Wedding Anniversaries

Ontario County New York

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From Ontario County Journal 25 August 1911

Gorham, N. Y. - 
At the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Adams occurred the celebration of their 25th wedding anniversary on Friday night. The house and a large tent in the yard were decorated with flowers and paper festoons carrying out a color scheme in lavender, white and green. Mr. and Mrs. Adams were presented with many fine gifts in silver, cut glass, etc. Covers were laid for about 100. Among the out-of-town guests were: Mr. and Mrs. O. H. Swift, Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Bailey, Mr. and E. A. Crooker, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. VanAken, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Norton, Mr. and Mrs. Fred DeBow, Mr. and Mrs. E. Goggin, Mr. and Mrs. A. Burritt, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Zimmerman and son, Ray; Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Adams, Mrs. Elizabeth Pool, Mrs. John Newton, Mrs. Oscar Wheeler and daughter, Robert and Charles Tobey, Miss Pauline Lee of East Bloomfield; Mr. and Mrs. John DeBow of Victor; E. Burt and Ira Chapman of Canandaigua; Horace Hopkins of Buffalo. All left wishing Mr. and Mrs. Adams much joy and hoping they might celebrate their 50th anniversary.



From Ontario County Journal 19 February 1886

East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Gaius Adams
celebrated the 50th anniversary of their wedded life Thursday evening, Feb. 18th. Their home was taken possession of by a large number of old friends, and a very pleasant evening was spent.



From Ontario County Journal 3 January 1919

Mr. and Mrs. George W. Adams,
Gibson street, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their marriage at the home of their son, Charles F. Adams tomorrow. George W. Adams and Miss Olive A. Shaw of Hornell were united in marriage January 5, 1969, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Washburn in Gorham, in the presence of a large gathering of friends. There are now 25 persons living who witnessed the ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Adams have a son, Charles F. Adams, and a daughter, Miss Lucretia F. Adams, both of Canandaigua. Another daughter, Mrs. Belle Davis, died several years ago. There are eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild.



From Geneva Daily Times 11 February 1909

Phelps, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Adams
observed the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage yesterday. Owing to the impaired health of Mrs. Adams, only a few intimate friends and relatives were present.



From Geneva Courier 1 December 1875

CRYSTAL WEDDING --  The Crystal wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Adamson of Seneca, was celebrated at their residence last week, and to say the least, was very enjoyable -- to speak positively, was the most successful affair of the kind, it was ever our good fortune to attend.

November 20th, was the anniversary day, but that being Saturday, the event was postponed to the following week.  Monday evening, the 22nd, the elder part of the guests were assembled, to the number of about 60, and the evening most enjoyable passed by all present.  The refreshments on the occasion were fairly entitled to the greatest praise.  The arrangements were excellent, and such an abundance!  and everyone so promptly and well served.  Rev. Mr. Temple, one of the guests, made some very appropriate remarks, well received by all, and particularly by some of the elder ones who had never before met the Rev. gentleman.  He is making new friends everyday.  All departed that night with the regret that mankind and particularly this community were not more often gathered together in the social circle, and with the wish that Mr. and Mrs. A. might live to enjoy many other occasions of this kind.

On Wednesday evening the younger ones gathered in force.  One hundred and eighty were served at the first table.  The refreshments were abundant and eminently suited to the occasion; every one ate his fill; and yet the supply was not near exhausted.  Music and dancing was the order of exercise, interspersed with the good old game of "snap-and-catch-em" in the upper rooms, for the whole house was occupied and well filled and it was not until peep of day that proceedings came to an end.  It was the universal expression on all sides, that it was the most enjoyable wedding of the day.

And the wedding presents !  Language can hardly express an idea of their magnificence.  An extension table, (one of the gifts) was not large enough to contain them.  We have only time and space to mention a part of them, viz:

Writing desk, Extension table, shaving glass, "English Farm Yard" a beautiful picture, tea tray, hat rack, silver tea pot, two silver cake baskets, smoking set and cigars, two cigar cases filled with Havanas, two pickle jars, over fifty pieces of splendid glassware, four splendid lamps, four silver napkin rings, one extra nice platter in form of a fish, one magnificent silver card receiver, one traveling satchel, one fancy rocker, and other rocking chairs and furniture, 2 toilet sets, 2 silver mounted pickle castors, linen towels, pillow shams, and mats in great abundance, several very fine pairs of vases, card cases, card baskets, brackets &c. &c.  In fact we have not mentioned the half of them.

