the state until the stock buying business became disrupted. "Major" LaDue, as he was nicknamed by his father when a boy, and which is still his best known name, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. LaDue and was born in Prophetstown township at the LaDue homestead eight miles southwest of this city. He attended school at Leon and Tampico. Mrs. LaDue was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Griffin and was born at Bristol, Kendall County, and at the age of six years moved to Tampico township with her parents, attending the district school and the Tampico school. They were married February 14, 1884, at Mrs. LaDue's parental home four miles southwest of Tampico, Rev. F. M. Smith, at that time pastor of the Tampico Baptist church, performed the ceremony. They started married life together at the LaDue homestead and in 1899 moved to Tampico, where Mr. LaDue operated a grocery meat market for five years. They then returned to farm and remained there until 1918 when they moved to Prophetstown. Mr. and Mrs. LaDue are members of the Christian church in Tampico, but attend the local Congregational church. They are the parents of three children: Mrs. Ralph Glassburn of Tampico, Lewis of Tampico, and Dr. S. B. of Chillicothe, and they have five grandchildren, Vida Glassburn, superintendant of Home Hospital at Sterling, Marion and Harriett Glassburn of Tampico, and Howard and Evelyn LaDue of Prophetstown. Mr. LaDue has one brother, Dr. B. E. LaDue and one sister, Mrs. Mary Smith, both of Sterling. Mrs. LaDue has one sister, Mrs. J. A. Shorett of Dixon. [Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Prophetstown Echo, Prophetstown, Illinois February 7, 1934]
MANY FRIENDS CONGRATULATE THE LA DUE'S - HALF CENTURY MARRIED LIFE WAS APPROPRIATELY CELEBRATED SUNDAY
The Golden Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. F. M. LaDue which was celebrated Sunday at the home of this estimable couple proved a very event and was a fitting celebration of the reaching of the half century mark of ideal conjugal life. Many tokens were given as marks of the esteem in which Mr. and Mrs. LaDue are held. The celebration was in charge of the children of Mr. and Mrs. LaDue, Mr and Mrs. Lewis LaDue, Mr. and Mrs. S. B. LaDue of Chillicothe, and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Glassburn of Tampico. The living room of the home was decorated in yellow and white. A wedding bell suspended in the entrance hall with a clapper bearing the numeral "50" welcomed the guests as they entered. Yellow snapdragons, pussywillows and jonquils in baskets were disposed about the room and a large basket containing 50 tea roses helped decorate the dining room. A white wedding bell in the center of the living room and a minature bride and groom stationed in the archway, trimmed with lilies of the valley, white baskets of flowers stood on small tables about the room completed the decorations.
Tea and dainty refreshments were served the guests during the afternoon from two to five o'clock, and Mrs. R. L. Glassburn's daughter and the Mesdames L. E. LaDue and S. B. LaDue, daughters-in-law, welcomed the ninety-four friends of the city and surrounding community called during the afternoon to extend their congratulations and good wishes besides the following from out of town: Mr. and Mrs. Carl Gustafson, Walnut; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dorney, Hooppole; Eugene Dixon, Geneseo; Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Hendricks, Sterling; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Forward, Lyndon; Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Smith, Mr and Mrs. L. B. Winchell, Mrs. Ina Hellier and Mrs. T. F. Dillon of Tampico; Mr and Mrs Robert Cross, Moline. At the dinner at seven, Misses Helen Woods and Marion and Harriet Glassburn acted as waitresses to the following guests: Dr. and Mrs. S. B. LaDue, Dr. and Mrs. S. A. Smith, Mrs. Minnie Simmons, Mrs Clifford Mead, Mr. and Mrs Jacob Smith, Chillicothe; Mr. and Mrs Ralph Glassburn, daughters Vida, Harriet, Marion and Miss Helen Woods, Tampico; Mr. and Mrs. C. W. McDonald, Wheaton; Mr. and Mrs. Manley Rhodes, Spring Valley; Mrs. A. J. Soliday, Hooppole; Dr. and Mrs. B. E. LaDue, Mr. and Mrs. N. H. Smith, Mrs. Ethel Miller, Burdette Miller and Miss Mabel Simmons, Sterling; Mr. and Mrs. Lewis LaDue, Howard LaDue, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Crook, Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Dudley and W. S. Hossack, Prophetstown. Sunday being Mr. LaDue's 69th birthday anniversary also, an elaborate birthday cake for him graced the table with the wedding cake. [Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Prophetstown Echo, Prophetstown, IL February 14, 1934]
LENHART 22nd ANNIVERSARY
A large crowd of friends and neighbors gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Lenhart Wednesday [12/26/1923] night in honor of their twenty-second wedding anniversary. The evening was pleasantly spent in a social way and at a late hour refreshments were served. Before the guests departed for their homes they wished Mr. and Mrs. Lenhart many more happy events of the occasion. [Sterling Gazette, 02 January 1924]
