Orleans County, New York

Golden Anniversaries Plus

SURNAMES:
ALLEN, AMES
BACON, BAKER, BALCOM, BALDWIN, BALL, BARRY, BEECHER, BENZ, BERNARD, BLOOD, BRACE, BRAINARD, BREED, BRITT, BROWN, BULL, BURT
CAMPANA, CASTLE, CASTRICONE, CHURCH, COLBURN, COLEMAN, CORNER
DANIELS, DATES, DeMARA, DOUGLAS, DUNN
EDWARDS, ELLICOTT, ELSOM
FISHER, FORDER, FREEMAN, FRANCIS, FULLER
GOODWIN, GRIMES, GULINSKI
HATHAWAY, HIGGINS, HILL, HOAG, HOLDREDGE, HORNER, HUBBARD, HUNT
JACKSON
KREBS, KWIATKOWSKI (aka FLOWER)
LEE, LUM
MONACELLI, MURRAY
NEUMAN
O'REILLY
PITTMAN, PORTER
RANSOM, ROBERTS, ROOK
SECHOWSKI, SCOTT, SHANNON, SHAW, SILKOWSKI, SIMMONS, SIWIRSKI, SLACK, SNOW, SPEAR, STOLP, STOKES, SWETT
THURSTON, TOMS, TRIPPENSEE, TROW, TORREY
VANDERKAR
WATERS, WELD, WESTCOTT, WHEELER, WHITTLETON, WILSON, WOLCOTT, WOODCOOK, WRIGHT


ALLEN

50th Wedding Anniversary (1901 - 1951)

Newspaper: Medina Journal-Register; Mon., 6 Aug. 1951
Surnames: ALLEN, ALLIS, DACK

Mr. and Mrs. Harry ALLEN, 304 Eagle Street, were given a surprise celebration in the home of their daughter, Mrs. Walter DACK, on Saturday, August 4, the occasion being their 50th wedding anniversary. There were 35 present for a buffet luncheon and many friends dropped in to pay the honored guests a call during the evening. Many gifts and well wishes were received by the couple on their anniversary.

Mr. and Mrs. ALLEN were married in Ingham, England, and came to the United States 40 years ago.They settled first near Gaines but have been residents of Median (Medina) and vicinity for many years. Mr. ALLEN operated a farm for a number of years but more recently he had been employed by H. J. Heinz Co. and White Bros. Rose Corp. and now retired. He is a member of Orleans Lodge of I.O.O.F.

There are three children. In addition to their daughter, Mrs. DACK, they have two sons, Herbert and LaVerne, both of Medina; and two grandchildren, Mrs. Sidney ALLIS of Knowlesville and LaVerne Jr., of Medina.

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 13 Feb 2004

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AMES

50th Wedding Anniversary (1857 - 1907)

Newspaper: The Medina Tribune; Thurs., 25 April 1907
Surnames: AMES, DURAN, RICHARDSON, SPENCER

Mr. and Mrs. George AMES, of Knowlesville, celebrated their golden wedding Saturday, April 20th. There were present eight of their ten children with their families - William AMES, of Tonawanda; Fred M. AMES, of West Kendall; Charles R. AMES, of Waterport; Harry AMES, of Brooklyn; Edward AMES, Archibald L. AMES, Mrs. Nellie RICHARDSON and Mrs. Anna SPENCER, of Knowlesville, besides friends from Knowlesville, Millville and Rochester. The presents received were surely as appropriate and as expressive of love and good will as those of fifty years ago.

The entertainment for the afternoon was furnished largely by the fourteen grandchildren. These showed real talent as singers, some made fetching speeches, some were babies. Interesting as babies ever are, one tot, too big for a baby and too little for a speech, joined in the encores with the grown folks. An elaborate dinner was served at six o’clock by a caterer from Middleport.

Mr. and Mrs. AMES were married in England, but they have spent most of their married life in Knowlesville, being among the pioneer settlers at the village. They have been members of the Knowlesville Baptist church for about twenty-five years. They have the esteem of all their neighbors and good wishes for many more years of happy married life.

(Mrs. AMES was the former Ann DURAN)

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 12 Jan 2007

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BACON

50th Wedding Anniversary (1854 - 1904)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune, Thurs., 12 May 1904
Surnames: BACON

Henry B. BACON and Mrs. BACON celebrated their golden wedding at their home in Carlton, Saturday afternoon and evening. A large company assembled to pay their respects to the couple.

(Mrs. BACON was the former Ann THOMAS)

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 18 Sep 2005

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BAKER

50th Wedding Anniversary (1847 - 1897)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune: Thurs. 23 Sep 1897
Surnames: BAKER, WHITE

Mr. and Mrs. Roswell BAKER, of Knowlesville, celebrated their golden wedding on the afternoon and evening of September 11th. About fifty guests were present, including neighbors, members of their church and relatives. The house was tastefully decorated with flowers, which were raised and arranged by Mrs. BAKER. At six o'clock an elaborate supper was served, the host and hostess occupying the seats of honor at a long table ornamented with flowers and laid with sixteen covers. The other guests were served at small tables in adjoining rooms. Just about an hour before sunset, artist Chamberlain appeared on the scene and took a picture of the entire company. A very pretty salad bowl, the gift of Mr. Holdredge, of Medina, served as a receptacle for the gold dollars. The amount received was $103.00.

A little program was carried out during the evening, consisting of the singing of the hymn "Blest be the tie that binds;" a poem was read entitled 'The Wedding Day." Appropriate remarks and prayer were made by their pastor, Rev. Spencer Fisher. Many hearty congratulations were received and wishes expressed for the future happiness of the aged couple. The event was marked with hospitality and enjoyment.

(Note Mrs. BAKER was the former Sarah J. WHITE)

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 7 Jun 2006

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BALCOM

50th Wedding Anniversary (1865 - 1915)

Newspaper: The Medina Tribune; Thurs., 18 Mar 1915 (from a column called “About The County”)
Surnames: BALCOM

Mr. and Mrs. Charles (E. Arvilla) BALCOM, well-known residents of Fancher Station, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Friday. They were born in the town of Murray and have always lived there.

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 20 Mar 2006

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BALDWIN

50th Wedding Anniversary (1902 - 1952)

Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal; Fri., Nov. 28, 1952
Surnames: BALDWIN, BLOOM, O'KUSSICK

GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY - More than 30 relatives and guests recently gathered to give honor to an Elizabeth St. couple, Mr. and Mrs. Michael BALDWIN, on their 50th wedding anniversary. Mr. BALDWIN, and his bride, the former Anna O'KUSSICK, are 75 and 72, respectively, and have two children, Edward BALDWIN of Kenosha, Wis., and Mrs. Josephine BLOOM of Medina. They have four grandchildren.

Guests came from Medina, Lockport, Middleport, Buffalo, Oakfield and Batavia, to congratulate the couple and watch them cut their three-tiered cake. Mr. BALDWIN has been employed at Medina Iron & Brass Corp. here for many years, and is still active in his work.

(taken from the Washak scrapbooks)

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 2 Jul 2002

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BALL

50th Wedding Anniversary (1890 - 1940)

Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal; Tues., 9 Jan 1940
Surnames: BALL, BRADFORD, WILKINS

On Sunday, January 7, Mr. and Mrs. William BALL of the Bates Road, very quietly observed their golden wedding anniversary. Mrs. Addie Miller and son George BRADFORD of Lyndonville were dinner guests. Mrs. Miller attended Mr. and Mrs. BALL at the marriage ceremony performed for them 50 years ago.

(Mrs. BALL was the former Alice A. WILKINS)

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 29 Sep 2003

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BARRY

50th Wedding Anniversary (1852-1902)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune: 20 Nov 1902
Surnames: BARRY, HEATH

At the residence of Archibald BARRY, on the 12th inst, occurred one of those pleasant incidents that help to lighten the every day cares and burdens of life. About thirty-five old time friends gathered there and reminded Archibald and Sarah (HEATH) that it was the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding. Many and hearty were the good wishes and congratulations extended to the happy couple.

A bountiful dinner was done ample justice to by all. Pleasant reminiscent conversation, with music and song, sped the pleasant hours. As we bade the couple good bye at early eve, the thought came to us that there could be no greater or better success than that which crowned our friends that day. That they may be spared many years, and each day and year grow brighter and fairer, is the earnest wish of many friends voiced by one who was there.

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 9 Oct 2005

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BEECHER

50th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY (1865 - 1915)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune Thurs. 4 Nov. 1915 (from a column called “About The County”)
Surnames: BEECHER, JOHNSON

Mr. and Mrs. Henry L. BEECHER, of Albion, (formerly of Yates) on October 25th, celebrated the 50th anniversary of their marriage. Many of our readers will remember Mrs. BEECHER as Miss Salina JOHNSON.

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 3 May 2006

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BENZ

50th Wedding Anniversary (1900 - 1950)

Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal; Wed., Dec. 6, 1950
Surnames: BENZ, KRAUSE, YOUNG

Former Medina People Wed 50 Years Today
Mr. and Mrs. Fred BENZ, retired farmers, of Wood Road, R.F. D., Albion, and former Medina residents, are today observing their golden wedding anniversary by attending a family dinner this evening in their honor.

Mr. BENZ, who is 74, was born in Germany and migrated with his parents to this country when he was 3 years old. His family settled on a farm near Medina. As a young man, Mr. BENZ worked in Medina as a carpenter. Mrs. BENZ, who is 75, is the former Ida KRAUSE of Rochester. After their marriage, they went farming and continued in this occupation until retirement.

The BENZ’s were married by the Rev. Otto Bruss at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. They are the parents of five children, Mrs. Fred YOUNG of Detroit, Michigan; Herman H. BENZ of Oakfield, Robert P. BENZ at home, Edward B. BENZ of South Wales and Fred G. BENZ of Buffalo, and have eight grandchildren.

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 2 Jun 2003

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BERNARD

50th Wedding Anniversary (1907 - 1957)

Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal; wk. of Jan. 14, 1957
Surnames: BERNARD, DAVIS, JOHNSON, SZCZECHOWIAK

Mr. and Mrs. Ignatz BERNARD, 411 Catherine St., haven’t had to try very hard to keep themselves occupied since Mr. BERNARD’s retirement. They have five children and 16 granchildren, with all but a few living in Medina. Sunday this large family will join the BERNARDs for a day of celebrating in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary.

The day will begin Sunday with a mass at 8 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, where the BERNARDs have been faithful communicants since they first came to Medina in 1920. Later in the day, the family will dine together at the Cornell Hotel, and will return to the elder BERNARDs’ home on Catherine St., (Medina) where some close friends will join them.

The BERNARDs were born near Pozman, Poland, and both came to Buffalo at an early age. They were married there on Jan. 16, 1907 at Corpus Christi Church.

During the first years in Buffalo, Mr. BERNARD was employed with the New York Central R. R. and later the White Eagle Bakery. In 1920, when they came to Medina and settled on Hoffman Rd., Mr. BERNARD was employed at the Niagara Sprayer & Chemical Co. In 1932, he went to work for H. J. Heinz Co., and in 1943 started work at Harrison Radiator Div., Lockport. In 1953, he retired. The couple moved from Hoffman Rd. to their present address in 1945.

He is 71 and Mrs. BERNARD 72. Of their five children, four live in Medina; Stanley and William, Mrs. Anthony DAVIS and Mrs. Edwin JOHNSON. Another son, Anthony, lives in Lockport. Both are fond of flowers and maintain a well-groomed garden.

(Mrs. BERNARD was the former Katarzyna SZCZECHOWIAK)

(taken from the Washak scrapbooks)

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 2 Jul 2002

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BLOOD

56th Wedding Anniversary (1882 - 1938)

Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal; Tues., June 14, 1938
Surnames: BLOOD, MOORE

Mr. & Mrs. S. (Seldon) P. BLOOD are celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary today. Mr. BLOOD for many years operated a flour and feed mill here, Mr. and Mrs. BLOOD reside at 208 West Oak Orchard St.

(Mrs. BLOOD was the former Lina MOORE)

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 2 Jul 2002

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BRACE

50th Wedding Anniversary (1876 - 1926)

Newspaper: The Medina Tribune; Thurs., 18 Feb. 1926
Surnames: BRACE, VAIL

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph N. (Martha) BRACE on Wednesday, February 17, celebrated their wedding anniversary at their home on Prospect Avenue. It was also Mr. BRACE's 78th birthday. They moved to Medina from the BRACE homestead in Shelby 22 years ago. About 40 relatives gathered in the afternoon to help them celebrate, among whom was their only daughter, Mrs. E. H. VAIL of Churchville. In the evening Mr. and Mrs. BRACE held a reception for their many friends.

Mr. and Mrs. BRACE received many useful and valuable remembrances from their hosts of friends, among which was purse of $100 in gold from the members of the Presbyterian Church.

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 12 Jan 2007

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BRAINARD

62nd Wedding Anniversary (1847-1909)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune; Thursday 11 Nov 1909
Surnames: BRAINARD, CLARK

Thursday last was the sixty-second wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Seymour BRAINARD. They have resided in Medina sixty years and Mr. BRAINARD, now in the eighty-ninth year of his age, is still engaged in business.

(Mrs. BRAINARD was the former Mary Jane CLARK)

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 1 Jul 2008

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BREED

50th Wedding Anniversary (1862 - 1912)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune; Thurs., 1 Feb 1912
Surnames: BREED, CRANE, BARRY, BROWN

Monday evening, January 29th, almost fifty invited guests, comprising old friends and neighbors, were present at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry BREED in honor of their golden wedding. January 29, 1862, occurrred the marriage of Henry BREED to Miss Annette CRANE, both of the town of Barre, at the home of the bride's parents. Their married life has been spent in the town of Yates. Mr. BREED is a veteran of the Civil War belonging to the 90th New York Infantry, serving in 1864 and 1865. They have four sons - Jay, a Lyndonville farmer; Burr, Lyndonville expressman; Ernest, a Lyndonville attorney, and Frank, of Cornell University.

