Wedding Anniversaries

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From Geneva Daily Times 16 February 1897

Last evening Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Race of 151 Main street celebrated their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary in a fitting manner by entertaining about fifty of their relatives and friends. The evening was very joyously spent at their pleasant home by all who had the pleasure of being present. During the evening a bountiful collation was served. Mr. and Mrs. Race were the recipients of many beautiful and useful remembrances. A beautiful hymn composed by Rev. J. L. Race, father of Mr. Race, was sung by the company. The festivities of the evening were brought to a close about 11 o'clock by Rev. Dr. A. W. Broadway, who offered prayer. As the friends departed for their homes they wished Mr. and Mrs. Race many happy returns of the festal occasion. Those from out-of-town who were present were, Rev. J. L. Race of Scranton Pa; Rev. J. H. Race of Binghamton; Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Race of Oswego; Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Albro of Syracuse; and Mr. and Mrs. A. Sproul of Waverly.

From Geneva Gazette 25 January 1867

Silver Wedding and Infair -
The residence of Mr. Henry Ramsey, of 30 Genesee st., was the scene of a large and brilliant party on Monday evening last, congregated for the double purpose -- first to congratulate the worthy host and his estimable lady on this the twenty-fifth anniversary of their nuptials; second, to pay greeting to the son, Chas. H. Ramsey, and his newly-made bride, one of the fairest of Michigan's fair daughters.  The guests were received with the warmest courtesy and entertained with regal hospitality.  An additional charm and interest attached to the occasion by the presence of other brides and bridegrooms, whose honeymoon hath not yet fairly waned; among whom we may mention Mr. and Mrs. P___e, of this village, and Mr. and Mrs. D ___x of Oneida, the latter gentleman one who would be readily recognized in a crowd, however large, as "a chip of the old block" by any one enjoying the acquaintance of his father.  "Ye faire maidens" looked with envious eyes upon the young and happy brides ranged "all in a row;" young men envied the bliss enjoyed by the bridegrooms in the possession of the wealth of such loving hearts; and if the whole truth must be told, "old fogies" reverted in memory to the days of their early wedded life, and sighed for a renewal of youthful love and vigor.  Vain hope ! and in their despair they sought once and again for consolation in the worthy hosts' "picture gallery."  The sketch entitled "Old Bourbon," was the chef-d'aeuvre of the room, a more intimate acquaintance with which soon banished sad reflections and vain longings.  (We understand that Adjutant Nash was the artist whose genius arranged this very attractive display.

A fine array of presents in silver ware to the elder Mr. and Mrs. R., was spread out upon a table for examination.  With music and dancing, the festivities were prolonged into the "wee sma' hours."  It was the sentiment of every heart that life and health might be vouchsafed to both couples whose wedded happiness this affair was ordained to celebrate, so that after the lapse of years a similar gathering may be assembled under the roof to celebrate the golden wedding of the one and the silver wedding of the other.  "So mote it be."

From Shortsville Enterprise 2 April 1914

Farmington, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Randall
were given a pleasant surprise visit by a large number of friends last Saturday evening. The occasion was the 24th anniversary of their marriage. Bountiful refreshments were served after a most enjoyable evening.

From Ontario County Journal 5 March 1909

Honeoye, N. Y. -
On Feb. 25, Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Menihan attended a surprise party, given Mrs. Menihan's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Rawlins, at their residence at West Bloomfield, in honor of their 36th wedding anniversary. About 30 relatives assembled. A bountiful dinner was served.

From Geneva Daily Times 3 February 1905

Clifton Springs, N. Y. -
One of the most pleasant social events of the season was the golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. George Raymond, which was celebrated at their home this afternoon from 3 to 5 o'clock. The house was elaborately decorated with flags, yellow bunting and ribbon, potted plants, tulips and daffodils. Lindner's orchestra furnished the music and light refreshments were served. This evening Mr. and Mrs. Raymond will entertain the members of the Woman's Relief Corps and Gordon Granger Post, G. A. R. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond were married in a log house at Macon, Mich., February 3, 1855. August 10, 1862, Mr. Raymond enlisted in the 44th Regiment of New York Volunteers, and did three years of active service. He was wounded on the head in the battle of Fredericksburg, and in the leg at the battle of Chancellorsville. He also served in the following famous battles: Antietam, Gettysburg, Rappahannock, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg. He was captured by the Confederates five days before war broke up, and was discharged at Annapolis as a paroled prisoner. Of four men who clung together during the war, he was the only one to return. In 1873 Mr. and Mrs. Raymond moved to Clifton Springs, where Mr. Raymond was engaged in carpenter work. He built the first two houses on Pleasant street. For several years previous to 1900 he was janitor at the school house, since which time he and Mrs. Raymond have been prosperous florists. Mrs. Raymond is sixty-eight years old, and was born at Ovid. Mr. Raymond is seventy-five years old, and was born in Geneva. They have two children, Mrs. Edward Knauss of this place, and Miss Hattie Raymond of New York City.

Among Mr. and Mrs. Raymond's guests: Mrs. Lucinda Harning of Meridan, Mich., Mrs. Raymond's only sister, Mrs. Harning is eighty-seven years old, and came through from Michigan alone; Miss Hattie Raymond of New York, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond, and Raymond Knauss, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond, a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond, a private in the standing army at Boston, Mass. Other guests were present from Penn Yan, Auburn, Syracuse and Rochester.

From Geneva Gazette 1 January 1875

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Read,
venerable citizens of Seneca, will celebrate their GOLDEN WEDDING on the 16th January inst. Mr. Read, now in his 83d year, is a native of Seneca, and with his estimable consort has lived on the farm which he now occupies during the whole period of their married life, with the exception of eight years when they had a temporary abode in a neighboring county.  A numerous posterity surround them by whom they are affectionately revered, and who proposed and insisted on their project of celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of their nuptials.  Tis indeed mete and fitting that the event so seldom occurring should be thus commemorated.