MATHIAS 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Prophetstown, Ill.,June 3 -- Wednesday, June 2, just fifty years ago (1870), William Mathis and Miss Celia Schuck were married in Geneseo, Ill., and following their marriage took up the battle of life together at Hooppole, Ill. After ten years on the farm this couple concluded to cast their lots elsewhere and came to Prophetstown where Mr. Mathis engaged in the grain and lumber business in copartnership with George W. Olmstead, which was successfully conducted for a number of years. Selling out both of the partners have been living a more retired life, yet Mr. Mathis has always been employed in a official capacity since coming here. His career has always been a busy one, both socially and in business. In view of the fact the sons wanted to have the couple to remember the anniversary, particularly the three boys, an outing was planned for them. Together with their families they went to Davenport where arrangements had been made with the proprietor of the Blackstone Hotel for a suite of rooms and for the serving of a banquet. In the first place the company were to be met at the depot with limousines and taken to the principle points of interest in the tri-cities. This outing was kept a secret from the couple, the whole affair being one round after another of surprises for them. The fact that only a spirit of love would prompt such an act on the part of the children would make the occasion doubly enjoyable for the aged parents, and it goes without saying that this particular day will be one of the brightest in all their life's history, and the memories will be cherished to the end of the journey when they will meet on the other shore. [Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois June 3, 1920 - Thursday, pg. 8, col. 2]
MATHIAS 55th ANNIVERSARY
Mr and Mrs William Mathias, long residents of Prophetstown, who have spent the greater part of their married lives in Prophetstown, celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary June 2, 1925. They are still happy in their married life after a half decade more than a half century. Mrs Mathis is 70 years of age and in health is not the equal of her husband, in as much as about 2 years ago she suffered a stroke of paralysis and since that time her health has not been the best, she being unable to perform household duties. On the other hand, Mr Mathis is enjoying good health and is able to raise his own vegetables and maintains an office up town some 5 blocks from the business district several times a day, walking the 5 times a day, walk the district. Mr Mathis is past 80 years and one to see him moving about the town would think him several years younger. He has always been an active business man. He maintains an office up town, doing whatever he likes to occupy his mind and keep out of mischief. Mr Mathis holds fair to live many years and it is to be hoped that his companion will be with him also for years to come. Most of their lives have been spent in one house, since they came to Prophetstown and the place will always be their home without doubt. [Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen - Sterling Standard - June 4, 1925]
MAXWELL 45th ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Maxwell of Coleta celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary Tuesday [02/02/1932] [in] their home in Coleta, when their two sons and families and a few neighbors were entertained at a big [text missing] at their home in Coleta, when their [text missing]. Mrs. Maxwell was Miss Florence Jacobs before her marriage to Joseph Maxwell Feb. 2, 1887. Their entire life has been spent in Jordan and Genesee townships. They were wed in Jordan township by Rev. E. Brown, pastor of St. John's Lutheran church of Sterling. The wedding took place at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. William and Sophia Jacobs. The couple were attended by John and Maggie Maxwell, brother and sister of the groom. The following friends and relatives of the couple were present to help them celebrate the event: Mrs. Lydia Maxwell and Miss Grace Maxwell of Jordan; Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Maxwell, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Maxwell and daughters, Ruth and Virgean, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pulver, Mrs. Verner Wallace, and Mr. and Mrs. E. Colcord. The community extends congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell and wish them many more happy anniversaries. [Sterling Daily Gazette, 03 February 1932; Contributed by Larry Reynolds]
McCONNELL 25TH ANNIVERSARY
Mrs. John Hahn and Mrs. Bessie Seger attended the celebration of the 25th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace McConnell of Hillsdale Saturday evening. Mrs. Ella White of Morrison, who had been a guest of Mrs. Seger accompanied them and remained in Hillsdale to visit Mrs. Emma Fillmer. [Sterling Daily Gazette January 25, 1938]
McCUE 40TH ANNIVERSARY
On the occasion of their ruby wedding (40), anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. John J, McCue of Como were the honored guests Sunday at a delightful three-course dinner at the Brick house in Morrison, with 28 members of the McCue and Gronis families as guests. Their daughter, Mrs. Genevieve Forster, as hostess, had planned the event in the nature of a surprise for Mr. and Mrs. McCue and their ch (unreadable). Upon their arrival they (unreadable) the families of the honored (unreadable) brothers and sisters also present for the repast. The tables were arranged in U-shape with the honorees seated at the base of the “U." The combined place cards and nut cups were silver bells mounted on a heart shaped stand and tied with a ruby ribbon. Scattered about the room and tables were bowls of autumn flowers, dahlias, zinnias and chrysanthemums, in variegated colors with red predominating. The favors were wrapped in silver and tied with a ruby bow. Mr. McCue and Anna C. Gronis were the first couple to be married in the present St. Mary's church edifice. This was 40 years ago, on Oct. 12, 1898. The Rev. Fr. James J. Bennett was the officiating priest. They went to housekeeping on