After a supper, bountifully and tastily served under the direction of Mrs. Burr BREED, assisted by Mrs. Jay BREED, two beautiful easy chairs were presented to Mr. and Mrs. BREED by Chester BARRY, in the name of the invited guests, as a token of respect and esteem and in memory of the occasion. A toast was given to the honored host and hostess by Miss Abby BARRY. Mrs. Millie BROWN read an interesting little poem prepared for the occassion. After an hour or more of music by the veterans and the junior members, mingled with jokes and social chats, the time came all too soon for the leavetaking. It was an occassion long to be remembered.

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 18 Sep 2005

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BRITT

50th Wedding Anniversary (1855 - 1905)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune; Thurs., 30 Mar 1905
Surnames: BRITT, BETTINGER, CASWELL, WHITTAKER

On March 21st a happy event occurred at the pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. Justin (Mary BETTINGER) BRITT, it being their golden wedding day. The Britts, to the number of eighteen or twenty, including Mr. and Mrs. William WHITTAKER as "Honorary Members" of the “Britt Fraternity", took peaceable possession of the premises.

Before and during the supper hour, William BRITT, Jr., entertained the company with choice selections from his fine graphophone, which made them feel they were enjoying the music of a New York City orchestra. The supper was a sumptuous one, (such as the Britts know how to serve) and it was thought the bridegroom of fifty years still had good digestive organs by the way he managed to make away with the pork and beans and Dutch cheese.

Supper being dispensed with, William BRITT, Sr., called the house to order and invited Mrs. E. E. CASWELL to make a few remarks and present the beautiful gasolene lamp, the combined gift of the company, to which she responded. She had known Mr. and Mrs. BRITT during all their married life and could vouch for their genuine worth as citizens, neighbors, friends and harmonious family relations. They had walked side by side scattering loving words and kindly deeds all along the journey, so they have endeared themselves to all their kindred and many friends. So all offered congratulations and best wishes for the remainder of their lives.

Mr. BRITT is the last representative of a once numerous family, who were highly respected for their genial, upright and honest course of life. Songs, speeches and storses (stories) were called for. Miss Mabel BRITT recited a fine poem in her attractive manner and Mrs. William WHITTAKER sang a pathetic solo with piano accompaniment, which greatly touched the feelings of all present. Then of course Clinton BRITT and estimable wife gave some of their grand selections on the piano and violin. One need not speak of how much their music was enjoyed to any who have ever listened. They are at home on classical music, rag time or plantation songs. Finally a choir was improvised and the walls rang to the rythm (rhythm) of song. Thus the time sped all too quickly, and lest the bride and groom become too wearied, at a late hour they bade good night, feeling one more scene in life would be sweet to remember.
"How bright, how brief, how beautiful, Those fifty years appear.
As back through all their hours I glance, Back with a smile and tear.”

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 18 Aug 2005

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BROWN

50th Wedding Anniversary (1899 - 1949)

Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal, Thurs, Dec. 1, 1949
Surnames: BROWN, MANZER, KOESTER

Mr. and Mrs. Lauren A. BROWN of 1029 Elm St. will observe their golden wedding anniversary Tuesday. Natives of Medina, they were married Dec. 6, 1899, and went to Buffalo eight years later.

Mr. BROWN was one of the founders of the first taxicab service in Buffalo, the Buffalo Taxicab Company, located behind the Old Teck Theater in Edward St. After that Mr. Brown worked for the E. H. Baker Motor Corporation and the Louis A. Bleyle Motor Company, Kenmore, until 1944. The BROWNs returned to Medina where Mr. BROWN worked for Brace & Flynn Motor Company until his retirement in September.

The BROWNs have four children Maynard J. BROWN of Buffalo, George M. BROWN of Detroit, Mrs. L. I. MANZER of East Aurora and Mrs. Lorraine KOESTER of Buffalo; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

(Mrs. Brown was the former Anna TROW)

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 15 Aug 2002

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BULL

50th Wedding Anniversary (1886 - 1936)

Newspaper: The Medina Daily Journal; Tues., 6 Oct. 1936
Surnames: BULL, SHANNON, HERRICK, FOSTER

Mr. and Mrs. Louis M. BULL, Sr., of 40 West State Street, Albion, are today celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with a golden anniversary dinner at Fairview Manor, to be followed by a reception in their home during the afternoon and evening. They have three children, Mrs. C. C. SHANNON of Rochester, Charles W. BULL of Detroit, Mich.; and Louis BULL Jr., of Albion; four grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren.

Married October 6, 1886, in the parsonage of the Barre Center Presbyterian Church, the couple moved to Albion in 1891, where they have since resided. Both are members of the Albion Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. BULL has been employed as a butcher and meat cutter during his residence in Albion and is a member of the Albion Masonic Lodge, Orleans Chapter, R.A.M., the Albion Lodge I..O.O.F., and the Dye Hose Company.

(Mrs. BULL was the former Sarah A. HERRICK the dsughter of Willard HERRICK & Clarinda FOSTER)

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 8 Jan 2006

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BURT

67th Wedding Anniversary (1843 - 1910)

Newspaper: The Medina Tribune; Thurs., 17 March 1910 (from a column called “About The County”)
Surnames: BURT, COMSTOCK

Mr. and Mrs. J. (Joseph) H. BURT, of Kendall, each of whom became 90 years old last month, have just passed their 67th wedding anniversary. Mrs. (Eunice COMSTOCK) BURT is still able to do her own housework.

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 28 Jan 2006

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CAMPANA

50th Wedding Anniversary (1901 - 1951)

Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal; about Sept. 10, 1951
Surnames: CAMPANA, MORRIS

Mr. and Mrs. Falco (& Nicoletta) CAMPANA celebrated their 50th anniversary Sunday (Sept. 9, 1951) in their home on Erin Rd. (Medina)

A buffet lunch was served at four in the afternoon to members of the family, neighbors and friends. The table was decorated with two three-layered cakes adorned with white and golden rosettes amd a candelabrum of silver with gold candles at each end of the table. Bouquets of fall flowers furnished the floral decorations for the occasion.

Mr. and Mrs. CAMPANA have four sons, Vincent and Stanley of Lockport and Joseph and Alfred of Medina and one daughter, Mrs. Michael MORRIS; also three grandchildren. Mr. CAMPANA has a brother, Michael of Buffalo.

Guests were present from Buffalo, Batavia, Lockport and Medina.

(taken from the Washak scrapbooks)

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 2 Jul 2002

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CASTLE

50th Wedding Anniversary (1846 - 1896)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune: Thurs. 18 June 1896
Surnames: CASTLE, BATHGATE, MURRAY, BELL, ELLIS

Reuben E. CASTLE and Sarah A. BATHGATE were married in Medina June 17, 1846, by Rev. Philoman E. Coe. Mr. and Mrs. CASTLE celebrated their golden wedding on Wednesday, the 17th inst., by a family re-union. Those present from out of town were W. P. MURRAY and family, George G. and William B. CASTLE, of Cleveland, 0., Elizabeth F. CASTLE, of Washington, D. C.; also Mrs. E. A. BELL, of Geneseo, and Mrs. E. A. ELLIS, of Parma, N. Y., sisters of Mr. CASTLE. The venerable and worthy couple were well remembered with beautiful flowers, etc., and the kind wishes and cordial congratulations of numerous old friends and acquaintances, who called in the evening, were extended.

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 7 Oct 2006

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CASTRICONE

50th Wedding Anniversary (1904 - 1954)

Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal; probably week of Dec. 12, 1954
Surnames: CASTRICONE, BOYCE, CAMPANA, DiBENEDITTI, KUJAWA, LAKE, VENDETTA

The satisfaction of being surrounded by a large family came to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph CASTRICONE, 161 North St., last Sunday (Dec. 12, 1954) when they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

The CASTRICONEs were honored by their children and their families at a family dinner at their home. Attending were these children, with their wives or husbands: Mr. and Mrs. Dominic CASTRICONE, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph CAMPANA, Mr. and Mrs. Howard LAKE, Mr. and Mrs. Chester KUJAWA, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas VENDETTA, Mr. and Mrs. Jack BOYCE and Vincent CASTRICONE, all of Medina; also Mr. and Mrs. Jesse CASTRICONE and Mr. and Mrs. Louis CASTRICONE, all of Niagara Falls. Mr. and Mrs. Peter CASTRICONE of Highland Springs, Va., were unable to attend.

The elder CASTRICONEs have 18 grandchildren and one greatgrandchild. During the war they saw six sons enter the armed services. They were married in Popoli, Italy, and came to the United States 43 years ago. Their home for a number of years was in Depew where Mr. CASTRICONE was a foundryman, but ill health has forced him to remain inactive for the past 20 years while residing in Medina.

Mr. CASTRICONE is 75 and his wife (Maria J. DiBENEDITTI) is 68.

(taken from the Washak scrapbooks)

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 2 Jul 2002

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CHURCH

50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY (1837 - 1887)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune, Thurs. 3 Nov. 1887
Surnames: CHURCH, BARRY, ALLEN

Married, October 25th, 1837, William CHURCH, of Ridgeway, to Sena BARRY, daughter of Richard BARRY of Yates. The happy pair, with a party of their friends, contemplated a trip to Niagara Falls, but the weather being unfavorable for their mode of traveling the bridal party stopped for dinner at Ridgeway Corners, after which they returned home, and settled down to married life.

A peep into this home on the fiftieth anniversary of this event finds the tie unsevered, finds the bride and groom of fifty years youthful in appearance. Think of a Golden Wedding with no gray hairs. There must be some mistake; but no, Sena affirms that it was just fifty years since she pledged herself to William, for better or for worse, and a look into her face so free from care and anxiety tells us plainly that William has not disappointed her.

Such content and satisfaction reigns in this household that they resolved to observe the day sacred to themselves, and consequently ordered dinner for two only; but before the hour of noon forty of their friends, including brothers and sisters, nephews and nieces, with significant covered baskets and pails, called at their home in Yates and asked admittance. Mr. and Mrs. CHURCH proved themselves unlike Josiah ALLEN's wife, who declared she would not be surprised even should a surprise party invade her home.

Among the number present of Mrs. CHURCH's family were five brothers and sisters, one brother and his wife having come from Connecticut to be present on this occasion. The combined ages of this family, who of those living were all present, averaged seventy and one-forth years. The first death occured when the youngest, (Charles BARRY, of Medina,) was twenty-five years of age. Subsequent changes have occurred, so that this is the first Golden Wedding in the family.

Many were the congratulations given to Mr. and Mrs. CHURCH. Rev. E. C. Swartz, who with his wife was among the surprisers, referred in a very pleasant manner to their unselfish lives, to the home so ready to shelter, feed and clothe the homeless, to their loyalty to the Church, to the bountiful manner in which the kind Heavenly Father had dealt with them, giving them more of sunshine than of storm, more of joy than of sadness, more of smiling than of weeping. Prayer was then offered and two verses of that grand old hymn, "Rock of Ages," was sung.

Charles BARRY and wife, of Medina, thinking it wise for the family to avail themselves of another reunion before their brother and his wife returned to Connecticut, accordingly invited them to their home Monday, October 31st. A few of the nephews and nieces were invited to participate in this reunion. A pleasant feature of this occasion was the speech-making, the host, Charles BARRY, leading off. He has proved to belong to a family which, with the exceptipn of the youngest, who was generally a spoiled child, had no black sheep among them. Henry Barry tried to impress the family that in all his life of twenty-seven years in Connecticut he had tried to bring no reproach upon the name he bore. Some thought the "Danbury News Men" better be interviewed. Nathaniel BARRY, the eldest of the company, referred in a very touching manner to those who had passed over the river and who were waiting and watching for their loved ones to come. Watson Barry, being called upon, charged the second generation to see to it that the name handed to them should receive no blemish. He intended to do his part, and as his brothers and sisters were not numerous he hoped his father’s branch of the family would not disgrace the name. It would be impossible to repeat in this article all the pleasant things that were said. At intervals during the speech making was sung “Blest be the tie that Binds,” “Shall we gather at the River,” “Sweet By and By,” closing with the song “God be with You till we Meet Again.” Then came the good byes and the universal expression that it had been a rare as well as enjoyable occasion.

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 18 Nov 2005

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COLBURN

50th Wedding Anniversary (1883 - 1933)

Newspaper: Orleans Republican, 19 July 1933
Surnames: COLBURN, BENZING, MANN, SEIGLE, SPIERDOWIS

Mr. and Mrs. George COLBURN Observe 50th Anniversary
Dinner at Fairview Manor Will Be Followed by Reception at Home. Mr. COLBURN, Retired Employee of New York Central. Married in Buffalo.

Fifty years of happy married life are being observed today by Mr. and Mrs. George COLBURN of this village. A dinner at noon for members of the immediate family will be held at Fairview Manor and a reception for relatives and friends will be held this afternoon from two to five o'clock at the family home on West Park Street.

It was fifty years ago today that the marriage of Miss Fanny BENZING and George COLBURN took place at the home of the bride in Buffalo, the Rev. Oscar H. Kraft officiating. Mrs. Anna SEIGLE, of Buffalo, aunt of the bride and Abijah COLBURN, father of the groom, were the attendants. Mrs. COLBURN was born in LeRoy but came to Albion when but seven years old where she lived with her family until moving to Buffalo a short time before her marriage to Mr. COLBURN took place. For one year following their marriage Mr. and Mrs. COLBURN resided with his father but at the end of that time they moved to their present home where they have lived 49 years. Mr. COLBURN is a retired employee of the New York Central Railroad.

Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. COLBURN, one of whom, Minnie, is now dead. The children are Clarence of Cleveland, John of Oneida, Mrs. Ray MANN of Carlton and Mrs. Michael SPIERDOWIS of Albion. There are six grandchildren of whom Margery Doris MANN, two years old, is the youngest. All of those named above with the exception of Clarence and his family will be at the golden wedding observance to join with Mr. and Mrs. COLBURN's many friends in expressing joy at the occasion.

It is seldom that a couple have the privilege of enjoying together fifty years of wedded bliss and it is with sincere best wishes that the Orleans Republican takes this opportunity of congratulating Mr. and Mrs. COLBURN.

