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From Geneva Daily Times 26 October 1909
Canandaigua, N. Y. - The golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and
Mrs. Patrick Caplise was celebrated at the home of the aged
couple, at No. 112 West Gibson street, in this village, Sunday in an
enjoyable manner. Mr. and Mrs. Caplise were married at St. Mary's
church here fifty years ago, and they have always resided in this
vicinity. The seven children of the couple were present with their
families and several intimate friends.
From Geneva Gazette 27 April 1877
Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Carlough
of Hopewell celebrated their silver wedding on the
From Geneva Daily Times 22 September 1902
The semi-centennial anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs.
A. M. Carson of Phelps, held at their home Saturday afternoon, was
attended by a number of persons of this vicinity. Guests were
present from Canandaigua, Geneva, Oaks Corners, Seneca Castle, Orleans
and Paola, Kansas. The house was decorated with golden rod
arranged at one place to form two hearts, the one bearing the initials
of the bride, the other those of the groom. These were suspended
with the figures "50" between them. Rev. S. F. Beardslee, Rev.
Howard Cornell of Seneca Castle, and Prof. E. J. Peck, of Oaks Corners,
made informal remarks, to which the bridegroom responded.
From Ontario County Times 31 October 1877
Stanley, N. Y. - On Tuesday evening last the tenth anniversary of
the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Carson was celebrated at
their home. The evening was fine, the company large, the presents
numerous and beautiful, and the occasion one to be remembered only with
pleasant thoughts by all who participated.
From Geneva Daily Times 31 January 1910
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Case of Main Street North
celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of their marriage Friday
evening. Thirty friends and relatives were present. Mr. and Mrs. Case
received a silver coffee urn and tray.
From Ontario County Journal 2 December 1898
Rushville, N. Y. - The fortieth anniversary of the marriage of Mr.
was pleasantly celebrated at their home on
Thursday evening, Nov. 24. Nearly 100 guests were present. Mrs. Pulver
was present and sang several selections. They were presented with four
chairs, a lamp, a salad dish, and some handiworks.
From Ontario County Journal 29 October 1897
About 25 relatives and friends tendered a surprise party to Mr.
and Mrs. W. W. Case at their home on Pearl street on Saturday
evening last. The day was the 36th anniversary of their marriage, and
was also the birthdays of both Mr. and Mrs. Case, as well as the
birthday of their eldest daughter, Mrs. Fred Culver of Minneapolis,
From Ontario County Journal 5 May 1911
Canadice, N. Y. - About 50 friends of Mr. and Mrs. John Caskey gathered
at their home on Saturday evening to help them celebrate their 35th
marriage anniversary. The affair was planned as a surprise to Mr.
Caskey. They received a number of pretty and useful gifts.
From Ontario County Journal 11 February 1887
Sixtieth wedding anniversaries are so exceedingly uncommon that
whenever they do occur they are deserving of special mention. On
January 18th of this year Elder and Mrs. Asa Chapin of East
Bloomfield, celebrated the sixtieth return of their wedding day. Since
their marriage in 1827 this venerable couple has had but one home and
that they still occupy. During Elder Chapin's active ministry he
preached very acceptably at Lima, Bristol, West Bloomfield, Livonia and
Honeoye Falls. For more than two years he has been confined to his
house a confirmed invalid, but lovingly cared for by a faithful wife
and sustained by a patient and submissive spirit, his sickness has been
shorn of the greatest of its dread.
From Ontario County Times 11 October 1882
Pleasant and enjoyable was the celebration of the anniversary at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thaddeus Chapin on Monday evening.
Both the high contracting parties in the ceremony of October 9, 1832,
were natives of Canandaigua and represented two of the oldest and most
honored families in the village -- Chapin and Bemis. The wedding was an
early one, taking place at 8 o'clock in the morning, at the old Bemis
homestead, then standing on Main street, on the site now occupied by
the Opera House block. The happy couple set out the same day for a
bridal trip, by stage coach, to Niagara Falls -- in those days about as
great an undertaking as is now a trip to Europe. On their return to
Canandaigua, Mr. and Mrs. Chapin took up their residence in the Chapin
home on the hill, where they have ever since lived, and where on Monday
evening a multitude of their friends gathered to extend a hearty
greeting. One of the most notable features of the occasion was the
presence, with one exception, of all the original wedding party, Mr.
and Mrs. Chapin, Miss Eliza Chapin, sister of the bridegroom, Mrs.
Abner Antes, sister of the bride, and Mr. George W. Bemis, brother of
the bride. Mr. Edward Parrish, the other groomsman, passed over to the
majority a number of years ago. Among others present Monday evening who
were in attendance on the wedding fifty years before, were Miss Martha
Bemis, another of the bride's sisters, Mrs. Hastings, her cousin, and
Mrs. Oliver Phelps, a sister of the groom. It was indeed a goodly
company, and, to make it the more notable, the bridegroom of
Wednesday's golden wedding stepped in to offer his good wishes and
congratulations, while a large company of relatives and friends,
including many of our oldest citizens, were participants in the good
cheer of the occasion. Many elegant presents, including a gold-headed
cane, an easy chair, two beautiful lamps, gold spectacles, gold pen,
gold sleeve buttons, pictures, and a variety of other appropriate
articles, with a sightly collection of Uncle Sam's gold coin, testified
the affectionate regard of numerous friends.
From Ontario County Journal 6 January 1899
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - There was a very pleasant surprise,
arranged by relatives, old schoolmates and friends, at the home of Mr.
Chase on Saturday, Dec. 31, it being the fiftieth
anniversary of their wedding day. They were the recipients of many
tokens of esteem from friends.
From Ontario County Journal 24 December 1880
Rushville, N. Y. - About fifty met at the home of Mr. Henry
Chesebro, last Friday evening, Dec. 17, and celebrated the 25th
anniversary of their marriage. Many fine presents were left. On the day
following, Mrs. Chesebro met with a very severe accident, dislocating
her hip by a fall. She is in the care of Dr.
F. B. Seeley, and is doing well.
From Geneva Daily Times 6 July 1908
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. George Childs of this village
celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of their wedding Saturday at their
home on Tillotson street. The anniversary was observed in a quiet way,
their many friends dropping in informally during the day. Mr. and Mrs.
Childs were married July 4, 1848, at Bristol, where both resided, and
came to Canandaigua on their wedding trip, where they witnessed an
attempt at a balloon ascension, which proved a failure. Mrs. Childs was
Miss Josephine Tiffany. Both the Childs and Tiffany families are among
the pioneers of this section. Several children were born, all being
grown up and settled in various parts of the country. Mr. Childs is 82
years of age and his wife is about 80. Both are remarkably
well-preserved. They came to this village several years ago from
Victor, where they had previously resided.
