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From Shortsville Enterprise 26 October 1916
Tuesday marked a happy day in the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Christian
Haas, of Booth street, when they celebrated the 50th anniversary of
their marriage. A formal reception was held from five o'clock until ten
in the evening at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Edwin J. Hall.
Forty-three guests were present to enjoy the memorable occasion and
make it a red-letter day in the lives of this estimable couple. The
house was prettily decorated with yellow chrysanthemums, matrimony
berries and other cut flowers, the general color scheme being yellow
and white. A delectable dinner was served. Music, readings, games and
reminiscences made the enjoyable event pass all too quickly. To show
the high esteem in which they are held, Mr. and Mrs. Haas were the
recipients of many remembrances, consisting of gold, cut glass, etc.
The out-of-town guests were: Mrs. A. S. Winnie and son, Harlow, of
Union Springs; Charles Aldrich and family of Canandaigua, and Mr. and
Mrs. Worth Taylor of Clifton Springs.
Mr. Haas was born in Freedom, Mich., on April 10, 1837, and Mrs. Haas
was born in Hopewell, N. Y., on June 30, 1845, she being formerly Miss
Emily Aldrich. They were married on what is now known as the Lewis
just south of the village, on Oct. 24, 1866. Since their marriage they
resided in Michigan for 15 years, in Auburn for 16 years and the
remainder of the time has been spent in the Parlor Village. The best
wishes of a host of friends
and acquaintances are given to Mr. and Mrs. Haas at this happy time. It
is also hoped that they may enjoy naught but good health and happiness
their declining years.
From Ontario County Journal 29 December 1899
Centerfield, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Hall celebrated the
twentieth anniversary of their marriage at their home on Christmas day.
Relatives and friends to the number of forty were present from
Rochester, Ontario, Farmington, Bristol and Canandaigua. The occasion
was a very happy one, and brought a family of brothers and sisters
together for the first time in fifteen years. Mr. and Mrs. Hall were
the recipients of many handsome gifts.
From Geneva Gazette 23 March 1883
When a married couple celebrate their golden wedding the event is
regarded as an important one, as comparatively few who marry and start
on life's journey live together for a period of fifty years. But
there is a venerable couple residing in this city who were united in
marriage fifty-seven years ago, and who bid fair to live many more
years. Yesterday Mr. John B. Hall called at the Gazette
office and exhibited a time-stained copy of the GENEVA
GAZETTE bearing the date of March 15th, 1826 -- fifty-seven years ago
today. The paper is still in a good state of preservation, and
is treasured with scrupulous care, because it contains the
following marriage notice:
In this village, on Monday evening last (the 13th of
March, 1826), Mr. John B. Hall and Miss Agnes Milspaugh.
"In those days," said Mr. Hall, "the ministers did not give any
certificate, but the notice was sent to
the paper with a piece of the wedding cake, and it had to
serve as a certificate. That is the only certificate we
have. Mrs. Hall preserves it with great care, and
she does not know that I have it out of the house now."
After exhibiting the old document to those present, he carefully
folded it up and replaced it in his pocket, remarking: "That
paper in its early day was regarded
as one of the best outside of the large cities, and it is still
published." Mr. Hall is now 79 years of age and Mrs. Hall, his wife, is
enjoy reasonably good health, and their friends will all unite in
wishing that they may live together many years to come, and never lose
From Ontario County Journal 13 January 1899
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - The golden wedding anniversary of Mr.
and Mrs. Myron Shelly Hall was attended on Monday afternoon by a
large number of townspeople, as well as guests from Buffalo, Tonawanda,
Rochester, Canandaigua, Clifton Springs, East Bloomfield, and Chatam,
N. J. Among other gifts appropriate to the occasion were a gold-headed
cane for Mr. Hall and a gold-handled umbrella for Mrs. Hall, which were
presented by their pastor, Rev. Newton W. Bates, with fitting remarks,
expressive of the high esteem in which they are held by the community
in which Mr. Hall has been a lifelong resident.
From Ontario County Times 6 January 1875
Seneca, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. William Harmon celebrated the tenth
anniversary of their wedding on Monday evening, December. 28th. About
sixty guests were present; many were deterred from being present on
account of the inclemency of the weather. They received many valuable
presents, among other things a handsome carpet.
From Ontario County Times 8 March 1876
The twentieth anniversary of the marriage of Chas. Harris and
Irene Metcalf was celebrated at their home near Reed's Corners
on the 25th ult. Mr. and Mrs. Harris were married on the 25th of
February, 1856, since which they have resided near the Harris
homestead. Five children have blessed their union, four of whom still
rejoice their hearts and one has passed to her rest in the grave; their
eldest, an amiable young lady deeply lamented. The guests to the number
of about eighty, assembled, most of them at an early hour of the
evening, and after a good chat together and the usual greeting,
refreshments were served and the rich flow of mirth told all were well
pleased, as one might judge from the sounds of merriment on either
hand. The entertainment was ample and excellent.