From Geneva Daily Times 24 October 1910

Clifton Springs, N. Y. -
Saturday was the fifteenth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Reece, and the occasion was fittingly celebrated by them at their home. A small company of friends were invited to a 5 o'clock tea. Among them was the Rev. S. H. Adams, D. D., who was the officiating clergyman at their wedding. The color scheme of the decorating was green and white and the table was especially pretty, being decorated with carnations and smilax. Myrtle was also used about the house. Mrs. Reece was formerly Miss Bertha S. Hayden. The wedding was held at the home of Mrs. Reece's mother, Mrs. Julia A. Hayden, on Pleasant Street in this village. Many beautiful and useful anniversary gifts were received by Mr. and Mrs. Reece.

From Ontario County Chronicle 4 March 1903

Honeoye, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Harrison H. Reed
of this place were pleasantly surprised by about 25 of their friends Wednesday evening. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Reed invited the friends to help celebrate the fortieth wedding anniversary of their parents. A very pleasant evening was passed. Rev. Mr. Day, who united this couple, spoke and was followed by Mr. Reed and John P. Ray, who was also married at the same time.

From Geneva Daily Times 6 July 1906

Phelps, N. Y. - The fortieth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Read was celebrated by a family reunion at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Burt Sabin, Wednesday.

From Victor Herald 13 March 1903

Honeoye, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Reed
recently celebrated their fortieth wedding anniversary with the help of a few friends. Most of the three generations were there, as well as Rev. S. M. Day, the minister who married them.

From Ontario County Times 29 February 1888

Allen's Hill, N. Y. - 
Twenty-five years ago, February 24th, Harrison Reed and wife were united in marriage. Friday evening last they celebrated the event of their silver wedding by entertaining a goodly number of their relatives and friends at their home in the western part of this town.

From Ontario County Journal 7 April 1893

Honeoye, N. Y. -
The twentieth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Reed occurring on Tuesday, March 28, a few of their friends made a descent upon the ranch and left a handsome silver tea set, also a decorated dinner and tea set, as a little remembrance of the occasion.

From Geneva Gazette 26 January 1883

Vincent Reed's
family were quite surprised last Friday evening, when about fifty guests entered their home prepared to celebrate the thirteenth anniversary of their wedding. After a social gathering, Mr. and Mrs. Vincent were missed by the company, but they soon returned, dressed in queer costumes, made mostly of paper, (which were gotten up to use at their first anniversary). Refreshments, of which there was a splendid assortment, were served.  Phelps Citizen

From Ontario County Journal 10 February 1893

Miller's Corners, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. John Regan
celebrated their wooden wedding at their home last Wednesday evening. A large number of friends and relatives were present, and each one brought a costly present. Dancing was on the programme and continued until 4:30 in the morning. Music was furnished by Ed. Liberty and Robt. Granger.

From Geneva Daily Times 3 September 1903

A Surprise Party -
The neighbors and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Reynolds gave them a surprise party at their home on East North street last night. The occasion was the twenty-first anniversary of the Reynolds marriage. About 35 were present. Presents were numerous and refreshments were served.

From Ontario Repository and Messenger 3 May 1876

Chester and Sarabeth Richardson
of Canadice, celebrated their crystal wedding on the 15th inst.

From Ontario Repository and Messenger 2 June 1875

Victor, N. Y. -
Last Friday, the 28th inst., was the twenty-fifth anniversary of the marriage of our townsman, Mr. Abram Risser, and the occasion was deemed a fitting one by his numerous friends to give him some substantial token of their good will and friendship. Accordingly, they repaired to his residence in large numbers, and by twilight the gracious grounds surrounding the house were thronged. To add to the festivities the Canandaigua Cornet Band arrived, and until midnight discoursed their sweetest strains. In addition to the Band, there were also present musicians from Rochester; in truth there was "music in the air." During the evening, Mr. and Mrs. Risser were presented with some beautiful presents, Mr. Risser responding to the gifts in some appropriate remarks. Refreshments were provided, so that all the two hundred guests sat down and refreshed the inner man from tables bountifully supplied with all the delicacies an epicurean could wish. Then commenced the dancing, and young and old "tripped the light fantastic toe." The married life of few has been as happy and prosperous as Mr. and Mrs. Risser, and it is the wish of all who know them, that they may enjoy all its blessing as hand in hand they pass down the vale of life, and that they may see their golden wedding surrounded with all that makes like enjoyable, and that so marked the anniversary of their twenty-fifth marriage day.

From Ontario County Journal 17 August 1883

Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Robinson
celebrated the thirty-second anniversary of their wedding, Tuesday, Aug. 7th, by a trip to Maxwell's Point, on Canandaigua lake, in Mr. R.'s fine new steam yacht, the "Fairy." The party consisted of their immediate family and that of their son, Mr. E. C. Robinson. The day was most pleasantly spent at the point, and that they may live to enjoy many more such happy anniversaries is the wish of many friends and acquaintances.

