JEFFERSON COUNTY, KANSAS

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Golden Wedding Anniversaries
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BATES, REVEREND AND MRS J. T.

Preacher has Golden Wedding.

The Rev. J. T. Bates and his wife of Salina celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married in Schuyler county, Illinois, and have lived in Kansas since 1885. Mr. Bates has been a Methodist preacher in this state and is widely known in this conference.
[The Oskaloosa Independent (Oskaloosa, Kansas) 8 Mar 1912, transcribed by Louis Dolton]

BOND, MR. AND MRS. JOHN

Golden Wedding

Mr. and Mrs. John Bond, Ozawkie will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, December 29. To accomodate relatives and friends they have engaged the Odd Fellow hall; a dinner for the kindred will be served there at noon, an open house for friends will be from 2:00 to 5:00 o'clock. At these hours any are invited to call who may wish to do so.

The Bonds were married at Rock Creek, have resided in Ozawkie or vicinity for the fifty years with exception of short periods elsewhere. (The Oskaloosa Independent, Thursday, December 26, 1946, transcribed by Jim Laird)

CAREY, E. A. MR. & MRS.

Golden Wedding Anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Carey celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary at their home yesterday with a family dinner and open house.
Those attending of their 10 children and family were: Mr. and Mrs. Herman Lincoln and family; Mr. and Mrs. Elwin Carey and family of Topeka; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Winters and family; Mr. Joe Newell and family, Valley Falls; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Carey and family of Kansas City, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Larison and family of McLouth; Julius and Wm. Carey; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Croll; Mr. and Mrs. George Frost; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Wilson and baby, all of Topeka; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Bonnar of Kansas City, Mo.; Mrs. Sarah Stevens, Mrs. Clarence Hodges, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Burns, of Lawrence, Mr. Davis of Kansas City, Mo.; and several friends. (The Oskaloosa Independent, Thursday, October 24, 1946, transcribed by Jim Laird)

CARNINE, MR. AND MRS. PETER M.

Celebrate Golden Wedding.

At Emporia Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Carnine celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a dinner at which their eight children, with their husbands and wives, and their 12 grandchildren were present. Mr. and Mrs. Carnine were married in Coffey county.
[The Oskaloosa Independent (Oskaloosa, Kansas) 8 Mar 1912, transcribed by Louis Dolton]

CHITWOOD, MR. AND MRS. N. R.

Mr. and Mrs. N. R. Chitwood will celebrate their Golden Wedding Sunday, Feb. 10th, at their home in Meriden with open house Sunday afternoon and evening. (The Oskaloosa Independent, Thursday, February 7, 1946, transcribed by Jim Laird)

FRANCIS, MR. AND MRS. JOHN

Pioneers' Golden Wedding.

John Francis, free stater, railway builder, statesman and former state treasurer, and Mrs. Francis celebrated their golden wedding at their farm home near Iola. They are living within a mile of the little log house in which they were married 50 years ago. Mr. Francis was born in England and came to Kansas in response to his sympathy for the pro-slavery movement.
[The Oskaloosa Independent (Oskaloosa, Kansas) 8 Mar 1912, transcribed by Louis Dolton]

GIBSON, MR. & MRS. JAMES

Golden Wedding Anniversary

On Saturday, January 11th, Mr. and Mrs. James Gibson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Mr. Gibson was born in Jefferson county and Mrs. Gibson in Gentry county, Mo., but have spent all the years of their married life in this county. Their one son is Postmaster Lee Gibson and they have one grandson James A. Gibson of Highland. The dinner that day was with Mr. Gibson's sisters, Mrs. Sue Boyd and Mrs. Anna Rogers at Winchester. They received many flowers and cards of congratulation and were presented with a dinner set by their son.