After the refreshments, the pastor, Rev. N. A. DePew of Gorham,
addressed all present, and especially our host and hostess, in a few
remarks appropriate to the circumstances, closing with prayer. We could
but reflect upon the changes of these twenty years and the probable
change of the next score. It is well to pause now and then to review
the "steps already trod," and greet each other with friendly cheer, as
we bend ourselves to the task that is left. Valuable and choice gifts
were bestowed by friends, both useful and ornamental, and at an early
hour in the morning all returned to their homes well pleased with the
From Geneva Courier 30 May 1877
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS - A SILVER WEDDING IN SENECA - When one
has passed twenty-five years of married life, and in a
single locality, it is becoming to commemorate the event. It was
our good fortune to be present at such an observance. On the
evening of the 22d of May, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Haslett, of
Seneca, had reached a quarter of a century of married life; and in
commemoration of it called together a few
of their most intimate friends to join with them in celebrating their
The rain in the afternoon did not give promise of so fine an evening
as it proved to be. At 7 o'clock there assembled at their
residence between one hundred and twenty and a hundred forty
guests. The lawn in front of the house was beautifully decorated
with Chinese lanterns, the glow of which bespoke the cordial reception
all were sure to meet. Within the house finely lighted, all went
merry as a marriage bell. The
first thing the guests noticed on being ushered into the parlor after
meeting the bride and groom of twenty-five years were two elegant
bouquets from Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Smith of
Geneva. Passing through the parlor to the dining room, we saw a
table that would cause an epicure to rejoice, and
a dyspeptic to forget that he had a stomach that would wreak vengeance
on its owner before morning. In the centre of the table
was a fine large pyramid of flowers, arranged by Mrs. Thomas McBlain,
also of Geneva. In a reception room nearby were
arranged many useful and beautiful gifts from various persons.
Prominent among them was a very fine silver tea set, consisting of six
pieces and waiter, a present from their friends about "No. 9".
The waiter was oval in form, and beautifully chiseled in the centre on
a plain surface was the following inscription: "Presented to Mr.
and Mrs. H. Haslett, by Their Friends, Seneca, N. Y." Each separate
piece was engraved with the letter "H" in old
English. The whole was purchased at the well known house of
Sanderlin & McAllister, Rochester -- and was greatly admired by
all. The design was of the latest pattern and the set resting on
the waiter was certainly all that could be desired by any one.
Among the other gifts were a beautiful coffee urn, ice pitcher, jewelry
casket, pickle dishes, tea spoons, celery dish, pie knife, bouquet
holder, etc., all silver. Mr. H. L. Suydam, the well known artist
of Geneva, presented Mr. and Mrs. Haslett with a beautiful oil
painting, and a letter, full of expression of good wishes and cordial
friendship. Mrs. A. H. Nelson, also of your place, presented them
with a basket of flowers -- very fine indeed. About 10 o'clock the
company was called to order and invited to
repair to the dining room where were Mr. and Mrs. Haslett with their
pastor, Rev. A. B. Temple, who addressed them.
From Ontario County Journal 18 March 1910
Bristol, N. Y. - On the evening of March 10, about 40
friends gathered at the beautiful farm home of Mr. and Mrs. William
Hayes, it being the 24th anniversary of their wedding. After
partaking of a bounteous supper, served by host and hostess, the
evening was pleasantly passed in progressive pedro. Frank Briggs
accepted the pedro prize.
From Ontario County Journal 17 March 1911
Bristol, N. Y. - The J. W. A. C.'s were entertained at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Hayes, last
Friday evening, the occasion being their 25th wedding anniversary.
Their daughter, Mrs. Harold Fletcher, arranged the affair. A fine
supper was served at 8 o'clock. The place cards were double hearts
outlined in silver on which were the names: "Minnie Buckalew and
William Hayes," and the years "1886-1911". The club presented Mr. and
Mrs. Hayes with a silver pie knife. The remainder of the evening was
spent at progressive pedro. Out-of-town guests were Mrs. Hayes'
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Buckalew, of Honeoye, and Mr. and Mrs.
Harold Fletcher, of Canandaigua. There were 32 present.
From Ontario County Journal 23 October 1891
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Stoughton Hayward and wife celebrated
their golden wedding on Thursday evening of this week. It was attended
by a large number of relatives. and friends.
From Ontario County Times 27 October 1875
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Henry of Reed's Corners celebrated the
fiftieth anniversary of their wedding on Wednesday evening of last week
by a Golden Wedding. Circumstances prohibited us from attending, but
through the thoughtful kindness of the host and hostess, we were
permitted, nevertheless, to partake of some of the good things which
graced the burdened tables. We are pleased to learn that everything
went off most satisfactorily, about ninety invited guests being present
and that all enjoyed themselves to the utmost. May Mr. and Mrs. Henry
live to see many another wedding day anniversary as pleasant and
auspicious as was this, the semi-centennial.
From Ontario County Journal 24 December 1880
Crystal Wedding - Reed's Corners, December 21, 1880
Ed. Ontario County Journal -- Dear Sir: Knowing so well as I
do that you are pleased to hear of interesting occurrences, I cannot
well allow a pleasing event of last evening to pass without adding
another drop to your cup of happiness. I hope you will not keep it all
to yourself either, but let your friends know something about it. I
allude to the Crystal Wedding of Mr. and Mrs. R. V. Henry,
on the evening of December 20, 1880. Sixty or more of their
and friends gathered at their residence to celebrate in a social manner
the fifteenth anniversary of their wedded life. Old men and women were
there. Prime manhood and womanhood were there. Young men and maidens
were there. Children were there. In fact a representative world was on
deck. Quietly, gracefully and pleasantly the happy couple received
From Geneva Daily Times 30 November 1908
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Henson, 129 Washington
street, was the scene of a pretty reception yesterday afternoon between
the hours of 3 and 6 o'clock, the occasion being the celebration of the
golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Henson. In the hall the
guests were received by Mrs. Jacob Hobick and Mrs. Mary Wooley,
daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Henson, and Mr. and Mrs. Henson received in
the parlor. During the afternoon about 125 guests called at the house
and there were present two persons who attended the wedding of Mr. and
Mrs. Henson fifty years ago. These were Robert Moaw of Seneca and Mrs.
