Jacksonville Daily Journal dated Tuesday, November 14, 1905
Friends and Neighbors Enjoy Birthday Celebration
Given In Honor of Robert L. Caldwell
Monday was the 77th anniversary of Mr. R. L. Caldwell, and his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Lewis Caldwell, invited his children, grandchildren and old neighbors to the old home place to properly observe the day. Among the number were two old school mates, Richard Stanley of this city, who was born in the same year as his aged friend, and Robert L. Parks of Clayton, who also was born in the same year. The three as children went together to the same old log school house with dirt floor and puncheon seats 70 years ago, and have lived to see the great development and growth of what was then a wilderness into one of the greatest of the many great states of the union.
Robert L. Caldwell was born near Carlisle, Ky. Nov. 13, 1828, and came with his parents, David and Nancy Caldwell, to Illinois in 1830, locating on a farm six miles northwest of Jacksonville where he has resided continuously seventy-five years, ever since.
Mr. Caldwell is the father of twelve children, four daughters and eight sons. Two sons and one daughter died in infancy, and of the nine surviving, five were at the old homestead to enjoy the 77th anniversary celebration of their parents, the others being unable to be present. The wife and mother died eight years ago, and since that time, his son, Lewis W., and wife have kept the old home, with their two boys, who are constant companions of their grandfather, who enjoys their youthful sports almost as much as they.
Converted in April, 1852, at Zion church, under the ministry of Rev. C. W. Lewis, Mr. Caldwell had held continuous membership in that body for fifty-three years, having filled the offices of lay member, class leader, steward, Sunday School superintendent, etc.
The dinner was prepared by the daughter-in-law, and all who partook attended to its excellence. Among the guests aside from the relatives, were Mrs. William Patterson, Mr. and Mrs. William Paschall, Rev. Jasper Miller, wife and child, and Rev. J. L. Wylder and wife.Submitted by Walter Warren Haley