From Ontario County Journal 19 November 1909

Rushville, N. Y. -
The home of Mr. and Mrs. John Robson was the scene of a happy gathering on Tuesday, when in response to invitations issued by the children, 70 guests assembled to extend their congratulations to the bride and groom of 50 years. Fifty years ago Miss Amanda Chase, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Chase, and John Robson, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Robson, were married at the Methodist parsonage, which was then located at Nettle Valley. They came to the old homestead, which the groom's parents, who had come from England, established when this section was still a favorite hunting ground of the Indians. Mr. and Mrs. Robson have spent 50 years together, rearing six children, who were all present at the golden wedding, as an unbroken family circle. The affair was arranged and carried out by the children as a surprise. The house was beautifully decorated with white and yellow chrysanthemums and white carnations. At the bridal table, which was decorated with yellow chrysanthemums, covers were laid for eight. At this table sat the bride and groom, Mrs. James Bordwell, Mrs. Mary Harkness, Mr. and Mrs. Addison Hawley and Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Williams, all friends of their youth. One of the number, Mr. Hawley, had attended their wedding, and another, Mrs. James Bordwell, became a bride on the same date. Among the guests was an old neighbor, Mrs. Sarah Barclay, who is 93 years of age and in excellent health. She participated in the pleasures of the day with the zeal of the younger people. After a bountiful dinner had been served, Rev. Mr. Hebblethwaite, in behalf of the guests, with a few appropriate remarks, presented the bride with an envelope containing gold coins. They received many beautiful gifts, among them a handsome Morris chair, and Miss Belle Bostwick presented them a handsome silver baking dish in memory of her father and mother. Their six children and six grandchildren were all present.

From Geneva Advertiser Gazette 19 October 1911

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Rogan,
of Cherry Street, celebrated the 50th anniversary of their marriage on the 12th October. About thirty years of their married life was spent in their comfortable little home at the foot of West avenue, from which two of their daughters were married. Good, old-fashioned, honest neighbors they always were, too.

From Geneva Daily Times 26 November 1906

Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Rogers, of No. 11 John street, entertained a few of their friends Sunday evening, the occasion being the fifteenth anniversary of their marriage. Supper was served at eight o'clock, and the remainder of the evening was spent in games, etc. Mr. and Mrs. Rogers were the recipients of many pieces of glass.

From Geneva Daily Times 28 January 1902

Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Rogers
celebrated the 15th anniversary of their marriage Sunday.  They were surprised by friends from Rochester and Penn Yan.

From Geneva Advertiser Gazette 17 January 1905

Friends and relatives of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence G. Rowley to the number of fifteen broke in on them last Saturday night to help them celebrate the twentieth anniversary of their wedding. It was a complete surprise so far as he was concerned, but his good wife was knowing of it. There were cards and music, refreshments and a smoke for the men, candies and cake for the women. Their cozy home was bright and cheery. The party remained until past the hour of midnight, music taking the place of cards when the midnight bell rung. May they live to round out the 50th anniversary.

From Geneva Courier 4 June 1879


The twenty-fifth anniversary of the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Rupert was celebrated by a large party at their residence in Seneca, on Wednesday of last week, 28th ultimo, comprising neighbors of the bride and groom with friends from Halls, Stanley, Gorham, Geneva, etc., and some of the guests came from a distance of one or two hundred miles. Our friends in Seneca are among the most complacent people anywhere to be met.  With all necessary modesty, they yet believe in each other, and when any good thing is to be done; when one of their number is to be honored according to his deserving; when a red letter day comes in the history of an excellent family, the occasion is observed in such substantial manner, and with such eclat, as to leave no question as to anybody's minds, that it is well done.

Nearly or quite a hundred and fifty persons attended this wedding anniversary.  A few were young; nearly all, however, were of middle age; and were looking forward to or else had passed a similar anniversary.  There was no need to simulate any enthusiasm.  The guests felt what they said in congratulation of the bride and groom just entering on their second quarter century of married life.  A more rational and altogether sensible observance of such an occasion could hardly be imagined, than these "lords of the soil," and the women, ladies of a most honorable estate, gave to this occasion.  Don't anybody charge that this is "hifalutin;" or that it is in common parlance (borrowed from William Shakespeare) "too thin."  It is not too thin.  It is enough to be said, but not a word too much.

Mr. and Mrs. Rupert received their guests with as open arms as was consistent with due grace, as well as with open house.  It was an exceedingly pleasant evening; and not a door or window, we suppose, in their spacious residence was closed.  The guests could hardly find room inside, though after the social groupings were made up, there seemed to be room enough, as there is always room in an omnibus, for one more, to join any of the groups.  The festivities included the full regulation in such cases, that is to say, in the case of a Presbyterian family, not believing in much dancing or hopping, or many games, or other such nonsensical business.  But there was no frigidity (except in the ice cream); no straight-lacedness (we are tempted to indulge in a pun about the lacing indulged in by the ladies, but desist), and no formality for the sake of formality.  Conversation was lively, but we didn't hear a word about the Presbyterian church or the grange.  The music was good; but we did not hear "The Milk Maid's Song," or "Old Hundred," or "The Beautiful Blue Danube;" the ladies' voices rang out delightfully, and the new piano was charmingly initiated.  It is a musical community.  No village there; but as one gentleman remarked, he could sit near his door, on almost any pleasant evening, and hear four pianos in as many houses of neighbors -- five including his own.

And the wedding feast -- what need be said of that, except that it was a set-out worthy of such an anniversary.  These farmers know evidently what is good, and they have it.  Mr. Rupert was a farmer once; he has now been graduated into a nurseryman (he put in this season some twenty-five peaches at one planting).  The reader can skip this; it was not a part of the wedding entertainment.  it was at the fashionable hour of ten or eleven that the feast was finished -- just in time to have it on the wedding day.  Another hour would have carried it over, as a post-wedding dinner.

