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From Ontario County Times 11 October 1882
Henry W. Taylor and Martha C. Masters were united in holy
bonds of wedlock, October 4, 1832, and their whole subsequent life,
with the exception of a few years spent at the West, has been passed in
Canandaigua. The reception at their home on Wednesday afternoon and
evening was entirely informal, no invitations other than a general one
having been given out, and a large number of their friends took the
opportunity to call upon them and extend congratulations. Although it
had been expressly announced that no presents would be received, the
beautiful floral decorations of the rooms bore evidence that friends
had insisted upon giving at least this token of their regard. Some of
the more intimate friends of the family also ventured to overstep the
rule far enough to present a handsome writing desk, gold pen, album,
and other appropriate mementoes.
From Geneva Daily Times 5 January 1911
Seneca Castle, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. William Thacher celebrated
twenty-fifth anniversary of their marriage last week Friday night.
About sixty of their friends and relatives assembled to help make the
evening one of the pleasantest in their lives. Their beautiful home was
more so by many palms, ferns and potted plants and the red and green
Christmas colors. A dash of holly here and there made the guests
mindful that the Christmas season was not quite over. Gifts of esteem
and friendship consisted of many beautiful pieces of silver, money and
one handsome piece of furniture. The out-of-town guests were from
Newark, N. J., Rochester, Canandaigua, Gorham, Stanley and Geneva. An
elaborate four-course dinner was served by a caterer from Stanley, and
an after-dinner speech was given by Rev. B. D. Showers, Seneca Castle.
The bride of twenty-five years was handsomely gowned in pale lavender
sunsveiling trimmed with white lace and silver braid.
From Geneva Daily Times 10 October 1922
Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Thayer of West Washington street have today
reached their fiftieth wedding anniversary. On account of Mrs. Thayer's
health, nothing is being done to celebrate the event, but on Sunday
next their children will be with them. Mr. and Mrs. Thayer began their
romance when they were Sunday School children together at the South
Barrington church. Mrs. Thayer was born in Canada. She was later
adopted by Loren Black of East Bloomfield. Her maiden name was Mary
Trotter. Mr. Thayer was born in Columbus, Chenango County, and at the
age of 7 years moved to South Barrington. He was the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Giles G. Thayer, his father being a noted singer at that time. On
October 10th, 1872, Mr. and Mrs. Thayer were united in marriage at East
Bloomfield by Rev. Mr. Wilkens, then the Baptist minister at
Canandaigua. To them were born four girls and one boy, all living but
their daughter, Lottie, who died at the age of four years. The children
are Mrs. A. G. Carman of Syracuse, Mrs. I. J. Furman of New York City,
Mrs. Paul Baldridge of Kendaia and Ray Thayer of Geneva. The only
person alive who attended their wedding fifty years ago is Mr. Thayer's
sister, Mrs. L. H. McLouth of Clifton Springs.
Mr. and Mrs. Thayer and family came to Geneva about thirteen years ago
from Fairport, first living on a farm on the Slosson Road and then in
Geneva, building their present home a few years ago. Their guests on
Sunday next will be Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Carman of Syracuse, Dr. and Mrs.
I. J. Furman, Manhattan State Hospital, New York, Mr. and Mrs. Paul
Baldridge of Kendaia and Mr. and Mrs. L. H. McLouth of Clifton Springs.
Mrs. Thayer received a number of remembrances of the day.
From Geneva Daily Times 8 December 1904
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - The golden wedding anniversary of Mr.
and Mrs. D. S. Thompson of Plainsville was celebrated Tuesday. The
guests were entertained at the home of their son, Charles Thompson, on
Pleasant street, this village. The house was prettily decorated
throughout with chrysanthemums, ribbons and smilax, the color scheme
being yellow and green. The esteem in which Mr. and Mrs. Thompson are
held by their
friends was shown by the beautiful gifts which they received, among
them being several gold pieces. The clergyman, J. J. Brayton, who
performed the wedding ceremony fifty years ago, was present on the
occasion. The guests from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Charles S.
daughter of Rochester, Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Cobb of Victor; Mr. and
Mrs. John Cobb and daughter of Rochester; Stephen Crocker and two
daughters, Miss Gertrude Crocker and Mrs. Lee J. Wilbur, of Victor; Mr.
and Mrs. Allen Cobb and their son and daughter of Newark; Mr. and Mrs.