Submitted by: Paul E. Newell 1 May 2005


65th Wedding Anniversary (1883 - 1948)

Newspaper: Unknown, July 1948
Surnames: COLBURN, HATCH, MANN, SPIERDOWIS

Albion Couple Observes 65th Anniversary
Friends, Relatives Pay Respects to George COLBURN
Albion - One of the oldest married couples in Orleans County, Mr. and Mrs. George COLBURN, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary quietly on Monday in the home of their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Ray MANN, at Carlton. No party was planned for the folks but a number of friends and neighbors and some of their relatives stopped in to congratulate the elderly couple.

Married in Albion on July 19, 1883, Mr. and Mrs. COLBURN lived in their own home at 315 W. Park St. for more than 63 years before they went to make their home with their daughters, Mrs. MANN and Mrs. Michael SPIERDOWIS of Albion. They also have two sons, Clarence A. COLBURN of Cleveland, Ohio, who drove out to visit his parents on their anniversary, and John B. COLBURN of Oneida. They also have 10 grandchildren. Among their visitors from out-of-town were a grandson, Richard COLBURN, and a great-grandson, William COLBURN, from Cleveland, and Mrs. Ellen HATCH, also of Cleveland.

Mr. and Mrs. COLBURN are 86. He was 86 last January, having been born in a home on N. Clinton while his wife was 86 a week ago, having been born in Le Roy on July 13, 1862. She came to Albion at the age of seven.

The son of an Albion lumber dealer, COLBURN started on his first job at 15, working in the lumber company established in 1861 by his father, Abija COLBURN, and his two brothers, Caleb and George. After working for that company for about 30 years he worked with a line crew of the old Buffalo, Lockport and Rochester Railway Company for several years and then in 1912 he started a 20-year employment with the New York Central Railroad Company, first in the frieght office for 15 years, then later as a crossing watchman. He was reired on Feb. 1, 1932, after reaching his seventieth birthday.

His father's lumber yard was destroyed by fire around 1896, but there still is a Colburn lumber concern in Albion, operated by Harry Colburn, who is a grandson of the George COLBURN who was one of the three Colburn brothers starting business together in 1861.

Submitted by: Paul E. Newell 31 May 2005

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COLEMAN

50th Wedding Anniversary (1900 - 1950)

Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal; Fri., Dec. 29, 1950
Surnames: COLEMAN

Mr. and Mrs. Ben COLEMAN of the Telegraph Rd. quietly celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at their home on Tuesday of this week.

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 2 Jun 2003

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CORNER

60th Wedding Anniversary (1896 - 1946)

Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal; Thurs., 23 May 1946
Surnames: CORNER, HOUSE

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas CORNER of Portage Road will observe their 60th wedding anniversary on Sunday, May 26th. Friends are invited to call in the afternoon from three to six o’clock.

(Mrs. CORNER was the former Lovina HOUSE)

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 29 Sep 2003

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DANIELS

55th Wedding Anniversary (1896 - 1951)

Newspaper: Unknown
Surnames: DANIELS, DATES, MURDOCK, STILLINGER

South Lyndonville - On Wednesday night, August 1, Mr. and Mrs. Jay DANIELS were surprised when their daughter and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Hollis MURDOCK of Gasport, and also Mr. and Mrs. James STILLINGER and daughter Marilyn and son Grant Tracey of Middleport, feted them on their 55th wedding anniversary. Ice cream and cake was served to the couple, and a bouquet of gladiolius was presented to them. They received many cards of greeting for the occasion.

(taken from the scrapbooks of Theda Powley Millis, Waterport)

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 13 Feb 2004


56th Wedding Anniversary (1896 - 1952)

Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal-Register, Tues., 5 Aug. 1952
Surnames: DANIELS, DATES, MATTHEWS, MURDOCK

Lyndonville - Mr. and Mrs. Jay H. DANIELS quietly observed the 56th annIversary of their marriage on Friday at their home on Swett Road. On August first, 1896 Harriet DATES and Jay H. DANIELS drove to Two Bridges in the Town of Carlton and at five o’clock were married by the pastor of the Baptist Church, the Rev. Foster Brown. Their means of conveyance a horse and carriage also took them on their short honeymoon. The Daniels started their home in the small house on Eagle Street owned and occupied by the Loyd Martin family.

Mr. DANIELS has been a farmer most of his life and even at 81 he has a fine garden. His relaxation during his adult life has been fishing and when he has an opportunity he even now enjoys a day on the banks of a stream. Mrs. DANIELS is well known for the fine needlework she has always done and at which she is still adept. Her dahlias are her delight and people who have purchased the dahlia tubers from her come from miles away to see her rows of very choice flowers of this variety.

Mr. and Mrs. DANIELS are both from pioneer New York families. Mr. DANIELS celebrated his 81st birthday last March 6th and Mrs. DANIELS was 78 on July first. The Daniels are the parents of one daughter, Mrs. Hollis MURDOCK, Gasport. They have one granddaughter and one grandson, Mrs. Rita (Duane) MATTHEWS, Ransomville, and Duane MURDOCK, Gasport. Little Dale and Cheryl MATTHEWS are the great grandchildren. Illness in both the Murdock and Matthews families last week interferred with a family celebration of the 56th anniversary but it will be observed later when all are well.

(taken from the scrapbooks of Theda Powley Millis, Waterport)

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 13 Feb 2004

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DATES

50th Wedding Anniversary (1900 - 1950)

Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal, Thurs., 6 July 1950
Surnames: DATES, BRINSMAID, COON, HAWKOS, WALLACE

Lyndonville - About seventy-five relatives and friends called at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. DATES, 27 Maple Avenue, Sunday afternoon, July 2, to extend congratulations and good wishes to the couple on the occassion of their fiftieth wedding anniversary.

Miss Bertha D. COON and Charles E. DATES were united in marriage July 3, 1900, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Edward COON, in the Town of Somerset, Niagara County. The ceremony which took place at 4 o’clock was performed by Rev. L. L. Gross, pastor of the West Somerset Baptist Church in the presence of about twenty guests. After a short wedding trip, the couple set up housekeeping in Lyndonville, where they have lived during the fifty years of their married life.

For some years Mr. DATES was associated with his father, the late Morrell DATES, in a contracting and moving business. In later years he engaged in selling coal and produce. Mr. and Mrs DATES have four sons, Morrell, New York City, Gordon, Johnson City; Leighton, Lockport; and Lynn, Middleport; also two daughters, Miss Hilda DATES, Rochester, and Mrs. Gordon HAWKOS, Torrance, California; also nine grandchildren. On the occasion of the anniversary Sunday, all the sons and daughters, with the exception of the oldest son, Morrell, were present and enjoyed a family dinner. Mr. and Mrs. Morrell DATES had recently visited their parents, but were obliged to return to New York before the anniversary date. Mrs. HAWKOS, the former Jane DATES, surprised her parents by arriving from California Sunday morning.

The at home was also a surprise to the honored couple. Arrangements had been made by Miss Hilda DATES with the help of other members of the family, and friends. On this very special occasion Mrs DATES wore a black and white bemberg sheer dress, with a corsage of dark red roses. Assisting in greeting the guests and serving refreshments were the DATES daughters, the daughters-in-law, and the Misses Lucile and Sarah BRINSMAID. Among the guests coming from Lockport, Middleport, Gasport, Barker, Medina, Rochester and Johnson City was Mrs. DATES’ aunt, Mrs. Jane WALLACE, age 95, of Albion. The only guests who were present at the wedding fifty years ago, as well as at the golden anniversary were Mr. DATES' sister and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Jay DANIELS of this village.

The couple received many gifts of money, flowers and cards. Mrs. DATES is a charter member of Yates Chapter 215 Order of the Eastern Star and has served as Worthy Matron. She is a member of the Methodist Church and takes part in the church activities. Mr. DATES has been a member of Yates Lodge 675 F.&A.M. since 1901.

(taken from the scrapbooks of Theda Powley Millis, Waterport)

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 13 Feb 2004


DeMARA

51st Wedding Anniversary (1838 - 1889)

Newspaper: The Medina Tribune; Thurs., 21 March 1889
Surnames: DeMARA, WILLIS

On Tuesday evening last a peculiarly pleasant event took place at Ridgeway. The occassion was the celebration of the fifty first anniversary of the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. DeMARA. Suitable festivities were to have been held last year, but circumstances prevented. Rejoicing in the good will of numerous friends, some of late acquaintance and others of many years standing, the amiable couple were the recipients of hearty congratulations. Mr. J. H. Perry acted as the genial director of ceremonies, which were held in the apartment where, more than half a century before, the Universalist Society of Ridgeway and Yates had been organized.

Frank Britt, in a neat speech, in behalf of neighbors at Ridgeway, presented handsome chairs. Various appropriate and valuable gifts were added by other friends. A poem, breathing the spirit of happy recollection and sympathetic appreciation, was read by Mrs. Minnie WILLIS, a relative. Music by members of the Ridgeway choir lent its charm to the festive hours. Remarks indicating the esteem with which Mr. and Mrs. DeMARA have always been regarded were made by the pastor, and the ceremonies were concluded by some very palatable reminiscences set forth by Mrs. A. Stroughton.

An ample and elegant supper was then enjoyed by all. At a late hour the assembly dispersed after wishing, as one present said, that among the blessings Heaven granted on life’s way, they might have a celebration of the “Diamond Wedding day” of the gentleman and lady who had just passed the fifty-first milestone in the journey of a beautiful matrimonial life.

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 8 Jan 2006

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DATES

50th Wedding Anniversary (1930 - 1980)

Newspaper: Unknown
Surnames: DATES, BEAMISH, COON, GARDEPE, GREGORY, KRINKE, JUDGE, REGISTER

The golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Leighton C. DATES, 279 Beattie Ave., Lockport, was celebrated Saturday evening with a dinner for family and close friends, held at the Sheraton Lockport Inn. Hosting the event were their three daughters and their husbands, Mr. and Mrs. Norman (Mary Anne) BEAMISH of North Tonawanda, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth (Janice) REGISTER of Jacksonville, Fla., and Mr. and Mrs. Edward (Carol) GARDEPE of Cincinnati, O.

The DATES were married Aug. 16, 1930 at St. Stephen’s Church, Middleport, by the Rev. Thomas F. Gaughan. Until 1946, they made their home in Rochester, moving to Lockport after that where DATES was employed for 25 years at Harrison Radiator Division, General Motors Corp., retiring in 1971 as superintendent of plant engineering at the HRD West Plant No. 2. Attendants at their wedding 50 years ago were Mrs. Margaret GREGORY and Gordon DATES who attended Saturday’s anniversary celebration.

DATES was born in Lyndonville on May 27, 1911, the son of Charles and Bertha COON DATES. Mrs. DATES, the former Mary KRINKE, was born in Lockport on May 10, 1910, the daughter of William and Elizabeth KRINKE JUDGE (*see note). Members of Grace Episcopal Church, Mrs. DATES also held memberships over the years in the Lockport Memorial Hospital Guild and the Parents Guild. Her husband is a member of the GM Foreman’s Club, and the BPOE. The DATES reside at their Beattie Avenue home in the summer and spend the winter months in Florida. Besides their three daughters, they have 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

(*NOTE: Mrs. Millis advises the parents of Mary KRINKE were William KRINKE and Elizabeth JUDGE KRINKE.)

(taken from the scrapbooks of Theda Powley Millis, Waterport)

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 13 Feb 2004

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DOUGLAS

61st Wedding Anniversary (1800 - 1861)

Newspaper: Newspaper: Medina Tribune, Thurs., 27 June 1861
Surnames: DOUGLAS

“AN OLD COUPLE”

Mr. Isreal DOUGLAS and his wife (Lucy), aged respectively 85 and 84 years, and now in the 61st year of their married life, came to this village on Wednesday of last week, driving their own horse and transacting business as in former years. They live with their son, Mr. Beeman DOUGLAS, of Knowlesville and when asked why they did not have their son come and drive the team, the old gentleman promptly replied, “I am as good a man as he is, and can drive good enough yet; and if it wasn’t for my feet that are a little stiff, I’d be good for Col. Turner’s Regiment of old exempts.” Mr. DOUGLAS was the first Clerk of the town of Ridgeway in 1813, and afterwards held the office of Magistrate for a number of years. He was always highly respected when in public life; of late years, however, he has been but little known out of the circle of his old friends.

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 29 Sep 2003

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DUNN

59th Wedding Anniversary (1947 - 2006)

Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal; unknown
Surnames: DUNN, BLOSSOM, CLUTE, MOLT

Esther Pluma BLOSSOM b. 1926 Albion, NY married Grady Lee DUNN b. 1928 on 9 August 1947 in Methodist Church, Rochester, New York. They just celebrated their 59th Anniversary in August 2006. They have 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 4 greatgrandchildren, currently live in Ozark, Dale, Alabama.

Esther Pluma BLOSSOM is the daughter of Claribel Grace MOLT and Bristol BLOSSOM, Claribel was born 1898 in Ridgeway NY to Henry Martin MOLDT and May Belle CLUTE.

(Note: She was born in Albion, Orleans, New York in 1926)

Submitted by: Linda Dunn Gold 20 Oct 2006


50th Wedding Anniversary (1957 - 2007)

Surnames: DUNN, SIWIRSKI

Irene and Weldon DUNN of Medina, NY, married Nov 9, 1957. Irene is the former Irene SIWIRSKI

Submitted by: Sandra Russell 30 Nov 2008

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EDWARDS

50th Wedding Anniversary (1889 - 1939)

Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal; 28 Dec. 1939
Surnames: EDWARDS, CLELAND, EDMUNDS

Holley - Their golden wedding anniversary was celebrated by Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. EDWARDS, well-known Holley couple,Tuesday afternoon and evening with open-house. The wedding of Mr. EDWARDS, a native of Shelby, and Florence EDMUNDS of the Town of Clarkson, took place Dec. 26, 1889, at her home.