Shall we say the presents were, in the common phrase, numerous and elegant?  They were more elegant than numerous, but numerous enough.  In addition to the usual variety -- spoons, knives, napkin rings, etc., with books, and other remembrances always appropriate -- there was an elegant silver service, of full size, and expensive and tasteful finish.  Attached to the tray, on which are the two teapots, bowls, etc., is a stand for the coffee urn and heater.  The ornamentation is of frosting, chasing and engraving.  Some beautiful pictures in simile of line engraving, produce a fine artistic effect.  The lettering is not elaborate, but suggestive and complete as follows:

This costly present was a surprise to Mr. and Mrs. Rupert.  Complimentary and creditable as this is to the recipients as a testimonial, it is even more complimentary and creditable to those concerned in giving it.  There are, we believe, few farming neighborhoods which so acquit and honor themselves, by their taste, liberality and their neighborly sense and feeling.  It was the offering of the resident friends of Mr. and Mrs. Rupert; and fitly expresses the regard in which those neighbors unanimously hold them.  We commend the example thus set; such a testimony will go down to the generations of the descendants of those to whom it is given.

From Geneva Daily Times 19 October 1909

Manchester, N. Y. -
Sixty years ago yesterday two of the old and much respected residents of this village were united in marriage and during that time they have shared the joys and cares of life together, passing their "golden wedding" by ten years, yesterday celebrating their sixtieth wedding anniversary and receiving the best wishes of friends. To the small Methodist parsonage that stood in the little village of Chapin, sixty years ago two of the residents of this town bent their way with serious intent, they being Mr. Charles E. Russell and Miss Mary Hart, who unattended were married by Rev. Priest Whiting on October 18, 1849. Mr. Russell is hale and hearty for one of his years, but Mrs. Russell has been confined to her couch for many long years, having suffered a stroke of paralysis over twenty years ago, which left her unable to walk. Both were born in the Town of Manchester and during their whole life this has been their home.

From Geneva Courier 31 March 1880


The following communication related to an event almost unprecedented in human experience.  It is very rare indeed that a married couple live to celebrate the 68th anniversary of their marriage, but such was the good fortune of our respected citizens, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Russell. We have been shown the original marriage certificate, written 68 years ago, in London, and certifying that parties named were married "by Banns" in the parish of St. Leonard Foster, by Rev. Samuel Crowther, rector, in the presence of James Evans and I. Knight.  This certificate, and the auction bill issued at the time Mr. Russell removed to this country, are treasured relics in the Russell family.  The bill, like the certificate, is faded with age, and is an interesting relic of old times in the old country.  It announces that "excellent household furniture and valuable leasehold," in Southwark, will be "sold by auction," on Thursday, Oct. 1, 1829.  The list of furniture includes "Mahogany chests of drawers, Rosewood " --chiffonier names peculiar to those days and that country.  At the same time Mr. Russell advertised for sale a "leasehold estate," comprising eight houses, renting for 53 pounds, (about $265) per annum.  Mr. Russell is, we believe, related to the late Lord John Russell, but he does not need to depend on noble relatives for character or reputation.  He and his worthy wife are universally respected and beloved, and in common with their friends we unite in congratulating them on their long, prosperous and honorable life. They have now living 33 grandchildren and 24 great-grand-children. Our correspondent writes:  The 68th anniversary of the marriage of Mr. Edward Russell and Miss Rachel Payne, occurred on the 26th of March, 1880.  Mr. Russell was born in Herefortshire, England, in Sept. 1790, and is now in the 90th year of his age.  Mrs. Russell was born in Suffolk, England, March 9th, 1796, and is now in her 84th year.  They were married in Christ church, City of London, by Samuel Crowther, rector, in the year 1812; came to America in 1829, and located in Geneva, Ontario county, N. Y., and have remained honored residents here since that time.  Nine children were born to them in England, and three in America.  Of their 12 children, nine remain.  Three children are residents of Geneva, Mrs. Benjamin Springstead, Miss Rachel Russell and Mr. Charles Russell.  Their oldest child is 67 years old, the youngest 40.  It is worthy of note that our venerable townsman has always been a staunch Republican and a subscriber to the Courier, and its predecessors.  It is but just to add that Mr. Russell has ever maintained the character of an honorable, upright, Christian gentleman.

From Geneva Daily Times 3 October 1907

Shortsville, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Russell of this village celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary yesterday. High mass was held at St. Dominick's church at 9 a.m. in honor of the event. Their four children were all at home. Miss Catherine is a trained nurse in a hospital in New York City; John and Frank live in New Jersey, and Miss Anna lives at home with her parents. A reception was held at the Russell residence during the day and a great many valuable presents were sent in recognition of the joyful event besides those given by relatives and friends of this place.

From Ontario County Journal 19 October 1894

Millers Corners, N. Y. -
On Thursday, October 11, the children and grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sage, living in this vicinity, together with a few friends, assembled at their house to offer their congratulations and good wishes, the occasion being the forty-fifth anniversary of their marriage. After partaking of a bountiful repast, the party spent a few social hours and departed for their homes, hoping to celebrate many more similar anniversaries in the same place.

From Ontario County Journal 3 February 1911

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Albert E. Sale, in Victor, was the scene of a happy gathering Tuesday evening, when a party of friends, to the number of 34, paid them a surprise visit in honor of their thirty-second wedding anniversary.

From Ontario Repository and Messenger 13 January 1875

Mr. and Mrs. James Savage
of Rushville, celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of their marriage on Wednesday, December 30th. A large number of guests were present, and many fine silver gifts were bestowed on the worthy couple.

From Victor Herald 14 August 1903

East Bloomfield, N. Y. -
Thursday, July 30, being the thirtieth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. James Saxby, their friends and relatives gave them a very pleasant surprise in the evening. The guests served with refreshments, consisting of sandwiches, hot coffee, ice cream and cake, and altogether a pleasant evening was spent.