Aldrich of Canandaigua; Mrs. Edward Forster of Halls Corners; Mr. and
W. C. Edmonston of Phelps, and Mr. and Mrs. E. N. Brown of Phelps.
From Ontario County Journal 4 December 1885
Seneca Castle, N. Y. - Although the evening of Nov. 18 was very
unpleasant, quite a number of the friends
of Mr. and Mrs. S. Thompson met at their house, it being
the tenth anniversary of their marriage. It was a complete surprise
to Mrs. Thompson. A very pleasant time is reported.
From Shortsville Enterprise 10 February 1916
Mr. and Mrs. Oliver S. Titus, of Grove street, have issued
invitations to an "at home" in honor of their golden wedding
anniversary, which will be celebrated at their home on the afternoon
and evening of Feb. 14, the hours being from 2 to 5 and from 8 to 10
Geneva Gazette 17 March 1882
Silver Wedding - Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Townsend, living three
miles and a half west of Geneva, celebrated their twenty-fifth wedding
anniversary last Friday evening, March 10th, a number of their
relatives and friends from Geneva being present. All united in
pronouncing it a very delightful affair -- music and dancing being
among the pleasant features of the evening. The bride and groom
were somewhat surprised at the plate of silver presented them by the
gentlemen present, as no presents were expected.
From Ontario County Journal 24 Apr 1896
Bristol Springs, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Trembly will celebrate
the 60th anniversary of their marriage on April 28, by entertaining
their nearest relatives.
From Ontario County Journal 1 May 1896
Bristol Springs, N. Y. - Friends and relatives of Mr. and Mrs.
Isaac Trembley were invited to celebrate the 60th anniversary of
their marriage on April 28, and about 35 were present. Many of the near
relatives live in distant states, so the attendance was impracticable.
The occasion was enjoyed by all who honored the aged couple. The gifts
were good and appropriate. The dinner was enjoyed by all, but it is too
early to report the result of the photographic efforts by C. A. Pierce
of Naples, as the plates are probably undeveloped as yet.
Academy, N. Y. - K. W. Green, Mr. and Mrs. Salem Haskell, Mr. and Mrs.
M. H. Green, Mr.
and Mrs. W. D. Green, Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Mather and Misses
Ethel and Theodosia Mather attended the 60th marriage
anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Trembley, at Bristol
Springs, on Tuesday.
From Ontario County Journal 17 November 1893
About one hundred invited guests assembled at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. Chas. E. Tuttle, of this village, on Thursday evening,
November 9, to celebrate the twenty-third anniversary of their wedding.
A number of friends from Syracuse, Auburn, Middlesex and Gorham were in
attendance. Mr. and Mrs. Tuttle were the recipients of many handsome
presents, and the festivities were continued until a late hour.
From Ontario County Journal 10 June 1898
Phelps, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Amos Underwood, of this village,
passed their 50th wedding anniversary last Tuesday. As a token of
esteem in which this worthy couple is held in the village, a few of
their many friends made up a purse and presented Mr. Underwood with a
gold-headed ebony cane, and Mrs. Underwood with a gold-headed silk
umbrella. Mr. Underwood is cashier in Roy's bank.
From Geneva Daily Times 23 June 1908
About sixty of the friends and relatives of Mr. and Mrs. A. R.
VanArsdale gave them a very pleasant surprise last evening at
their summer home, Glenwood Farm, the event being the 10th anniversary
of their marriage. A bountiful supper was served on the lawn, which was
well-lighted by the many Japanese lanterns hung about in the trees. The
evening was delightfully spent in music and games and the fact that
nearly all those present last evening were present ten years ago that
evening, added much to the enjoyment of all. Mr. and Mrs. VanArsdale
were presented some very handsome pieces of cut glass. Guests were
present from Geneva, Waterloo, Seneca Falls, Syracuse, Dresden, Romulus
and Fayette. Owing to the careful preparation of Mrs. Jas. K. Brown,
the whole affair was a great surprise and success.