Both Mr. and Mrs. EDWARDS received their early education in the Holley school and later attended Brockport Norma1 School. Mr. EDWARDS has been active in a hardware business since 1882 with the exception of a 17-year interlude when he served as Holley’s postmaster. Their one daughter, Mrs. Grant W. CLELAND, lives in Rochester. A son died in 1911.

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 29 Sep 2003


50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY (1858- 1908)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune, Thurs. 5 Nov 1908
Surnames: EDWARDS, HATCH, SMITH, BLAKE, BAILEY, GIFFORD, GILBERT, SIMONDS

Hon. and Mrs. Ira EDWARDS, of Holley, celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding October 27, when fifty members of their family and relatives and several hundred of their townspeople and neighbors responded to their “at home” invitations. Among the guests were Mrs. Catherine BLAKE, Mrs. Ella HITCHCOCK, sisters of Mrs. EDWARDS, Mrs. Polly BAILEY, Mrs. Gertrude BAILEY, Mrs. Celia J. GIFFORD, cousins of Mrs. EDWARDS, Mrs. Henry Gilbert, Dr. and Mrs. G. H. Simonds, Mrs. Anna Willis, Mrs. Chancellor Ellicott, and Henry Webster, all of Medina; Sears and Lester Hill, Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Woodford, of Knowlesville; Mr. and Mrs. William Maxwell, of Shelby.

Mr. and Mrs. EDWARDS have two sons, Fred A., who is postmaster at village and Frank, who is engaged in business with his father; and three daughters. They have six grandchildren.

The Holley Standard says: “Mr. and Mrs. EDWARDS both belong to pioneer Orleans County families. His grandfather, Ira EDWARDS, came here in 1819, and his widow, Phoebe BAILEY, took out the first letters of administration ever issued in Orleans county. Mrs. Edwards’ grandmother, a widow, Jane Hatch Smith, came to Ridgeway with a large family of children in 1836.

“Mr. and Mrs. EDWARDS both engaged in school teaching, though the latter’s pedagogic career was soon cut short by marriage. Mr. EDWARDS was the last principal of the old Holley Academy before it was changed into a union school. He then taught at Medina and in 1870 returned to Holley and entered into the hardware business, in which he is still engaged.

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 18 Nov 2005

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ELLICOTT

67th Wedding Anniversary (1866 - 1933)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune; Thurs., 23 March 1933
Surnames: ELLICOT, BAILEY

Quietly at home Saturday, Mr. and Mrs. Chandler ELLICOTT, 211 South avenue, will celebrate the 67th anniversary of their wedding. Mr. Ellicott, as the oldest man in the village, is carrying a gold headed cane presented him by the Tribune. And if that isn't enough to earn him fame, let it be said that he is Civil War veteran.

They expressed an intention today of living Saturday very much as they do every other day. That means that Mrs. (Mary BAILEY) ELLICOTT will sit in the chair where she always rests, a partial invalid. Mr. ELLICOTT will walk down town, greet some cronies on the street, puter around the G.A.R. rooms for a while and return home.

It wasn’t always that they could live so easily. At 18 Mr. ELLICOTT was on his way to war. He enlisted with the 17th New York Battery July 28, 1862. Two years and 10 months later he was honorably discharged at Richmond, Va. He enlisted, fought and was discharged a private. But what of the intervening period? He fought under Grant in the Army of the Potomac; under General Cochran while in the Irish Brigade at Fairfax Station. The army officer he liked best was H. W. Slocum, of Syracuse. He was a member of a “show” brigade stationed at Washington. The brigade marched b efore celebrities. Two brothers also “went to war,” David died at Chancellorsville. Frank went “marching through Georgia” with Sherman.

Both Mr. and Mrs. ELLICOTT come of fighting families. Mrs. ELLICOTT's ancestors served honorably in the Revolutionary War. Mr. ELLICOTT’s grandfather, Andrew ELLICOTT, helped drive the British out of Buffalo in the War of 1812.

He also comes of an illustrious family. His great-grandfather, another Andrew Ellicott, laid out the city of Washington. A great-uncle, Joseph ELLICOTT, was a Harlem land agent, and once owned the land on which Ellicott square, Buffalo is situated. Mr. ELLICOTT was born at Batavia. His wife was born at Shelby Center, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Bailey. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ellicott were the future Civil War veteran’s parents. When a young lad, Mr. ELLICOTT's parents moved to Shelby Center and both he and his wife went to the Shelby Center school. His father was a farmer; hers a wagon-maker.

After he ‘came home' from the war, Mr. ELLICOTT worked and in 1866 they were married. He worked faithfully until 12 years or so ago, when his health began to fail. A series of operations made him almost well again. Today he is brisk and cheerful. His wife, also, is cheerful, in spite of an illness that confines her to a chair. They have one son, Evans, of Boston, Mass. Mr. ELLICOTT has two brothers living. One, Walter, is in Michigan. The other, Arthur, is retired after serving as police chief in Tonawanda.

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 31 July 2005

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ELSOM

50th Wedding Anniversary (1907 - 1957)

Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal; prob. last week of Nov. or 1st week of Dec. 1957
Surnames: ELSOM, BOYLE, SCHENING

Mr. and Mrs. Edward ELSOM of Knowlesville were surrounded by a continuous stream of relatives and close friends Sunday as they celebrated their Golden Anniversary at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Alton BOYLE, Maple Ridge Rd. (Medina).

It was a busy afternoon for the couple, who are actively enjoying life at the ages of 74 and 81 respectively. They were married on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28) of 1907 at the Baptist parsonage in Medina by the Rev. George LOUGHTON. She was Rose SCHENING of Albion, and Mr. ELSOM came from Clarendon. The two were educated in the public schools of their own communities, and she went on to study at Caton’s Business School in Medina.

The first home for the ELSOM’s, on Eagle St., Medina, was occupied only a year, when they moved to the Town of Barre, and then shortly to Knowlesville, where they have spent 47 years. Mr. ELSOM is a veteran woodworker of more than 40 years' service with the S. A. Cook & Co. here. At present, he retains his interest in woodworking and has taken a vigorous interest in acquiring and refinishing antique furniture, frequently assisting Shelby antique dealer Francis STOOKEY.

The ELSOMs are members of the Presbyterian Church, Medina. They have two children, Mrs. BOYLE of Maple Ridge and Howard ELSOM of Shelby Center; also three granddaughters, Barbara BOYLE, Sandra ELSOM and Patricia ELSOM.

(taken from the Washak scrapbooks)

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 3 Jul 2002

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FISHER

50th Wedding Anniversary (1869 - 1919)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune; Thurs., 20 Nov 1919
Surnames: FISHER, ALBONE, ALLCHIN, CROOK, HOWLETT, TROW

Mr. and Mr. James FISHER celebrated their Golden wedding Thursday at their home at Ridgeway, and a large number of invited guests joined them around the festive board. A six o'clock dinner of six courses was served; the table decorations were yellow chrysanthemums. The repast was most appetizing.

The best man of fifty years ago, James FISHER, a cousin, of Yates, was present. The guests included Mr. and Mrs. FISHER's six sisters and three brothers; Mr. and Mrs. Edward CROOK, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas ALLCHIN, of Medina; Mr. and Mrs. James HOWLETT, of Ridgeway, Mr. and Mrs. ALDRICH, of Ashwood, Mr. and Mrs. TROW, of Knowlesville and Mr. and Mrs. ALBONE, of Oak Orchard; Mr. and Mrs. George FISHER of Medina, Mr. and Mrs. Robert FISHER, and Mr. and Mrs. John FISHER, of Ridgeway.

Mr. and Mrs. FISHER have six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Many beautiful gifts were received, including an electric reading lamp from the brothers and sisters.

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 7 Jun 2005

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FORDER

50th Wedding Anniversary (1900 - 1950)

Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal: Tues., Jan. 2, 1951
Surnames: FORDER, CALLARD, COVEL, SAUNDERS, STOCKTON

Mr. and Mrs. Fred FORDER of Carlton celebrated their 50th Wedding anniversary on December 22nd with dinner at the Lions Club in Albion given by their children. Mr. and Mrs. FORDER, both 72 years of age, were married in Bureigh, England, in 1900, and came to this country in 1912 with five of their children. They have lived in the Gaines-Carlton area ever since. Mr. FORDER in 1935 gave up his farming, bought a home in Carlton Station and went into the trucking business.

They have four daughters, Mrs. H. N. SAUNDERS of Long Beach, California, Mrs. Clayton CALLARD of Albion, Mrs. Henry STOCKTON of Carlton Station and Mrs. Alson COVEL of Akron, N.Y., and two sons, Wallace of Albion and Fred of Wilson. The FORDER have thirteen grandchildren.

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 2 Jun 2003

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FREEMAN

50th Wedding Anniversary (1836 - 1886)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune; Thurs., 23 Sept 1886
Surnames: FREEMAN, GASKILL, GRAVES, HAMLIN

Mr. and Mrs. Isaac (Sally HAMLIN) FREEMAN, of West Shelby, entertained a few of their relatives and friends, in all about fifty persons, on Monday, the 13th inst., in commemoration of their 50th wedding day. Mr. and Mrs. FREEMAN were at the door and received their guests, and apparently as young as fifty years ago. Eight brothers and one sister were present, all of whom live within an hour’s ride of each other, all enjoying good health, with ages as follows:
William FREEMAN, 83 years; Samuel FREEMAN, 81 years; Philip FREEMAN, 79 years; Daniel FREEMAN, 77 years; Isaac FREEMAN, 75 years; Asher FREEMAN, 72 years; John FREEMAN, 69 years; Benjamin FREEMAN, 61 years; Mrs. Olive GASKILL, 62 years; James FREEMAN, 59 years.

Mr. and Mrs. Chester FREEMAN, of Albion, cousins of the host and hostess were present. Bert GRAVES, who is a relative of Mr. and Mrs. FREEMAN, read letters of regret and very appropriately presented the venerable couple with the numerous presents, among which was a gold headed cane and a set of china dishes from the brothers. Mr. FREEMAN was noticed to be parading his yard the remainder of the day leaning on his new gold headed cane.

A sumptuous dinner was spread which all will testify could not be excelled, and all departed for their different homes, wishing they could all meet another year.

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 18 Aug 2005

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FRANCIS

50th Wedding Anniversary (1877 - 1927)

Newspaper: Geneva Daily Times – Thursday, November 17, 1927
Surnames: FRANCIS, SHEAN

Golden Wedding Celebrated at Orleans Orleans, Nov. 17
Mr. and Mrs. Clark FRANCIS celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage at their farm home, northeast of the village, Sunday. Sixteen guests were present to assist in making the occasion a memorable one. The home was decorated in gold and white and the tables trimmed with gold paper and centered with a large white wedding cake, dated 1877-1927. The bride and groom of fifty years ago received numerous cards of congratulations from distant friends and gifts of money from their friends. Miss Mary (Beatrice) SHEAN and Clark FRANCIS were united in marriage at the home of the bride on La Due Avenue in Clifton Springs by Dr. Hibbard, November 13, 1877, and their home since has been in Clifton Springs, Orleans, and thirty-nine years spent in Geneva. Their children are settled in nearby towns, where they are frequent visitors at the home of their parents.

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 2 Nov 2011

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FULLER

50th Wedding Anniversary (1855 - 1905)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune, Thurs., 28 Sept 1905
Surnames: FULLER, WELD

Anyone passing the home of Mr. and Mrs. Darwin (Rosaline WELD) FULLER on Wednesday afternoon, September 20th, might easily have suspicioned that something unusual was taking place, especially those who passed while “mime artist” Richards was taking the pictures of the assembled one hundred. After this "trying ordeal” D. D. Holdredge, in his usual business tone, announced that Mrs. Root would now read a poem, which, by request of some of the friends, we append:

There was once a young man of some renown
Who resided in Yates, that good old town,
And came to Medina his fortune to try,
But left his heart down in Yates, by the by.

He purchased a farm of acres a few
Without buildings or orchards, decidedly new,
And plan led home for a life time or two,
Where love should preside, both lasting and true.

In eighteen hundred and fifty five
He laid siege for the heart now kept alive,
And the heart of a maiden was "Weld-ed" together
With one that was "Fuller" for all kinds of weather.

This house was soon built where tonight we assemble,
And our hearty good wishes so gladly commingle,
With this happy couple we are fifty years wed,
Whose steps the kind father so gently has led.

Adown the long years twixt that time and this,
how many the changes - how many we miss,
Yet toll and endeavor their hearts ever gladden,
Was much to encourage and little to sadden.

Till with unbounded energy and industry too,
Rich orchards were bending and waving grain grew;
More acres were added, north, south, east and west.
The Father smiled on and each day of toll blessed.

Infant voices anon gave zest as we wrought,
And fondly we watched each developing thought
And swiftly the years unlamented sped by
Till to womanhood grown two fair daughters we spy.

Then, all unbidden, the death angel came
And for one of our treasures entered a claim;
Then sadly the clay in "God's acre" we laid
And owned a loved spot where no taxes are paid.

Yet she never quite left us, our darling, our May,
As back to this home we took our sad way,
Her books and her music, her look and her smile
Speak still to us fondly, and becken (beckon) erstwhile.

Tonight we are glad for the daughter still left us,
For her husband and children whose home is so near;
The life left behind us we daily renew,
And live our lives over in our grandchildren, two.

Slowly your sun toward the western sky slopes,
Yet are you young and filled with fond hopes,
Your diamond wedding may you celebrate here
And each one now present, to that one appear.

Following this two dainty little maidens in white - Eva Loraine Wood and Louise Wilmot - flower girl and ring bearer, scattered sweet peas at the feet of the bride and slipped on her finger an elegant diamond ring, the gift of the groom. Every room in the house was profusely decorated, principally in green and gold, more than fifty yards of ground pine being used in connection with yards and yards of ground holly. The groom and bride received in the front parlor under an immense bell of goldenrod. Covers were laid for fourteen at the bride's table in the dining room, held for its center piece an espergne (epergne) of yellow roses, the other decorations being ground pine, goldenrod and yellow candles. The small tables were all decorated with nastursiums (nasturtiums), furnished by Mrs. John Weld. Cummings & Getskey outdid themselves in their menu of four courses, which consumed two hours. When the fourth course appeared we had a strong suspicion that there had been a rivalry between the caterers and Miss Tillie Fuller, the presiding genius of the Fuller mansion, as no less than six kinds of elegant cake were brought in. Marthage orchestra of Rochester discoursed sweet strains of music throughout the afternoon and evening. The voices of the guests mingled with the orchestra in "Old Hundred,” at the opening of the dinner.