Mr. and Mrs. Adamson tenders to one and all their sincere and hearty thanks, with kind assurances that their noble generosity is fully appreciated.  We know that they feel truly grateful that they are permitted to live among so very many who have thus demonstrated their friendship.  Long may they live to enjoy these gifts and this genuine friendship.



From Canandaigua Chronicle 18 October 1905

Rushville, N. Y. - 
On Saturday last, Mr. and Mrs. John Adamson celebrated the twentieth anniversary of their marriage. Their guests on Saturday were the same as those at their wedding with the exception of five who have died during that interval and seven who have come into the families since.



From Ontario County Times 13 March 1872

On the 2d of March, A. D. 1847, Mr. Ransom Allerton of Port Gibson, and Miss Lavina R. Colson of Canandaigua, were joined by the Rev. John Parker, in "holy matrimony," at the residence of Mr. Durand of Canandaigua. We doubt not that the occasion was (as such occasions are wont to be) fraught with interest and happiness to all concerned, and yet it could hardly have surpassed in this regard an occurrence which took place on the 2d of March, 1872, just a quarter of a century later, at the residence of the parties most particularly interested in the transaction 25 years ago. It was our privilege to be of the number of those who were "bidden" to this twenty-fifth anniversary celebration, and the time will ever be remembered by us as one of the bright and beautiful spots of our life journey. The day was all that could be desired, cold though clear and sunny. At a little before noon, the guests began to assemble, and continued so to do till 2 p.m., at which time a most genial, intelligent and happy company had well nigh filled the pleasant and hospitable mansion of our estimable friends, Mr. and Mrs. Allerton. After the arrival of the last guest, and a most agreeable interchange of friendly greetings and pleasant reminiscences, the company was invited to the dining room where a repast was in waiting, which was a feast even to look upon. To do justice to this dinner was at the time a most agreeable and satisfactory task, but to do the same thing at this time and in this way, is quite another undertaking. To know, one must have seen and tasted ! The feast ended, our host and hostess, with their two sons and six daughters ranged near them, were addressed in a most appropriate and impressive manner by the Rev. Wm. Manning of Newark, who reminded them of the fact that while so many hearthstones are made desolate by the Destroyer, their 25th wedding day had arrived with every link in the precious family chain unbroken. The address was followed by a touching prayer, at the conclusion of which every heart, we doubt not, responded in a silent Amen! Then came the congratulations which were many and heartfelt. We must not omit to mention that notwithstanding the "no gifts" on the cards of invitation, a table was literally crowded with beautiful tokens of the esteem with which Mr. and Mrs. A. are regarded by their numerous friends. We are conscious that we but reflect the sentiment of all who were so fortunate as to be present then and there, in saying that every one from the latest born of the worthy bride and groom to the aged veteran upon whose temples rest the snows of more than four-score winters, seemed to enjoy to the fullest extent this pleasant and happy meeting.



From Ontario County Times 26 November 1890

Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Andrews,
of this village, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at their home on Wood street last evening. There was a large number of relatives and friends present, and the event was a very enjoyable one. The Times extends congratulations to the respected couple and hopes that they may live and enjoy many years to come.



From Geneva Advertiser Gazette 15 March 1906

Mr. and Mrs. William Andrews
celebrated on Monday evening the forty-fifth anniversary of their marriage, at the home of their daughter, Mrs. G. E. Lincoln, Elmwood avenue. About seventy guests were present, and offered their congratulations, after which refreshments were served. They received many beautiful cut flowers and potted plants. Guests were present from Waterloo, Gage, Penn Yan, Bellona and Utica.



From Geneva Daily Times 4 January 1933

Flint, N. Y. -
Mr. and Mrs. Herman McNella, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Saunderson and children, Robert and Jane Saunderson, were guests Saturday, Dec. 31, at a family dinner in honor of the 59th wedding anniversary of Mrs. McNella's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bradford Armstrong, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Bodley in Canandaigua, where they are spending the winter months. Bradford Armstrong and Miss Gertrude Parker were married Dec. 31, 1873, at Pulteney by the Rev. William Wardell of the Prattbury Methodist church. They have two daughters, Mrs. Herman McNella of Flint and Mrs. Homer Bodley of Canandaigua; one granddaughter, Mrs. Thomas Saunderson; and two great-grandchildren, Robert and Jane Saunderson
of LaFayette Highway. Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary nine years ago at their home in Canandaigua.



From Geneva Gazette 8 January 1892

Mr. and Mrs. James Armstrong,
three miles east of this village, celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary last Saturday night.  They have a large family and all were present but one son who lives in Colorado.