From Ontario County Times 1 December 1869
The Golden Wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Peter VanDenberg was
celebrated on Wednesday, the 24th ult., attended by numerous relatives
and friends, the Rev. Mr. Wohlgemuth, of Victor, officiating as
clergyman on the occasion. A bounteous repast was spread of numerous
goodies, which please the eye and tempt the palate, consisting of roast
turkey, ducks, chicken pies, cakes and sweetmeats almost without end,
and everything "went merry as a marriage bell." After the feast was
over, the company repaired to the drawing room and listened to an
excellent address by the Rev. Mr. Wohlgemuth. He spoke of the length of
time they had been permitted to enjoy the married life together, the
cares and responsibilities they had experienced, the large family they
had reared, consisting of five girls and two boys, the family circle
being once broken by death, one of the girls having died a number of
years ago after
a lingering illness of several months. He made some further remarks,
with a prayer. A few remarks were also made by Mr. Lewis H. Fort, Mr.
Fort, of Michigan, and Mr. Stephen Tallmadge, of Victor. Various
were received by the happy aged bride and bridegroom, with expressions
love and good will on the part of the donors, and of thankfulness and
of their kind intentions by the recipients.
Mr. and Mrs. VanDenberg moved from near Eagle Bridge, Rensselaer
county, of this State, in the Spring of 1835, to their present home, in
the west part of the town of Farmington, coming by the overland route.
Railroads were then unknown in this region, and they moved in the old
primitive style of a covered wagon, drawn by three horses, through mud,
about as deep as it usually
is in the spring of the year, taking about two weeks to complete their
Their family is now somewhat scattered, two daughters living in
their oldest son in South Bristol, two daughters and the youngest son
Mrs. VanDenberg is the youngest of three sisters, all of whom have now
passed their fiftieth wedding anniversary, and all have their husbands
still living. She is still in the enjoyment of good health although
passed the allotted age of three score and ten; Mr. VanDenberg was
seventy-seven years old the Sunday following the golden wedding, and is
still a healthy, active man for one of his advanced years.
From Geneva Gazette 3 January 1868
Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Van Epps of North Main street celebrated their
silver anniversary on the 28th ult., on which occasion they received
the congratulations of their numerous friends.
From Geneva Gazette 3 January 1868
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Van Lew celebrated their golden wedding on the 27
ult. Time has dealt gently by and fortune smiled benignly on the
venerable couple. They have health and a flow of spirits peculiar
to the meridian of life, and but seldom found in people who have
exceeded their three score and ten. May the years of happiness be
multiplied unto them.
From Ontario County Journal 28 January 1910
Rushville, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Belmont Voorhees entertained a
company of about 18 young people Wednesday evening. The occasion was in
commemoration of their twelfth wedding anniversary.
From Shortsville Enterprise 24 February 1911
Manchester, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Revillo VanVoorst were given a
surprise reception on Friday evening at the home of their daughter,
Mrs. Frank Fish, of Palmyra, the occasion being their 30th wedding
anniversary. Many useful and beautiful gifts of silver were presented
to the couple.
From Geneva Gazette 20 May 1881
Mr. and Mrs. L. Vosburgh, a venerable and worthy couple of our
adjoining town of Seneca, will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of
their marriage on Thursday, the 26th inst. Their beautiful home
will be thronged with congratulating neighbors and friends.
From Shortsville Enterprise 19 April 1912
Manchester, N. Y. - A pleasant surprise party was given Mr.
and Mrs. George Warner by about 50 of their friends last Monday
evening in honor of the 26th anniversary of their marriage. Delectable
refreshments were served, and an enjoyable time was had.
From Geneva Daily Times 27 July 1904
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Mr. and
Mrs. J. B. Watson of 158 Pearl street have issued
at home cards for the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of their
marriage which took place in 1854. The occasion will
be one of great pleasure to their many friends in Canandaigua, where
they have resided for many years, Mr. Watson having been
at one time an efficient member of the Canandaigua police force. The
reception will be held on the afternoon and evening of Saturday, August
From Ontario County Chronicle 17 August 1904
Wednesday afternoon and evening at their home on Pearl street, Mr.
celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their
wedding, they having been married in South Bristol August 13, 1854. The
house was prettily and appropriatedly decorated with yellow dahlias,
golden rod, and golden glow. The home of Mrs. F. S. Orman, adopted
daughter of the couple which adjoins the Watson residence was also
decorated and there the refreshments were served. During the evening
the porches and yards were illumined with colored lights. The
decorations were arranged by Mrs. Frank Watson of Minneapolis, while
the dining room was in charge of Mrs. Fred Culver of Lewiston, Idaho,
who was assisted by the Misses Lucinda and Minnie Coye, Miss Lottie
Niblock and Miss Helen Leighton. Mrs. S. F. Orman and Mrs. Frank Watson
assisted the hosts in receiving the guests. Mr. and Mrs. Watson were
the recipients of many valuable presents in keeping with the occasion.