their farm at Como where they still reside. They are the parents of five children. There is one grandchild, John William Thomas son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Paul Thomas. Children and their families present, besides the hostess, were: Mr. and Mrs. A. Paul Thomas and son John William, Mr. and Mrs. Leo McCue and Bobby of this vicinity and John McCue and Miss Margaret McCue of Chicago. Brothers and sisters and family present were: Mr. and Mrs. Tom McCue, Sr., Mrs. James McCue, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Regan, Mr. and Mrs. George Blair, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gronis, Mr. and Mrs. George Gronis, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Eckel, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Eberhart, and two nieces, the Misses Margaret and Helen Quinn of Chicago. Mr. and Mrs. McCue received several nice gifts as a memento of the occasion. [Contributed by Jerry Thomas Sterling area paper, probably the Gazette, Sterling, IL, 1938]
MEINERS 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Meiners of Sterling will celebrate their golden wedding anniversay on Sunday February 24. Annie Harms, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Harms of Sterling, and Edward Meiners, Son of Mr. and Mrs Ufe Meiners were united in marriage Feb. 26, 1902 in the home of the bride's parents. They have spent their entire life around Sterling and farmed for 49 years in the vicinity of Sterling. The Meiners have three children, Clarence of Sterling, Mrs. Charles (Irene) Gorman of Rock Falls and Lloyd at home. They also have three grandchildren, Darrel Gorman and Keith and Karen Meiners. Mrs. Meiners was born Feb. 11 1882 and Mr. Meiners was born Feb. 15 , 1877. Mr. and Mrs. Meiners moved to Sterling in March 1951. They retired from Farm life and are living in their new home at 904 LeFevre road, Sterling. Both Mr. and Mrs. Meiners are very active and the best of health. [Contributed by Mike Hosler]
MOORE and ELMENDORF 34th ANNIVERSARIES
Double Anniversary Dinner Sunday at Pierce Moore Home - Mr. and Mrs. Pierce Moore of Prophetstown entertained at a dinner in their home Sunday honoring the 34th wedding anniversaries of Mr. and Mrs. Moore and her brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Levi Elmendorf of Morrison. Both couples were married at a double ceremony in Prophetstown. Each couple was presented an anniversary gift by the guests. Those present besides Mr. and Mrs. Moore were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Moore and her daughters, Delores and Zoe of Freeport, Mr. and Mrs. Levi Elmendorf and son, Eugene, Mrs. John Sugarbaker and Mr. and Mrs. Lee Schipper, daughter Carolyn and son Bobbie of Morrison and Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Moore and daughter Mary Ann. [Daily Gazette Sterling 2 December 1941 - from Georgi DiBartolo]
NEEDHAM 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. John Needham, six miles southeast of Prophetstown, former residents of this city, are today celebrating their golden wedding anniversary. Sunday the couple entertained in their farm home with dinner for Mrs. Belle Callighan, Mrs. Ada Beales and Mr. and Mrs. P.J. McAllister of Rock Falls, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Wadsworth and son Bobby of Sterling, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Clark and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Irvin of Prophetstown. Table decorations were yellow jonquils and yellow candles and nutcups. Sadie Bogart and John Needham were united in marriage January 31, 1894 in the home of the former's parents which is the same farm home in which they now live. Their entire married life has been spent there with the exception of 21 years they resided in Sterling. Three years ago they moved back to the farm. Both Mr. and Mrs. Needham are in good health. They have one daughter, Mrs. Harold Wadsworth. Many friends remembered them with anniversary greetings and they also received a purse of money. [Contributed by Georgi DiBartolo - Sterling Daily Gazette, Monday, 31 January, 1944]
NELSON 25th ANNIVERSARY
Silver Anniversary Is Celebrated by Mr. and Mrs. Leon Nelson
- Mr. and Mrs. Leon Nelson of near Morrison observed their 25th wedding anniversary Monday and were honored at party at the Humphrey school Monday evening with about 75 neighbors and friends present. Sunday they were honored at a dinner at the Arthur Burch home near Morrison, in which house they were married 25 years ago. Eva L. Fadden of Morrison and Leon W. Nelson of Knoxville, Ill. were married on November 25, 1918, by the Rev. James Potter, Methodist minister. The following spring the couple moved to a farm southeast of Morrison where they have resided since that time. They have two sons, George Marvin, a student at the University of Illinois, and Willard, a student at the University of Iowa.A quarter of a century of married life was celebrated Sunday by Mr. and Mrs. Louis Lang. Jennie Bush of Morrison and Louis Lang of Chadwick were married at the Ed Bush home on Nov. 24, 1915 and except for a short time spend near Chadwick, have resided in Morrison. They have one son, George Lang of Morrison, and one grandchild. [unknown newspaper/date; Submitted by Georgi DiBartolo]
OLMSTEADS 25th ANNIVERSARY