From Geneva Courier 29 January 1879

A Pleasant Anniversary - Last Thursday evening about one hundred and fifty invited guests assembled at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. William Scandling at Hopewell, to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of their wedding.  The house was appropriately decorated, and a large number of elegant and valuable articles in silver, among them a beautiful full tea set, were presented to the host and hostess.  The occasion was a very enjoyable one, and the company dispersed at a late hour with many wishes for the continued happiness of Mr. and Mrs. Scandling.  Among the many guests from abroad were Mr. and Mrs. Gulick of Geneva, Mr. and Mrs. A. Markham and Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Farnsworth, of Lima, and Mr. and Mrs. S. Farnsworth, of Canandaigua.

From Ontario County Chronicle 7 October 1903

Major and Mrs. Peter E. Schlick
celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at their home in Bristol street Monday evening. There were upwards of one hundred relatives and friends present, who joined with the happy couple in making the event a memorable one. There were numerous gifts, those of their eight children being gold coins. The children who were present and aided their father and mother in receiving, are: Peter E. Schlick of Detroit; Henry R. Schlick of Ithaca, Fred J. Schlick and William L. Schlick of  Washington; Mrs. George Eighmy, Jr., of Buffalo; Mrs. F. G. Hutchens, Miss Wilhelmina Schlick and Miss Elizabeth Schlick of Canandaigua. Mr. and Mrs. Peter Faber of this place also assisted in receiving. Mrs. Faber is a sister of Mrs. Schlick. Mr. and Mrs. Faber observed their golden wedding at their home in Chapin street two yrs. ago.

Among the guests were Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Shafer, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Michaels, Mrs. Fred Leiser, Mrs. George Engert, Miss Josie Engert, Colonel and Mrs. Henry Schlick, Mr. and Mrs. P.Faber and daughter, Charlotte of Rochester; Mr. and Mrs. George Eighmy and child, and Mr. and Mrs. R. R. Scott of Buffalo; Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Schlick and daughters, Miss Helen Schlick and Miss Maud Schlick of Ithaca; Mrs. Henry Hutchens of Cheshire; Mrs. Beh and daughter, Mrs. Mackin, of Seneca Falls; Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Hutchens of Johnstown, N. Y.

Mr. Schlick has lived in this place since 1851, and Mrs. Schlick since 1847. Rev. J. T. Dougherty of St. Mary's church addressed a few words of congratulations to them in the course of the evening, on their long and useful life in this place. Major Schlick and wife are among Canandaigua's best known residents and their host of friends wish them many happy returns of the day.

From Geneva Daily Times 23 October 1908

Mr. and Mrs. R. R. Schnirel
were very pleasantly surprised at their home on Spring and Hamilton streets Monday evening by a number of their friends, the occasion being the tenth anniversary of their wedding. Music and singing furnished the evening's entertainment after which refreshments were served. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Schnirel, Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Wickman, Mr. and Mrs. A. Linkner, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kinny, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pries, Mr. and Mrs. William Vogt, of Seneca Castle, Rev. and Mrs. Jules Held and children, Kenneth and Wilber, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Schnirel, Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Sauerborn, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Unger, the Misses Josephine, Ida and Minnie Linkner, Ralph Kidd, Harold Vogt and Alfred Schnirel.

From Geneva Courier 21 May 1879


The golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Scott was celebrated at their house on North Main street yesterday afternoon.  About seventy relatives and friends were present, and the occasion was of real pleasure to all.  The parlor was tastefully decorated with flowers, a floral arch, the monogram S. C. and the appropriate dates, 1827 and 1879 being parts of the decoration.

Of the ten children of the venerable couple, six were present -- Mrs. Nancy Boorom and Mrs. Mary Covert, of Farmer Village, Mrs. Cornelia Page, Mrs. Catharine A. Covert, Mrs. Minerva Skuse, and Mrs. Emma Skuse, of Geneva.  Those absent were Mrs. Sarah Van Houten, of Eureka, Kansas, Rev. Winfield Scott and George W. Scott, of California, and Sinclair Scott of Morgan, Kansas.  It is a remarkable fact that Mr. and Mrs. Scott have lost no children.

Other relatives present were Edward Scott of Elmira, brother of Mr. Scott, Peter Covert, brother of Mrs. Scott, Hon. J. B. Thomas of Ovid, Miss Elma Scott of California, and Mrs. J. J. Covert who was the bridesmaid at the wedding half a century ago.  Mr. Allen, for eight years Mrs. Scott's school teacher, was also among the company.

The exercises began with the singing of the doxology, and of the golden wedding song, written by Rev. Lewis Halsey of Farmer Village.  Rev. Dr. Moore, of the Baptist church, then made a beautiful and affecting address, revealing the memories of the years gone by and expressing the wishes of all in prayers for the happy future of those whose golden anniversary was celebrated.  He concluded his remarks with an original poem.

General handshaking and congratulations followed the literary exercises, after which refreshments were served.  The company broke up about six o'clock, with many expressions of pleasure at the good time they had had, and with earnest wishes and prayers for the happiness and prosperity of their host and hostess, in which all who know them will heartily join.

The display of presents was very fine, and included $100 in gold from the children, nearly as much more from other relatives and friends, an elegant set of china from the grandchildren, pictures, and a number of valuable and useful articles.  The occasion, rare as it is in human life, was of rare pleasure, and will long be looked back upon with interest and satisfaction.

From Geneva Daily Times 1 July 1907

Canandaigua, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Lyman L. Scott
of Chapin street celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage yesterday. The golden event was not marked by an formal programme, only a family dinner, at which were present their only son, Hon. Royal B. Scott, and his family, and Mrs. Scott's brother, Richard Lown and wife of Cuba, N. Y.

From Ontario County Journal 3 August 1894

Naples, N. Y. -
The 20th anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. I. A. Seamans was the occasion of a very pleasant gathering at their home on the evening of July 25. The company was composed of about fifty intimate friends and relatives of the family, twenty of whom were from neighboring towns. Of those who remained for a longer visit were: Mrs. C. Stevens and two children, of Niagara Falls; Mrs. Wilders of Buffalo; Mrs. Warfield and son of Lyons.