Daniel McCarthy of Stanley. Mr. and Mrs. Henson were married in Seneca.
The house was prettily decorated throughout with white and yellow
chrysanthemums and on the buffet table was another huge bouquet of
these flowers. The chandelier was draped with ropes of smilax. In the
dining room, Mrs. Will McCaw and Miss Elizabeth King served sherbet and
ice cream, while Miss Julia Ferguson of Canandaigua, Miss Jessie King
and Mrs. A. H. Herendeen assisted. Miss Lettie Warner presided at the
From Ontario County Repository & Messenger 24 April 1872
A Diamond Wedding - On Tuesday, the 2d instant, the friends and
relations of James and Elizabeth Herendeen assembled by
invitation at their residence, in the town of Farmington, to celebrate
the sixtieth anniversary of their wedding day. James Herendeen is the
only living son of the late Joshua Herendeen, one of the pioneers of
town. James Herendeen is in the 84th year of his age, and his wife is
in her 81st year.
From Ontario County Times 6 March 1878
On Monday of last week, Mr. and Mrs. George Hickox, who
reside within a few miles of this village, celebrated their golden
wedding. The occasion was made enjoyable by the presence of numerous
relatives and friends, including several who were in attendance at the
original wedding in 1828. Among these were Mr. and Mrs. Case, who were
married some three months previous, a sister of the bridegroom, Mrs.
Durand, the four sisters of the bride, and a brother, S. S. Mallory, of
Geneva. The presents were numerous and elegant, and were eloquent
tokens of the love and respect entertained by all for the aged couple
who have dwelt together in peace and unity for so many years. The rooms
of the homestead on this occasion were beautifully and appropriately
decorated with golden grain. Mr. Hickox has attained the ripe old age
of 85 years, and his faithful consort is 69 years old. He still
exhibits much of the energy which characterized his youth. The reader
will certainly pardon us if we mention a single incident of his boyhood
days. In December, 1813, during the burning of Buffalo, his father, who
was captain of militia, received an order at midnight to have his
company in readiness to march. The boy, George, then a lad of ten
years, was called up and sent on horseback to notify the officers, and
at sunrise the company were mustered upon the public square in
Canandaigua. Mr. Hickox was born near the spot where he now resides,
and Mary Mallory, his venerable wife, at Milford, Conn. Mrs. Hickox
traces her ancestry back to the Huguenots of France. Both were
converted about 45 years ago, and have ever since led consistent
Christian lives, and now enjoy in the decline of life the fruition of
their unwearied efforts to teach by precept and example the lessons of
truth, honor, industry and religion. Four children have been given
them, three sons and a daughter. The sons are all married and settled
upon farms in the immediate vicinity of the homestead. They have five
grandchildren, to whom this was indeed a golden day. The occasion was a
very pleasant one, and we hope that Canandaigua may be the scene of
many more of a similar nature.
From Ontario County Journal 4 January 1889
Cheshire, N. Y. - The golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs.
Stephen C. Hicks was held at their residence in this village
January first. A large number of their friends and relatives were
From Ontario County Times 23 June 1886
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Last Tuesday evening, the 15th, Mr.
celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary
in a very pleasant gathering of friends at their home. Besides the
usual tin offerings on such occasions, several clubbed together and
presented them with a beautiful Monitor oil stove, with oven and all
necessary accompaniments. A good suggestion, inasmuch as it is an
article that already they deem indispensable to their housekeeping in
From Ontario County Journal 7 October 1892
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Last Thursday evening occurred in East
Bloomfield a very pleasant social gathering. It was the occasion of the
fiftieth anniversary of the wedding day of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Hobart,
memories, but none could be more so than this. One hundred thirty
invited guests were present, besides five children and six
grandchildren and two sisters and a brother of Mrs. Hobart. Mr. and
Mrs. Hobart, the two sisters and the brother sat during the evening
about the same table around which they had gathered in the old Willys
home of years ago, where Mrs. Hobart was born. Mr. and Mrs. Hobart have
passed a long and well-spent life in this community, and the love and
respect of the people was well evinced by the cordial congratulations
of which the aged couple were the recipients, as well as by the
magnificent testimonials of esteem which took a material form. Among
these beautiful gifts, most conspicuous was a set of breakfast, dinner
and tea dishes, consisting in all of about one hundred thirty pieces,
which, by a coincidence, is nearly identical with the number of guests
present. After a long and very pleasurable evening the guests departed
for their homes, feeling the hope that Mr. and Mrs. Hobart might
continue to live as happily as in the past until the time shall arrive
for the celebration of their "diamond wedding."