A dinner at seven o'clock Saturday [11/03/1945] evening at the Methodist church honored the 25th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. V. R. Olmstead. The long table at which the guests were seated was decorated with bouquets of pink chrysanthemums and silver candies in crystal holders. The center piece was a two tiered wedding cake decorated in pink and silver. The place cards were silver leaves tied with pink and these also served as the nut cups. The dates 1920-1945 were on the pink napkins. The dinner was served by the Misses Willetta Millett and Donna Roese. The guests then went to the home of Mrs. Mae Waite where a social evening was enjoyed. Prizes for the games were won by Rev. A. E. Simester, Mrs. H. C. Hammond and Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Olmstead. The guests of honor were presented with bouquets of flowers, cards and many other gifts. Jennie Booth of Shannon and V. R. Olmstead of Prophetstown were married November 3, 1920 at the First Methodist church in Sterling by the Rev. George Gable. Their attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Olmstead of Tampico, who were present at the dinner Saturday evening. Mr. and Mrs. Olmstead are the parents of one daughter Miss Marian Olmstead, a nurse in the Sterling public hospital. Both Mr. and Mrs. Olmstead are active in church work, Mr. Olmstead being organist in the Methodist church. Those present at this enjoyable party were: Mrs. Anna Booth, Shannon; Miss Marian Olmstead, Sterling; Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Olmstead, Tampico; Mrs. Mary Olmstead, Rev. and Mrs. A. E. Simester, Rev. and Mrs. William Nelson, Mr. and Mrs. B. M. Frary, Mr. and Mrs. L. K. Groharing, Mr. and Mrs. ?Raymond Stevens, Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Eshelman, Mrs. Mae Waite and Mrs. Mable Woodworth.
OTTENS 50th ANNIVERSARY
Mr and Mrs Robert W. Ottens of Morrison will celebrate their 50th Wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-4 April 27, 2002 at their home, 304 S Clinton St. Morrison. Robert Ottens and Myra Schaut were married April 26, 1952 at First Baptist Church, Mount Carroll. They are the parents of Samuel (Bonny) Ottensof Shoreline WA, Susan Ottens of Morrison, Sandra (Tim) Bronn of Roscoe, Scott (Malia) Ottens of LaGrange and the late Sarah Ottens. They have six grandchildren and one great grandchild. All friends and relatives are invited to attend. The ommison of gifts is requested. [Sterling Gazette, 16 April 2002]
PALMER 40th ANNIVERSARY
Monday was an eventful day in the lives of Commissioner and Mrs. W.K. Palmer, marking the 40th anniversary of their marriage, which was celebrated at a big dinner at noon, with all members of the family being present. Both Mr. and Mrs. Palmer have been residents of Whiteside county all of their lives and have a legion of friends who extend felicitations and wish them many more years of health and happiness. Present for the anniversary celebration were; a son, daughter-in-law and grandson, Mr. and Mrs. H. K. Palmer and W.K. Palmer III of DesMoines IA; a son-in-law, daughter and granddaughter, Mr. and Mrs. Clark Prentiss and Miss Joanna Prentiss of Chicago; a son-in-law, daughter and seven weeks old grandson, Mr. and Mrs. Marsden Miller and Marsden Palmer Miller of Evanston; Mrs. Palmer's stepmother, Mrs. Helen D. Greenlee of Lyndon; Mrs. Palmer's sister-in-law and niece Mrs. Cora B. Greenlee and daughter Frances. [Sterling Gazette, 23 Sep 1919]
PETERSON 40th ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. Lou Peterson were given a pleasant surprise Friday night on the occassion of their 40th Wedding anniversary when a group of friends dropped in for an evening of cards. The guests were Mr. and Mrs. William Obendorf and son, Mr. and Mrs. John Wolf of Sterling, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sandrock and children, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bower and Clayton, Mr. and Mrs. George Baker, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hannabarger and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Freick, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Bollman, Mr. and Mrs. George Merrill and Earl, Earl Dobson, Philip Oetzel, and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Oetzel and daughter. Lunch was served at a late hour. [Prophetstown Echo March 7, 1934]
Carl Portner & Vida Scott were married Dec. 16, 1933 in Oregon, Il. They have lived in the same house for 64 years in Galt. Carl retired from NWSW after starting his own businessm the Galt Rug Works. Carl & Vida have been retired from the cleaning business about 16 years. They are the parents of Juanita (Leroy) Lemke, David (Jean) Portner, Sheryl (deceased), Richard (Sandra) Portner, Carrol (Ron) George and Lori (Alex) Estrada. Grandchildren: Lizann (Danny) Williams, Wendy (Gary) Johnston, Martin Portner, Ronni (Tracey) Zeigler, Melissa (Scott) Griffis, Christopher George and joey & Jesse, Estrada. Stepgrandson; Tony (Jill) Sosi. Great Grandchildren: Dee (Ben) Burdick, Sandra (John) Peterson, Zachary & Jordon Griffis, Peyton & Justin Zeigler, Erik and Leigha Johnston. Step Great Grandchildren: Luigi & Anna Sosi, Great-Great Grandchildren: Shadow & Brooke Burdick. [unknown newspaper/date; Contributed by Jean Portner]
SCOTT 60th ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. John F. Scott of Stillman Valley celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Dec. 6, 1998 with a family dinner. John Scott and Alice E. Ryan were married Dec. 4, 1938 at the Sterling Baptist Church parsonage. Rev. Holcomb officiated the ceremony. They are the parents of two sons, John (Henrietta) Scott of Durand adn Douglas (Connie) Scott of Poplar Grove. They have five grandchildren adn 3 great grandchildren. [Contributed by Jean Portner]
SHEPHERD 50th ANNIVERSARY
Charles Eads and Luella Francis Shepherd
19 October 1882 - 19 October 1932
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Eads Wed 50 years - Couple Wed in Morrison 50 Years Ago - Twenty-three Gathered At Home Today To Help In All Day Celebration.