From Ontario County Times 10 November 1880

Honeoye, N. Y. -
The golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Caleb Arnold is announced for Thursday, Nov. 11th. They have been residents of this village during these past fifty years, as have also resided in this neighborhood Mr. and Mrs. John Pentel, whose golden wedding was celebrated three and a half years ago.



From Ontario County Journal 17 February 1888

Hopewell Centre, N. Y. - It was our pleasure to be present at the fifth anniversary of the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Ashley which was celebrated last week Monday evening. A large and pleasant company from this place and surrounding towns gathered to celebrate the event. The presents were numerous and valuable. The supper furnished was excellent, and highly enjoyed by the guests.



From Ontario County Times 7 March 1877

West Bloomfield, N. Y. -
Anniversary weddings seem to have been the popular pastime here during the past winter. Last Monday evening the friends of John C. and Mollie Ayers called on them to help them celebrate their twentieth or "china" anniversary. There were one hundred and forty-five guests, a good comfortable houseful. The ceremony was performed after the Mormon order, C. E. Crandall officiating, assisted by "Curt" Peck, both dressed in improvised regalia. After many congratulations and wishes for future prosperity and happiness, the guests partook of refreshments. After supper exercise was needed to prevent indigestion; so many found their way across the street to the improvised ball-room. Dancing arrangements like everything else were admirable. The room was spacious and airy. The younger portion of the party found enjoyment here during the remainder of the evening. But the presents must not be forgotten; they were many and valuable and above all they were useful. A fine china dinner, tea and toilet set was the united gift of some of the guests. We noticed several moustache cups; we think John will have moustache cups to let, but then, come to think that the next wedding in the family will probably be a genuine one, we may consider the donors quite far-sighted after all. We noticed several comic pieces; the old hen with the egg dish, the Dutchman with his cigar case, &c, &c. Everyone went away feeling that they had been well entertained at Johnnie and Mollie's china wedding. 



From Geneva Gazette 27 January 1899

FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY - Mr. and Mrs. P. F. Ayers Celebrate Their Golden Wedding -
The completion of 50 years of married life was the occasion of a most delightful event in the handsome residence of Mr. and Mrs. Ayers of Rushville, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 1898.

That Mr. and Mrs. Ayers have made a host of friends both in Rushville and elsewhere during their long residence here was clearly demonstrated by the many valuable gifts and the many friends who were present and congratulated them on the 50th anniversary of their wedding Tuesday afternoon.

By the aid of an arch tied with white ribbon and the banking of potted plants, the parlor presented a fairyland appearance.  An elaborate dinner was served at 1 P. M. of which between fifty and sixty partook.  One of the pretty things of the menu was a cake wreathed with mistletoe and holly, (the gift of Mrs. Keith of Seneca).  One of the principal features of the afternoon was a surprise to Mr. Ayers.  It came immediately after the refreshments.  In well chosen words Rev. W. S. H. Hermans, pastor of the M. E. Church, made a graceful and impressive presentation address.  It was a  handsomely engraved gold-headed cane, the souvenir of the M. E. Church of Rushville to be handed down in succession to each of the oldest male members of the family. Mr. Ayers responded with brief but touching expressions of trust.  Among those who enjoyed the happy event from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Simon Spangle, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Spangle of Hopewell; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Fisher, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Keith of Seneca; Mr. and Mrs. Beekman D. Staats, Mr. Frank Fisher and son, Roy, Mrs. Stanley Harris, her daughter, Jessie, and son, Alfred of Geneva.  Regrets from out-of-town friends were received, accompanied by letters of congratulations.



From Ontario County Journal 5 August 1910

East Bloomfield, N. Y. -  Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Bailey
celebrated the 20th anniversary of their marriage on Saturday evening, July 30, by entertaining about 125 friends. Tables were set on the lawn and were beautifully decorated with sweet peas and laden with good things. Eighty-eight were seated at one time. A short program, including recitations and songs, was given, and Mr. and Mrs. Bailey received many beautiful tokens in silver, linen, china, cut glass, etc. Among the guests from out-of-town were: Mrs. Henry Alexander of Albany; Mrs. Frank King of Rochester; A. C. Yaw, Mr. and Mrs. P. T. Yaw and family, Mrs. Emily Powell, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Powell, Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Ingraham, Harold Ingraham, Mr. and Mrs. F. N. Pierce, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Yaw and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Avery Ingraham of Naples; Mr. and Mrs. Joel Yaw of Bristol; Mr. and Mrs. George Tozer of South Bristol; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Dutton and Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Reed of Canandaigua; Mr. and Mrs. John Q. Wells of Shortsville; Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Bennett and Miss Bertha Baker of Ionia.



