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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
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
were served. This evening Mr. and Mrs. Raymond will entertain the
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
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
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
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
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
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
From Geneva Daily Times 6 July 1906
Phelps, N. Y. - The fortieth anniversary of the marriage of Mr.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
until past the hour of midnight, music taking the place of cards when
midnight bell rung. May they live to round out the 50th
From Geneva Courier 4 June 1879
SILVER WEDDING - MR. AND MRS. RUPERT AT HOME
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
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
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
SIXTY-EIGHT YEARS -- MR. AND MRS. E. RUSSELL AT HOME
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
just to add that Mr. Russell has ever
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
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
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
GOLDEN WEDDING - A VERY DELIGHTFUL ANNIVERSARY - Mr. and Mrs. J.
The golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Scott
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
Of the ten children of the venerable couple, six were present --
Nancy Boorom and Mrs. Mary Covert, of Farmer Village, Mrs. Cornelia
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
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
The display of presents was very fine, and included $100 in gold
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
of Naples; Mr. and Mrs. Crane, Mr. and Mrs. Bagshaw of Waterloo, Mr.
Mrs. Baxter, Mr. and Mrs. Laws, Mr. and Mrs. H. Gross and son, Mrs.
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
Robert C. Standish paid them a surprise visit yesterday at their
near the head of Canandaigua lake, the occasion being the celebration
their silver wedding anniversary. The guests arrived during the
provided with an abundance of good things to eat and were made welcome
host and hostess. A pleasant time was reported by all and best wishes
many years of life and prosperity.
From Ontario County Journal 22 February 1889
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - On Tuesday evening of this week, Mr.
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
Chicago, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. L. Sperry and daughter of Owatonna,
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
marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Steele as best man, and that it afforded him
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
The members of the family present were Horatio Steele, wife and son,
and Mrs. L. Sperry and daughter, Clara. Such an event is rare in a
country town, and it is fitting that it should be celebrated in some
manner. All present will ever remember the generous hospitality of the
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
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
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
At a late hour the party broke up, all wishing the happy couple many
returns of their anniversary day.
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