Mr. Gibson has been a farmer for many years and Mrs. Gibson has lately returned to the profession of school teaching which she had followed as Jennie Tyler. (The Oskaloosa Independent, Thursday, January 30, 1947, transcribed by Jim Laird)

MEREDITH, MR. AND MRS. FRANK

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Meredith will celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary, next Wednesday, Feb. 20. They will be at home to their friends from 2 p.m. till 5 o'clock. (The Oskaloosa Independent, Thursday, February 14, 1946, transcribed by Jim Laird)

At their farm home, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Meredith spent February 20th in a happy reminiscent day with friends.

Their fifty years of wedlock has been within the same square mile. The first seven years at the Hamilton farm know today as the Arthur Perry home and the next forty-three at their present home purchased by them from John Kerns in 1902.

Through the afternoon and evening visits were enjoyed with fifty neighbors and friends from Kansas City, Valley Falls, Tonganoxie and elsewhere.

Fifty message and cards of congratulation were received from Washington, D.C. and local friends unable to attend.

Among many beautiful gifts was a large gold framed mirror from the Central Chapel Ladies Aid with whom Mrs. Meredith has been an active member for many years.

After refreshments were served to the guests and wishes for further years of happiness the couple were left alone with the memory of an enjoyable day marking a milestone that no great number are permitted to leave behind them. (The Oskaloosa Independent, Thursday, February 28, 1946, Transcribed by Jim Laird)

ROBERTS, MR. AND MRS. J. W.

Golden Wedding.

         The "golden wedding" anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Roberts on Wednesday was a very happy occasion and the afternoon and evening receptions were attended by near a hundred guests, while many congratulatory messages from distant friends were received and, by request, read to the afternoon guests. The presents were very handsome and appropriate--one piece, especially, an ebony and gold clock and golden candelabra from some friends about town, being remarkably fine. Mrs. Day sister of Mrs. Roberts, sent some large magnolias from Oakland, California.
         Appropriate and eloquent addresses of congratulation were made by Revs. J. O. Roberts of Lawrence and Thos. McConnell of Oskaloosa--the former in the afternoon and the latter in the evening, and a vocal solo by Prof. McProud, with accompaniment by Miss Helen Balsley, was a well-received feature of the evening hour.
         The souvenirs designed for the occasion were a buckeye and miniature sunflower (Ohio and Kansas emblems) united with white satin ribbons bearing in golden figures the dates 1850 and 1900.
          The occasion was a very pleasant, happy one for the family and was apparently highly enjoyed by the many guests.
         A goodly number were present in the afternoon whose life in Kansas dates back to territorial days, and when Mr. and Mrs. Roberts themselves came to the State, they came from St. Joseph by boat to Leavenworth and then rode in an open wagon the 28 miles to Oskaloosa--being rarely fortunate enough to have a spring wagon, which was a luxury in those days not often enjoyed.
         The following verses were sent in by some unknown friend in Oskaloosa and are fully appreciated by the recipients:
Fifty years have lights and shadows
     On your lives their impress made,
Binding each unto the other
     With a love that cannot fade.

All these years have smiles and gladness
     Blended with your sighs and tears;
Making life with all its fullness
     Happy in these Golden years.

You have reached your "golden milestone,"
     And, hand in hand, with silvered hair,
You will journey down life's hillside
     To a better world, more fair.
[The Oskaloosa Independent (Oskaloosa, Kansas) 12 Oct 1900, transcribed by Louis Dolton]

WEISHAAR, MR AND MRS. FOY

Golden Wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Stebbins entertained Sunday in honor of the golden wedding anniversary of Mr. an Mrs. Foy Weishaar, also in remembrance of the birthday of Mrs. Grace Bates of Nortonville.

Other guests were Mr. and Mrs. John Weishaar of Kansas City, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Weishaar, Mrs. Daryl Weishaar and two daughters of Nortonville, Mr. Frank Haines, Mrs. Idona Bates. (The Oskaloosa Independent, Thursday, February 27, 1947, transcribed by Jim Laird)

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