From Ontario County Chronicle 22 March 1905
Bristol Springs, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Holcomb celebrated
their golden wedding on Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Holcomb have spent all
their married life in this place, rearing a family of five children all
living here, one of whom, Frederick Holcomb, is at present supervisor
of this town.
From Ontario County Chronicles 12 December 1900
Oaks Corners, N. Y. - The social event of last week was the
celebration of the crystal wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hood. The
occasion of great enjoyment.
From Ontario County Journal 24 March 1899
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - The golden wedding anniversary of Mr.
and Mrs. A. H. Hopkins was held on Monday afternoon and was
attended by a large company of friends from Elmira, New York city,
Geneva, Waterloo, Canandaigua, Corning, Honeoye Falls, East Bloomfield,
Rochester and the state of Nebraska. A testimonial of regard was given
Mrs. Hopkins from present and former members of her infant class, of
which she has been a teacher
for the past 35 years. They were also the recipients of numerous and
handsome gifts from their many friends.
From Ontario County Journal 1 March 1901
North Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hopkins celebrated the 25th anniversary of their marriage on Friday.
From Ontario County Times 23 February 1881
Victor, N. Y. - The 25th anniversary of the marriage of Mr.
and Mrs. Isaiah Horton occurred on Saturday. On Saturday evening
about sixty of their friends gave them a very pleasant surprise.
From Geneva Daily Times 29 April 1910
Naples, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Henry Housel have passed the fiftieth
anniversary of their marriage, which they planned to observe quietly,
but their children and neighborhood friends changed the order and
visited them, bringing many expressions of good will. Their three
children were present, Mrs. Lucien E. Munsell of Attica, William H.
Housel and his wife, and Miss Caroline Housel of Naples.
From Geneva Gazette 23 July 1880
Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Howell of Canandaigua celebrated their golden
wedding on the 15th inst. Mr. Howell is the oldest son of the late
Judge Nathaniel W. Howell, whose portrait is the most noticeable one of
all those which adorn the County Court room. Mrs. A. H. Howell is the
granddaughter of Oliver Phelps of "Phelps and Gorham" fame.
From Shortsville Enterprise 8 March 1912
Mr. and Mrs. Henry L. Howland, who reside just north of this
village, were given a surprise visit by about fifty friends and
neighbors on Saturday evening last, the occasion of their 25th wedding
anniversary. Among the guest present were Mr. and Mrs. Fred W.
Knowles and son, Lester, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence McClelland and Mr. and
Mrs. Frank Heath, of Hopewell; Mrs. Homer Whittaker of Marion, Ind.;
Mr. and Mrs. William Knowles of Seneca Falls, and Mr. and Mrs. Clinton
Coddington of Booth street.
From Ontario County Journal 9 December 1892
Farmington, N. Y. - Last Saturday Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hudson celebrated
of grangers. While the festivities were going on the snow was going
off, and those who went in sleighs were glad to exchange them for
wagons to go home with.
From Ontario County Times 9 November 1881
Honeoye, N. Y. - Two anniversary wedding festivals have recently
come to pass. The first was the silver wedding of Mr. and Mrs. M.
F. Huff, who were married by Rev. R. W. Paine, at the home of Mr.
Andrew Bray, (Mrs. Huff's father), Richmond, Oct.. 30, 1856. Mr. Huff's
residence is the homestead farm formerly owned by the late Dr. Willard
Doolittle. One hundred guests and more were gathered to the festival on
Monday evening, Oct. 31st. Richmond, Livonia, Canadice, Bloomfield,
Seneca, Union Springs, Springwater and one of two towns in Michigan
were represented in the company. Many of the guests brought with them
useful and handsome presents of silver ware. Bountiful refreshment
tables received ample attention; while the pleasant social intercourse,
and the reunion of many old friends and acquaintances of bygone years
rendered the occasion a very enjoyable one to those who were
participators of it.
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 30 November 1870
A Tin Wedding - One of those delightful anniversaries of
married life which renew the sweet memories of the bridal day, and
crowd the joys of the intervening years into a few brief hours, was
observed on Thursday evening last, by Mr. and Mrs. Dan. M. Hulse of
their wedding day. Their residence was thronged and animated by a
joyous company of friends. The presents included the valuable, the
useful and the fanciful, which attracted much attention, and will be
cherished as mementoes of
this happy time. With social converse and feasting the hours passed
away, and the guests separated with hearty wishes for the future life
the host and hostess.
From Ontario County Journal 11 April 1879
Silver Wedding - On the evening of April 1st,
the house of Elmore Humphrey and wife of Victor was thronged
with a large number of relatives and friends from all parts of the
town, and some from adjoining villages. The host and hostess, the
twenty-fifth anniversary of whose wedding day they had come to
celebrate, were greeted with the customary congratulations; old
acquaintances and neighbors met and recalled the days of their youth,
and, altogether, the evening passed as "merry as a marriage bell," the
musically inclined singing, for the amusement of the company, the songs
of Auld Lang Syne. Mr. and Mrs. Humphrey were well-known in town, and a
display of silver ware on one of the tables testified to the high
appreciation and esteem of their many friends. The gifts included cake
baskets, napkin rings, table cutlery, vases, castors and other useful
and ornamental articles, to the estimated value of more than a hundred
dollars. While the guests were partaking of a rich repast provided in
the dining hall, an interesting letter was read from a Western brother,
containing a nicely written poem appropriate to the occasion. These
twenty-five years of wedded life, all of which have been spent in the
town in which they live,
have brought both happiness and success to the bride and groom.
farm is pleasantly situated near the village, and within the past year
they have erected a beautiful brick house upon the place, which they
occupy. Their household is brightened by a number of intelligent,
children, who are highly prized both in the church and society. The
of this quarter of a century seem to have rested very lightly upon
and we can only wish them "many a happy return of the same day."