From Geneva Advertiser Gazette 25 January 1906
Mr. and Mrs. John B. Church of South Main street celebrated the
silver anniversary of their wedding last Friday evening, January 19th.
About seventy guests were present, some from Rochester, Corning and
Pittsburg. The house was prettily decorated with tinsel, also with a
profusion of roses sent by Mrs. Vail. The programme of entertainment
was original and interesting. There was a poem by Professor Turk, banjo
duets by Schuyler Church and Norman Lovet in costume, poem by Miss
Hopkins, read by Mrs. Butts, fake telegrams of
congratulation from distinguished people read by Mr. P. N. Nicholas,
by Mr. Muirhead -- these were a great success and most cleverly done.
was a speech by Professor Vail during the supper. Many presents in
were received. Mr. and Mrs. Church have passed nearly all their married
in Geneva, and bid fair to reach the golden anniversary.
From Geneva Daily Times 19 September 1904
A Silver Wedding - A complete surprise was given Mr. and Mrs.
George W. Churchill of the State Experiment station Saturday
evening by fifty members and friends of the institution's staff. The
occasion was the twenty-fifth anniversary of their marriage. Among the
guest present were Rev. D. D. Moore, D. D., who performed the marriage
ceremony. Mr. Churchill has been connected with the
Experiment station in the capacity of agriculturist and superintendent
of labor for twenty years. Mr. and Mrs. Churchill were presented
with a set of solid silver knives, forks and spoons.
From Ontario County Journal 27 February
Flint Creek, N. Y. - The friends and neighbors of Mr. and Mrs.
Martin Clark gathered at his residence last Friday evening, to
celebrate the fifth anniversary of their marriage. All seemed to enjoy
themselves very much, and they were treated to a very bountiful supper.
A large number of presents were given them.
From Ontario County Journal 21 July 1911
Naples, N. Y. - On Wednesday, Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Clarke observed
the 45th anniversary of their marriage, which occurred in Canandaigua
in 1866. Children and grandchildren graced the occasion which was very
pleasant. Congratulations were mingled with hearty wishes for many more
years of happiness in an unbroken circle.
From Ontario County Journal 2 December 1898
Mr. and Mrs. Jeremiah Clawson celebrated the fiftieth anniversary
of their marriage on Wednesday evening at their home in Hopewell. A
large number of guests thronged the rooms of the old home which has
been for so many years the residence of the aged couple. Flags, flowers
and evergreens were used in profusion throughout the house. A bountiful
supper was served at 9 o'clock, the guests being seated at the large
center table, which was lighted with candles set in the old-fashioned
candlesticks used by the bride and groom 50 years ago. Mr. and Mrs.
Clawson were married at Sugar Hill, Schuyler county, November 30, 1848,
Mrs. Clawson's maiden name being Mary Ann Parks. They began
housekeeping in Steuben county, where they resided until 1859, when
they came to Hopewell and bought the farm upon which they now live. Two
children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Clawson, one son, James E.
Clawson, who, with his family, lives at the homestead; and one
daughter, Frances Clawson Wallace, who died some years ago at Niagara
Falls. There are seven grandchildren, Carlton, Bessie, Frederick,
Berton and Marion Wallace; and Frances and Howard Clawson, all of whom
were present. Among the guests from out-of-town were James Parks of
Bath; Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Clawson, Farmer; Mr. and Mrs. Bradley
Clawson, Vine Valley; Miss Mollie Hoyt of Watkins; Mrs. Elmer Brambell
and Mrs. C. H. Osgood of North Hector; Mrs. Porter of Gasport; Mr. and
Mrs. J. A. Eggleston, Rushville; Mr. and Mrs. Crosby, Bristol Center;
Mr. and Mrs. James Ketchum and daughter of Reed's Corners; Mr. and Mrs.
John Trickey of Shortsville; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bushfield and M. R.
Dutton of Canandaigua.
A number of friends and relatives of Mr. and Mrs. Clawson presented
them with a purse of $60 in gold, and there were, besides this gift,
many remembrances from other friends. Many letters of regret were
received and read. Mr. Clawson has reached the advanced age of 80, and
Mrs. Clawson is 72 years old. Mr. Clawson is well-known throughout the
country as the propagator of the Clawson wheat.
From Geneva Daily Times 3 June 1909
Mr. and Mrs. Ebenezer Cole of No. 58 LaFayette avenue celebrated
their golden wedding anniversary last evening by entertaining about one
hundred of their relatives and friends. Mr. and Mrs. Cole received the
guests in the parlor, which was decorated with purple fleur de lis and
ferns. Mrs. George W. Goodwin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cole, and Mr.
Goodwin and their son Roy also received. Mr. and Mrs. Cole were married
in the Town of Throop in Cayuga county and among the guests present
last evening was Mrs. R. C. Emerick of Sennett, a sister of Mrs. Cole,
who was present at their marriage. At 9 o'clock a course dinner was
served, the guests being seated at small tables which were centered
with lilies-of-the-valley. At the bride's
table were seated the members of the family. The table was centered
with pink and white carnations, which were gift flowers. An orchestra
furnished music during the evening. Mr. and Mrs. Cole received many
beautiful presents including gold coins, china with pattern in gold,
cut glass, linen, etc. Among those present from out-of-town were: G. L.
Emerick of Albany, Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Austin of Syracuse, Mrs. R. C.
Emerick of Sennett, Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Miller of Sennett, Miss Cora
Emerick of Auburn, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Cole of Auburn, Mr. and Mrs. Joe
Horton of Oswego, Mr. and Mrs. Addison Cole of Throopsville, Mr. and
Mrs. B. R. Townsend of Moravia, Mr. and Mrs. M. G. Riker and the Misses
Carrie and Anna Riker of Canandaigua, Mr. and Mrs. F. Fetzer of
Rochester, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. King of Trumansburg, Enoch Van Aiken and
daughter, Mrs. Bailey of Throopsville.
From Ontario County Times 23 January 1878
Rushville, N. Y. - On Tuesday evening, Jan'y 10th, a large number
of friends met, by previous invitation, at the residence of Mr. and
Mrs. W. D. Cole of Gorham, to celebrate their tenth anniversary
wedding day. There was quite a large number of gifts suitable to the
occasion presented to them. The company was furnished with a bountiful
repast of the good things of this world pleasing to the taste.
Everything passed off pleasantly, and all seemed to enjoy the occasion
much. May a kind Providence deal gently with the host and hostess, and
preserve them to enjoy many more anniversaries.