From Ontario County Journal 25 January 1889

East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Last Friday evening, Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Sears celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their wedded life. Nearly two hundred invited guests were present and extended their congratulations. They were the recipients of many valuable presents.

From Geneva Daily Times 4 September 1906

Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Lockwood Seeley celebrated the golden anniversary of their marriage yesterday at their home, the Prospect Hill Farm, about two miles west of this city. Mr. and Mrs. Seeley were married in 1856 at Onondaga Valley near Syracuse and came to this city about ten years afterward, where they have since resided. The event was very informally celebrated. About forty of their friends and neighbors called to offer congratulations and best wishes, among whom were Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Bronson and Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Willard, who have but lately celebrated their golden weddings. The house was prettily decorated with golden glow and white phlox. Light refreshments were served.

From Ontario County Times 16 March 1887

West Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Myron S. Shepard
celebrated their twenty-fifth anniversary last Saturday evening. A large company of friends were present and some beautiful presents were received.

From Canandaigua 17 April 1907

Clifton Springs, N. Y. -  Rev. and S. B. Sherrill
celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of their marriage on Thursday of last week. Owing to the condition of their health, there was no public celebration. they have been residents of this county for the past 27 years. After their marriage which occurred in Utica, they spent three years in Moravia, where Mr. Sherrill was pastor of the Congregational church. From there they came to West Bloomfield, which charge he presided over for eleven years, when he was obliged to retire on account of ill health. He has since preached a great deal through the county and Western New York. Mr. and Mrs. Sherrill received many pleasant congratulations and good wishes from their friends through the village and the Sanitarium. Flowers were received from a friend. Letters from their children and grandchild at New Haven, Conn., were among the pleasantest features of the day. 

From Ontario County Times 9 November 1881

Honeoye, N. Y. - 
A wedding anniversary was held at the residence of Mr. Daniel Short on Wednesday evening, the 2d inst. Daniel Short, Jr. and Persis Doolittle were married by Rev. Caleb Briggs at the house of the bride's father (Dr. Doolittle) Oct. 30, 1851; this anniversary being therefore, the thirtieth anniversary of their marriage. Nearly one hundred and twenty guests were present from Richmond and some of the neighboring towns. In one of the rooms there quietly accumulated a group of presents, appropriate to thirtieth-anniversary weddings. The company was a genial, animated one, and "bright the lamps shone on fair women and brave men." About the middle of the evening more formal exercises were in order. An appropriate and beautiful poem was impressively recited by Mrs. George Ashley, and a brief address was made by Rev. S. M. Day. In it reference was made to local and personal and family associations, not only of thirty, but also of sixty-five years ago. In March, 1817, the speaker's father, (Rev Warren Dey), united in marriage in marriage Daniel Short, Sr. and Mary Doolittle. In March, 1867, occurred their golden wedding, at which the son of the officiating minister of fifty years before, took part in the services of the occasion. And again, at this third wedding festival, the family associations appeared side by side.

From Ontario County Journal 27 October 1911

Honeoye, N. Y. -  Mr. and Mrs. Fayette D. Short
celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary last week Wednesday. A surprise was planned for them by Mrs. E. B. Short and about twenty friends and neighbors were present. The out-of-town guests were John Short, Mr. and Mrs. William F. Day, Miss Edith Seward, Mrs. Henry Woodruff and Mrs. Mettie Beach, all of Livonia.

From Victor Herald 16 October 1903

On Saturday evening, October 10, occurred the tenth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Siehl of Fishers, and about twenty-five of their friends met with them in honor of the occasion. The evening was most enjoyably spent with music, games and conversation, the company not forgetting the appropriateness of "rolling the platter" as in days of childhood. A prize was to be given the best player, but, as the result was a tie between two gentlemen, they voted to give the prize to the bride. The decorations, under the management of the Misses Mabel and Nettie Maher, Miss Kate Killam and Miss Hattie Harrison, were very artistic. The dining room was a perfect Eden of loveliness, autumnal hints predominating. The tables were beautifully trimmed with smilax, the bride's table with white carnations and the other tables with red carnations. The four young ladies mentioned above were dressed in white and served the guests with a most delicious and bountiful repast. The affair was in every detail complete. The guests before departing gave Mr. and Mrs. Siehl a shower of rice, and each left some token of remembrance. All joined in wishing them many more years of happiness.

From Geneva Daily Times 5 September 1916

Mr. and Mrs. Loomis H. Siglar
of 356 Washington street on Saturday celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. Siglar were married on September 2d, 1856, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joel Gasper of Eighmy's Corners by Rev. Mr. Young, a Universalist minister. On Saturday Mrs. W. W. Page called for Mr. and Mrs. Siglar with her automobile and gave them the pleasure of visiting the old home and entering the room where they two were made one fifty years ago. Upon their return in the evening, Mr. and Mrs. Siglar were greatly surprised to find a party of about fifty of their friends, members of the Woman's Relief Corps, the Kilkare Whist Club and the Twenty Year Embroidery Club, awaiting their coming. The house was beautifully decorated with various kinds of yellow flowers and a supper was served during the evening. Mrs. Siglar was the recipient of $50 in gold, besides several other smaller appropriate gifts. One of the pleasures of Mr. and Mrs. Siglar was the presence of four of their children. The oldest daughter, Mrs. A. E. Coolbaugh of Towanda, Pa., was unable to be present as was also her son, Robert Coolbaugh of Detroit. Those who were here for the occasion were George Siglar, Harry Siglar and Mrs. E. T. Miles of Geneva and Mrs. W. A. Kenyon of Bayside, Long Island. The grandchildren present were Albert Leonard, Harold and Ethel Siglar, all of Geneva; Albert Leonard and Harold Siglar assisted in serving the refreshments.