From Ontario County Times 9 April 1879
Victor, N. Y. - The new residence of Mr. J. E. Humphrey was
1st. The house
was brilliantly lighted, and the spacious parlors were thronged with
guests, the occasion being the twenty-fifth anniversary of the marriage
of the host and hostess. A large number of presents, both useful and
beautiful, were presented to the "happy pair," who, with their family,
were thus celebrating an event of interest to themselves and their many
friends. A bounteous repast was served, to which the assembled guests
did full justice. Mr. E. M. Peet was the generalissimo who presided
over the musical entertainment, and so well did he do his part that all
present were highly entertained and amused. The evening was pleasantly
passed by all and will live long in the memory of those who were
From Geneva Daily Times 10 October 1905
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - One of the pleasantest of events in
Clifton Springs took place yesterday afternoon, the occasion being a
reception given by Rev. and Mrs. S. J. Humphrey in honor of
the fortieth anniversary of their marriage. The house was prettily
decorated with cut flowers and the reception was from 3 till 5 o'clock.
Rev. and Mrs. Humphrey were assisted in receiving their guests by the
of the physicians at the Clifton Springs Sanitarium, and Mrs. Dr.
Kingsbury assisted at the punch bowl. Mr. and Mrs. Humphrey resided in
where he was district secretary of the American Board of Missions until
about six years when they came to Clifton Springs.
From Geneva Daily Times 2 January 1932
Among the festivities of the holiday season was the celebration of
the fiftieth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hunt of
Avenue. Arrangements for the event were made by their niece and
her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Miles of Millport. The house was
attractively decorated with bouquets and baskets of holly and
evergreen. Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. Hunt, Turner Miles,
Mr. and Mrs. Dorn Dilmore, Mr. and Mrs. E. G. McWhorter and Jane and
Margaret McWhorter; Mr. and Mrs. Morton Doyle, all of Millport; Mr. and
Mrs. Fred Turner of Horseheads, Mrs. Jennie Bunn and Mrs. Lois Dunn of
Rochester; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Doyle and son, Alton of Watkins; and Mr.
and Mrs. Roy Miles.
From Victor Herald 5 December 1902
One of the pleasantest events of the season occurred at the country
home of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Hunt on Saturday evening last.
Twenty-five years ago on that date were united in marriage Miss
Cornelia Marquis and Stephen A. Hunt, and at the close of a quarter of
a century of happy married life, their friends gathered to offer
congratulations on their silver anniversary. As the guests arrived they
were received by Mr. and Mrs. Hunt, the bride being attired in the same
gown in which she was married. After an hour or two spent in social
intercourse, the assembled guests were seated at a bountiful wedding
dinner, covers being laid for sixty-six. During the time spent in
enjoying the dainty repast, an orchestra in an adjoining room rendered
sweet music. A romance typical of the occasion was read, each of the
guests participating. Later in the evening, a vocal solo was given by
Frank Wilson, and also, a duet by Mrs. Carrie Marquis and C. A.
Phillips. Rev. Frank W. Hill gave an impromptu address in his usual
happy manner. Beautiful and useful gifts in abundance manifested
plainly the esteem in which Mr. and Mrs. Hunt are held by their many
friends. At eleven o'clock the company left for their homes, after
expressing to the bride and groom their heartiest best wishes, and also
voicing the hope that one and all might be privileged to gather again
at both their golden and diamond anniversaries.
From Geneva Daily Times 24 August 1904
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the
marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Tompkinson Hunter, of
Canandaigua, and the event will be very quietly celebrated by the
members of the family at the Hunter home, on Park street. There will be
formal celebration owing to the recent death of a member of the family.
Mr. Hunter was born at Pultneyville, Wayne county in 1829, and was
the oldest of six children of Walter and Marie Tomkinson Hunter. Mr.
Hunter and one sister, Mrs. Sarah Sweet, of Union City, Mich., are the
only members of the family still alive. Mrs. Hunter's maiden name was
Mary Butler Towne. She was the youngest of six children of William and
Sally Towne, whose home was located where the Hydraulic Press Brick
plant now stands. She is seventy years old and is the last living
her family. Mr. Hunter served in the Third New York Light Artillery,
during the Civil war, and is a member of the A. M. Murray Post, G. A.
R., of Canandaigua. Mr. and Mrs. Hunter's marriage took place at
August 24, 1854, Rev. Robert McKinstry, a Methodist clergyman
They commenced keeping house on Chapel street, Canandaigua, and have
passed more than half of their married life in Canandaigua. They lived
at Sandusky, O., for four years and at Norwalk, O., for twenty years.
They have had nine children, seven of whom are living. They are: Mrs.