From Geneva Daily Times 31 December 1910
Gorham, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Warner P. Cole celebrated their
50th anniversary on Christmas at the home of their daughter, Mrs. John
Stokoe. The day was also the 20th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs.
Stokoe. Mr. and Mrs. Cole were the recipients of a handsome rocker and
Mr. and Mrs. Stokoe received a piece of cut glass as reminders of the
From Ontario County Journal 26 December 1884
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Collins, of Farmington, will celebrate the 25th
anniversary of their marriage on Monday, January 5th. That they may
live "in health, wealth and happiness" another quarter century to
celebrate the golden anniversary, will be the wish of a thousand or
more warm friends.
Gazette 15 February 1867
The Last Silver Wedding - Mr. & Mrs. D. W. Colnin, celebrated
the 25th anniversary of their "union" on Friday evening last. The
occasion was honored by the presence of
a houseful of guests, relatives and friends, from far and near.
Among the number were both parents of Mr. C., who have passed
their "three score and ten," are on the eye of the anniversary of their
"golden wedding," and yet seem hale and vigorous. The presents to the
honored host and hostess were numerous, elegant and costly, comprising
nearly every article in a full table of plate. The feast was a
most sumptuous affair, the table loaded with the greatest profusion
both of substantials and delicacies, to which the guests paid fitting
homage. In the course of the evening, Rev. Dr. Wm. H. Goodwin was
called upon to express
formally the congratulations of friends to the worthy couple whose
twenty-five years of married life the occasion commemorated.
From Geneva Advertiser 14 February 1894
Their 52d Anniversary - Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Colvin passed the 52d
anniversary of their marriage last Friday evening, Feb. 9th; and this
long term of married life has been passed without a break between the
pair. On this occasion, owing to the recent illness of Bro.
Colvin, their home was not filled with village guests as in times gone
but a large number of calls were made during the afternoon. They
had a little family gathering in the evening. Dr. and Mrs. Darwin
Colvin of Clyde, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. J. Oaks (she is a daughter of Dr.
Colvin) of Rochester were present, and
Mrs. E. D. Colvin of Chicago arrived that day to gladden the old folks,
and Mrs. Joe Colvin with Mrs. Travers completed the circle. "The
Elder" expects to start on a trip to California about the 20th of
February accompanied by his daughter-in-law, Mrs. E. D., who came down
for the purpose of preparation. All hope that there are a good
many years in store for the Colvins yet. If they should live to
reach a hundred years, they would not surrender one of their old-time
customs of opening the whole house to their friends.
From Victor Herald 20 March 1903
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Concannon was made glad
on Monday by the gathering of over fifty guests who responded to
invitations to Mr. and Mrs. Concannon's fiftieth wedding anniversary. A
reception was held at two o'clock in the afternoon. The guests were
from Rochester, Syracuse, Canandaigua, and this village. The venerable
couple were the recipients of many valuable and beautiful gifts from
those who take pride in the long period of years which they have spent
together as man and wife.
From Ontario County Journal 16 November 1894
Miller's Corners, N. Y. - A pleasant company assembled at the
residence of Mr. and Mrs. R. R. Conklin last Friday evening,
the occasion being the fifteenth anniversary of their marriage. Guests
were present from Rochester, Marion, Mt. Morris, Lima and other towns.
The large number of beautiful presents testified to the regard in which
Mr. and Mrs. Conklin are held. After music and partaking of a bountiful
supper, the guests dispersed, wishing their host and hostess many happy
returns of their wedding anniversary.
From Ontario County Times 20 February 1884
Victor, N. Y. - Friday was the fortieth anniversary of the
marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Conover, and, while they were
visiting their daughter in the evening, about a hundred of their
friends took possession of their homes. On their return, Mr. and Mrs.
Conover were completely surprised. The affair was very enjoyable.
From Geneva Daily Times 27 August 1908
Seneca Castle, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. George Cook celebrated the
fifteenth anniversary of their wedding last evening at their home about
a mile south of here. The house was tastefully decorated in white and
yellow. A four-course dinner was served. Mr. and Mrs. Cook received
their guests as they came in, being assisted by Mr. and Mrs. C. L.
Downing of Muncie, Pa. The guests from out-of-town were Mr. and Mrs. C.
L. Dowing of Muncie, Pa.; J. H. Cook and daughter, Miss Edyth, of
Syracuse; J. W. Cook and wife of Bellona; Mr. and Mrs. James Goundry
and daughter of Milo; Mr. and Mrs. Warren Goundry and daughter of
Halls; Miss Grace Fiero of Rochester; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Cook and son,
Mr. and Mrs. Will Cook, Mrs. James Roome and Miss Eveline Cook of
Flint; Mrs. J. F. King and Miss Beatrice King of Geneva. The other
guests were Rev. E. E. Grosh and wife, Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Peck, Miss
Eliza Long, Miss Maria Hamilton, Miss Nellie Rice, Mrs. Helen Runyan,
Miss Carrie Wheeler, Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Schoonmaker, Mr. and Mrs. C. M.
Chrittendon, Mrs. Cook, mother of Mr. Cook, Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Pierson,
Mrs. C. Thatcher, Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Thatcher, Olin Thatcher and wife,
Dr. G. W. Sargent, Miss Mary Sargent, Dewitt Sears, Mr. and Mrs. E. S.
Teall, Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Webster, Miss Hattie Webster, Miss Mary
Webster, Mr. and Mrs. George Bain, Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Whitney, Mrs.
Archer, Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Ottley, Mr. and Mrs. Will Jones, Mr. and
Mrs. Ben Jones, Mrs. William Jones, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Runyan, Mr. and
Mrs. F. T. Tallman, Mrs. Waters, Miss Charlotte Bray, Mr. and Mrs. L.
Whitney Bray, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Parshall, Mrs. Chester Campbell, Miss
A large number of beautiful and costly presents were received,
consisting of cut glass, china and linen. Miss Grace Fiero and Miss
Beatrice King favored the company with several piano selections.
From Ontario County Journal 8 January 1875
Wooden Wedding - On Tuesday evening, the 5th inst., Mr. and
Mrs. J. D. Cooley
celebrated the 5th anniversary of their married life, at their
residence in Centerfield, four miles west of Canandaigua. A large
assemblage of relatives and friends participated in the festivities of
the occasion, and we suppose the original
vows of "love, honor and obey" were renewed. If we didn't know
that friend Cooley was one of the best of men, we should attach
some significance to the goodly number of brooms which were among
the multitudinous presents, both useful and ornamental, displayed on
this pleasant occasion. We have the best evidence that the
refreshments served to the guests on this occasion, were ample
in quantity and of excellent quality. May their future wedding
anniversaries, even to the one marking the "diamond" period. be
From Ontario County Journal 15 March 1901
South Bristol, N. Y. - About 20 friends and neighbors helped Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Cornish celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of their marriage on Saturday afternoon and evening, by an old-fashioned quilting party.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 30 October 1907
Victor, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Corser, who reside
east of this village on the Canandaigua road, observed their fiftieth
wedding anniversary on Saturday, October 26th. A company of friends
were entertained during the afternoon and dinner was served at 4:30
o'clock. The event was a very happy one.