From Ontario County Journal 7 April 1911

East Bloomfield, N. Y. -  Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Silvernail
celebrated the 25th anniversary of their marriage on Friday evening by entertaining about 50 relatives and friends. They had a bountiful supper. Many April fool jokes and a general good time was enjoyed. Mr. and Mrs. Silvernail received some beautiful and appropriate gifts.

From Geneva Daily Times 5 April 1907

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Simmons of Seneca entertained last Tuesday evening in honor of the twenty-fifth anniversary of their wedding. They were the recipients of many beautiful pieces of silver. During the evening dancing was indulged in, music being furnished by an orchestra. An elaborate supper was served. The house was appropriately decorated for the occasion with silver trimmings and evergreens.

From Ontario County Times 23 February 1887

Victor, N. Y. - 
A tin wedding was held at the residence of Geo. Simonds and wife, in this village, on Tuesday evening of last week, in celebration of the tenth anniversary of their wedding day. About forty invited guests were present, including the Irving Club, of which society Mr. and Mrs. Simonds are members. A new supply of tinware was received, most of which was useful, some ornamental, and a portion for fun. The Irving Club presented the happy couple with a set of George Elliott's works, twelve volumes, and a large and very fine steel engraving, representing a "Stag at Bay," in an elegant frame, the size of which, I should judge, was about 36 by 50 inches. It is very pleasant to be remembered by friends and relatives on such occasions, and the evening mentioned was a very enjoyable one.

From Victor Herald 28 November 1902

At one of the pleasant homes on Covill street, Thursday was observed as more than Thanksgiving Day, it being Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester H. Simpson's twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. Twenty-six friends and relatives gathered to help them celebrate the event and enjoy a most bounteous dinner. Several very handsome pieces of silverware and linen were received as gifts. From Canandaigua were Mrs. Lettice, Mrs. Force, Mr. Townsend and Mr. George.

From Ontario Repository & Messenger 31 January 1877

Last week Mr. and Mrs. Horace Sisson of Bristol Centre, celebrated their tenth anniversary marriage night by a "tin wedding." A very large party of friends were in attendance to participate in the "tin festivities."

From Ontario County Journal 23 October 1885

Mr. and Mrs. Lucas Smith
celebrated the fortieth anniversary of their marriage at the home on Chapin street Monday evening. There was a large company of guests and the evening was delightfully spent. Numerous fine gifts were presented Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and they were also the recipients of many hearty congratulations. We hope they may see many more such happy anniversaries.

From Ontario County Journal 24 February 1911

Hopewell, N. Y. - 
The celebration of the twenty-fifth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Spangle was observed by about 40 of their relatives and friends on Thursday evening. The affair was a complete surprise to Mr. Spangle. Supper was served. The dining room was prettily trimmed, the color scheme being pink and white. As a token of esteem, many handsome silver and linen presents were received by Mr. and Mrs. Spangle. Among the guests present from out-of-town  were: Mr. and Mrs. John Jones and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ottley of Seneca Castle; Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Kreglough of Melvin Hill; and Mr. and Mrs. John Milton of Stanley.

From Geneva Daily Times 19 February 1908

A very pleasant surprise was tendered Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sparks Monday evening at their home on North Genesee street, the occasion being in honor of the thirty-third anniversary of their marriage. A most enjoyable evening was spent with music, cards and dancing. Mr. and Mrs. Sparks were the recipients of many beautiful presents in silver ware, cut glass and oil paintings. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Sparks and son, William, of Port Elgin, Canada; Mr. and Mrs. Graves, Mrs. Simons and Miss Gibson of Naples; Mr. and Mrs. Crane, Mr. and Mrs. Bagshaw of Waterloo, Mr. and Mrs. Baxter, Mr. and Mrs. Laws, Mr. and Mrs. H. Gross and son, Mrs. Crandall and sons, Mrs. Marie Breuer, Mrs. Fred Breuer, Misses Dora and Laura Breuer, Mary Durkee, Martha and Wanda Nerlich, and Messrs. Fred Breuer and Wesley Lindenberg.

From Geneva Daily Times 20 February 1915

Naples, N. Y. -
About fifty relatives and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Standish paid them a surprise visit yesterday at their home near the head of Canandaigua lake, the occasion being the celebration of their silver wedding anniversary. The guests arrived during the afternoon provided with an abundance of good things to eat and were made welcome by host and hostess. A pleasant time was reported by all and best wishes for many years of life and prosperity.

From Ontario County Journal 22 February 1889

East Bloomfield, N. Y. - On Tuesday evening of this week, Mr. and Mrs. Elisha Steele commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage with a golden wedding. Their relatives and friends to the number of 250 gathered in their large and pleasant home where so many years of the their happy married life have been spent, and extended to them their congratulations and best wishes for many returns of their wedding day. Among those from out-of-town were Mrs. Julia Webster of Chicago, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. L. Sperry and daughter of Owatonna, Minnesota, Mrs. S. D. Haynes, Elmira, Mrs. A. Holcomb, Brockport, Mrs. E. Haight, Geneva, and Prof. N. T. Clark of Canandaigua, who in a few well chosen words informed the guests assembled that fifty years ago he attended the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Steele as best man, and that it afforded him great pleasure to again, after so many years, extend to them his congratulations. The presents were numerous and valuable, conspicuous among which were a pair of easy chairs and a beautiful oil painting representing a scene familiar to all. Ample justice was done by all to the choice refreshments served. The members of the family present were Horatio Steele, wife and son, Mr. and Mrs. L. Sperry and daughter, Clara. Such an event is rare in a quiet country town, and it is fitting that it should be celebrated in some suitable manner. All present will ever remember the generous hospitality of the host and hostess.