Grace Sally James of Montavallo, Ala.; Miss Helen Pauline Hunter, of
Walter Sawyer Hunter of Parkwood, Pa.; Miss Maude Cornelia Hunter, who
lives with her parents; Theodore Clark Hunter of Chattanooga, Tenn.;
Julia Beebe Brace of Rochester, and Charles Francis Hunter of
Canandaigua. There are nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
From Ontario County Times 7 March 1877
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Wednesday evening our esteemed neighbors,
Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Jenkins, celebrated the fiftieth anniversary
of their wedding day. Their house was full of friends; the Silver
Cornet Band volunteered a serenade on the occasion, and "all went merry
as a marriage bell," their friends wishing them many years of life,
happiness and prosperity. Although Mr. Jenkins is the last person they
with to call upon in a business way, yet he is always ready and willing
to serve them to the best of his ability. (He is an undertaker.)
From Geneva Daily Times 14 June 1907
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - On Wednesday evening, Mr. and Mrs.
George I. Jennings celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of
their marriage, at their home on Hibbard avenue. There were present
thirty guests. The house was prettily decorated in a color scheme of
pink and green, with cut flowers and potted plants. Hand painted place
cards were used at the tables. Elaborate refreshments were served. The
guests present from out-of-town were: Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Marriam, Mrs.
F. A. Moore, of Fulton; Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Merriam, Mrs. H. P. Merriam,
of Phoenix; Mrs. C. M. Youngs, of Clifford; Mr. and Mrs. John R.
Hayden, of Waltham, Mass., and Mrs. Burton Hallock of Syracuse. Mr. and
Mrs. Jennings were the recipients of many beautiful gifts consisting of
silver, cut glass, etc. Mr. Jennings presented his wife an elegant gold
From Ontario County Journal 10 February 1911
Ionia, N. Y. - The 25th anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton M.
Johnson's marriage occurred on Thursday, Feb. 2. Unexpectedly to
them their rooms were filled in the evening by a company of friends and
neighbors who had gathered to commemorate the occasion, bringing
refreshments and also a substantial token of their good will.
From Ontario County Journal 1 April 1910
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - At Grand View farm, the residence
of Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Phillips, town of East Bloomfield, on March 23, a
company of children and grandchildren, numbering 21, gathered to
celebrate the 50th anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. D.
W. Johnson. The tables were beautifully decorated with American
beauty roses, carnations and foliage. Many useful presents were
presented to the aged bride and groom. Six children were born to them,
all of whom are living: Smith N. Johnson of Canandaigua; Mrs. M. J.
Phillips, East Bloomfield; Mrs. James A. Perrine, Canandaigua; Mrs. R.
P. Andrews, Buffalo; Mrs. Wesley Sellers, Nanticoke, Canada; and Mrs.
Estella Curtis, Rochester. All were present with husbands and wives and
seven grandchildren. Pictures of the company were taken as souvenirs of
a day not to be forgotten.
From Ontario County Times 15 February 1888
Port Gibson, N. Y. - On the 6th inst. occurred the fiftieth
wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Johnson. They have
lived in this vicinity for more than forty years, and many friends and
relatives were present to congratulate them. Numerous and beautiful
presents were left as tokens of esteem, among them two gold-headed
From Geneva Daily Times 14 October 1908
Shortsville, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Robert Johnston of this village
have the distinction of being a bride and groom of sixty years ago. The
marriage of Robert Johnston and Maria W. Reynolds occurred on October
12, 1848, in the town of Palmyra, Wayne county, of which place they
were both then residents. They have resided near Palmyra all of their
lives, where they have a great number of friends and relatives who have
during all of the past week sent congratulations and visited them. The
families of both Mr. and Mrs. Johnston are remarkable for their
longevity, this being the fourth sixtieth anniversary that has been
celebrated in the family and although they have reached this advanced
age they are both in good health and able to attend to their daily
From Geneva Daily Times 30 December 1907
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - On Friday evening last, at their home on
East Main street, Mr. and Mrs. William A. Judd celebrated the
twenty-fifth anniversary of their marriage, and at the same time the
twenty-sixth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. John H.
Stephens, and the fourteenth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and
Mrs. Burt Baldwin, were also celebrated. C. D. Hill was the only person
present who attended the marriage ceremony of Mr. and Mrs. Judd, which
took place at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Hill, in
Palmyra. Mrs. Judd was attired in her wedding gown, of white brocaded
silk which has not been altered and also wore the slippers, stockings
and gloves which she wore on her wedding day. Mr. Stephens presented
with a bouquet of carnations and in behalf of the guests present,
Barker presented the bride and groom several pieces of silver. A dozen
silver knives and forks were a gift of Mr. Judd. There were 26 guests
and refreshments were served by the following ladies: Misses Bessie N.
Mary Judd, Ruth Judd and Lucile Harmon.
From Geneva Daily Times 14 July 1902
Mr. and Mrs. Coleman Kane of 18 Exchange
street are this afternoon celebrating the 50th anniversary of
their wedding. Mr. Kane is about 78 years of age, while his wife
is a year younger. They came to Geneva about 55 years ago,
and were married in this city half a century ago. Only the members
of the immediate family are present at the golden wedding this
afternoon, but that means a good attendance. Mr. and Mrs. Kane have six
and numerous grandchildren living. Their children are Chief of
Police Daniel R. Kane, Thomas A. Kane, the well-known merchant;
John Kane, Mrs. E. J. Broderick, Mrs. M. F. Connolly and Mrs. E. J.