Notwithstanding the invitations announced "no presents" many beautiful gifts found their way into the library. The out-of-town guests were from Rochester, South Bend, Ind., Eagle Harbor, Knowlesville, Lyndonville, Kuckville, Yates, Jackson, Mich., Lansing, Mich., Kent City, Mich., New York City, Middleport, Royalton and County Line.

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GOODWIN

50th Wedding Anniversary (1876 - 1926)

Newspaper: The Medina Tribune; Thurs., 1 April 1926
Surnames: GOODWIN, WARING

Monday evening at their home on Park avenue Mr. and Mrs. Frank GOODWIN were host to a party of friends in celebration of their fiftieth wedding anniversary and about one hundred guests attended and paid their respect to the bride and groom of fifty years ago presenting them with many gifts of gold, cut glass and flowers. Many others were unable to be present, on account of illness. The reception was held from seven until ten o’clock in the evening. The absence of their son Henry H. GOODWIN, who is doing Civil Engineering work in Florida was much regretted.

Mr. and Mrs. GOODWIN were married on March 29th, 1876 at the home of the bride's father, Henry H. WARING in the Waring homestead at North Ridgeway. Rev. B. L. Van Buren, who was paster of the Baptist Church of Johnson’s Creek at that time officiated. The bridesmaid Mrs. Emma Whitcher Hobbie of Fayette, Ohio and the best man Almon J. Gray of Buffalo were both unable to be present at the golden anniversary on account of illness. Mr. and Mrs. GOODWIN have always lived in Medina and vicinity, except the eight years that they spent in New York, where his work was among the public schools of the city. Mrs. (Florence) GOODWIN has been doing photographic work since 1912 after taking a course at Eastman's at that time.

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GRIMES

50th Wedding Anniversary (1897 - 1947)

Newspaper: Lyndonville Enterprise; Thurs., 20 Nov 1947
Surnames: GRIMES, MOSHER

Mr. and Mrs. L.(Lawrence) W.(William) Grimes of 66 West Ave. will observe their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, Nov. 23, with open house from 3 o’clock until 6 o’clock.

(Note: Mrs. GRIMES was the former Rosalinda MOSHER)

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GULINSKI

50th Wedding Anniversary (1906 - 1956)

Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal; week of Oct. 15, 1956
Surnames: GULINSKI, KOKOSZKA, ZALEWSKI

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph GULINSKI of 507 Canal Street will celebrate 50 years of marriage on Sunday (Oct. 21, 1956). Mrs. Antoinette (ZALEWSKI) GULINSKI was born in Czestochowa and Mr. GULINSKI in Warsaw, Poland. She is 71 and her husband is 70.

The couple was married in Wloclawek, Poland, and came to America on their honeymoon and lived in Manayung, Pa., for seven years. They later moved to Buffalo and lived there until 1919 at which time they came to Medina. In Buffalo Mr. GULINSKI worked at Buffalo Foundry & Machine Company as a blacksmith. In Medina he worked at the Butts & Slack Foundry and later the H. J. Heinz from where he retired five years ago.

Mass will be said in their honor at 8 o’clock, October 21 in the Sacred Heart Church at which time they will receive a blessing. To celebrate the occasion the family will gather at the home of their son and daughter-in-law, 420 Eagle St. for a dinner. Open house will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 for friends and relatives at 420 Eagle St. Out of nine children of the couple, there are three living: Miss Victora GULINSKI, Mrs. John KOKOSZKA and Anthony J. GULINSKI.

(taken from the Washak scrapbooks)

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HATHAWAY

50th Anniversary (1862 - 1912)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune; Thurs., 9 Jan 1913
Surnames: HATHAWAY, CLAPP, TUCKER

Tuesday evening, December 31st., Mr. and Mrs. Manley (Marie Harriet TUCKER) HATHAWAY, of Knowlesville celebrated their golden wedding. There were about fifty guests present, among them being their son, Frank, of Syracuse, and granddaughter Frances.

After the refreshments were served a short program was as follows: Reading by Comrade John Stevens to the veterans and their wives entitled, "Remember, We Have Saved this Great Country for You.” A poem adapted for the occasion by Miss Jennie B. Tompkins, after which a short speech was made by Comrade Silas M. Hood in which he presented Mr. and Mrs. HATHAWAY two beautiful gold pieces from their friends present. Mrs. Marion CLAPP, a niece; presented them a handsome gilt clock from their relatives. Mr. Hood read a poem written at Newport News, Va., December 31, 1863. Miss Louise Barry sang “Cousin Jedidiah" while all joined in the chorus. Miss Frances HATHAWAY sang the "Old Grey Bonnett,” while all joined in the several old war time ballads.

After singing “God Be With You,” all united in expressing themselves as having spent a very enjoyable evening and congratulated the bride and groom on their youthful appearance, and hoped they would have many happy returns of the day. Following is the poem read by Miss Tompkins: December 31st. 1862. To and Mrs. Manley (Amandus) Hathaway on their Golden Wedding Day.

(NOTE: Sorry, we are not showing the poem mentioned above. It consisted of twelve stanzas, each containing eight lines, and was too difficult to read from the microfilmed newspaper.)

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HIGGINS

58th Wedding Anniversary (1899 - 1957)

Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal; about Feb. 8, 1957
Surnames: HIGGINS, DURKIN, MOONEY, WATERSON, WHEATLEY

A family dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward HIGGINS in Knowlesville yesterday celebrated the 58th anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. HIGGINS who were wed in St. Stephen’s Church Middleport, Feb. 7, 1899. Mrs. (Mary) HIGGINS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael DURKIN, Middleport, attended Middleport Schools before her marriage to Mr. HIGGINS, son of Mr. and Mrs. John HIGGINS of Knowlesville.

The weather on that wedding day was similar to the weather this year allowing the couple to leave the church in a horse-driven hack. Best man at the ceremony was Frank HIGGINS, brother of the groom and bridesmaid was Nellie DURKIN, sister of Mrs. HIGGINS.

Mr. HIGGINS, at the time of their marriage, was employed by a produce buyer and today recalled that at the time eggs were selling at ten cents a dozen. The work day of that year was ten hours at ten cents per hour, he points out. It was necessary then to do the family baking in the old fashioned wood cook stove, although crackers and ginger cookies were available at the grocery stores of the area.

Mr. HIGGINS for a few years was a farmer and during the work on the Barge Canal served as a contractor. Later he became one of the employees of the State Waterways Department. Both the Higginses enjoy the best of health and do all their work around their home.

Their children include four sons and four daughters: Mrs. Joseph MOONEY (?), Rochester; Edwin HIGGINS and Lloyd HIGGINS in Medina, and William in Lockport. The daughters are Mrs. Harold WATERSON, Mrs. Charles WHEATLEY, Miss Eleanor HIGGINS of Medina, and Miss Doris HIGGINS, Knowlesville.

(taken from the Washak scrapbooks)

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HILL

50th Wedding Anniversary (1852 - 1902)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune; Thurs., 21 March 1902
Surnames: HILL, TOMPKINS, ROOT, WOODFORD, HARDING, COOK, BRIGHAM

A notable event was the golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. A. L. HILL, of 37 West State street, Albion, N. Y., Tuesday, March 19th. Over sixty people were present and Krompart's orchestra discoursed sweet music to the delight of the guests.
Mrs. Hattie TOMPKINS, Mrs. Blanche HILL and Mrs. Nellie HILL sang several delightful trios, but the one which brought the house down was "The Old Gray Bonnet," paraphrased to mean the bride and groom of fifty years ago. Then Mrs. I. O. ROOT read a poem and Mrs. E. E. WOODFORD followed with another poem, after which Chester HARDING very felicitously presented the bridal couple with a magnificent leather chair, in the name of the Knowlesville guests. Many other presents found their way into the home, although “no presents” was written on the invitations. The house was prettily decorated in yellow and white, and many bouquets of daffodills were conspicuous in the different rooms.
Miss COOK and Mrs. BRIGHAM, of Medina, catered, and the menu was exceptionally fine. Such a happy lot of people you seldom see together, and many were the expressions of pleasure to be heard on all sides.

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HOAG

50th Wedding Anniversary (1853 - 1903)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune: Thurs., 18 June 1903
Surnames: HOAG, POTTER, BAKER< BAILEY

Mr. and Mrs. Clark S. HOAG celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary by entertaining a company of relatives and friends at their home on West Center street, on Tuesday, June 16th. The out of town guests were his brother, Rev. C. H. HOAG and wife, of Byron, Mr. and Mrs. I. C. BAKER, of Middleport, Mr. and Mrs. John BAILEY, of Knowlesville. Mrs. BAILEY was bridesmaid at the wedding fifty years ago when Amelia POTTER and Clark S. HOAG were united in marriage on the Potter farm near Knowlesville.

The venerable couple were the recipients of numerous presents of articles of value in gold and silver, but the most complete surprise came in the receipt of a beautiful Morris chair from Mr. HOAG’s brother Odd Fellows.

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HOLDREDGE

50th Wedding Anniversary (1845 - 1895)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune, Thursday 7 Nov 1895
Surnames: HOLDREDGE, FULLER

Mr. and Mrs. W. (William) 0. HOLDREDGE celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding on Tuesday afternoon, at their home on West street. A large number of invited guests were present, mostly old neighbors residing near West Shelby, and the occasion was very enjoyable. Among the guests were Mr. and Mrs. William Underhill, Mr. and Mrs. William Vanhorn and Mr. and Mrs. William Bigford, who were married the same year and some attended the wedding fifty years ago. Rev. D. W. Moore, of Brockport, read two poems with original rendering to adopt them to the occasion and also performed a special ceremony.

(Note: Mrs. HOLDREDGE was the former Rhoda Jane FULLER)


Newspaper: Medina Tribune, 11 Nov 1909

Mr. and Mrs. W. O. HOLDREDGE, of West avenue, celebrated the sixty-fourth anniversary of their marriage on Friday last. (5 Nov. 1909)

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HORNER

50th Wedding Anniversary (1865 - 1915)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune; Thurs. 15 July 1915
Surnames: HORNER, HARRIS, PLUMMER, DEVONSHIRE, LACEY, FISK, RANDOLPH

It is fifty years ago, dear wife,
Since you and I were wed.
In looking back o'er all that time,
How swift the years have fled.
Our golden locks have turned to gray,
Our eyes have dimmer grown.
But our hearts are just as true today,
As fifty years ago.

Mr. and Mrs. Ephram HORNER celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary July 10th, at the home of their son, Charles HORNER, on South Main street. It was a beautiful day for the occasion, warm and bright, as were the hearts of the bride and groom greeting their many friends with smiling faces and a hearty handshake to all. A bountiful dinner was served to about thirty, after which Mrs. Samuel PLUMMER presented the bride with a gold handled umbrella, and to the groom a pair of gold link cuff buttons, gifts from those present. There were numerous other individual presents. The afternoon was spent in listening to recitations and music. Among the numbers was a solo by Mr and Mrs. Charles HORNER; a song "Put on Your Old Gray Bonnet" by Miss Carrie and Master Clyde DEVONSHIRE, with piano and violin accompaniment. Later ice cream and cake was served, after which the guests departed for their homes wishing Mr. and Mrs. Horner many happy returns of the day.

The out-of-town guests were Mr. and Mrs. John HORNER, of Waterport, Mr. and Mrs. George LACEY, of Middleport, Mr. and Mrs. George FISK, of Lyndonville, Mr. and Mrs. Frank HORNER, of Niagara Falls, Mr. and Mrs. Henry DEVONSHIRE and family, of Lyndonville, Mrs. Jennie HORNER and Earl HORNER of Niagara Falls, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence A. RANDOLPH and Miss Helen RANDOLPH, of Pine Hill. Also Mr. and Mrs. Samuel PLUMMER, Mrs. Sarah PLUMMER and Mr. and Mrs. Charles HORNER and family, of Medina.

(Mrs. HORNER was the former Elizabeth HARRIS)

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HUBBARD

50th Wedding Anniversary (1824 - 1874)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune: Thurs. 31 Dec 1874
Surnames: HUBBARD

On the 15th inst., a few of the friends of Mr. and Mrs. Robert HUBBARD of Shelby, met at their home, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their marriage. It was previously understood that no presents would be received by the worthy couple. Dinner was served at 2 o’clock P. M., and the guests gathered around a table that groaned under the weight of good things. After supper at 8 o’clock in the evening, Rev. J. G. Tate offered a few appropriate remarks, to which Mr. HUBBARD responded in a very practical manner. The guests retired at about 10 o’clock, wishing heartily that Mr. and Mrs. HUBBARD might live to celebrate the centennial of their wedding day. The weather was very fine, and the enjoyment of all was insured. The only shadow that clouded the festivities was the absence of Rev. R. C. Brownlee and lady who were kept away by the illness of the former.

Mr. HUBBARD began business in Norwich, England, when a young man, in the coal trade, and with a capital of $100. He continued in the business eight years very sucessfully. He then sold out and came to America with his wife (Harriet) and three children, and landed in Philadelphia with just $1,000. From there he came to Shelby and purchased 60 acres of land upon which he still resides. After buying the land he had enough left to buy a yoke of cattle, two cows, one hog and ten bushels of wheat. His grocery bill for the first year was as follows: Half a gallon of molasses, two pounds of sugar, and one pound of tea. From this small beginning, Mr. Hubbard finds that by his strong and untiring efforts, his farm of 60 acres has grown into one of 217 acres, with large and convenient buildings, and now, in a ripe old age he is surrounded by all the comforts of life, and possesses more than enough to provide for himself and wife as long as they live.