From Ontario County Times 24 August 1887
Farmington, N. Y. - A pleasant surprise was given to Mr. and
Mrs. Emory Covill on the afternoon of the 15th instant. Numerous
presents of bright new tin suggested the fact that it was the tenth
anniversary of their marriage. After a pleasant afternoon's visit, the
bride and groom, with their friends, were liberally served from
well-filled tables out on the shady lawn.
From Ontario County Journal 25 February 1910
Mr. and Mrs. Oscar N. Crane celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of
their wedding at their home on Howell street on Tuesday evening. Oscar
N. Crane and Miss Mary J. Benham were married in Hopewell on
Washington's birthday, 1860. After a short residence in Hopewell, they
removed to this village, which has since been their home, Mr. Crane for
years being a funeral director known throughout the state. The
reception was attended by 85 friends. The decorative scheme was
patriotic. Mr. and Mrs. Crane were assisted in receiving by Rev. and
Mrs. Guy L. Morrill.
From Ontario County Journal 23 September 1910
About 45 ladies of the Eastern Star paid Worthy Matron Mrs. Anthony
a surprise visit at her home on Clark street on Saturday
afternoon. The occasion was the anniversary of Mrs. Craner's birth and
her 50th wedding day. A large mahogany rocker was presented by Past
Worthy Matron, Mrs. E. H. Hawkins, in behalf of the ladies. Elaborate
refreshments were served. The table at which the bridal couple were
seated with their two daughters and their pastor, Rev. G. L. Morrill
and wife, with two Past Worthy Matrons, Mrs. E. H. Hawkins and Mrs.
Charles L. Caple, and Worth Patron C. F. Ahrens and wife, was
beautifully decorated with marigolds, golden glow and yellow satin
From Shortsville Enterprise 21 May 1914
Mr. and Mrs. James Crawford, of East Main street, celebrated their
50th or golden wedding anniversary at Rochester on Saturday, May 16. A
reception was tendered them by their son, Andrew Crawford, and wife,
and daughter, Miss Helen Crawford at the former's home, No. 613
Parsells avenue. In the evening, about twenty-five immediate friends
and relatives attended. They received numerous valuable presents
appropriate for the occasion, and the house was filled with cut
flowers, gifts of their friends. The most remarkable thing noted during
the evening was the apparent youth of the bride and groom of fifty
years. They are scarcely gray and vigorous almost as youth itself. Miss
Sarah MacIntyre and Mr. James Crawford were both born in Scotland and
located in Canada at the ages of fifteen and seventeen, respectively.
Although they had never met in Scotland, they became acquainted shortly
after reaching Canada. They were married at Cobourgh, Ontario, Canada,
on May 16, 1864, and lived in different parts of the Dominion until
about nine years ago, when they moved to Shortsville, where they have
since resided. Six children have come to them to bless their home,
Sarah M., Charles, Alexander M., George, Helen and Andrew S., all of
whom are living but their oldest daughter, Sarah. May the great Parent,
who has blessed them with health and happiness for 50 years of married
life, extend their days to many more years of undivided peace and
From Ontario County Times 11 June 1890
Naples, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Cribb celebrated the
fiftieth anniversary of their wedding on Friday. A large number of
their relatives and friends were present and it proved a very enjoyable
gathering. It is the wish of all that they may live to celebrate many
returns of that day.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 20 March 1922
East Bloomfield, Mar. 19 - Mr. and Mrs. Spencer P. Crooker
observed their fifty-eighth wedding anniversary on Friday. No special
celebration was held, her neighbors and friends called throughout the
day and extended congratulations and best wishes. They received a
post-card shower of nearly one hundred cards. Spencer P. Crooker and
Caroline M. Cooper, of East Bloomfield, were married in Rochester on
March 17, 1864, by Rev. S. Van Bensehoten, pastor of a Methodist
Church. The witnesses were James Maltman and Wallace Ketchum, of this
place. Miss Phebe Cooper, a sister of the bride, was also present at
the ceremony. After the service the party had a wedding dinner at the
Osborne Hotel. The bride and groom came here and lived on a farm in the
Sidway district. Later they resided in Victor and Canandaigua, but for
the past thirty-eight years they have resided in East Bloomfield. They
have two sons, Clinton and Eugene, both of whom, with their families,
reside on farms near the village. Mrs. Crooker is 80 years old and Mr.
Crooker is 82 years old. They are in fairly good health and do their
own work in a way that would shame many younger couples. Mrs. Phebe
Cooper Waring, Mrs. Crooker's sister is the only surviving member of
the party who witnessed the wedding ceremony fifty-eight years ago.
Mrs. Waring lives a short distance from her sister and calls on her
From Geneva Daily Times 9 October 1906
Mr. and Mrs. Kellis Crutchfield of No. 130 Madison street
celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of their marriage last
Saturday. About thirty-seven of their friends and relatives attended
the reception held at their home from 8 to 10 p.m. They received 37
silver gifts from their friends. Mr. and Mrs. Crutchfield were married
in this city in 1881 at the First Presbyterian church by Dr. Edward
Nelson, then pastor of
From Geneva Gazette 30 August 1867
Golden Wedding - Mr. and Mrs. Waldo Curtis, of Naples, celebrated
the 50th anniversary of their marriage on the 20th inst. The
occasion was remarkable in this, that the parties were married in
Naples and have lived in the town ever since.
From Ontario County Journal 3 March 1899
Reed's Corner, N. Y. - Last week Wednesday evening, Mr. and
Mrs. Ed. Davis entertained about 150 of their friends to celebrate
the twenty-fifth anniversary of their marriage. Notwithstanding the bad
roads, their spacious home on the lake shore was well filled with
merry-making people. After supper was served, Rev. Hoover made some
well chosen remarks, speaking in the highest terms of the host and
hostess. John Wood furnished music.
From Geneva Daily Times 20 April 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - The golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and
Mrs. Henry M. Davis was unostentatiously celebrated by them at
their home in Phoenix street, Monday, and the happy couple received
many earnest congratulations from the few friends who knew of the
occasion. Mrs. Dr. Day, of Rochester, who was present at the ceremony,
is a sister of Mrs. Davis,
and she was their guest Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Davis are lifelong and
From Ontario County Journal 17 November 1876
ANNIVERSARY - Saturday last, November 11th, was the 46th wedding
anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Ansel DeBow, two respected
residents of this town, and their neighbors and friends made it the
occasion of a very pleasant complimentary visit to the worthy couple.