From Ontario Repository and Messenger 10 March 1875

Hopewell, N. Y. -
The fiftieth anniversary of the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Miles Baker, occurring March 3d, was made the occasion of a very pleasant surprise to them. The plan was suggested by their daughter, Addie, upon whom most of the labor devolved. None but the family were invited, excepting Esquire Jones, who married them, and the family of Mr. R. A. Shekell, the nearby neighbor for the last twenty-five years. By a previous understanding, Mr. and Mrs. Baker were invited the day before to spend a day or two with Mrs. Joseph Kingsley, which they did, giving those at home time to complete the arrangements. They were brought home soon after noon to find a house full. The affair proved a perfect success as a surprise, and the party that gathered was one of the happiest that have met for many a year. There were two extension tables loaded with luxuries, to which the company were invited about 4 o'clock. Before supper, the following brief history, prepared by the writer, was read, and after, a letter from one of Mrs. Baker's sisters. Mrs. Wirts, the youngest sister, was here from Hudson, Michigan.

History:  In February, of the year 1798, there emigrated from Pittsfield, Berkshire Co., Mass., Apollas Baker, his wife, Lucy Church, and four children. They traveled in the usual method of that day -- ox team and sled -- and located on part of lot No. 56, being the farm now owned and occupied by his son, Miles Baker, one of the subjects of this sketch. The father, with an emigrant's enterprise, at once began hewing the necessary logs and building a homestead, in which the family was settled by the opening of Spring. It occupied the ground now used for a garden, and was really in the wilderness, there being no house east nearer than Orleans, two miles, nor on the west than Chapinville, four miles. The land was heavily timbered and as yet remained the home of the wolf and the bear, as incidents to be narrated will confirmed. These early settlers were blessed with twelve children, all of which save one who died in infancy, lived to man and womanhood. the father died in 1823, at the age of 57. The mother surviving was marred to Elder Sha and died in 1848, aged 76. Miles was born on the 3d of March, 1799, the year following the removal from the East, making this the 76th anniversary of that day, being a happy coincident with the Golden Wedding. He was the fifth child of the family, and the first born on this street. At the time of his birth, the snow came up to the middle of the window; there was no drift, as woods were on every side, so we may suppose the snow was about four feet deep on the level. Mr. Baker being asked about the furniture of the old house, said he thought it was not very extensive, as according to record a sugar sap-trough was used for his cradle.

The log cabin at that date had a space for the door, but no door; and the same might be said of the window. A blanket was usually hung at the opening. One night in the absence of the father, the wolves howled to such an extent as to awaken a little fear in the mother; so the blanket that night was fastened to the ground floor with a couple of table forks to make the defense secure. When Miles was a baby he was taken by his mother to the brook a few rods east of the house, where she usually did the washing. The soap giving out, she thought to leave the baby and run to the house for more, but on second thought, considered it best to take him along; on her return a great surprise awaited her, for a large black bear was snuffing around the spot where the baby had lain. Under the influence of a hardy frontier life, Miles grew to be a big , stout boy. When about seventeen years old, he worked for a Gen. Brooks in Bloomfield. Twas there one Sunday he took sixteen ears of green corn to the woods, roasted it, and had a feast. Memory tells him that he waited a great deal longer for the corn to roast than for his appetite to come.

In 1800, another family moved from Vermont and settled on the north and south road, about three miles west of here, on what is now known as the Gillett farm. The family consisted of Mr. and Mrs. Maltby and eight children, six daughters and two sons. A few years after, when the older children had grown up, there might have been seen on pleasant Sunday afternoons, a rustic youth, with robust frame and honest heart, in homespun clothes, at times on foot, at others on horseback, wending his way leisurely along this road toward the house of these settlers. We say he went leisurely, but if we could have seen the inside, we would have found as he neared his destination, that his heart was going at double quick -- twas soon said he actually lost it. Anyway, when he got there another heart was all aflutter, and if anything beat the other's time of double-quick. The result  was that in 1825, on the 3d of March,  just fifty years ago this rustic Miles was married to Miss Dalinda Maltby. The ceremony was performed by Esquire Jones, present today, hale and hearty, enjoying life at eighty-two, and to a wonderful extent hiding his years under a cover of a genial manner and a well kept physique.