Today marked a milestone in the long journey of life for Mr. and Mrs. Charles Eads of Unionville, the celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. At the Eads home today their children and grandchildren, 23 in number, gathered to honor the elderly couple in happy commemoration of the event which happened in Morrison 50 years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Eads were married by Squire Lane of Morrison, a justice of the peace, in a quiet ceremony which was as free from glamor and gild as the true and honest life which the couple has led. After the marriage of Miss (Luella) Shepherd of Fenton to Charles Eads of near Morrison the couple began farming, the occupation which they pursued until 14 years ago, when they moved to Unionville, where they now live. While a farmer Mr. Eads lived in Rock Island County, Carroll county and Whiteside County. Mr. Eads was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Eads and was born Aug. 6, 1860, just west of Morrison. Mrs. Eads was born Feb. 14, 1864. in Newton township the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Shepherd. They are the parents of the following children: Fred Eads of Fulton, Mrs. Sarah McGowan of Clyde Township, Mrs. Eva Shafer of Morrison and Roy Eads of Lyndon. There are 14 grandchildren. All of these were present for dinner today and to help in an all day and evening celebration of the golden wedding. Many friends and other relatives of Mr. and Mrs. Eads called at the home in Unionville today to offer their best wishes for happiness. Flowers and gifts were also received during the day, with letters and calls, to make more happy the day which is a happy realization of their life together. The Sentinel extends sincere greetings to the couple and wishes them many more happy anniversaries. [From the Whiteside Sentinel - Contributed by Liz Eads]
SISSON 50th ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd (Mike) Sisson Sr., 711 Ave E. Sterling, will observe their golden wedding anniversary with an open house and dance at the Rock Falls Legion Sunday, Feb. 20 from 2-5 p.m. The couple requests gifts be omitted. Ella Cordilla Willman and Lloyd Sisson were united in marriage Feb. 18, 1927. They are the parents of eight children, Mrs. August (Betty) Gomez, Moline; Mrs. Morris (Pat) Wyckstandt and Mrs. William (Mary Lou) Pratt, both of Sterling; Mrs. Wilson (Sandy) Ackland, Rock Falls; Lloyd Jr. and Donald Lee, both of Sterling; Esmond and Tom, both of Moline. The family also includes 21 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. [unknown newspaper/date; Contributed by Sue Nesland]
SNAVELY 73rd WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Levi and Annie (Landis) Snavely
08 January 1860 - 08 January 1933
ENTIRE 73 YEARS OF MARRIED LIFE HAS BEEN SPENT IN THE COMMUNITY
Mr. and Mrs. Levi Snavely happily recalled 73 years of married life when the three score and 13th milestone was reached Sunday [01/08/1933]. They enjoyed the comfort and pleasures of their home, 601 Seventh avenue, as they have for 33 years in that house, and were visited by their six children who live in and near Sterling, and by grandchildren and great-grandchildren. There are few if any other couples living in this section who have such a wedding anniversary. Both Mr. and Mrs. Snavely enjoy very good health, Mr. Snavely being a daily visitor down town, whether good or bad weather. He walks the 12 to 14 blocks down town and then walks back, and is a familiar sight to many. Mrs. Snavely remains at home but is able to do her own housework to a large extent and is the spokesman for the family, as Mr. Snavely is quite deaf. Mr. Snavely’s birthday will be Jan. 23, having been born on that date in 1837, at Lebanon, Pa. and Mrs. Snavely was born Nov. 27, 1841, in Lancaster county, Pa.