Much of the success of this couple may be attributed to the estimable wife whose judgement has kept him from many extremes into which, despite his strong will he might have fallen. In the midst of all his prosperity, Mr. HUBBARD recognises the aid of a kind Providence and the sincere wish of his friends is that they may pass the remainder of their days in peace and joy, and finally be gathered like "ripe shocks of corn, fully ripe" into the house of their Father.

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HUNT

50 Wedding Anniversary (1838 - 1888)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune: Thurs. 22 Nov 1888
Surnames: HUNT, GREENMAN

On November 8, 1838, a joyous company gathered at the residence of William GREENMAN, at Yates, to celebrate the wedding of his second daughter, Tryphosa Ann to Daniel F. HUNT, of Ridgeway, and on Thursday, November 8, 1888, the many relatives and friends of this bride and groom of fifty years, met with them to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding day. For fifty years they have lived on their farm in Ridgeway, and for nearly fifty years in the house in which they began housekeeping; but in the fiftieth year fire swept away their earlier home and the friends gathered with them in their new house which has just been completed, We can safely say it was amply warmed and thoroughly tested. All came for an enjoyable time and apparently had it. A bountiful collation was spread, to which all did ample justice.

To this couple were born seven children, of whom four are still living and were present; also eleven grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and five sisters and one brother of the bride, and one brother and one sister of the groom. Among the guests were six who were present at the marriage of this couple. One of them, A. G. GREENMAN, of Sandwich, Ill., came east expressly for this ocassion, it being the second time he has visited his former home in over thirty years.

The guests numbered in all about eighty, among whom were S. Wormuth, Batavia; Miss Etta Winans, Corfu; Mrs. C. Saxton, Milwaukee, Wis.; also Rev. Mr. Rowe, pastor of the M. E. Church at Lyndonville, who made a few appropriate remarks, after which the bride and groom received the congratulations of the company.
Wedded and welded have grown their hearts,
Faithfully, finely they’ve played their parts,
Above the world and chuking marts
There’s much fine gold.
Among the presents were a gold watch and chain, a gold headed silk umbrella, a silver tea set, a beautiful hanging lamp, fancy chairs and many other useful and ornamental articles.

And now after half a century they are both spared to see their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, the fairest flowers of this glad festival, with a multitude of relatives and friends, gather to celebrate their Golden Wedding; and the wish of all is that they may live to be decked with diamonds on their seventy-fifth anniversary, and at last be crowned with immortelles by a loving Saviour’s hand.

“A beautiful sight is a fair young bride,
as she trustingly clings to the bridegroom’s side,
While she utters the vow with unvavering faith,
Which shall make her his till the hour of death

“And lofty emotions attend the hour
When the wealth of manhood’s love and power
Is pledged as a shield and a sure defense,
That shall never betray her confidence.

“But a lovelier sight is the faithful wife,
Unto whom fifty years of wedded life
Have brought no change, save a deepening glow
Of the love that was plighted so long ago.

“And the noble one who has been her stay,
And tenderly guarded her all the way,
Bears a _______ signet upon his brow,
As he stands to renew his unbroken vow"

A Country Correspondent

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JACKSON

50th Wedding Anniversary (1845 - 1895)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune: Thursday 5 Dec 1895
Surnames: JACKSON, ROSS, CLUTE, HUDNUT

On Monday, Dec. 2d, 1895, at high noon, was celebrated one of those rarest of human events, the golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Charles JACKSON, at their spacious and beautiful country residence in Royalton. Mr. JACKSON is a son of the late James JACKSON, who for more than half a century, resided about one mile west of Medina; and Mrs. JACKSON was Miss Mary ROSS, daughter of the late John ROSS, who resided near Shelby Basin.

About forty invited family relatives and friends convened and witnessed the customary re-taking of vows, the ceremony being gracefully performed by son-in-law, Rev. I. B. Hudnut, of Victor, N. Y., who used an elegant wedding ring with the marriage ceremony, and who also read a unique and original family and historical poem, prepared for the occasion and dedicated to Mr. and Mrs. JACKSON. Congratulations and an elaborate and sumptuous dinner came immediately after the marriage ceremony. Presents were not expected, but choice and beautiful gifts in gold and silver were presented. Mr. JACKSON received an elegant gold headed cane from his children. The decorations in white, pink and golden chrysanthemums and pleasing music added to the pleasures of the day.

Mr. and Mrs. JACKSON have reached the coveted fiftieth matrimonial milestone in excellent health and spirit and doubtless will have many years yet in which to enjoy life. During this entire period they have resided on the farm they now occupy amid many changing scenes and much prosperity. Those who were present from Medina were Mrs. R. M. Grummond, S. C. Bowen, Miss Lena G. Bowen, Mrs. F. J. Squires, Mrs. Isadore Berstom and Charles JACKSON. There were many other Medina friends who could not be present who present most cordial congratulations.

The three children were present - Mrs. Peter CLUTE, of West Shelby; Mrs. I. B. HUDNIT, of Victor, and John JACKSON, of Middleport. There are thirteen grandchildren, of whom eight were present; also two grandchildren, one of whom was present. The entire family circle of Mr. and Mrs. JACKSON has been but once broken by death, when a most interesting and attractive daughter - Iltifontz - was called to the better land.

The afternoon was delightfully passed, and at early evening the guests regretfully departed, wishing their host and hostess many returns of December second and the blessings of health.

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KREBS

50th Wedding Anniversary (1900 - 1950)

Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal; Mon., Dec. 11, 1950
Surnames: KREBS, REABOLD

Former Shelby Couple Now “City FoIk,” Note 50th Wedded Year
Mr. and Mrs. Godfrey KREBS, 1106 Elm Street, were honored two weeks ago on Nov. 29, by many relatives and friends as they noted their 50th wedding anniversary milestone in their newly-built Medina home. The couple are only recently “city folk”, having spent the greater part of their lives farming in the Gasport and Shelby areas.

Mr. and Mrs. KREBS, now 76 and and 67 years of age, respectively, were married in Wolcottsville and now count 18 of their original wedding guests who are still living. They built their present home on Elm Street in 1948 when they sought retirement and it was at this location that their friends and neighbors gathered to do them honor.

Cards and congratulations came from many parts of the country, including California where their daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. Walter REABOLD are living. They have five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

An original poem, written by Mrs. Etta Parker and read by Mrs. Carl Webber, was a highlight of their anniversary celebration and guests were served refreshments. Mrs. Ernest Munzel prepared a three-tiered cake with gold trimmings for the occasion Many reminiscences filled the air that evening. The couple recall with much happiness their farm days when Mrs. KREBS made as much as 2400 pounds of butter a year, which took prizes at the Orleans County Fair and earned her the title of Shelby’s “butter woman”.

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KWIATKOWSKI (aka FLOWER)

50th Wedding Anniversary (1901 - 1951)

Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal; probably about Fri., Oct. 12, 1951
Surnames: KWIATKOWSKI, FLOWER, SEVENSKI, STARKWEATHER

Double Anniversaries To Be Celebrated By KWIATKOWSKI’s (Sun., Oct. 14, 1951)

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Kwiatkowski - Golden Anniversary

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Flower - Silver Anniversary (1926 - 1951)

A celebration by more than 65 persons at the local V.F.W. Club East Center Street, Sunday, will mark an unusual double-anniversary of a Medina family. In an extremely unusual coincidence of marriages, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph KWIATKOWSKI, 179 Glenwood Avenue, will observe their golden wedding anniversary on the same date that their son, Joseph FLOWER, and his wife observe their silver anniversary.

Members of the large family, most of them Medinans throughout their lives, and many friends from the Western New York area, will gather to congratulate the two couples, who were each married on Columbus Day holidays, though 25 years apart.

The elder couple, hale and hearty at ages of 74 and 72, respectively, were born in Poland and came to America about 1908. Following several years in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Pittburgh, Mr. KWIATKOWSKI and his wife settled in Medina where they have remained during the remainder of their lives. A foundryman for the majority of his years, Mr. KWIATKOWSKI traces his life with the history of such enterprises here as Butts & Slack Foundry, Bignall Co., Medina Iron & Brass Co., and Swett Iron Works. Still working, probably a guide to his good health, the elder gentleman is now employed by the village and both he and his wife are active about their home and with their large family.

A reception from 2-5 p. m. Sunday at the V.F.W. rooms will precede a family dinner, complete with two cakes in honor of the two celebrations.

The Joseph KWIATKOWSKI’s are the parents of three boys and a girl, 10 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild, born just two months ago. Their children are Mr. and Mrs. Bernard FLOWER, West Avenue; Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester KWIATKOWSKI, Orient Street, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph FLOWER, Elizabeth St., and Mr. and Mrs. Chester STARKWEATHER, Gulf Street. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph FLOWER, celebrating their silver anniversary, are both natives of Medina, where Mr. FLOWER has been in the automobile repair and sales business for 30 years. Continuing their chain of coincidences, the three sons of the KWIATKOWSKI’s married sisters, all children of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley SEVENSKI.

(taken from the Washak scrapbooks)

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LEE

50th Wedding Anniversary (1867 - 1917)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune; Thurs., 1 Feb. 1917
Surnames: LEE

Friends of Mr. and Mrs. William U. (Frances H.) LEE, who are now spending the winter at St. Petersburg, Fla., will be interested in learning that they will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary on the 7th instant.

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LUM

50th Wedding Anniversary (1836 - 1886)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune; Thurs., 25 Nov. 1886
Surnames: LUM, BROOKS

A very pleasant affair occurred at North Ridgeway, on Saturday, Nov, 13th. The occasion was the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac B. (Catherine ROBISON) LUM. Although the day was stormy and the roads so bad that many who were invited were unable to attend, over forty guests, all relatives, gathered at the old homestead where linger many recollections of happy childhood days and pleasant social hours.

At 2 p.m. dinner was served, which was enjoyed heartily. The company then assembled in the parlors and listened to a poem written for the occasion by the oldest daughter, Mrs. R. R. BROOKS, after which a speech was made by Chauncey LUM, of Yates, touching upon events and changes that have taken place since the aged couple began their married life. The speech was followed by others upon the various topics of the day, the whole being interspersed wtth singing and music. Among other things of interest, a genealogical chart was exhibited, tracing the Lum family in unbroken lineage back two hundred and sixty-seven years to their establishment in America, by Samuel LUM, who came to this country from England in 1619, one year before the landing of the Pilgrims.

The rooms were tastefully decorated with evergreens, mottoes, etc. A general feeling of good nature and sociability prevailed, and many expressions of love and good wishes were extended to the honored couple who for fifty years have been a kind father and mother, and always commanded the respect and good will of a large circle of neighbors and friends, and in whose home an air of welcome ever prevailed and whose doors were (never) closed in the face of want, whether it appeard in the form of friend or stranger.

There are seven children and eight grandchildren living, all of whom were present on this occasion. Mr. LUM is eighty and Mrs. LUM seventy-five years old. To them I would say, your many friends join in wishing you many peaceful days and the return of a number of wedding anniversaries, and
Though you hear the distant roar
Of surges beating 'gainst the shore
That marks the boundary line of time,
Fear not.
Your boat shall land without a shock,
For guardian angels waiting stand
To welcome you with outstretched hand
And lead you up the heights beyond,
Where, shining back across the sea,
Your lives a beacon light shall be,
To guide and save
Each struggling bark that thou didst launch
Upon the wave,
And lead them up to thee.
W. B.

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MONACELLI

50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY (1909 - 1959)

Newspaper: Unknown
Surnames: MONACELLI, COLMAN, CONDON, DeLUCA, GMINSKI

An Albion couple married, Feb 21, 1909 in Alfadena, Italy, will celebrate their golding wedding anniversary Saturday with an open house at their home from 5 to 8 p.m. Mr. and Mrs. Americo MONACELLI of 263 Chambedlain St. will attend an anniversary Mass Saturday morning at 10 at St. Joseph's Church.

The couple have lived here since 1915 and MONACELLI retired three years ago from the Albion Public Works Dept. Before his employment with the Village, he worked for 30 years as a stone quarryman and for 17 years with a local food packing concern.

Mr. and Mrs. MONACELLI are communicants of St. Joseph's Church and its societies. She is a native of Rome, Itaty, the former Miss Tersilia DeLUCA. Mr. MONACELLI is a native of Alfadena. They have two sons, Tulieo and Fred, both of Detroit, and four daughters, Mrs. John CONDON of Albany, Mrs. Laonard GMINSKI of Webster and Mrs. Richard COLMAN of Rochester and Sister Mary Karen if the Sister of Mercy in Buffalo.

Submitted by: Adrienne Condon 9 Sep 2008

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MURRAY

50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY (1861 - 1911)

Newspaper: The Medina Tribune; Thurs., 29 Jun 1911 (from a column called “About The County”)
Surnames: MURRAY, BOWEN

Mr. and Mrs, John C. MURRAY, of Gaines, passed their fiftieth milestone of married life Saturday and fittingly celebrated their golden wedding with over fifty relatives who assembled to celebrate with them.

(Note: Mrs. MURRAY was former Sophia BOWEN)

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NEUMAN

50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY (1903 - 1953

Newspaper: Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal; 18 March 1953
Surnames: NEUMAN, SCHNACKLE

Yates Center - Mr. and Mrs. Christopher NEUMAN of this community spent an afternoon and evening last Sunday looking fondly back over 50 years of married life. The family gathering numbered 28 and began with an anniversary dinner. Christopher NEUMAN married the former Augusta SCHNACKLE on Feb. 26, 1903 at County Line in a modest ceremony conducted by the Rev. K. A. Hoessel of County Line Evangelical Lutheran Church. Attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Fred SCHNACKLE.

Mr. and Mrs. NEUMAN, now 78 and 72, respectively, have lived in this vicinity all their lives, and are the parents of seven children and 10 grandchildren. These include four sons, Harry of Yates Center, Walter of Millers, Harold of County Line, and Milford at home. Three daughters, Ilda of County Line, Marie of Yates Center and Emma of Middleport.

Illness first postponed the anniversary celebration, but did not dampen the family’s good wishes. A three-tiered wedding cake was prepared and the couple was presented with a small tree hung with “gold” wrapped dollars.