From Ontario County Journal 22 December 1911
Seneca Castle, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Webster celebrated
their 22d marriage anniversary on Friday evening. Over 100 relatives
and friends were entertained. Miss O'Brien, of Stanley, was cateress.
The color scheme in decorations and in the four-course dinner was red
and green. Rev. E. E. Grosh and Rev. B. D. Showers spoke. Mr. and Mrs.
Clarence Estey sang two duets and Mrs. E. W. Ferguson and Mrs. Louise
Salsbury gave readings. The Colored Glee Club, of Geneva, furnished
music. Mr. and Mrs. Webster were presented with a set of Haviland china
by their guests.
From Geneva Daily Times 12 September 1906
Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Welch of 64 High street, celebrated their
golden wedding yesterday with a few of their near relatives and
friends. During the evening the members of the Philethea class, of the
Methodist church, of which Mr. Welch is the teacher, were entertained
and light refreshments were served. Mr. Welch has been connected with
the Methodist Sunday school for thirty years. The house was tastefully
decorated with white asters and golden rod. The presents were mostly
in gold. Mrs. M. J. Morrison, who was a guest at the wedding fifty
ago, was present and assisted in receiving the guests.
From Ontario County Chronicle 21 June 1905
The tenth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Weller was
West avenue Monday evening. About seventy
guests were pleasantly entertained. Music was furnished by A. M.
Smith's orchestra and sandwiches, coffee, ice cream, cake and jelly
From Ontario County Chronicle 15 May 1901
Naples, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Wells celebrated the
twenty-fifth anniversary of their marriage Friday evening, May 10th.
They were married at the home of the bride's father, E. A. Hamlin, in
Naples, by Rev. M. B. Gilston, then pastor of the Presbyterian church,
now of Ann Arbor, Mich. A supper was served to twenty-five guests and
there were many testimonials of regard.
From Geneva Daily Times 24 September 1907
Gorham, N. Y. - The twenty-fifth anniversary of the marriage of
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Wells was celebrated at their home Friday
evening, when a large number of people were present. Mr. and Mrs. Wells
were generously remembered with gifts, among them being a sideboard
from the W. C. T. U. Among those present from out-of-town were Mr. and
Mrs. Weber of Camden, N. J., and Mr. and Mrs. James Wells and son of
From Geneva Daily Times 9 March 1908
Shortsville, N. Y. - The 25th wedding anniversary held at the home
of Mr. and Mrs. John Q. Wells late Friday evening, was a very
pleasant and enjoyable occasion. The house was decorated with greens
sent by friends in North Carolina, who also remembered them very
substantially as token of the quarter century milestone in their wedded
life. The doorways, mantles, windows and tables were festooned with
Spanish moss and bamboo. Liman's Orchestra furnished music during the
evening. There was a short program of some very select music, besides,
E. T. Sheffer sang a solo; Mrs. Mattie Hawks of Manchester sang a solo
and responded to an encore; Mrs. Wells recited several selections and
Mr. Wells read an original poem of which the anniversary was the
subject. Mrs. Hiram Bailey gave a poem also upon the same theme. John
Record and Alta Wells played a piano duet. The guests, to the number of
83, were all seated in the capacious dining room with the exception of
a couple of smaller tables.
The guests from out-of-town were: Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Hatch, Mr. and
Mrs. Waldo Parrish, E. Bennett, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Claflin, Mrs. O.
Baker of Ionia; Mr. and Mrs. R. Conklin, Mr. and Mrs. U. Dubel, Mr. and
Mrs. George Vangelder, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gifford, Mr. and Mrs. John
Agllulah, Mr. and
Mrs. C. B. Newkirk, Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Pomeroy, Mr. and Mrs. J. H.
Douglas of Canandaigua; Mr. and Mrs. George Evans of Dispatch, Mr. and
Mrs. A. B. Welch of Victor, Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Bailey of East
From Geneva Daily Times 8 July 1897
Dr. and Mrs. Henry D. Weyburn celebrated the twenty-fifth
anniversary of their marriage at their home on Seneca street, Monday
evening. A number of friends were present. Dr. Henry D. Weyburn was
married to Miss Cora F. Tibbitts, at Albany, twenty-five years ago.