Mrs. Snavely has lived here longer than her husband. She was the daughter (Annie) of Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Landis, Pennsylvanians, who came west about 1850, when she was not quite nine years of age. Her parents and four children came on the steamboat "Mayflower" from Pittsburgh to Chicago and came from Chicago to Sterling in a wagon drawn by horses, Mrs. Snavely told the Gazette reporter. They immediately occupied a very rough log cabin in the northeast part of Sterling, which was a great hardship to her mother, as she had always lived in a substantial frame house. Mr. Landis purchased land at Science Ridge and was one of the first settlers there, the John Hess and Henry Bressler families having come out with them on the journey from Pennsylvania, and were their neighbors here. All had come from the east as land was so high there and so cheap here. There were very few people in this section in 1850 and neighbors were far apart. Sterling was a very small town, roads were rough and in winter especially bad. Mr. Snavely's parents came here from Pennsylvania to Sterling in 1855 and joined the embryo settlement now known as Science Ridge. All were of Swiss Mennonite stock. Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Snavley were the parents of Levi. They built a substantial home and large corn barn at Science Ridge, and as more of their Pennsylvania co-religionists came and settled, held their first Mennonite services in the Snavely barn loft. Later on Mr. Snavely gave the land for the present Science Ridge church and churchyard, and he and other men erected the first meeting house there. As the families and children neighbored Levi Snavely and Annie Landis mated and were married at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Landis, two miles north of Sterling on the Freeport road by Rev. J. Cobby, a local preacher of the Methodist church, who also taught the old school in that neighborhood. Mrs. Snavely said it was a bright sunny day but the snow was deep and cold. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Snavely began housekeeping on a farm on which they lived seven years, then moved to the Freeport road farm now occupied by Henry Snavely and family. From there they moved to Sterling in 1899, and purchased the then new house, 601 Seventh avenue, from J. C. Meiser, who had built it three years previously. Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Snavely. One child died at the age of five years, and another at three, and the latest one to die was Mrs. Erza (Emma) LeFevre, who died two years ago. Living children are Mrs. Harry (Alice) Book of South Dakota; Henry, Jacob, Irvin B. and Dr. J. L. Snavely of Sterling, and Mrs. Harry E. (Mabel) Myers, who with her family lives with her parents. There are about 20 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Snavely is now a member of the Church of the Brethren, and Mr. Snavely is a member of the Presbyterian church, to which bodies they became attached after they moved away from the neighborhood of their old church. All of the Pennsylvanians spoke German when the came to Whiteside county, and their preaching was always in German for many years, but the children had been taught English in school. One reason for all becoming English speaking was their hired men spoke English. Mrs. Snavely recalls many customs prevailing during her girlhood days. Family life was ideal. Sons and daughters all worked. The girls learned housekeeping, cooking, baking, sewing and other duties at an early age. The wheat and corn raised on the farm were taken to either Wilson’s mill on the Buffalo, nine miles north of Sterling, and ground, or else to Ben Bressler’s mill on the Elkhorn, not far from the Dr. Pennington farm. Wheat, corn, oats and hay were raised. There were but crude hand implements for farmers in the ’50s. At harvest time the men would sometimes pass a jug of whisky from man to man for a drink, but there was never any drunkenness, so far as Mrs. Snavley could tell. The women could not always rely on their cows coming home. Farms were on the prairies and had no fences. The cattle and other stock roamed in the timber. Milch cows had bells strapped to their necks, and went a long way off, so they had to be sent after and driven home. Cream was turned into butter and buttermilk in dash churns at first, then in box or barrel churns, turned by a crank. Bread was baked, both wheaten and corn bread. Corn was cooked in various ways. The women, during the fresh fruit season, also made apfelschnitz and pershingschnitz, dried apples and dried peaches, from which to make stewed fruit and pie filler. All the food the farmers had come from off their farm. Very little was bought at stores.
From the homes the people could daily see the stages, drawn by four horses going back and forth between points east and west, from Chicago and Freeport and Rockford to Rock Island and Moline. In the years immediately before the Civil War the cholera and typhoid fever were terrible and entire families sometimes succumbed to it. Early day physicians were Drs. Galt, Wallace and Anthony. They rode about on horses and had saddlebags in which to carry medicines and instruments. Dr. Galt had the drug store in Sterling then. There was also a Dr. Benton.