From Ontario County Journal 20 March 1896

East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Henry G. Steele
will celebrate the 35th anniversary of their marriage at their residence on this Friday evening.

From Ontario County Journal 24 March 1911

East Bloomfield, N. Y. - 
The home of Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Steele, southwest of this village, was the scene of a pleasant gathering on Monday, when they entertained about 40 relatives and intimate friends at dinner in celebration of their golden wedding. The bride's table was decorated with jonquils and narcissi and draped with white and gold ribbon. The table bore the same china used at the wedding 50 years ago. Among the guests from out-of-town were W. Sheridan Steele of Harrisburg, Pa.; Principal and Mrs. Luther N. Steele of Canandaigua; and Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Pittenger of Milford, Mich.

From Shortsville Enterprise 3 January 1908

Mr. and Mrs. John H. Stephens
of Clifton Springs celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary on Friday evening of last week. Their numerous Shortsville friends will heartily join with us in wishing for them continued health and happiness all through the coming years up to the time of the observance of their golden wedding anniversary.

From Shortsville Enterprise 21 February 1913

Mr. and Mrs. J. Morgan Stoddard
were given a pleasant surprise last Sunday, the occasion of the 25th anniversary of their marriage. The affair was planned by their two sons, Claire and Elwyn Stoddard. They assembled at the Shortsville Hotel to partake of dinner, supposedly on the invitation of Mr. and Mrs. Louis G. Dibble of West Main street, but found the following guests assembled to assist them in properly celebrating the event: Miss Mabel Durfee and F. B. Stoddard and son, of Palmyra; Mr. and Mrs. George H. Gillett of Geneva, and Mr. and Mrs. Harry MacDowell, Mr. and Mrs. Dibble and Elwyn and Claire Stoddard. At the conclusion of the meal, they went to the Stoddard home in High street where the remainder of the day was spent with singing and rehearsing of old times. A number of handsome remembrances were left with Mr. and Mrs. Stoddard in memory of the occasion.

From Geneva Daily Times 9 October 1906

Hopewell Center, N. Y. - On Saturday, Oct. 6th, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Stoddard of Hopewell celebrated their wedding anniversary in the same house where they were married fifty years ago. Several guests were present who were at the wedding. Three generations were represented, and guests from Canandaigua, Phelps, Clifton Springs, Farmington, East Bloomfield and Chicago were present, one a hale and hearty old gentleman of 89 and another of 87 years of age. Mrs. Spear, a relative, recited an original poem entitled "An Old Man's Dream of Youth." A number of appropriate presents were received In spite of the unpleasant weather an enjoyable time was spent and a bountiful supper provided, after which they dispersed wishing them many years of health and happiness.

From Shortsville Enterprise 23 September 1915

Manchester, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. C. O. Sunderland,
of this village, celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage on Sunday. Mrs. Sunderland was formerly Miss Anna B. Brewster, daughter of Mrs. Harriet Brewster of Farmington. Mr. Sunderland, at the time of his marriage, was a resident of St. Albans, Vt. They were united in the Presbyterian church at Palmyra and observed their anniversary by attending the services in that church, the first time since their wedding day. We sincerely hope that this most estimable couple may be blessed with many returns of the day, and that each succeeding year will bring to them happiness and health.

From Ontario County Journal 1 March 1912

Canadice, N. Y. - 
A pleasant gathering was held at the church on Saturday in honor of the fiftieth marriage anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus Swan. The affair was planned as a surprise by Mrs. Hugh Wright, a niece of Mr. Swan, and about 80 friends gathered to held make the day one long to be remembered. On Feb. 25, 1862, Cyrus Swan and Miss Marietta Cornell, both of this town, were united in marriage by Rev. Nathaniel Moore, in the church where on Saturday their golden wedding was celebrated. The attendants at their wedding were Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Swan, now living in Caledonia, Miss Melissa Slingerland and Albert H. Tibbals. Miss Slingerland has been dead many years. Mr. Tibbals was present on Saturday, also Mrs. Charles Dunham and Mrs. Frank Wales, of Richmond, and Mrs. Marion Becker and Mrs. Hugh Wright, of this place, who attended the wedding 50 years ago. After the company had assembled, they were seated while a few appropriate remarks were made by the pastor, Rev. W. J. Brown; some reminiscences of 50 years ago were given by Mr. Tibbals, and a short program was rendered, after which a bountiful dinner was served. Mr. Swan was born in Bristol 76 years ago, and Mrs. Swan was born in Springwater and is 71 years of age. Their home has always been in this town, with the exception of a few years, when they lived in the towns of Conesus and Canandaigua. Mr. and Mrs. Swan have four children: Evelyn Swan of Idaho; Mrs. Myrtle Clemons of Oklahoma; Amos Swan of Hemlock and Roy Swan of this place; and two grandchildren, Rachel and Beulah Clemons. Mr. and Mrs. Swan were presented with a sum of money as a token of esteem, and all joined in wishing them many more happy anniversaries.

From Ontario County Journal 8 October 1886

East Bloomfield, N. Y. -
Last Friday evening, O. H. Swift and wife celebrated the 20th anniversary of their marriage. A large number of invited guests were present, bringing with them actual proofs of their good wishes, noticeable among which was a handsome dinner set composed of 130 pieces, from a few friends, and numerous small tokens from others. At 10 o'clock supper was announced, and the bride and groom (of twenty years) led the way to the dining room, where ample justice was done to the excellent refreshments provided. At a late hour the party broke up, all wishing the happy couple many returns of their anniversary day.

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