From Geneva Daily Times 28 September 1905
Mr. and Mrs. John Kane, of No. 36 Exchange street, received a
surprise last evening when forty-five of their relatives gathered at
their home at 8 o'clock to help them pleasantly commemorate the
twenty-fifth anniversary of their wedding. The couple and their little
family celebrated the occasion in their own quiet way during yesterday
and had settled down to pass a quiet evening in reading when there came
a knock at the door. Mrs. Kane responded and met a man who inquired the
name of the
occupant of the house. She informed him, whereupon he and some
brought a handsome buffet from a furniture dray on the street. Both
Mr. and Mrs. Kane tried to tell him that there was some mistake but the
man said he knew he was right. The couple had just begun to take the
in a different light, when all of their relatives appeared, coming from
the home of Mr. Kane's mother, two doors north. The surprise was
Mr. Kane is a brother of Chief Kane of the police and of T. A. Kane. He
is associated in the grocery business with the latter.
From Ontario County Journal 28 May 1909
Mr. and Mrs. John Kaveny, of Pearl street, quietly passed the
50th anniversary of their married life on Wednesday. They were united
in marriage by Father Lee in East Bloomfield on May 26, 1859, and up to
two years ago resided upon their farm in the western part of this town,
which showed the thrift and industry of the occupants, so long
respected as among the substantial residents of that section. Owing to
the illness of Mrs. Kaveny a golden wedding celebration which had been
planned was abandoned, although they received their children and the
congratulations of many friends.
From Ontario County Journal 1 October
The tenth anniversary of the wedded life of T. H. Kellogg and
evening. A large
circle of friends gathered to offer their congratulations, and wish the
happy and worthy couple a long life of happiness and prosperity; and to
their well-wishes we heartily add ours.
From Shortsville Enterprise 16 November 1913
Manchester, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo B. King, of Hopewell,
celebrated the fifty-eighth anniversary of their marriage Friday and
are having congratulations showered upon them from a wide circle of
friends, over the fact that few people ever share the joys and sorrows
of life together as long as Mr. and Mrs. King. Both sprung from
families of the early pioneers, Mr. King, the son of Harvey and Lucy
King, having been born on what still bears the name of the "King
homestead," located midway between this village and Port Gibson. Mrs.
King's maiden name was Mary Hoes, and she was the daughter of Richard
and Nancy Hoes of Port Gibson.
Mr. and Mrs. A. B. King were united in marriage at the bride's home on
November 14, 1855, and after a wedding dinner departed on a tour which
extended to Port Byron, N. Y., and was considered something of a trip
in those days. Mr. and Mrs. King commenced housekeeping northeast of
Manchester village on what is known as the Kelly farm. For fifty years
Mr. and Mrs. King were residents of the town of Manchester and Mr. King
became widely known as the owner of the Manchester Center saw mill,
which he conducted for many years in connection with agricultural
pursuits before going to the town of Hopewell to reside. Mr. and Mrs.
King are both enjoying good health for people who have passed their
golden wedding by eight years. They have five children, Mrs. Leora
Farnsworth, and Wade R. King of Manchester; Mrs. Julius F. Aldrich of
Farmington; and Geo. King of Clifton Springs.
From Shortsville Enterprise 19 November 1914
Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo B. King of Hopewell celebrated the 59th
anniversary of their marriage on Saturday. For 50 years they resided in
Manchester township and Mr. King conducted the Manchester saw mill for
From Geneva Daily Times 6 October 1906
Mr. and Mrs. Silas King of 28 Tillman, celebrated their golden
wedding anniversary yesterday. They gave a six o'clock dinner last
evening to about twelve of their relatives. Miss Alice Ormand was the
only one present last evening who attended the wedding fifty years ago.
The wedding took place on Lake street and Mr. and Mrs. King have
resided in this city their entire wedded lives. The table was prettily
decorated with flowers and it was a notable feature that most of the
dishes and the brass candle sticks used last evening were also used on
the bride's table at the time of the wedding.
From Ontario County Times 31 January 1877
Thursday eve, January 25th, Mr. and Mrs. John S. Kingsbury celebrated
of their old friends
and neighbors. That was much enjoyed. Mr. and Mrs. Kingsbury received
the kindest wishes of their friends. I understand that there were no
presents on the occasion, thus setting an example that all anniversary
weddings would do well to initiate. The feeling has become so general
that one must make a present at such times, that they have come to be
regarded as almost a nuisance.
From Geneva Daily Times 7 January 1910
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Philip Kless, of this
village, celebrated their fiftieth anniversary of their marriage on
Wednesday evening. The marriage ceremony took place in Rochester 50
years ago and for over 40 years they have resided in this village. Mr.
Kless, who is 73 years of age, has had a barber shop in the Annex Block
in this village for the past 31 years. He now has his son, Charles, in
partnership with him in the business. Mrs. Kless is 66 years old. They
have five children, three of whom are living in this village, as
follows: Charles and Frank Kless and Mrs. Lemuel Horton; two sons
living in Buffalo, William and Fred Kless. In speaking of the weather,
Mr. Kless says their wedding day fifty years ago was much the same as
the anniversary this year.
From Ontario County Journal 7 March 1902
Shortsville, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Henry O. Klinck were given
a pleasant surprise by 40 friends on Tuesday evening in honor of their
25th wedding anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. Klinck were presented with two
pieces of handsome cut glass.