Rev. H. K. Hostetter, local Methodist preacher and Bible class teacher, as a young man used to go out in the Science Ridge neighborhood, and do painting. Mrs. Snavely recalled that one time he was painting the interior of their house and the weather became intensely cold. He had no overcoat, so Mr. Snavely loaned him his heavy woolen blanket shawl, of the type men wore during the Civil war days instead of overcoats. Mr. Snavely is the last of his family, but Mrs. Snavely has four brothers and four sisters living in and near Sterling now. They are Henry, Emmanuel, Fremont and Reuben Landis, and Mesdames Sam (Barbara) Martin, John (Maggie) Stauffer, Abraham (Marie) Rutt and Henry (Emma) Hein. [unknown newspaper, c. 1933]
STERN 65th ANNIVERSARY
Mr and Mrs Oscar Stern of Sterling will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on May 15, 2002, with a family dinner. Oscar Stern and Edna Behrens were married May 15, 1937, at the Second Avenue Lutheran Church parsonage, Sterling. They are the parents of Bob (Carole) Stern of Annawan, Elaine (deceased), Joyce (bob) Hollaway and Lyle (Deb) Stern, all of Sterling. They have seven granchidlren and nine great - grandchildren. [Sterling Gazette, 14 May 2002]
TAYLOR 30th ANNIVERSARY
A pot luck dinner was served Sunday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Taylor of Tampico in honor of the 30th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Taylor which occurred Tuesday and the 6th anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Rasmussen which is Jan. 26. Thos present were Mr. and Mrs. Louis Brasel of Cambridge, Mr. and mrs. Jesse Brasel and family, MR. and mrs. Raymond Kemptine and son Phillip and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Ouart of Kewanee and Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Rasmussen and family and Mr. and Mrs. Nim Gosney of Tampico. Rev. Fr. T.O. Maguire was an afternoon caller. Mr and Mrs Taylor were presented with a bouquet of cut flowers, a gift from the group. [Sterling Daily Gazette, 25 January 1938]
THOMAS 50th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
CELEBRATE GOLDEN WEDDING - Mr. and Mrs. Norman A. Thomas Married Fifty Years
Mr. and Mrs. Norman A. Thomas were host and hostess to over a hundred guests at their home Tuesday in the honor of their golden wedding anniversary Two hundred and fifty invitations were sent out several weeks ago and nearly all who received one responding. The Thomas home was converted into a bower of beauty by huge bouquets of marigolds, dahlias, asters and golden red. Dotted about the rooms the color scheme of yellow and white predominating. The tent which had been erected on the lawn was prettily decorated in the prevailing colors. The bride and groom received their guests and mingled with them, enjoying a social time and the rehearing of the happenings of fifty years till later in the afternoon when the following program was rendered:
Vocal Duet, Mrs John McIlnay of Polo and Ralph Thomas.
Piano Solo, Miss Florence Mott. of Kewanee.
Reading, Fifty Years Ago, Mrs. Henry Mott.
Piano Solo, Mrs. Lee Little.
Music was also furnished during the afternoon on the Victrola.
At 4 o'clock dainty refreshments were served. During the day many congratulations were received coming from Rockford, Chicago, Walker, Ia., Morrison, DeKalb, Rochelle and Des Moines, Ia.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas were the recipients of many beautiful gifts as mementoes of the happy occasion, among them being a handsome Spanish leather rocher given by the Rock Falls Mfg. Co. employees of which Mr. Thomas is an employee, a gold headed cane from the Sterling Plating Works, and a number of smaller gold articles including a handsome goll mantel clock. Also holding a prominent place among the gifts was a huge bouquet of golden roses, in the center of which was hidden a tiny yellow silk bag containing a $20 gold piece. This was presented by Miss Helen Hults, granddaughter of the worthy couple. A number of gold pieces were also among the gifts amounting in all to $60. A beautiful jardiniere of handsome golden marigolds, were the gift of Miss Una Thomas of' DeKalb, while several huge bouquets of gladiolas and asters intermingled with ferns were among the gifts. In the evening the immediate relatives and friends were entertained.
The afternoon program was also excellent and was as follows:
Solo, I Love You Truly – A. E. Horner
Reading – Mrs. Henry Mott.
Solo, When We Were Sweethearts - Miss Dorothy Gibson
Original Poem, The Family History – Mrs. Harry Thomas.
Solo, O Promise Me - Miss Ruth Lingel
Vocal Duet, O That We Two Were Maying - Miss Dorothy Gibson and Mr. A. E. Horner, responding to an encore.
French Alto Horn Duet, Silver Threads Among the Gold – Harry and Bert Haug, accompanist, Mrs. Harry Haug.
Mrs. Lee Little and Miss Dorothy Gibson accompanied the other soloists. Rev. W. B. Doble, in a few well chosen remarks made the presentation speech when the golden roses and the gold pieces were presented.
Following the program a repetition of the wedding service of fifty years ago was held before a bank of flowers in the parlor, Rev. W. B. Doble performing the ceremony. The bride looked sweet and charming in a gown of lavender silk. One guest, Mrs. Henry Mott of Kewanee, was also a guest at the wedding fifty years ago. After the ceremony a two course luncheon was served.
Norman Thomas and Miss Elizabeth Lennox were united in marriage at the home of the bride's parents, Sept. 7, 1865, the Lennox home being only a short distance from the present home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas. All of their married life his been spent in this city and all except five years being spent in their present home. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas are the parents of twelve children, three having died in infancy. The children who are all residents of this city, were all present and are as follows: Bert, Frank, Will, Harry, George, Ralph, Mrs. Earnest Stabler, Mrs. Rolla Hults, and Walter. There are also fourteen grandchildren, all of whom were present except one, that being Glenn Thomas, of Cleveland, Ohio.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas are among Sterling’s most highly respected citizens both having been prominent in the early life of the city. Mr. Thomas served the city council for nine years and was also on the bridge committee when the First Avenue bridge was built. He also served in the war of' the- rebellion serving for a year as quartermaster on the gunboat Alexander (USS Alexandria) on the Mississippi. For the past twenty years he has held a responsible position with the Rock Falls Mfg. Co.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Thomas are staunch members of the First Methodist Church where they are faithful workers.