They bid fair to celebrate their golden wedding on the 50th
anniversary, and receive the congratulations and good wishes of a host
of acquaintances and friends.
From Geneva Courier 25 July 1877
Silver Wedding - A very pleasant re-union and surprise party
was held last evening at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Denton,
on the Castle Road. The occasion which brought the company
together was the twenty-fifth anniversary of the wedding
of Mr. and Mrs. Denton. They party was given
by Miss Louise Denton and Mrs. Hiram Young in honor of the silver
wedding day. A large party of friends and relatives was present,
there being twenty-eight of the latter
present. Six deaf mutes were also of the company. Among
those present were Prof. Samuel Moore of Elmira;
Charles E. Young; A. C. Gordon; Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Tuttle of
Geneva; T. Dwight Townsend of Ohio; George C. Moore; and Chas. M.
Youngs of Union Springs. The evening was passed in pleasant
conversation and social
enjoyment. A bountiful supper was spread at 7 o'clock, and ice
cream and other refreshments were served later in the evening.
All present enjoyed themselves to the utmost, and their only regret is
that silver weddings do not occur oftener.
From Ontario County Times 25 October 1871
Col. Edmond B. Dewey and wife, of Manchester, celebrated
their fiftieth marriage anniversary by a "Golden Wedding" on the 13th
instant. The guests were numerous, and the presents appropriate and
valuable. Among the latter were several $20 gold pieces. Long may the
Colonel, and his estimable lady, be spared to enjoy the recollection of
this pleasant event.
From Geneva Courier 29 January 1873
S. L. Deyo, of the Naples Record, and wife, celebrated
the twentieth anniversary of their marriage Friday evening, Jan 3d, by
a china wedding.
From Victor Herald 14 October 1904
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Dibble, of Ionia, celebrated their fiftieth
anniversary Monday. Their married life has all been spent in that
vicinity. Children and friends to the number of forty-five were
present, among the latter being relatives from Elmira, Palmyra,
Farmington, Victor, Holcomb and Rush.
From Ontario County Journal 15 April 1910
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The twenty-fifth anniversary of the
wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Dibble was celebrated at their
home last Friday evening. About 75 guests were present, coming from
Wayland, East Bloomfield, Ionia and Victor. All had a most enjoyable
time. A delicious and dainty supper was served. Vocal and instrumental
music formed part of the evening's entertainment. Mr. and Mrs. Dibble
were recipients of many beautiful gifts.
From Ontario County Journal 17 November 1899
Rushville, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Peter L. Dinturff celebrated the
fiftieth anniversary of their wedding on Monday. Their daughter, Mrs.
Chadwick, and family had been in town since Friday. Their three
children, with their families; their grandson, Ira Chapman, wife and
child; a half-brother of Mrs. Dinturff and his son from Michigan, took
dinner with them, and presented the mother with a gold ring and the
father with a gold-headed cane, marked with the dates, and a fur
carriage robe. Charles Haviland went to the house with his camera and
took a picture of the four generations. In the evening about forty more
friends from the village and community invaded the home and thoroughly
surprised Mr. and Mrs. Dinturff, and gave them a Morris chair.
Elaborate refreshments had been provided for by the daughters and
friends and a pleasant evening was spent.
From Geneva Daily Times 17 November 1905
Rushville, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. P. L. Dinturff celebrated the
fifty-sixth anniversary of their marriage Tuesday at their home on
Gilbert street. Those present were their children and grandchildren,
Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Chadwick, of Lakemont, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Chapman,
their son, Frank Chapman, and wife, and Dr. and Mrs. J. H. Wilkin, of
From Geneva Courier 14 April 1880
Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Dixon Request the pleasure of your
company April 9th, 1880,
afternoon and evening, to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of their
Halls Corners, N. Y.
Edward S. Dixon
The company remained till very late in the night. The bride
of twenty years entertained their guests with the truest grace; and it
be hard to say who were most gratified by the entire proceedings --
who called to pay their respects, or the recipients of the flattering
From Geneva Daily Times 8 March 1905
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Duffey of West avenue celebrated the
thirtieth anniversary of their wedding at their home last evening by
pleasantly entertaining forty of their friends. Refreshments were
served and a general good time enjoyed.
From Ontario County Journal 5 July 1901
Allen's Hill, N. Y. - Last Monday being the thirty-seventh anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. James Duffy, of West Bloomfield, their children made them a pleasant surprise. Ira Duffy and family, of this place, were present.
From Ontario County Journal 1 October 1909
Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Eighmy happily observed the 25th anniversary
of their marriage at their home on Mason street last evening,
surrounded by a company of 70 relatives and friends. Mrs. Eighmy
greeted her friends in her wedding gown, which is an heirloom, and is
now over 60 years old. It is of green and white silk tissue. A
bountiful supper was served, and a program of music rendered. The house
was decorated with autumn leaves and woodbine. Over the bay window in
the living room was an arch and large silver figure "1884-1909". The
color scheme was green and white. Frank H. Eighmy and Miss Fannie Davis
were married at Victor, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Dennison Davis. Rev. Dwight Hiscox, then pastor of the Baptist
church here, was assisted in the ceremony by Rev. Fescon Daxter, a
relative of the bride. A few of those who attended the wedding were
present last night, but most of them passed away. Mr. and Mrs. Eighmy
were recipients of many beautiful and useful gifts.
From Ontario County Journal 15 July 1910
Tomorrow Mr. and Mrs. Henry H. Eighmy, Pleasant street,
will reach the 50th year of their married life, and will quietly
observe the event by giving a dinner to a company of 18 or 20 relatives
and friends at 6 o'clock. Mr. and Mrs. Eighmy were married by Rev. R.
H. Dexter, an uncle of the bride, at Corfu. Not one of the persons
present at the wedding is now living. Their married life has been
passed in this village, where for 47 years Mr. Eighmy was the faithful
baggage master at the local station, a position from which he retired a
few years ago upon a pension.
From Ontario County Journal 9 February 1900
Canadice, N. Y. - About 65 friends of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Eldridge gathered
home on Friday, it being the occasion of their fortieth
marriage anniversary. They were well remembered in the way of presents.
From Ontario County Journal 7 April 1876
Golden Wedding - It is not often that married couples survive
to celebrate the fiftieth wedding .anniversary Capt. Wm. H.
Ellis and his amiable spouse, are among the favored few.