The young physician came at once to Geneva, where he has since resided.
The doctor soon had a lucrative practice, and is now known as one of
Geneva's prominent physicians.
From Ontario County Journal 17 April 1885
The venerable Captain Anson Wheeler
and wife celebrated their golden wedding on the 2d of April
at the Canandaigua Hotel. Their son-in-law, Capt. John Raines,
did the honors, and his other son-in-law, H. S. Schoonmaker of
Seneca Castle, afterwards entertained them at his home. He is the
oldest captain of the Seneca Lake steamers now living, we
believe, although he has not in that capacity trod the decks more
than twenty years. He is now assistant steward of Willard Asylum. Geneva
From Ontario County Times 2 February 1887
Bristol, N. Y. - The tenth anniversary of the marriage of Mr.
and Mrs. George A. Wheeler was celebrated at the residence of John
B. Wheeler, January 24.
From Victor Herald 3 March 1905
South Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. John H. Wheeler will
celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary on next Tuesday, March
7th. About fifty friends and neighbors have been invited to help them
From Canandaigua Chronicle 30 January 1907
Naples, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Wheeler were given a genuine
surprise last Friday, which was the thirtieth anniversary of their
marriage. Their son and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Wheeler, thought
the eventful day deserved recognition and planned an elaborate dinner
to which they invited fifty friends and relatives. The occasion was one
of pleasure for all and many good wishes were bestowed upon the
surprised but cordial host and hostess.
From Ontario County Journal 6 April 1900
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wheeler celebrated
the tenth anniversary of their marriage on Monday evening, by a tin
wedding. A large number of Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler's friends were present,
and a most enjoyable time was spent by all. A number of valuable and
useful presents, including silverware, tinware, china, linen and money,
From Ontario County Journal 5 January 1894
Naples, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Seymour Wheeler, of Hunt's Hollow,
were married fifty years ago last Christmas. The golden wedding was
fitly observed at their commodious and beautiful home, where they are
spending their declining years, surrounded by all the comforts of life
acquired by lives of industry and thorough integrity. A large number of
children, grandchildren, and other relatives and friends were present
to enjoy the good cheer, and to wish this fine old couple many more
From Geneva Daily Times 24 August 1904
Seneca Castle, N. Y. - Mr. and
Mrs. Byron Whitney celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their
marriage with a golden wedding, at their home Monday afternoon. The
brothers and sisters of each were present, including William Belding of
Gonzales, Texas, and Joel Leason of Syracuse. A fine and tempting
repast was served. The colors used in decorating were green and gold.
The occasion was a delightful one to all present.
From Geneva Courier 4 July 1877
Seneca Castle -- Few persons who enter into the marriage
relation -- entertaining high hopes of
a long life -- are spared to each other sixty years. It may be of
interest to record an event just occurred. Mr. and Mrs. Cheeney
Whitney, aged 82 and 76 years, have lived together till the
Diamond wedding day. On Tuesday, June 26th, the groom of sixty
years ago invited his bride to take a ride and call
upon some aged people. Their son, Sidney, being in
the secret, volunteered his services as driver. Consequently at
four o'clock, they were returned in safety, to find their house
occupied by children and grandchildren to the number of twenty-one,
while the fragrance of flowers and strawberries were wafted from a
table bountifully spread with the
good things of this life, by those who had taken possession. One
daughter, son-in-law and grandson of Nevada City, Montana, and one
granddaughter, Mrs. Carr of Hudson, were absent. After
refreshments, all were assembled together, while
the aged sire and grandsire, "leaning on his staff", made a few
remarks, very appropriate for the occasion and offered prayer.
The aged matron added an expression of thanks for the respect shown
them in their declining years, in preparing and completing so pleasant
From Geneva Gazette 14 October 1887
Oaks Corners - A most brilliant and happy affair was
the silver wedding of Mr. and
Mrs. Oscar Whitney, which occurred at their residence in this
place last Saturday evening. Nearly two hundred guests were in
attendance from Auburn, Albion, Geneva, Orleans and Phelps as well as
this vicinity. Although the cards read "No presents," yet Mr. and
Mrs. Whitney's friends could not
let such a memorable occasion slip by without presenting them
with a token of their esteem, which was done in the shape of an elegant
silver tea set. A most delicious collation, worthy the best city
caterer, was served. May they
live to celebrate their golden wedding.