The out of town guests were Mrs. Culley and Mrs. Henry Mott of Kewanee, Miss Florence Mott of Peoria, Mr. and Mrs. Wood of Ashton, Miss Una Thomas of DeKalb, Mrs. Ellan Lennox, Martin Lennox, mr. and Mrs. Will Lennox and family, Mr. and Mrs. Dave Lennox, Mr. and Mrs. Hobb, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Belcher and Mr. and Mrs. T. L. Tarvin all of Dixon. The guests who were present as well as all the friends and acquaintances of the worthy couple join in wishing them many more happy anniversaries. A feature of the celebration was the original poem which was read as follows:
A is for the anniversary we are here to celebrate, also for Ada on whom Will doth wait.
B is for Burton, for Blanche and Belle, also for Burt who loves Florence so well.
C is for children who are gathered here, together with Crawford to dbid you good cheer.
D is for Donald, our noted athlete, for the two Dorothys who are both very sweet.
E is for Elizabeth in whose honor we are here, for Etta, Emma and for Earnest who joined us this year.
F is for Frank and for Florence our teacher, also for Francis, a dear little creature.
G is for Gerald who to school did just start; for George and Glenn who is immersed in his art.
H is for Harry and Harold, his son and also for Helen who is chuck full of fun.
I is for Infants, who by ones and twos did arrive, for the Income for which father to support them did strive.
J is for James, a dear baby boy, the pride of his father, his mother’s chief joy.
K is for the Kinfolk, both near and far, who extend their greetings wherever they are.
L is for Lawrence, for Lida and Lee, for Linn and all lovers, whoe’er they be.
M is for May, our very latest bride, also for Mabel who Harry doth reside.
N is for Norman, of all fathers the best’ though you search many miles, north, east, south or west.
O is for the loved ones who’ve gone on before, whom we all hope to meet on the beautiful shore.
P is for the People, both great and small, who are here assembled, together with Paul.
Q is for the Question father asked years ago. O, aren’t you glad mother didn’t say no.
R is for Richard, for Ralph and for Russel, also for Rollo who knows how to hustle.
S is for spankings which mother gave the boys whene’er they deserved them or made too much noise.
U is for "U" dear, each and every one, Hope you'll all have a good ships of course.
T is for Tom, the faithful old horse, who aided and abetted all the court time and join in the fun.
V is for Vina, the youngest daughter, who always helps mother as a good girl "oughter'”
W is for-William and for Walter, so tall, for dear little Willard, the youngest of all.
X is for ten, multiply by five, and then it numbers the years they wedded have been.
Y is for Youngsters, of whom they were plenty; in numbers exact, eight less than twenty.
Z is for: Zeal with which we here-all do greet the groom of fifty years and his dear bride, so-sweet
Now we all bid them adieu, may they live happily for years, not a few
[September 1915 - probably in the Gazette - Contributed by Jerry Thomas]
THOME 50th ANNIVERSARY
A well known area couple, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd H. Thome, 809 Ave. A, Rock Falls, will observe their 50th wedding anniversary Monday, Aug. 9, 1965. Their children are planning a dinner in their honor Sunday in the Miami Hotel. Mr. and Mrs. Thome were married Aug. 9, 1915 in the Methodist Church parsonage in Lyons, Iowa. They are the parents of three children, Orville L. of Rock Falls, Gilbert P. of Sterling and Mrs. Fred (Mary Virginia) Pyse of Sayers Acres. There are 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren in the family. Until 1940, Mr. and Mrs. Thome farmed in Montmorency Townshiip and then moved to Rock Falls. He served for a number of years as a highway supervisor and street superintendent in Rock Falls. They are active in club, civic and political circles and are members of the Rock Falls Methodist Church. [Contributed by Sue Nesland - Sterling Daily Gazette 6 Aug. 1965]
WICK 50th ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Wick of 405 Broadway, will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary Thursday, December 22. The couple will receive their friends at open house between 2 and 4 o'clock in the afternoon, otherwise there will be no observation of the day. Larkin A. Wick and Estella Frazer were united in marriage December 22, 1882, in the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Frazer, in Genesee township. They lived on a farm in Genesee township until 32 years ago, when they came to Sterling and have since resided here. There are two children, Donald and Hallie Wick, both of this city. Mr. and Mrs. Wick are enjoying good health. They have the best wishes of many friends on their golden anniversary. [Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois December 17, 1932 - Saturday, pg 10, col. 1]
WIEBENGA 50th ANNIVERSARY
Robert and Lois (Balk) Wiebenga of Morrison celebrated their 50th anniversary with family and friends. They are the parents of darlene (Hook), Douglas, Carla (Bush and Brenda (Frederick) and grandparents of Matthew, Dana, Nicholas, Katelyn, Cody, Logan and Derek. They were married November 19, 1954 in Fulton. Bob continues to work part time at Shawver Press. [Sterling Gazette November 23, 2004]
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