They celebrated their golden wedding at their residence in this
place, on Thursday evening, the 30th ult., surrounded by several of
their children and grand-children and numerous guests from home and
abroad. Numerous valuable and appropriate presents were made, and
a fine wedding feast was served. Appropriate remarks were made by some
of the guests, and Rev. Dr. Curtis made a brief address and prayer,
appropriate to the occasion. The affair was a very pleasant and
enjoyable one to
all present, and to none more than to Mr. and Mrs. Ellis, who are still
in the vigor of health. May they long continue so.
From Ontario County Times 20 February 1878
Victor, N. Y. - A large number of guests were present at the
golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Embry which was held at
their home in this village on Tuesday evening. A number of guests were
present from abroad, including Mr. and Mrs. Darius Covill, Mr. Roscoe
Ashley, wife and son, Mr. Frank Embry, and Mr. Herbert Embry of
Rochester; and Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox of Charlotte. A number of valuable
presents were given the bride and groom. A very pleasant evening was
passed by all. There were present twenty guests of sixty years of age
or over. The bride and groom have the best wishes of the community in
the remaining days of their voyage through life.
From Ontario County Chronicle 13 March 1901
Last evening one of those unusual events, the celebration of a golden
wedding, occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Faber, in
Chapin street. 1851-1901 represent the milestones passed during the
married life of Mr. and Mrs. Faber, and it is doubtful if the
celebration of the nuptial event fifty years ago was any more
interesting than that of last evening. Their home for several days
previous to the joyous event had been in charge of their daughters,
whose deft fingers and rare good taste had enabled
them to decorate the home beautifully with potted plants, evergreens
other flowers. Under a canopy of evergreens and daffodils, the happy
couple, together with the bridesmaid and groomsman of fifty years ago,
Mr. and Mrs.
Peter Schlick, received the congratulations of the 100 or more friends
relatives present. On the outside of the canopy were the large golden
After receiving congratulations and reviewing the numerous presents,
the host and hostess, together with the guests, repaired to the home of
Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Faber, where an elaborate collation was served. The
house was profusely and charmingly decorated with roses, palms,
poinsettias, marguerites, calla lilies and smilax. Covers were laid for
100 and at each plate there was a handsome carnation and a card with
the name of the person who was
to occupy the place painted on it in gold. During the evening, the Rev.
Charles H. Dickinson made a few appropriate remarks, felicitating the
and groom of fifty years ago upon the happy event. Mr. Dickinson also
in German an apposite poem, which greatly pleased Mr. and Mrs. Faber,
both of whom were born in Germany. The presents were numerous,
consisting largely of five and ten dollar gold pieces.
Among those from out-of-town were Mr. and Mrs. Peter Faber, Jr.,
Rochester; Mr. and Mrs. James Davis of Penn Yan; Mr. and Mrs. Savage
and Mrs. Holman of Seneca Falls; and Henry Schlick of Naples. It was a
joyous event and the Chronicle joins the many friends of the
aged and respected couple in wishing them many happy returns of the day.
From Geneva Daily Times 19 November 1895
Canandaigua, N. Y. - A more surprised man and woman could not have
been found Saturday night, than Mail Carrier Charley Farnum and
his friends and neighbors who
remembered it was just 25 years since Mr. and Mrs. F. were united in
holy bond of matrimony, and took possession of his home to conduct a
silver wedding anniversary celebration. After a short speech to explain
the reason for their intrusion, Mr. Clarence Hobart, in behalf of those
assembled, presented to Mr. and Mrs. Farnum a fine antique oak center
table, with silver butter dish, cake basket and
pickle castor thereon and Mr. Frank Eighmy added still further to their
enlightenment by presenting an elegant lamp. Miss Van Arsdale and
of the ladies then arranged a larger table full of good things and
45 sat down thereto. Among the adults present were: Ex-Sheriff Avery
and wife, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. VanArsdale, Miss Minnie VanArsdale, Mr.
Mrs. J. L. Benson, Mr. George Tiffany, Mr. and Mrs. S. Mott, Mr. and
George Gunnison, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gunnison, Mr. and Mrs. T. D. Brown,
Mrs. Atwater, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Adams, Mr. and Mrs. Frank H.
Eighmey, Mr. and Mrs. N. W. Thompson, Miss Totman, Miss Mary Johnson,
Mrs. George Warner, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hobart, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace
From Ontario County Times 20 November 1889
Flint Creek, N. Y. - One of the most interesting occasions that has occurred at this place for some time was that on which Mr. and Mrs. Peter S. Fiero, together
with a large company of relatives and friends, celebrated the fiftieth
anniversary of their wedding day. The happy event occurred last
Thursday evening. Owing to the very inclement weather, quite a number
of those invited were unable to be present, but, notwithstanding this,
there was a goodly number in attendance. There were two persons present
who attended Mr. and Mrs. Fiero's wedding fifty years ago. It was a
matter of regret that their eldest daughter, Mrs. Wm. H. Whitney, was
unable, on account of sickness, to be there. Their son, Alfred, of
Rochester, also, was unavoidably absent. The rest of the children and
grandchildren were there. This estimable couple have had born to them
10 children, of which six are living and all are married. A splendid
supper was served, after which the new pastor, Rev. Mr. Lane, made some
appropriate remarks. The evening passed very pleasantly with singing
and social intercourse and all seemed to be happy, particularly the
bride and groom of fifty years, who are still active and hearty. They
received many beautiful presents, among which we noticed a goodly
number of gold coins. May they live to enjoy many returns of their
From Ontario County Journal 18 November 1898
Allen's Hill, N. Y. - Monday evening, Nov. 14, Mr. and Mrs. O.
N. Fisher, of West Bloomfield, celebrated their golden wedding.
Nearly one hundred guests assembled to offer congratulations and best
wishes to this worthy couple, who having bravely fought the battle of
life together, have reached, with silvered heads but still youthful
hearts, the half century mark in their wedded lives. The bride was
formerly Elizabeth Case, of Bristol, a sister of Hon. C. R. Case. Their
family of six children were present, Marion and Mrs. Wescott of LeRoy;
Mortimer of this place; Marcus of Forestville; Mrs. Nellie Hallock of
East Bloomfield; and Arthur of Detroit. Mr. Fisher gave a brief history
of their married life, followed by appropriate remarks by Rev. G. S.
Robinson, Rev. G. W. Gibson of Scottsville, and C. R. Case. A spicy
letter was read from an absent brother, Dr. Fisher, of Elkhart, Ind.,
giving plenty of good advice to the youthful groom regarding his moral
character, in which wit and pathos were so intermingled as to provoke
both laughter and tears from the assembled guests. There were many
beautiful gifts, and among them was the genealogy of the family, framed
in gilt, reaching back to the time of the Mayflower, presented by Dr.
