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ACKERMAN
CELEBRATE THEIR BIRTHDAYS -- Two of our venerable and highly respected citizens, Rev. John Bruce and William W. Ackerman, passed their birthday anniversaries the past week. Although more than four score years have been allotted to them, they are both still active and in good health. May they continue with us many years yet.

ALLEN
September 21 (1907).
Allen family reunion at Thomas Dickinson's. About 100 present. ["Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. Torp]


BALL
February 16 (1907),
T. H. Ball also reached his 81st anniversary, which was duly celebrated by the kindness of Mrs. Youche and her son, Julian Youche. ["Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. Torp]

BARTON
On the same day (September 2, 1908) Hiram Barton and wife celebrated their fiftieth marriage anniversary at Merrillville. Many persons present, and many presents.
[Source: "Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. Torp]

BROWNELL
On Christmas the family of
Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Brownell enjoyed a family reunion, the first full gathering of children and grandchildren for four years. Thirty were present at the dinner. Chicken and turkey meat was abundant with other good things. On both these festive occasions there were many other family gatherings in the county, a county in which supplies of good food are abundant, and comparatively few suffer want. (1906 or 1907) ["Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. Torp]

BRUCE -- CELEBRATE THEIR BIRTHDAYS
Two of our venerable and highly respected citizens,
Rev. John Bruce and William W. Ackerman, passed their birthday anniversaries the past week. Although more than four score years have been allotted to them, they are both still active and in good health. May they continue with us many years yet.

REV. JOHN BRUCE
86 Years Old February 28, 1910
Mr. Bruce's actual birthday anniversary occurs on February 29th, but he says that he is going to celebrate it on the 28th, so he can have a birthday anniversary once a year like other folks.
[Unidentified 1910 newspaper article from collection of Lowell Town Historian Richard Schmal, submitted by Marie Miller]

BRUCE -- A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION.
Rev. John Bruce was born February 29, 1824. On Monday afternoon, March 1, 1909, members of his Bible class in the Lowell Methodist Sunday school, and other members of the same school, with their pastor, Rev. T. F. Drake, made him a pleasant birthday visit, congratulating him on having passed into the 86th year of his life. There were appropriate remarks and prayer and singing, as well became the occasion and the visitors.  [Source: "Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. Torp]


DAVIS
June 27, Saturday. (1908) This day was celebrated by quite an unusual event at the fair grounds. The Indiana Society of Chicago, by invitation of Mr. Will J. Davis, of Willowdale, who is very friendly towards Crown Point and Lake county interests, came out from Chicago in an automobile, and some on the cars, and held, at our fair grounds, their "annual basket picnic." Twenty-five large automobiles were counted on the grounds, and as they came in loaded with passengers, the sight was beautiful and suggestive, and well worth seeing. Some came from South Bend. One of these was the Studebaker car. Many citizens of Lake county were present by invitation, and some of these could remember when persons came to Crown Point in wagons, with board seats across the tops of the wagon boxes, and some of the wagons drawn by the oxen of those days. The twenty-five automobiles would surely have frightened the oxen and horses and perhaps even the children. After the ample basket dinner some time was devoted to speechmaking as well as to visiting. An address of welcome was given by J. B. Peterson, Esq., followed by addresses from Judge Landis, who gave the $29,000,000 decision at the fine against the Standard Oil Company, and who presented reminiscences of his life at Crown Point twenty-two years ago; also from Mr. Watson, candidate for governor, and from some others. After the speeches some part of the "Sport Program" was carried out. The weather was delightful.

DINWIDDIE
September 6 (1907). Some went to Hebron to-day to attend the
Dinwiddie reunion. ["Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. Torp]

On Saturday, September 5, (1908) the Dinwiddie clan held another reunion. Number present, 160. Among these was young Freeman Morgan, son of Rev. Freeman Morgan, and wife, who were missionaries for several years in India, and a grandson of Judge David Turner, now a tall and graceful and very promising young man, six feet and four inches in height. He is a nephew of A. Murray Turner, of Hammond, who was also present, the two representing well in stature their old Scottish ancestors. [Source: "Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. Torp]



FORESTER

August 13. (1908) The Lowell Tribune of this date contains an account of the Foresters' picnic, held at Lowell August 8, and some day these figures may be of interest to some ambitious athlete: 100-yard dash, time, 11 seconds, made by Milford Anderson. Second 100-yard dash, time 12 seconds, made by Robert Palmer. Running broad jump, 18 feet and 8 inches, Ralph Trump. Standing broad jump, 8 feet, Ralph Trump. Running high jump, 5 feet 2 inches, Milford Anderson. Standing high jump, 4 feet 6 inches, Charles Lambert. [Source: "Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. Torp]


HAYDEN
On Thanksgiving Day children and grandchildren met at Mr.
Jacob Hayden's where 38 dined on "duck, goose and turkey," with other good things.