The wedding tour of Mr. and Mrs. Baker was not long, nor the car elegant, but it was triumphal. The next day that happy couple left the home of the bride and came to this of the bridegroom, founding a home that has been a joy and comfort to each, these fifty years -- a grand triumph we say. Mrs. Baker was in her twenty-first year when married; consequently in her 71st year now, her birthday coming on April 23d. They are the parents of seven children, all living; of seventeen grandchildren, fourteen are living; and one great-grandchild; having enjoyed this honorable title nearly two years, a total of twenty-five. Of the children, Leander lives in Walworth, and is the grandfather; Edwin in Michigan; Caroline, wife of Bradford Kingsley; Horace and Orrissa, wife of Joseph Kingsley, are each near neighbors; Frank, in Michigan; and Addie, as yet, blessing the home with her presence.

But to go back a step -- at the death of Mr. Baker's father, he assumed and paid the portions due the other members of the family, thus securing the homestead for himself. Mr. Baker has been an exceedingly strong man. One day cradling six acres of rye, finishing the task before 5 o'clock, then took a horse to Orleans, walking all the way there and part way back, as the animal had been lamed by a previous bad shoeing. At chopping he was a master hand, and was never beaten in a trial. The last one was when nearly sixty years old, with two large, powerful men, Simson and Bradford Kingsley.



From Ontario County Journal 15 March 1901

South Bristol, N. Y. -
On Thursday afternoon of last week, about 30 friends and neighbors assembled at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Barden to celebrate the fifty-second anniversary of their marriage. Mrs. Sarah Tarbell, a sister, who attended the wedding 52 years ago, was present. Their son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Barden of Benton, and daughter, Mrs. Clarence Edgett, were also among the guests. After a bountiful repast was served, a very pleasant evening was passed in games and telling of "ye olden times." As the hour for parting came, the guests assembled around the organ and with Miss Josephine Granby as accompanist, sang "God be With Us Till We Meet Again."



From Ontario County Times 6 January 1875

Farmington, N. Y. -
On Tuesday evening, the 22d ult., Mr. and Mrs. Albert Barnes celebrated the 25th anniversary of their wedding day, by having their "silver wedding reception." Although the weather was rather unfavorable for a full attendance, yet the number of guests present was sufficient to make three full courses to a long, and well-filled, and nicely arranged table. Quite a number of elegant presents were submitted, most of which were useful as well as valuable. All seemed to enjoy the pleasures of the evening in such a manner that the memories of the event will ever be cherished with pleasure and satisfaction.



From Victor Herald 24 February 1894

Fishers, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Barry
celebrated the fifth anniversary of their marriage Wednesday evening of this week. There were sixty-five guests present; a large number of the guests were from Rochester, Fairport, Pittsford, Mendon and Victor. Mr. and Mrs. Barry were the recipients of many valuable and useful presents. Their Fisher friends presented them with a very nice side board; they also received a beautiful hall tree, and several upholstered chairs, stands and pictures were conspicuous among smaller articles too numerous to mention. The guests amused themselves by playing games and dancing until the small wee hours of morning. Everyone expressed themselves of having a lovely time, and after partaking of a bountiful supper, we bid our host and hostess a good morning.



From Victor Herald 1 March 1907

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Barry,
Cherry street, celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of their marriage last Friday evening. One hundred guests were present and attested their esteem for the happy couple by the presentation of many beautiful gifts.



From Geneva Daily Times 11 September 1907

Mr. and Mrs. John H. Baxter of No. 272 Washington street delightfully entertained Monday evening in honor of the tenth anniversary of their marriage. About thirty guests were present. The evening was spent in cards and music. Several solos were rendered by John Olschwskie and Master Harold Fisher. Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Melious, Mr. and Mrs. James Young and Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Young of Stanley; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Roland of Gates; George and William Baxter, Mr. and Mrs. John Olschwskie, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Kidd, Mr. and Mrs. I. B. Greene, Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Crane, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Bain, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sparks, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fisher, Miss Georgiana Sparks, Roy and Harold Fisher, and Harry Hain.



From Ontario County Journal 9 February 1894

Honeoye, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Richmond C. Beach
gave a very elegant party last Saturday evening, on the 25th anniversary of their marriage. About sixty guests were present. A lovely golden border dinner and tea set was left by their friends as a reminder of the occasion. As usual, the Rev. Mr. Day indulged in some very happy remarks, followed by brief remarks from several others.



From Ontario County Journal 18 February 1910

Cheshire, N. Y. -
About fifty of the neighbors and friends of Mr. and Mrs. William Beaton gathered at their hospitable home on Monday evening, it being their fourth wedding anniversary. Among the remembrances left was an easy chair, a beautiful rug and cut glass. A most delightful time was had.