From Ontario County Journal 15 March 1912
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. John Klinefeller celebrated
the 50th anniversary of their marriage Friday evening by entertaining a
number of their friends and relatives at their home southwest of this
village. Everything possible was done to make the golden wedding a
success and a most delightful evening was spent. The 65 guests entered
into the spirit of the affair with enthusiasm. Mr. Klinefeller was
dressed in his wedding suit. Rev. G. B. Spencer and T. W. Peeling
tendered the congratulations of the company. There were many gifts,
mostly in gold.
From Geneva Gazette 16 March 1900
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Knauss celebrated their golden wedding last
Saturday evening with a house full of old friends who assembled to
tender congratulations at their home in Phelps.
From Geneva Courier 27 January 1875
GOLDEN WEDDING - Mr. and Mrs. Walter Laidlaw of this village
fiftieth anniversary of their wedding on Thursday of last week, all
their children now grown to manhood and womanhood, coming home to
participate. Mr. and Mrs. Laidlaw were married in Scotland in 1825, and
this country shortly afterwards in 1829 and first settled in the town
of Phelps and four years after in 1833 moved to Geneva where they have
since resided, most of the time, at his present residence on Pultney
Street. For many years Mr. Laidlaw was a member of the Associate Reform
Church. In 1860 he transferred his church relation to the
Reformed Church since which in 1863 he entered the Consistory and
faithfully performed the duties of his offices as a Deacon and
Elder. The members of the Consistory on Thursday evening
proceeded to Mr. Laidlaw's house to tender their congratulations when
Rev. Mr. Brush on their behalf presented the aged couple with a silver
cake basket and butter dish and the good wishes of the members.
We learn that Mr. Laidlaw was subsequently presented with a silver
headed cane by other friends.
From Geneva Gazette 19 April 1878
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Larzelere of Dresden celebrated their golden wedding on the 10th inst. Mr. L. was a native of Geneva, born in 1806.
From Ontario County Chronicle 24 February 1904
Shortsville, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Latting invited a few
friends to aid in celebrating the 40th anniversary of their wedding
day, which occurred on the 22nd of February. They reside on the Four
Town Farm, where Mr. Latting was born in August, 1858. They are rugged,
and their five children are all alive and well, none of the family are
missing, although two are away from home.
From Ontario County Chronicle 2 March 1904
A slight mistake was made in last week's Chronicle. It said J. H.
Latting was born in 1858 and celebrated his 40th anniversary of his
marriage Feb. 22 last. It should have said he was born in 1838, as in
the former case he would have been a young bridegroom to wed in 1864.
He was no spring chicken if it was in war time. He was drafted the same
year, they could hardly want a soldier 6 years old.
From Ontario County Journal 1 July 1910
Rushville, N. Y. - Last Sunday Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Lauder celebrated
Ira Foster, Mr. and Mrs. L. P. Detro and son, Howard, and Myron
Washburn and family of Williamsport, Pa.
From Ontario County Journal 17 September 1909
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - A pleasant surprise occurred at the home
of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Leete on Wednesday, the occasion being
the 25th anniversary of their wedding. All the relatives now alive, who
were present at their wedding assembled to congratulate them. Old
memories were revived and a most enjoyable day spent.
From Geneva Gazette 17 September 1886
Oaks Corners - Over sixty guests assembled at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Silas Lowe last Tuesday, September 14, to
celebrate with them their
golden wedding, four of whom were present at the original wedding fifty
years ago. Rev. J. P. Richardson read some interesting letters of
regret from absent friends, also made a short speech, telling a few
facts regarding the first wedding and the intervening time,
which, all but one year, had been spent at the home where they now
reside. Miss Sophronia Lowe of Genoa, daughter of one of Mr. Lowe's
brothers, presented the gifts (which were many and beautiful) in behalf
of the friends present, bringing their minds back to the time when some
of them welcomed the new aunt into the family. Mr. Lowe replied
in a touching manner, thanking all for their kind remembrances.
All united in singing the "Sweet bye and bye," after which a bountiful
and delicious collation was served.
From Geneva Gazette 22 March 1889
Oaks Corners - Long
remembered by all fortunate enough to be present will be the happy
twenty-fifth anniversary, or Silver Wedding of Mr. and Mrs.
Lowe, which was celebrated at their pleasant home in Oaks
Corners last Friday evening. The incoming trains brought guests
from Canandaigua, Shortsville, Phelps, Geneva and Waterloo. The
Rev. Samuel Murdoch had the happy office of presenting to them in
behalf of their many friends present a table filled with the shining
ore in the shape of a handsome solid silver coffee urn, teaspoons,
salad spoons, butter dish and individual plates, etc. etc.
During the evening a most delicious collation was served. All
joined in wishing them added prosperity and happiness in the years to
come -- especially that all might be able to celebrate with them their
From Geneva Daily Times 2 January 1931
Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius T. Lynch, of 487 South Main street,
celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary yesterday at their home. They
were married in Fulton, N. Y., on January 1st, 1907, in the Church of
the Immaculate Conception. Rev. John Lindsman performed the wedding
ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Lynch entertained members of the wedding party
and relatives on New Year's Eve, and at a five o'clock dinner on New
Year's Day at their home in observance of the occasion. Guests were
present from Oswego, Fulton, Utica, Herkimer and New York.
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