Leroy Fisher. A bountiful repast was served and the remainder of the
evening passed all too quickly, and nearing midnight hour, the guests
departed, each with a heartfelt wish that the remainder of life's
journey down the western slope may bring to Mr. and Mrs. Fisher many
From Ontario County Journal 1 January 1897
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Frank Forsythe celebrated
the 10th anniversary of their marriage last Wednesday evening by a tin
wedding. A large number of friends were present, and an enjoyable time
was had. A number of presents were received, testifying to the esteem
in which the two are held by their wide circle of friends. Among those
present from out-of-town were: Mr. and Mrs. Harry Taft and Mr. and Mrs.
Horace Peck of Richmond; Mr. and Mrs. William Sage, Mr. and Mrs. Henry
Sage of West Bloomfield; A. W. Gilbert and wife of Canandaigua; Mr. and
Mrs. Clarence Green of Victor; Mrs. Henry Brown of Clockville, Madison
county; Mrs. Ida Chambers of Scottsville; Miss Maggie Quackenbush of
Port DeLucy, Canada; and Mrs. Santee of Rochester.
From Ontario County Journal 28 May 1897
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Leander Forsythe celebrated
their home on Monday
evening. Between 6 and 7 o'clock, the hours during which they received,
their friends 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.
Refreshments were served in a temporary dining room arranged for the
occasion. The stoop adjoining the south side of the house and its wall
and lattice work were covered with flags and bunting, making an
exceedingly attractive appearance. Among the presents were a pair of
gold glasses and an orange dish from Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Gilbert of
Canandaigua; a bronze clock from Mr. and Mrs. O. F. Reamer; cut glass
celery boat from Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Terry; china pitcher from Mrs. H.
E. Porter; Dresden clock from H. C. Brown and P. F. Leach; toilet bowl
from Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Steele; silver bon bon basket from Mr. and Mrs.
R. B. Quick; silver cocoa pot and silver cream pitcher from Mr. and
Mrs. Bouglass; picture from Mr. and Mrs. H. Sterling of Lima; pie knife
from Mrs. R. R. Chapel and Mrs. Parker of Rochester; cream spoon from
Dr. and Mrs. B. S. Partridge; sugar shell from Mr. and Mrs. Wm. A.
Higginbotham of Victor; meat fork from J. Humphrey; cream spoon from H.
E. Ball; berry spoon from Mr. and Mrs. S. G. Baker; meat fork from Mr.
and Mrs. James Elton; salad spoon from J. P. Thompson and daughter;
meat fork from James Mead, Gorham; berry spoon from Mrs. E. Steele;
sugar spoon from Mr. and Mrs. L. Andrews; orange spoon from C. M.
Chambers and daughter of Shortsville; salt dish and pepper box from Mr.
and Mrs. Clarence Green of Victor; set of silver tea spoons from a club
of nine. Among the out-of-town guests were: Rev. and Mrs. S. E. Eastman
of Elmira; Rev. N. W. Bates and wife of West Bloomfield; Clarence Green
and wife of Victor; Mrs. Middaugh of Rochester; Mrs. Gordon of New York
city; Mr. and Mrs. James Mead of Gorham; Geo. N. Parmele and A. W.
Gilbert and wife of Avon; Mrs. Parker of Lima; P. F. Leach and H. C.
Brown of West Bloomfield; Russell Chapel and daughter of Lima; M. S.
Hall, wife and daughter of West Bloomfield; James Elton and wife of
West Bloomfield; G. G. Baker and wife of West Bloomfield; Henry Sage
and wife of Mendon.
From Geneva Gazette 25 June 1897
Dr. and Mrs. Henry Foster of Clifton Springs commemorated
the 25th anniversary of their marriage on Saturday the 19th inst.
His cottage was thronged for several hours with friends who
called to extend congratulations and good wishes.
From Geneva Daily Times 14 December 1903
Fifty years ago tomorrow, Mr. and Mrs. James P. Foster of
112 Washington street were married by the
late Dr. Knox in the old Dutch Reformed church, New York, and the
anniversary will be fittingly celebrated at the Foster home tomorrow,
Mr. Foster arriving home from Dansville where he has been for some
time recuperating. The affair will not be a public one, old friends
of the family being invited as well as the Grand Army post, of which he
is chaplain, the clergy and a few others being invited. Mr. Foster
is known as Colonel fully as well as by his title of Reverend, owing to
his participation in the Civil war. He organized a company at Athens on
the Hudson and went out as its captain in the 128 regiment, N. Y. V. He
served long and honorably and was promoted to the colonelcy of the
U. S. cavalry. During the war he and his wife lived in various places
the South. Sometimes their home was a canvass tent pitched close to the
bivouacs of the contesting armies and at others they made their home in
some old southern homestead. In 1862 when they were living in one of
southern houses in Raleigh, they had the privilege of entertaining
Grant. With the close of the war in '65, they came north and
established their home in Syracuse. The colonel received an appointment
as the instructor of the Onondaga Indians and daily drove out to the
reservation from Syracuse, a distance of eight miles. While in Syracuse
he began studying for the ministry and in the latter part of the
sixties was ordained as a clergyman of the Protestant Episcopal faith
at Oswego. His first charge was at Cortland, from which place he went
to Palatka. Later he went to Newark, where twenty-five years ago
tomorrow he and Mrs. Foster celebrated their silver wedding. After a
short pastorate at Sodus, they came to this city in 1881.
From Geneva Daily Times 25 September 1897
Mr. and Mrs. Albert L. Fowle will celebrate the twenty-fifth
anniversary of their marriage this evening, at their home, 75
Main street. A large number of friends will be in attendance, 200
invitations having been issued.
From Geneva Daily Times 16 May 1908
Manchester, N. Y. - The pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. William
Duncan of this village was the scene of a merry gathering Thursday
night in honor of Mr. and Mrs. George F. Fowler, who
celebrated the first anniversary of their marriage. The house
decorations were of an elaborate order and the banks of green very
artistically arranged. Mrs. Fowler was attired in a gown of pale blue
silk and with Mr. Fowler received the guests upon their arrival. A
five-course dinner was served at 6 o'clock, and merriment ruled supreme
until midnight. Friends were present from Buffalo, Rochester, Geneva
and Clifton Springs, besides the local guests.
From Ontario County Journal 12 February 1909
Allen's Hill, N. Y. - One of the most enjoyable evenings lately
spent was the surprise given Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Francis by a
few friends who gathered at their home last Friday evening, the
occasion being the 17th anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs.