From Geneva Gazette 3 January 1890
A Double Wedding - Occurring twenty-five years previous was
jointly celebrated by the four principals thereto on Friday evening,
Dec. 27th. The first event made happy the lives of AMI
WHITNEY and WILLIAM P. HARMON, and no less happy the two
sisters, daughters of the late William Rippey of Seneca, thus
respectively espoused. Time has made havoc with the bloom and
elasticity of their youth, but not with their domestic happiness.
Children many have been born to them, who have by their lives and
conduct proven a blessing to them, and to the community at large.
Mr. Harmon has suffered seriously from
an organic affliction rendering him almost blind -- an affliction
brought upon him while and in consequence of
doing patriotic service for his country. But this painful
visitation has in no wise impaired the serenity and amiability of his
There were about fifty guests, assembled at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Harmon on William street to commemorate this silver wedding. Many
of these came over rough roads a long distance to tender
congratulations to the worthy hosts and hostesses. With music and
social chat the hours themselves flew by on "silver wings". The
only formality of the celebration was the brief address of Rev. Wm.
Rippey of Dresden, a brother of the brides of 25 years. Another
and older brother had come all the way from Michigan to tender his
kindly greeting. Although it had been distinctly given out that
"no presents" were to be bestowed, yet not a few
"sterling" of mementoes the respects of friends were
clandestinely introduced. An elegant and sumptuous collation was
served as an enjoyable accompaniment of this interesting
occasion. May it be followed by a "golden" anniversary
of the event so happily consummated.
From Ontario County Journal 26 May 1899
Naples, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Fred Widmer celebrated their
twenty-fifth wedding anniversary on Monday evening, May 22. They
invited a great number, filling their large house. It was a festive
From Victor Herald 2 March 1906
Mr. and Mrs. Jabez Wilder of this village, will have been married
fifty years on Sunday, and the golden anniversary will be celebrated
tomorrow afternoon from 1 to 6 o'clock. Owing to the feeble health of
Mrs. Wilder, the guests will be limited to twelve in number.
From Geneva Daily Times 30 December 1907
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - The silver wedding anniversary of Mr.
and Mrs. James Williamson was celebrated by 36 guests at their home
north of this village on Friday evening, December 27th. Mr. and Mrs.
Williamson were married in the house where they always lived 25 years
ago, and which was the home of Mrs. Williamson when she was Miss Sella
Cobb. The evening was delightfully spent at cards and music was
enjoyed. Elaborate refreshments were served. Many beautiful silver
gifts were received.
From Victor Herald 22 December 1905
Allen's Hill, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Wilson celebrated the
fifth anniversary of their wedding at their pleasant country home last
Wednesday evening. About ninety invited guests, including relatives and
friends, gathered in honor of the occasion, some of them coming from
Canandaigua, Hemlock and other nearby places. The guests were given a
delectable supper and they abounded in congratulations to the host and
hostess. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson were remembered with many useful and
handsome gifts. The occasion, in short, was one of hospitality and good
From Ontario County Times 23 April 1884
Port Gibson, N. Y. - Monday afternoon a few old friends of Mr.
and Mrs. Jacob Wilson, recalling that it was their 25th wedding
anniversary, gave them a pleasant surprise at their home -- not
forgetting to bring with them the good things that all enjoy; and also
valuable and useful presents.
From Ontario County Journal 1 December 1899
Canadice, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Lorenzo Winch celebrated their
golden wedding on the 13th inst.
From Ontario County Journal 19 October 1900
Phelps, N. Y. - There was a large and pleasant gathering at the home of Dr. and Mrs. F. H. Wisewell
on Saturday evening, it being the occasion of their silver wedding.
Some 400 invitations were issued and nearly half that number were
present. Refreshments were served and musical numbers enjoyed. The
doctor and wife were the recipients of some very handsome presents.