(Note: The above article was accompanied by a picture of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Neuman.)

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O'REILLY

50th Wedding Anniversary (1909 - 1959)

Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal; prob. week of June 8, 1959
Surnames: O’REILLY, SHANLEY

Mr. and Mrs. Edward O’REILLY, 318 Pearl Street, will observe their 50th wedding anniversary on Monday, June 15. The occasion will be noted with a reception to the well-known Medina couple to be held in the gardens of the J.(John) E. ROBINSON Jr. home, 380 Erie Street from 3 to 6 in the afternoon.

Both Mr. O’REILLY and Mrs. O’REILLY, who is the former Anna S. SHANLEY, were born in Medina. They were married June 15, 1909 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church here with the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Daniel MALLOY, the pastor of the church, officiating. They have continued to live in Medina during their entire lifetimes.

For many years Mr. O’REILLY operated a retail furniture store and undertaking establishment in Medina. He retired from active association in the business in 1954.

During his lifetime Mr. O’REILLY has given generously of his time and ability to the community. For a period of 31 years he was a member of the Medina Board of Education and for 12 years was its president. He has been associated with the Medina Memorial Hospital as a board member for a number of years and currently is president of the Board of Directors. He is a former president of the Medina Advertising Club, now the Medina Chamber of Commerce. It was under Mr. O’REILLY’s direction that the first of the industrial shows was held in the State Armory in 1932 and he again headed the last exposition as honorary chairman in 1956. He is a member of and a past grand knight of Medina Council Knights of Columbus and a member of the Holy Name Society of Church.

During both World Wars Mr. O’REILLY took an active part in the various campaigns on the home front. He headed the bond campaigns during the five years of the second World War when some $12,000,000 were sold locally. He has also gererously supported other local community betterments.

In honor of the occasion a solemn mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 8:45 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church with the Rt. Rev. Msgr. James T. SULLIVAN, pastor of St. Mary’s parish as celebrant. The O’REILLYs stated today that no formal invitations have been issued for the reception. However, they will be pleased to receive any of their many friends in the ROBINSONs’ gardens on Monday.

(taken from the Washak scrapbooks)

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PITTMAN

56th Wedding Anniversary (1899 - 1955)

Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal; Mon., 11 July 1955
Surnames: PITTMAN, BRAYLEY, CHRISMAN, JONES, DAUM, LAWTON

WEST BARRE - Mr. and Mrs. William H. PITTMAN, of the Miller Rd., were guests of honor on Sunday, July 3, when they celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary at the home of their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond F. BRAYLEY and family of Rochester. A dinner was served on the lawn which was surrounded by flowers and a rock garden. The tables were decorated with summer flowers and centered with a five-tiered wedding cake which was topped with a miniature bride and groom. The cake was made by their daughter, Mrs. BRAYLEY.

Other guests included their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Bert PITTMAN of Knowlesville; their six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; also Mrs. PITTMAN's three sisters, Mrs. Carlotta CHRISMAN of Ithaca, Mrs. Anna JONES and Mrs. Elizabeth DAUM both of Albion, and Mr. PITTMAN's cousin, Mrs. Francis LAWTON of Rochester. The couple was presented with a purse of money.

(Note: Mrs. PITTMAN's name was Hattie M.)

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PORTER

50th Wedding Anniversary (1859-1909)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune; Thurs. 11 Nov 1909
Surnames: PORTER

KNOWLESVILLE - Mr. and Mrs. Myron PORTER celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last Wednesday by entertaining a large company of relatives.

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RANSOM

55th Wedding Anniversary (1843 - 1898)

Newspaper: The Medina Tribune; Thurs., Nov. 3, 1898
Surnames: RANSOM

About 30 assembled at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Seth RANSOM, of Shelby Oct. 31st to celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary. They were the recipients of many presents. An enjoyable time is reported by the guests.

(Mrs. Ransom was the former Adaline LUTHER)

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ROBERTS

50th Wedding Anniversary (1867 - 1917)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune, Thurs. 25 Jan 1917
Surnames: ROBERTS, DEWEY, FORBES, BAKER, BELL, HARGRAVE, BRATT, BEECHER, SANBORN, BECKETT

Mr. and Mrs. Ziba ROBERTS Reach the Fiftieth Milestone of Wedded Life and Celebrated the Event at their Home in East Shelby on Saturday, January 13.

At the Baptist parsonage at Shelby Center, Ziba ROBERTS, of East Shelby, and Cynthia DEWEY, of Royalton were united in marriage by the late Rev. Merrill Forbes January 13, 1867, and immediately started housekeeping on the farm where Mr. ROBERTS was born and where they have resided ever since. There have been born unto them eight children, viz.: Dr. W. Z. ROBERTS, of Buffalo, J. D. C. Merrill ROBERTS, Mrs. J. C. BAKER, Mrs. George BELL, Misses Grace I. and Iva ROBERTS, Raymond James of East Shelby, all of whom are still living except Raymond James ROBERTS, who died in infancy. Mr. ROBERTS was born July 31, 1840. Mrs. ROBERTS was born in Royalton, March 19, 1845. They have three grandchildren, Murray Z., J. C. Jr., and Edwin BAKER.

The Fiftieth anniversary of their marriage was celebrated at their home at East Shelby, Saturday, January 13, 1917. There were fifty present. Two of them were at the marriage fifty years ago, a brother and sister, viz., Lyman Dewey of Alabama Center and Mrs. Vinton Walworth of Ovid, Mich. The house was decorated in gold and white, and cut flowers. Many beautiful gifts were received, including a purse of gold from their children and two sisters of Mrs. ROBERTS; also a gold chain for Mr. ROBERTS and a diamond broach for Mrs. ROBERTS from their nephews and nieces; also gold broaches, one from Saginaw, Mich., one from Middleport, also other beautiful gold and silver pieces for the table; also Mr. ROBERTS received a gold piece from the Daughters of Veterans. The Rev. E. W. Hargrave, the pastor, of the M. E. church of this place, was present and made some very appropriate remarks for the occasion. Those present from out of town were Lyman DEWEY, Mr and Mrs. R. R. ROBERTS and daughter of Alabama; Mr. and Mrs. Vinton Walworth of Ovid, Mich., Almyra McCollum of Youngstown, Mr.(sic) Miss Carrie Walworth of Rochester, and Mrs. Howard Sprout and William Sprout of Middleport; James (B?)ratt and two children of Oakfield, Salina Willis, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Myers and two sons of Elba. The children of Mr. and Mrs. ROBERTS were all present, including Dr. and Mrs. W. E. ROBERTS of Buffalo and Miss Iva ROBERTS at Sanugerties(sic), N. Y., Mr. and Mrs. Lyman BEECHER of Barre Center, Mr. and Mrs. Smith SANBORN of Medina, Mr. and Mrs. W. O. BECKETT of Knowlesville, Rev. and Mrs. HARGRAVE and two children of Millville. The following poem was composed by Miss Julia C. SANBORN, of Ossineke, Mich.:

The Golden Wedding.

Full fifty years, and can it be
That much time has sped;
Since first I brought you to this home
That day when we were wed?
Time has dealt kindly with us both
In spite of stormy weather
In spite of sorrow, death and loss,
For He left us here together.
How long the path had been for one
Praise God we do not know
For He's let us walk down lover’s lane
Even to Life's sunset glow,
And now, dear wife, we’ll thank that God
For children, friends and home
And pray that neither may be left
At last, here, long-alone.
J. C. Sanborn.

(Note: The above article was also accompanied by a picture of Mr. and Mrs. Roberts.)

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ROOK

50th Wedding Anniversary (1868 - 1918)

Newspaper: The Medina Tribune; Thurs., 26 Dec 1918
Surnames: ROOK, ALBONE, BUCKLAND

Sunday, December 22, Mr. and Mrs. John ROOK celebrated their golden wedding at their home on Prospect avenue.

Mr. ROOK came from Bedford, England, in 1867, and Miss (Sarah) ALBONE in 1868, and were united in marriage on Dec. 22d, 1868, in an old log cabin which recently has been taken down, on the farm now owned and occupied by Mr. George ALBONE, the bride’s brother. They have five sons, John Charles, William George, Almond Frank, Edgar J., and Byron Ralph, and one daughter, Rosemond I. BUCKLAND, and twenty-five grandchildren, all of whom were able to be present except two, who were Private John Wesley ROOK, Motor Truck Driver, Co. A, 15th Supply Train, Fort Bliss, Texas, age 17 years; and Earl J.? ROOK, 2d Lieutenant in the A. E. F. in France, at present on the River Rhine, being five years in service and had the honor of being with General Pershing's first forces to advance into Mexico, age 21 years. They have not lost a child or grandchild. Mr. ROOK had always been a farmer until he moved to the village sixteen years ago, and always a resident in the town of Ridgeway, they having made a visit to their old home in England in the summer of 1900.

The bride and groom of fifty years were presented with many costly gifts, among (them) were an expensive diamond ring for the bride, and a beautiful golden clock, a purse of fifty dollars in gold, an English gold crown, and many other valuable gifts. Many letters and cards were received, guests were from Lyndonville and Syracuse, Waterbury, Conn., the Upper Peninsula, Mich, four of whom had a thirty mile sleigh ride to get to the railroad station.

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SECHOWSKI

50th Wedding Anniversary (1909 - 1959)

Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal; prob. wk. of Sept. 21, 1959
Surnames: SECHOWSKI, BURKE, GOTTOVI, KOFFMAN, SWARTHOUT

The children of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew F. SECHOWSKI of 119 Stork St. honored them with a surprise gathering of fifty guests Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard BURKE, Florence Ave., to celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary. Among the guests present were the attendants of the original wedding party on Sept. 21, 1909, Mrs. Stephen CHICK of Demarest, N.J., and William J. SMITH of Medina.

Mr. and Mrs. SECHOWSKI have three sons, Anthony and Edward of Medina, and Walter of Apache Junction, Ariz., and three daughters, Mrs. George KOFFMAN and Mrs. BURKE of Medina, and Mrs. W. Lloyd SWARTOUTof Rome, N.Y.

(Note: Mrs. SECHOWSKI was the former Anna GOTTOVI)

(taken from the Washak scrapbooks)

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SCOTT

60th Wedding Anniversary (1850 - 1910)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune; Thurs. 1 Dec 1910
Surnames: SCOTT, HOWE

A number of the relatives and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Porter SCOTT gathered with them at their home on Maple Row Fruit Farm on Saturday, November 26, 1910, to celebrate with them the sixtieth anniversary of their marriage. Mr. and Mrs. SCOTT have resided in this county all their lives. To this couple were born two sons. They have also one grandson, all of whom are living and were present with the exception of the grandson, Porter W. SCOTT, of Brooklyn.

Covers were laid for sixteen and while at the table the following paper which was written by their oldest son, was read by a member of their family:
Dear Parents, your children together with relatives and friends meet with you today to commemorate your sixtieth anniversary. It is to us a great pleasure to meet with you on this occassion and rejoice with you over this unusual event, for only one couple in a thousand enjoy so many years together. It is something very remarkable where a couple whose ages average together over four score years celebrate a sixtieth anniversary under such auspicious circumstances. First, your home has been with only one exception (of five years spent in Knowlesville) on the farm on which you now reside, which was taken up from the Holland Land Purchase by our ancestor, Harry SCOTT, in 1832. Second, your children, with only one exception (that of your grandson) are with you today, and death has not entered your family as it has in the families of your associates during these sixty years. Third, the members of your family who are with you today passed through life thus in peace and harmony always have been on very friendly terms with each other. Fourth, while you have been passing these many years together your friends and associates have always looked up to you as among the first in every walk and act in life and which they have appreciated very highly and of which you should be very proud. Fifth, among your brothers and sister only two of them remain.

And mother, your only sister is with you today. Father, your only brother would have been with you today had his health permitted. Having passed so many years together we who with you today can see no cause of regret for the past, and may you continue on as you have in years gone by.
Wedded and welded have grown your lives
Faithfully firmly you planned your paths

This paper was responded to by a few appropriate remarks by Mr. and Mrs. Scott. The remainder of the time was very pleasantly passed in games and reminiscences, and as their friends left them they all joined in wishing them peace and prosperity in the future as in the past.

(Note: This article ended with a four stanza poem but is unreadable)

(Note: Mrs. SCOTT was the former Cornelia HOWE)

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SHANNON

50th Wedding Anniversary (1909 - 1959)

Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal; date unknown
Surnames: SHANNON, ZWIEFKA, SPOSITO

Mr. and Mrs. Leo SHANNON of South Ave. celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Nov. 29, (1959) and last Sunday they were honored at a family dinner at the home of their son and his family, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon F. SHANNON, son Robert and daughter Brenda, Slade Road. Other members of the family present for the affair were Miss Margaret SHANNON of South Ave., Mr and Mrs. Francis ZWIEFKA and daughter Kathleen of Meade Ave., Mr. and Mrs. Samuel SPOSITO, sons Robert and Christy, and daughter Patricia of Lockport.

(taken from the Washak scrapbooks)

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SHAW

50th Wedding Anniversary (1900 - 1950)

Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal; Fri., Dec. 1, 1950
Surnames: SHAW, HELENBOLT

Mr. and Mrs. Demelt V. SHAW of 1349 West Avenue received many cards, gifts and flowers in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary November 21st. Mr. SHAW was born in St. Charles, Illinois, December 24th, 1878, and moved to Medina with his parents in 1896. Mrs. SHAW was born September 29th, 1879, south of Shelby Basin, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marshal HELENBOLT, and has lived in the Town of Shelby all her life.

The SHAWs were married by the Rev. E. C. Dodge at the home of her parents. Only two of the attending guests are still living, Fred SHAW of Buffalo and Maurice SHAW of Denver, Colorado, brothers. Mr and Mrs SHAW, both enjoying very good health, have resided at their West Avenue home for over 33 years. Mr. SHAW is employed as a machinist at the A. L. Swett Iron Works.