Francis. The arrangements were complete in every detail and the
surprise was genuine. The host and hostess proved themselves equal to
the occasion by yielding gracefully to the inevitable. Everyone
received a hearty welcome and the time was pleasantly passed. A
delicious luncheon was served and congratulations offered.
From Ontario County Journal 8 February 1878
Canadice, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Francisco celebrated the 55th
anniversary of their wedded life
on Friday of last week. A goodly number of sons, daughters
and other relatives convened at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. F., and
partook of the pleasures of the occasion.
From Ontario County Journal 24 February 1911
Mr. and Mrs. Hiram W. Freer, Bristol street, were surprised by
about 20 relatives and friends who called last Friday evening in honor
of the 25th anniversary of their marriage. They were presented with a
set of silver teaspoons. The following were present from out-of-town :
Mrs. Olmstead and daughter, Miss Ethel, and Louis B. Freer of
Rochester; Mr. and Mrs. John Bennett of Ionia; William H. Bennett of
Eagle Harbor; and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Salsich of South Bristol.
From Geneva Daily Times 27 November 1907
Rushville, N. Y. - John French and wife celebrated their
forty-fifth anniversary of their wedded life yesterday by a family
gathering, having present their only daughter, Mrs. Spencer Mallory,
son-in-law and grandchildren, together with Oscar Taylor and family.
The hearty greetings of many friends was tendered them.
From Ontario County Times 4 March 1885
South Bloomfield, N. Y. - A large company gathered at the
residence of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Gaines, of this place, last
Saturday to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage.
Notwithstanding the severe cold weather and drifted roads, most of
those invited were present. Mr. John Gaines of Michigan, one of the
sons, arrived during the afternoon. The other son, also in the west,
was detained at home by sickness in his family. The company was
admirably planned and carried on throughout the day and evening by
their two daughters, Mrs. William Wemett of Hemlock and Mrs. William
Gooding of Bristol. Mr. S. R. Wheeler, one of the company, had
witnessed the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Gaines, which took place in the
house in which he now lives, Sunday, February 22d, 1835. It was a grand
reunion of family circle, friends, and school mates, who had not met in
years. The cheerful face of our neighbor, Mr. Russel Gooding was
greatly missed from our midst, and many regrets were expressed that he
is confined to his house by illness. We hope that his health may be so
restored as to permit him to remain much longer with us, as he and Mr.
Gaines are the fathers of the neighborhood. Such experienced advisers
would be sadly missed from our circle.
From Geneva Gazette 1 November 1867
Golden Wedding -
Mr. and Mrs. William Gardner of this village celebrated their
golden wedding on Saturday last, surrounded by children, grand-children
and great grand-children. A rare circumstance among the incidents
relating to the venerable couple is that they still reside in the house
which they have
occupied since the first year of their marriage -- a house that
in their more fortunate days was ever open to their multitude of
friends with a generous hospitality. Mr. Gardner has been
of late sorely afflicted in the loss of sight -- is almost if not
quite totally blind. Aside from this misfortune he enjoys good
health, and although 75 years of age, shows none of the infirmities of
three score and five.
On the occasion herein referred to, they were remembered by relatives
and kind friends with many presents both ornamental and substantial. Of
their seven children, six are still living. One, the oldest, lost
his life in the service of his country. Though life has lost some of
its most beautiful charms in the eternal
night to which blindness has subjected Mr. Gardner, yet to such a
genial, contented nature as his, it has enough of attractions left for
him to enjoy it, in the surroundings of friendship and affection.
From Geneva Gazette 21 January 1876
FROM PHELPS - Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary - A most happy and
occurred at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Gates of
this town on Wednesday, Jan. 12th, 1876. It was an impromptu
surprise party prepared for them by their children,
W. W. Gates and family, James M. Lester and family and other
invited guests, on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of their
In the morning of the day referred to, their children took possession
of their parents' apartments, while the latter were very conveniently
absent in another part of the house, and soon made a decided change in
the appearance of things by arranging the furniture and suspending upon
the walls the letters and dates, "Jan. 12th, 1826 and 1876".
The elderly couple were then advised to prepare themselves for
company, which soon began to come, and then in that spacious
"south-east room" followed a scene of social
intercourse, in which reminiscences of the past formed an important
feature - a scene of happy old age and youthful manhood and womanhood
beautifully commingled, such as this pen will not attempt to describe.
The guests present were, besides the sons and daughters already
mentioned, Wm. Gates, brother, James M. Gates and wife of Seneca; Mrs.
Luther Salisbury of Melvin Hill, sister of Wm. Gates; a brother of Mrs.
Gates, Mr. Joshua Porter and wife of Phelps; the widow of Elisha Peck,
better known to all the friends of the family as "Aunt Sarah Peck,"
Hiram Darrow and wife of Seneca.
Mr. and Mrs. Gates are now respectively in the 80th and 70th year of
and possess in a marked degree the vivacity of youth. They were
married in the town of Seneca, Jan. 12th, 1826 - came to this town in
1844, living for the first three years in
the present residence of Russell B. Cobb, when they moved to their
present homestead, where with a short exception they have lived
During the afternoon, the company sat down to a most bountiful repast,
shortly after which they separated, feeling that it had been a day long
to be remembered by all who partook of its pleasures and profit, and
with the warmest expressions of mutual good cheer and hopes for the
future. May this aged bride and groom live to see many returns of
this day thus happily celebrated.
From Ontario County Journal 10
WOODEN WEDDING - Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Graves, of this town,
celebrated the Wooden Anniversary of their marriage in an appropriate
manner at their residence on Friday evening of last week. A large
number of guests were present, and the presents appropriate to the
occasion were numerous and varied. Abundant refreshments were
served in fine style, and a very pleasant evening was passed happily.
From Victor Herald 25 October 1901
About sixty guests assembled at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Herman
B. Green on Boughton Hill last Friday evening to celebrate the
twenty-fifth anniversary of their marriage. A most enjoyable evening is
reported and many and costly gifts testified to the popularity and
esteem in which the couple are held.
From Ontario County Journal 25 March 1881
North Bloomfield, N. Y. - James Green and his wife celebrated
their golden wedding on the 7th instant. A goodly number of their
relatives were present. The venerable couple have been residents of
this town and vicinity for many years.
From Ontario County Journal 28 March 1879
The twenty-fifth anniversary of the marriage of one of our most
respected citizens, Mr. Harrison Gridley, and his estimable
wife, was commemorated on Thursday of
last week, the 20th, by a quiet "silver wedding," which was attended
exclusively by relatives of the worthy couple, who presented
various appropriate testimonials of their regard. Mr. and Mrs.
Gridley were married at Lennox, Madison county, March 20th, 1854, and
her maiden name was Miss Helen A. Lewis.
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