From Ontario County Journal 18 January 1901
Mr. and Mrs. Jonas W. Wolverton, of this town, celebrated the
fiftieth anniversary of their marriage on Wednesday. The event was not
commemorated by a large gathering of friends, but a few members of the
family were invited for dinner. Mr. and Mrs. Wolverton have reached the
ages of 82 and 88 years respectively, and have retained their health
and vigor to a remarkable degree. Though Mrs. Wolverton has suffered
the loss of her eyesight, she enjoys life and is able to get out. Both
she and Mr. Wolverton often drive into the village. They were married
in Auburn by the editor of the Northern Christian Advocate, who was
then located in that city. Six friends accompanied them on their
wedding journey, only one of whom is now living, Mrs. Harris Andrews of
Main street. Mr. Wolverton was a native of New Jersey, and was a member
of a large family. Two brothers, Job and Peter Wolverton, of this
village, and one sister, Mrs. James Hickox, of this town, are living.
Mrs. Wolverton was Patience Andrews, a native of Canandaigua. A
brother, Heman Andrews, resides here, and one sister in California. One
child was born to Mr. and Mrs. Wolverton, Emily Wolverton Cribb, who
died many years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Wolverton have many friends who will
extend to them hearty congratulations upon having reached this
From Ontario County Journal 14 January 1898
North Bloomfield, N. Y. - About two hundred friends of Mr. and
Mrs. Frank Wood gathered at their home on Tuesday evening and
celebrated their silver wedding. Many beautiful presents were given.
From Geneva Daily Times 27 December 1906
Canandaigua, N. Y. - The fiftieth wedding anniversary of Mr.
and Mrs. George W. Wood of Chapin street was pleasantly celebrated
today, when the honored couple were surrounded by children and other
relatives who joined in congratulations. The gathering numbered about
fifty persons, all relatives. The house was attractively decorated with
red and green. Yellow and white predominated in the dining room while
the table decorations were chrysanthemums and holly. The place cards
were composed of golden leaves. The dinner was served by Mrs. French
of Phelps, caterer, and four grandchildren of the long-married couple
acted as waiters. The guests included Mrs. Clay M. Wood, Master Clay
Wood and Dorothea Wood of New York City; Harry P. Daw of Chicago, Miss
Bessie Maxwell of Buffalo, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Holtszlarder of Holcomb,
Mrs. George Shoemaker of East Bloomfield, Ralph and Mellicent Wood
of Ionia, W. J. Cook of LeRoy, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Sale of Victor, Mr.
and Mrs. Joseph Maxwell of New York and others. Mr. and Mrs. Wood were
married at Batavia, and Mrs. Wood's maiden name was Miss Ann Daw.
From Ontario County Times 14 February 1877
An interesting gathering was held at the residence of Mr. and
Mrs. Phineas L. Woodruff of Shortsville, on Tuesday,
30th ult., it being the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage. Friends
gathered from Auburn, Romulusville, Waterloo, Seneca Falls, Hopewell,
Canandaigua, Mecklenburgh and Lima. Invitations were extended to a
number of the older residents of Shortsville and vicinity with whom the
worthy couple have been associated as neighbors for the past twenty-six
years. Three of the guests were present also at the wedding in January,
H. E. Woodruff, Esq., the only son of the happy pair, presented an
interesting paper prepared for the occasion. He briefly noticed the
different stages of wedded life as marked by modern custom, but on
reaching the golden stage, became more prolix. He found it
necessary to his purpose to take his auditors back a little beyond the
half century now just passed, to the time when a certain blacksmith of
Cayuga County, N. Y., wooed a sprightly, black eyed damsel of sixteen
summers. The minutiae of detail of events that transpired about that
time, and especially on the day, just fifty years ago, including a
minute account of the costume of the bride as she then appeared,
satisfied all present that the Junior Woodruff had "not been a
forgetful hearer of the word," but now he was quite disposed "to
let them slip."
A sumptuous repast, such as brides of fifty years ago knew how to get
up, demanded immediate attention, which was given with right good will.
Ample justice having been done the dining room, the parlor was again
occupied. A number of fine presents were given by friends, though they
had been strictly forbidden. The children did not obey their parents in
this prohibition, for they had purchased an elegant copy of the Bible,
in which they had placed photographs of themselves and children,
leaving at the head places for those of their honored parents, thus
grouping the entire family as it is on the fiftieth anniversary of
their marriage. By the request of the donors this Bible was presented
by Rev. E. Royce, pastor of the Baptist church in Manchester, of
which Mr. and Mrs. Woodruff are honored members.
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