From Geneva Gazette 29 October 1886


Gorham -
The twenty-fifth anniversary of Sidney S. Bell and Phoebe Smith was celebrated last Thursday evening, Oct. 21st, at their home in Gorham.  More than 100 friends took them by surprise.  Mr. and Mrs. Bell were induced to go into the parlor, where they were presented with many costly presents.  The presentation speech was made by Mr. B. Pierce and was responded to by Mr. Bell to the best of his ability under the circumstances.  After partaking of the bountiful feast prepared by the ladies, the company at about one o'clock dispersed, wishing Mr. and Mrs. Bell many recurring anniversaries.



From Victor Herald 5 February 1904

Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Bement
of Canandaigua celebrated the sixty-fifth anniversary of their wedded life on Sunday, January 31st. It is seldom indeed that those whom "God has joined" are privileged to go so far along life's pathway together, and truly this was a notable occasion. Mr. Bement, who is 86 years of age, is a brother of the late Henry D. Bement, and was born in the town of Victor. When seventeen years old, he went to Canandaigua nd has lived there ever since. He is a skilled mechanic, for many years was a valued employee of the Cooley hardware store, and is still able to do quite a little work though advancing years have made it impossible for him to work steadily. Mrs. Bement was Miss Almira E. Hall and was born in Bristol in 1820. They were married by Rev. Thomas Carlton, pastor of the Methodist church, Canandaigua, January 31, 1839. Mr. and Mrs. Bement have three children, eleven grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren living.



From Geneva Gazette 24 November 1876

On the 16th inst. Mr. and Mrs. John Benjamin of Naples celebrated their golden wedding.  The groomsman of the aged couple is also still living and sent them by letter his congratulations.



From Ontario County Times 21 March 1877

Victor, N. Y. -
One of those pleasant affairs, a tin wedding, was celebrated on last Wednesday night, at the house of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Bennett of this place. There were about sixty guests present, who came loaded with all kinds of presents in the shape of tinware that one could think of. Music was in attendance, and "tripping the light fantastic toe" was the order of the evening. About one o'clock the assembled guests sat down to an elegant repast, to which they did full and ample justice. After leaving the table, the dancing was again resumed, and the night was far gone before the delighted guests took their departure with pleasant memories, which will often recur to them in after years, as they bring to mind that joyful occasion.



From Victor Herald 16 March 1906

East Bloomfield, N. Y. - 
On Saturday last was the twenty-fifth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Bennett, who live in the northern part of this town. On Friday evening their neighbors and friends gathered at their home in large numbers, and with guests from West Bloomfield, Ionia, Despatch, Shortsville, and other nearby towns, helped them to celebrate the event. Every one in attendance had a fine time in games and other amusements. Refreshments were served, and it was in the early hours of the morning before the happy throng took their departure, but not before they had left many handsome and useful presents in remembrance of the occasion, and wish the recipients that they may be spared to celebrate their golden anniversary.



From Ontario County Journal 12 October 1894

Honeoye, N. Y.
- A few of the family friends of Mr. and Mrs. Myron H. Blackmer gave them a surprise, also a handsome imported dinner and tea set, in honor of the 40th anniversary of their marriage last Saturday afternoon. The original wedding, however, occurred on September 14, but as it was one of Honeoye's busiest times, it was thought best to postpone the visit for a few weeks.



From Ontario County Journal 15 October 1897

East Bloomfield, N. Y. -  Mr. and Mrs. William Bouglass
celebrated the golden anniversary of their marriage at their home last Saturday afternoon. Between 3 and 6 o'clock, the hours during which they received, all the older residents of the town called to congratulate them on the completion of their half century of married life. Many gifts, as well as many expressions of good will and hope of continued life, were received by the couple.



From Ontario County Journal 16 December 1892

Farmington, N. Y. -
One of the pleasantest events occurring in this vicinity for some time was the surprise given by about fifty Grangers to Mr. and Mrs. Gifford Bowerman, last Friday, in honor of their thirtieth wedding anniversary. After Mr. and Mrs. Bowerman had performed the Friends' wedding ceremony the company sat down to well laden tables. E. J. Gardner was present with his camera and secured a good picture of the company.