KENNEY
October 12 (1907).
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry M. Kenney celebrated on this day their 59th marriage anniversary, one being 83 and the other 77 years of age. ["Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. Torp]

LANG
HAVE FAREWELL PARTY FOR THE WM. LANGS
A pleasant evening for Mr. and Mrs. William Lang before they left their home in 165th street to spend the winter in Denver, Colo., was enjoyed at the party given by Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Evans of Jefferson avenue. The Evanses included as guests members of a club to which they and the Langs once belonged. A pretty bouquet of roses and delphinium centered the table for the dinner hour, and in the living room where the evening was passed informally, cosmos were the decorations.
Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Rueter entertained the group by showing some movies that they took while they were in the west last summer.
[Hammond Times (Hammond, IN) Sunday Oct 10, 1937]


MANAHAN
Mrs. Sarah Manahan was this day (November 3 1908) 82 years of age, and Mrs. O. G. Wheeler gave, in her honor, a birthday dinner. [Source: "Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. Torp]



NICHOLS

January 3, 1907,
Mrs. H. R. Nichols, a pioneer woman, was 81 years of age. The anniversary was celebrated by children and grandchildren partaking with her at her home of a fine birthday dinner. ["Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. Torp]

ORSBURN
Merrillville Couple Wed 50 Years will Entertain Friends
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Orsburn to Celebrate at County Fair Grounds
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Orsburn, formerly of Hammond, but now residing on a farm on the Lincoln highway near Merrillville, will observe their golden wedding day on this coming Tuesday with open house at the Fine Arts building on the Crown Point fair grounds. Their reception for friends and relatives will continue from 7 until 12 o'clock. Alfred Phillips, one of the witnesses to the wedding of this fine couple, lives in Crown Point and will be with the Orsburns when they celebrate their anniversary. All of the nine children born to the Orsburns, their 36 grandchildren and two great grandchildren are living and will be at the reception. Their daughters and sons are Mrs. E. C. Merideth, formerly of Hammond, now of Benton Harbor, Mich ; Mrs. Alvin Peschke and Mrs. Frank Argentine of Hammond; Mrs. J. Daumor of Kouts, Ind.; Mrs. John Lizak of Chicago; Harry Orsburn of Valparaiso, Ind.; Bill Orsburn of DeMotte, Ind ; Pete Orsburn of Hammond and George Orsburn of Akron, Ohio.
For the reception, Mrs. Orsburn will wear a green lace dress made on the same lines as the frock she chose for her wedding day. The program being planned for the evening will include a mock wedding, singing, dancing and refreshments that will be served in a gold and white setting.
When Mr. Orsburn, who is now 77 years old, married Miss Phillips, who is 66, their wedding was of interest throughout the region, for their parents and grandparents were early residents of the county and they were born and reared near Merrillville.
 [Hammond Times (Hammond, IN) Sunday Oct 10, 1937]



PALMER
Thursday, January 16, 1908. Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Palmer celebrated their 59th marriage anniversary at the home of their son, Jasper Palmer. Came to Indiana in childhood, married in 1849. Children 9, grandchildren living 22, great-grandchildren 13. ["Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. Torp]

PALMER
January 16 (1909) .
Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Palmer celebrated their 60th marriage anniversary. Then living 9 children, 22 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren.

PATTEN
October 17 (1907). On this day Mr.
Joseph Patten, born in 1834, celebrated the 73d anniversary of his birth. He was born two weeks before the arrival in Lake county of Solon Robinson. ["Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. Torp]

PEARCE
March 13, 1908. Friday evening Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Pearce had a surprise celebration of their 25th marriage anniversary. Many guests were present and nice gifts were received. ["Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. Torp]

PHILLIPS
August 29, 1907. Some went from Crown Point to-day to the Phillips family reunion in Porter county. Said to be 400 persons present. From: ["Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. Torp]



SURPRISE
Another golden wedding. On Friday, April 15th, (1909) the 50th anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Surprise was celebrated at their home, northeast of Lowell. "It was surely a meeting long to be remembered by all that were there. "It was understood that there were to be no presents, yet there were several nice gold presents brought."
From: ["Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. Torp]

SUTTON

June 20, (1908) Saturday evening. Two events were celebrated at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Festus P. Sutton; the nineteenth anniversary of their marriage, and the 40th anniversary of Mrs. Sutton's birthday. The items received are, "A bountiful supper," "valuable presents." Quite a number present from Oklahoma and elsewhere. [Source: "Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. Torp]


WOOD
On Tuesday, January 14 of this year (1908), Mrs. Susan G. Wood, widow of Hon. Martin Wood, was 80 years of age, and the event was duly celebrated at Hammond, her seven children all being present. ["Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. Torp]

WOOD
April 23 (1908). The Lowell Tribune contains a notice of the golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Wood, former residents near the Robinson Prairie school house, now of Buffalo, Kansas, married in Massachusetts April 6, 1858, removed to Kansas in 1878. ["Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. Torp]

WORLEY
June 19 (1908). Mrs. J. L. Worley to-day passed over the line of four score years. The event was duly celebrated at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Y. C. Vosburg. She has resided in this county 65 years. She is quite active, visits her six children, and is said to be remarkably cheerful. It is said that "she has a wonderful memory." [Source: "Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. Torp]


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