From Geneva Courier 5 November 1879

China Wedding at Phelps.    
A very pleasant and interesting affair occurred in Phelps on Monday evening, Nov. 3d, the occasion being the twentieth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. S. K. Bowker.  The friends and relatives decided to give them a "surprise," and their plans were in every respect successful.  A large company assembled at the residence of Oliver Crothers, and proceeded to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bowker on Main street, where they were received by Miss Mary Nelson and Miss Ella Bowker, Mr. and Mrs. B. being absent at the time, having, by previous arrangement, been invited "out to tea."  They were soon summoned, however, and met and welcomed by Rev. I. M. Foster, who offered congratulations, and then presented them to the company assembled.  Mr. and Mrs. Bowker, although evidently astonished at finding their spacious rooms filled with people, greeted their guests with an ease and grace which few persons could command under such circumstances.  The evening passed away pleasantly and quickly.  Early in the evening a sumptuous repast was served, and after that music by Mrs. S. Hanks and S. Rice was listened to.  Rev. M. Wheeler, the minister who performed the marriage ceremony 20 years ago, being present, was called upon, and made some very interesting and appropriate remarks, which were responded to by Rev. L. M. Foster in his own original style.  The couple were presented with a tea set of China, also some other articles, useful and ornamental.  Articles of clothing worn by the bride of twenty years were exhibited by request, among which was the "wedding bonnet," made by Mrs. Cary, who was present, and which caused much merriment among the younger portion of the company when compared with the present style of bonnets; but it was really pretty, the material being white, uncut velvet, trimmed with ostrich plumes and flowers.  The company separated at about twelve o'clock, all having enjoyed the evening, and wishing Mr. and Mrs. Bowker long life and continued happiness.



From Ontario County Times 7 December 1881

The twenty-fifth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. James Brandow was celebrated at their residence near Bristol Center on the evening of the 29th ult. The occasion brought together a goodly number of their friends, who presented to the happy couple many substantial tokens of their regard, in the shape of silver ware and other articles of value. The time passed most agreeably in general conversation and the interchange of good wishes. Their pastor, Rev. J. Irons, entertained the company with appropriate remarks, after which prayer was offered by Rev. Mr. Dewey. There was also a beautiful letter read, which had been prepared by Mr. George Child, and which was listened to with much satisfaction by all concerned. Altogether it was an occasion that will be long remembered by those present and with feelings of the liveliest pleasure.



From Ontario County Journal 13 December 1895

Honeoye, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. A. Jackson Bray
celebrated the 20th anniversary of their marriage on Monday evening, December 9. Over 100 guests were present. Supper was served and with cards, music and social converse, the hours sped merrily by. All trust they may live to celebrate their golden wedding.



From Geneva Daily Times 17 October 1905


Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Bronson, of 240 Washington street, left yesterday for the home of their daughter, Mrs. Frank S. Little, of Brooklyn, where their fiftieth anniversary of their marriage will be celebrated tomorrow. Mr. and Mrs. Bronson were married here October 18, 1855, by the late Rev. J. B. Richardson of this city. The entire life of Mr. and Mrs. Bronson has been spent n this city. During his active life, Mr. Bronson was engaged in the nursery business, and throughout his life he has been active in the First Presbyterian church. The golden wedding will be celebrated very quietly tomorrow. Only children and immediate relatives will be present. Fred S. Bronson, manager of the Geneva Telephone company, a son of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Bronson, will leave this evening for Brooklyn, to be present at the festivities tomorrow. Mr. Bronson's other son, the Rev. Charles E. Bronson of Philadelphia, will be present together with the three married daughters besides Mrs. Little.



From Geneva Daily Times 27 November 1905

Shortsville, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Calvin P. Brown
quietly celebrated the fifty-fourth anniversary of their marriage yesterday and received the hearty congratulations of a host of friends. Mr. and Mrs. Brown moved to this village from Manchester in 1856 and located in the Salisbury house, now known as the Whitney house, and later moved to the property now familiarly known as the "Vinegar Inn," which was then used as a store. It was in their parlor that the Presbyterian Church was organized by Rev. C. H. Chester of Geneva, of which Mrs. Brown and Leonard Warfield, of California, are the only surviving charter members. On coming to this village, Mr. Brown, with his brother, Hiram L. Brown, began the manufacture of grain drills in a part of a small machine shop run by Herendeen and Henry Elmer, on the site of the present extensive plant of the Empire Drill Company, and it mainly through the manufactory started then and carried on until the present time, that this village owes its growth and prosperity.

Mr. Brown was born in Nassau, Rensselaer county, September 6 1824, being the youngest of twelve, only one other of whom now survives, Mrs. Julina Carpenter, of State Line, N. Y. On leaving the old home, when about nineteen years of age, he came to Newark, and learned harness making. Then he went to Michigan for a year or so, returned to Newark, and just previous to his coming to Manchester, was a resident of Palmyra. Mrs. Brown was born in Utica, November 29, 1830, and was was formerly Miss Cornelia E. Drummond. When about eight years of age she lived in Phelps and later moved to Palmyra, where she was united in marriage to Calvin P. Brown by Rev. Horace Eaton, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of that place, on November 26, 1851. Mr. Brown is one of the wealthiest and most influential citizens of the town, having been for many years the president of the Empire Drill Company, an enterprise that more than anything else has made Shortsville the brisk business center that it now is. Although he has now retired from business, he keeps up an active interest in the affairs of the town, church and factory, and is one of the representative men of Ontario county.



From Canandaigua Chronicle 1 February 1905

Victor, N. Y. -
One of the most important social events of the season occurred last Friday evening at "Locust Hill", the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Brown in this village. The occasion was the twenty-fifth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Brown. They entertained about seventy-five guests from 7:30 to 11 o'clock in a most delightful manner. They received in the north parlor where the wedding anniversary was performed twenty-five years ago. An elaborate supper was served, the daughter and son, Miss Vera H. and Tuthill T. Brown, assisted by seven young people, officiated as waiters. The host and hostess received many beautiful gifts, silverware being most noticeable. The choir of the Presbyterian church, where Mrs. Brown has been organist for several years, presented them with a handsome silver tea set. Among the out-of-town guests were: Mr. and Mrs. John Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Spaeth and son, of Rochester; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Murphy, Mrs. Ziba Curtice of Canandaigua; Miss Diana Porter of Geneva, and Mrs. Charles Page of East Bloomfield. The bride and groom of twenty-five years are very popular members of Victor society and their many friends extend congratulations and hope that at the end of the next twenty-five years they may again gather to celebrate their golden anniversary.



From Geneva Daily Times 3 March 1908

Stanley, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. David Brown
entertained about 25 friends and relatives Saturday evening in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary. A delightful supper was served.



From Ontario County Times 20 April 1887

Port Gibson, N. Y. -
April 10 being the 36th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Giles Brown, their daughter planned a surprise and invited about forty of their friends on Saturday the 9th.



From Ontario County Journal 4 October 1901

Rushville, N. Y. - 
The friends and neighbors of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Brownell, to the number of 60, gave them a surprise dinner at their home on Saturday last, in celebration of their 42d wedding anniversary. Mrs. Brownell was presented with a dozen silver knives and forks and white apron and pair of towels.



From Ontario County Times 25 February 1874

We had the pleasure of attending the fiftieth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Burgess, at the residence of their son, Mr. James Burgess, in Hopewell. The wedding ceremony was first celebrated between Mr. Wm. Burgess and Miss Sarah Andrews in the town of Rider, Suffolk county, England, Feb. 12th, 1824, by Rev. Mr. Grant, (Episcopal clergyman). Soon after this they both experienced religion, and united with the Methodist church, of which they have been faithful, consistent members ever since. About twenty-six years after their marriage, they came and settled in this county. Soon after they buried their only daughter. They now have three sons, two of whom are settled near them, and one in Philadelphia, all respected, Christian gentlemen. The reunion of friends and relatives on Thursday was, indeed, a pleasant one, not soon to be forgotten. After partaking of the luxuries of the well spread board, prepared by careful and competent hands, the writer had the pleasure of addressing those whose reunion was being celebrated, speaking of their happy married life in the past and their prospects for the future, closing with a prayer and benediction, that they and all who were gathered there might enjoy many happy years here, and all sing together in the haven of rest, where the inhabitants never say "I am growing old," and where love and peace forever reigns.



From Ontario County Journal 12 June 1896

East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. William Butler
celebrated the golden anniversary of their marriage at their home about two miles north of this place last Thursday evening. All of the older residents of the town called to congratulate them on the completion of their half-century of married life. Many gifts, as well as many expressions of good will and hope of continued life, were received by the couple. Mr. and Mrs. Butler came to this town 25 years ago. Their former home was at Covert, Seneca county.



From Geneva Daily Times 15 September 1910

Mr. and Mrs. J. E. P. Butts
of South Main street gave a charming reception last evening at their home, in observance of their 25th wedding anniversary. About seventy-five guests were received by Mr. and Mrs. Butts. The house was most attractive with asters and roses and gift flowers. They received many handsome pieces of silver; also a gorgeous bouquet of 25 American Beauties tied with ribbon of the same hue and with the dates engraved in silver. The Misses Hopkins, Mrs. William P. Durfee and Mrs. J. George Stacey served coffee, cakes and ices in the dining room. Mr. and Mrs. Butts were married in Smethport, Pa., Mrs. Butts' former home, and since that time have resided in Geneva where they have a host of friends who extended to them their congratulations and very best wishes for the future.



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