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SILKOWSKI

50th Wedding Anniversary (1956 - 2006)

Newspaper: N/A
Surnames: SILKOWSKI

Edward SILKOWSKI and Peggy ALTMANN were married at Sacred Heart Church in medina, N.Y. on June 16th, 1956. Celebrating 50th on June 16th, 2006

Submitted by: Ed Silkowski 11 Jun 2006

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SIMMONS

50th Wedding Anniversary (1879 - 1929)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune dated 1 Aug 1929
Surnames: SIMMONS, BREWSTER

On July 16, 1879, Henry E. SIMMONS and Miss Lois A. BREWSTER were united in marriage at Clyde, N.Y. One daughter, now Mrs. Harold MURDOCK, was born of this union. Mr. and Mrs. SIMMONS moved to Medina in 1901 and have since resided here, Mr. SIMMONS following the trade of painter. Mr. SIMMONS informed the writer that his 50th wedding anniversary marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of his mother, Mrs. D. L. SIMMONS.

(NOTE: A picture of Mr. and Mrs. SIMMONS accompanied the above article)

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SIWIRSKI

50th Wedding Anniversary (1904 - 1955)

Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal; Mon., Jan. 17, 1955
Surnames: SIWIRSKI

Joseph SIWIRSKI, Gravel Rd., held open house yesterday (Jan. 16, 1955) to honor his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George SIWIRSKI, Glenwood Avenue, (Medina) who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Mr. and Mrs. SIWIRSKI were married in Poland and came to this country 47 years ago. Prior to his retirement, Mr. SIWIRSKI was a molder with A. L. Swett Iron Works. They have five sons, Frank, Lackawanna; Stanley, Buffalo; Leo, Chicago, Illinois; Edmund, Cheekatowaga; Joseph, Medina. All were present except Edmund, who is now in Florida.

Vows were exchanged in Sacred Heart Church, followed by breakfast in the home of Joseph SIWIRSKI. Seventy-five guests travelled from Chicago, Illinois, Niagara Falls, Buffalo, Tonawanda, and Medina. Refreshments were served buffet style.

(taken from Washak scrapbooks)

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55th Wedding Anniversary (1904 - 1959))

Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal; wk. of Jan. 18, 1959
Surnames: SIWIRSKI

Mr. and Mrs. George (& Balbina) SIWIRSKI of North Gravel Road were honored guests at an open house Sunday at the home of their son, Joseph, also of North Gravel Road, on the occasion of their fifty-fifth wedding anniversary.

Mr. and Mrs. SIWIRSKI were married in Poland and came to make their home here in 1906. Besides Joseph, they have four other sons, Frank of Lackawanna, Leo of Chicago, Ill., Edju of Cheektowaga and Stanley of Williamsville. Their descendants also include thirteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Before his retirement, Mr. SIWIRSKI was employed for many years at the A. L. Swett Iron Works. Guests from Buffalo, North Tonawanda, Cheektowaga, Lackawanna and Medina were present at the Sunday affair.

(taken from Washak scrapbooks)

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SLACK

50th Wedding Anniversary (1909 - 1959)

Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal; prob. week of Aug. 24, 1959
Surnames: SLACK, MOTT, ROSS, FLYNN

Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. SLACK, 413 Catherine Street, will observe their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, August 30 (1959). In honor of the occasion they will receive their many friends at an open house at the summer house of their son and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald SLACK, Lakeside, between 3 and 6 in the afternoon.

Both Mr. and Mrs. SLACK have been lifelong residents of the county. Mrs. SLACK is the former Harriett MOTT and was a resident of Kuckville prior to her marriage. The Medina couple was married at St. Mary’s Church here on August 31, 1909.

They have both been active in Medina affairs. Mr. SLACK was mayor of Medina for two terms and has been in the general insurance business here since 1912. He has been associated with local church, civic and fraternal organizations for many years. In 1920 he was named supervisor for the federal census for the five county area of Orleans, Genesee, Livingston, Niagara and Erie Counties.

A member of St. Mary’s Church, he has been most active in its affairs. For a period of 25 years he headed the Catholic Charities Appeal for St. Mary’s. He is a member of Medina Council, Knights of Columbus, and since 1916 has been financial secretary of the council. He also holds membership in the Medina Chamber of Commerce and Medina Lodge of Elks.

In addition to their son, Ronald, who is associated with him in business, the Slacks have two daughters, Mrs. Mary ROSS of Akron and Mrs. Margaret FLYNN of Sarasota, Florida.

(taken from the Washak scrapbooks)

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SNOW

62nd Wedding Anniversary (1888 - 1950)


Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal; Thurs., Nov. 30, 1950

Surnames: SNOW, DEWITT, HOOD, MERRILL

Being farmers all their lives has been a truly happy experience of Mr. and Mrs. George SNOW of Ostrander's Corners on the Ridge Road who celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary Tuesday.

George SNOW and Miss Emma MERRILL were married in Kenyonville in 1888. About a year after their marriage they purchased the farm on the Ridge Road where they now still reside, and run a roadside stand during the summer besides their farming activities. They have one son, Allan, of Tampa, Florida, and two daughters, Mrs. Burroughs HOOD of New York City and Mrs. Harry HEWITT of East Oak Orchard Street. Their grandchildren are Geraldine, Carol, Ellinor and Wayne HEWITT.

In reminiscing it was recalled that of the original wedding guests, only three are still living. Mr. SNOW, who is 80, and Mrs. SNOW, who is 79, enjoy good health. A farmer who knows his apples, Mr. SNOW picked over 400 bushels alone from his own orchards this fall and the farm storage room is still stacked high with Kings, Spies, Baldwins, Gillflowers, and the popular Macs. His keen memory often recalls that, as he puts it: ‘There were a lot of eights in our marriage”. In explaining, he says that they were married on Nov. 28, 1888, at 8 o’clock.

No special observance was planned for the day but friends and neighbors stopped in to wish them well and offer congratulations.

(NOTE: A picture of Mr. and Mrs. Snow accompanied this article.)

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SPEAR

50th Wedding Anniversary (1852 - 1902)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune; Thurs., 8 Jan 1903
Surnames: SPEAR, LISK, COBB, LENT, WILLIAMS, BARNES, COE

Sunday, December 28, 1902, Mr. and Mrs. Judson SPEAR completed fifty years of married life. Tuesday, December 30th, they were “at home” to their friends at their residence on South Main street, where a large number of townspeople and friends from Palmyra, Albion, Pottsdam, Lockport and Buffalo met to congratulate them on this happy event.

Judson SPEAR and Mary J. LISK were married at Palmyra, N. Y., December 28, 1852, in the Presbyterian Church, at nine o’clock in the morning, in the presence of a crowd that filled the house. Their wedding trip was a wagon ride from Palmyra to Medina, with a stop at night at Rochester. Mr. and Mrs. Spear spent about twelve years at Palmyra, and with the exception of a brief time in Michigan have lived in Medina since that time.

Mr. and Mrs. SPEAR were the recipients of many gifts, among them a goodly number of gold coins, ranging from the two and one-half coin (not now issued) to the double eagle of 1902. During the evening Rev. F. T. Latham read a poem written for the occasion by Mrs. G. L. COBB and made a few congratulatory remarks, reminding them that while fifty years ago the questions asked of them were “Will you love, cherish and obey,” tonight the question asked is “Have you done as you promised,” causing some mirth as he asked first the husband and then the wife some (im)pertinent questions concerning their faithfulness to one another. After presenting the congratulations of friends and neighbors Mr. Latham, in behalf of Mr. SPEAR, presented the immediate members of the family with little boxes containing a gold coin, in memory of the occasion.

The out of town guests were J. H. LENT, of Palmyra, Mr. and Mrs. James LENT, of Albion, Mrs. Frank WILLIAMS, of Pottsdam, Miss Florence BARNES, of Lockport, and Mrs. Frank COE, of Buffalo.

A LIFE'S VOYAGE.

It is fifty years ago, Mary, since you stood by my side,
Before the sacred altar a young and handsome bride.
The dear old church was crowded with friends who came to see,
And many fervent blessings followed you and me.

The sun shone out, with spendor when we set out that day,
With not a sign of danger on that smooth and glossy bay;
But soon a cloud appeared no larger than my hand
And drifted us far out our course upon a bar of sand.

We righted up and then sailed on, far from our childhood's home,
With ships of other nations the ocean' s foam.
But sometimes storms assalled us and drifted us around
And many times with sorrow we have seen a ship go down.

And it is ever thus we find - things are not what they seem,
And as I've often heard it said "This life is but a dream."
But our voyage is nearly ended, and Canaan can’t be far;
We soon shall see the lights on shore and cross the harbor bar.

But we do not dread the future, for we have a home above,
And many friends awaiting us with their songs of love;
They will meet us at the river and lead us by the hand
Up to the heavenly city to join the angel band.

-MRS. G. L. COBB.

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STOLP

60th Wedding Anniversary (1861 - 1911)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune; Thurs., 18 May 1911
Surnames: STOLP, CUMMINGS

A very pleasant sixtieth wedding anniversary celebration took place Monday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Giles STOLP, which was attended by nearly fifty kinsfolks, neighbors and friends. Mrs. STOLP displayed portraits, and remnants of the wedding gown of sixty years ago.

Mr. and Mrs. STOLP who are well preserved in health and faculties, received their guests with the assistance of their only child, A. (Addison) G. STOLP. The home was prettily decorated with spring flowers. The bride’s table was adorned with cut flowers and asparagus ferns. The guests enjoyed the memorial evening till the midnight hour. A good evening wish and congratulations concluded the anniversary.

Mrs STOLP was the former Ann Jane CUMMINGS)

(Note: The above notice concluded with a 5 stanza poem, but is very difficult to read from the newspaper on microfilm.)

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STOKES

50th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY (1874 - 1924)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune. Thursday 4 Sep 1924
Surname: STOKES, LAMB, OAKLEY, BARRY, GOSS, STARKWEATHER, MOSHER, DAILEY, FERMOIL, SMITH, GOODWIN, ROGERS, DAVISON, MacNABB, SHOOK, TIMMERMAN, HARRIS, BRACE, SWAIN

Dr. and Mrs. J. (James) T. STOKES celebrated their Golden Wedding at their home on Pearl Street Tuesday afternoon and evening surrounded by their many relatives and friends some of whom came a long distance. Quantities of flowers, mostly yellow gave color to the occasion and the bride and groom of fifty years ago received many beautiful gifts which show the esteem in which they are held by their friends. During the reception delicious refreshments were served in the dining room. All departed wishing them many more years to come.

In the afternoon the guests were the relatives of Dr. and Mrs. STOKES and those who attended the wedding years ago. They were: Mrs. Sarah Oakley, Kalamazoo, Mich., Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Barry, Lyndonville, Mrs. Sylvia A. Goss, Lyndonville, Mr. and Mrs. W. S. LAMB, Kenosha, Wisc., Mr. and Mrs. H. (Harry) D. STOKES, son Donald, Rochester, Mr. and Mrs. Avery C. Starkweather, Eagle Harbor, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Mosher, Buffalo, and Mrs. C. C. Dailey, Rochester, John M. Fermoil, Lyndonville, Mr. and Mrs. F. F. Smith, Lyndonville, Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Goodwin, Medina, Rev. and Mrs. L. L. Rogers, Medina, Mrs. Almeda Davison, Rochester, Miss Louise Davison, Rochester, Mrs. E. S. MacNabb, Newark, New Jersey, Miss N. Shook, Knowlesville, Mrs. May Timmerman, Buffalo, Rev. and Mrs. W. A. Harris, Albion, Mrs. Brace, Medina and Mrs. S. Swain, of Barker.

The happy couple received many congratulatory telegrams including one from President Coolidge at Washington.

(Note: Mrs. STOKES was the former Emma Josephine LAMB)

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SWETT

50th Wedding Anniversary (1872 - 1922)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune, Thurs., 21 Sept. 1922
Surnames: SWETT, FULLER, HERSEY, LOKE, POLER, TANNER

Mr. and Mrs. Albert L. SWETT celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding on Monday, September the 18th. The event was recalled by many neighbors and friends who sent messages of congratulation and good cheer accompanied by beautiful floral tributes and other tokens of esteem.

At five o’clock dinner was served in the home of their elder son, Charles S. SWETT, in a manner well understood by the many friends who have enjoyed the cordial hospitality of this home under the accomplished direction of Mrs. SWETT. In the center of the table stood a basket of yellow chrysanthemums, sustained by banks of golden blossoms. The golden wedding cake having dates 1872-1922, was cut in good form by the bride of fifty years experience.

Guests of the evening consisted of immediate relatives as follows: The younger son, Raymond F. SWETT and wife (Marion HERSEY); sisters of the groom, Mrs. E. (Cora SWETT) LOKE, Dr. Emily F. SWETT, Mrs. E. J. ILena SWETT) POLER with Mr. POLER, all of Medina; brother of the groom, Rev. Lyman R. SWETT and his wife, of Boston Mass.; their niece, Mrs. Jeannette SWETT TANNER, with Mr. TANNER. It was noted that the sisters and brothers were all guests of the wedding fifty years ago.

To the hundreds of friends and well wishers, it will be a joy to know that this festival occasion seemed to render the honored couple so much younger, that they announced in part, plans for the next fiftieth anniversary.

(Note: Mrs. SWETT was the former Lucinda M. FULLER & Mr. SWETT was the son of Joel R. SWETT whose Golden Anniv. is listed below)

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 7 Jul 2006


50th Wedding Anniversary (1836 - 1886)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune: Thurs. 7 Oct. 1886
Surnames: SWETT, BATES

One of those happy and memorable events, which, unfortunately, are not of frequent occurrance, transpired on Saturday in the celebration of the Golden Wedding of Mr. J.(Joel) R. SWETT and wife, of this place. Mrs. SWETT is a sister of the late Judge BATES, her maiden name being Minerva F. BATES, and the ceremony which united her fortunes with those of Mr. SWETT took place at the family residence on the Bates road October 2d, 1836 - just fifty years ago. That the venerable couple may live to enjoy many more anniversaries of that happy event is the wish of many friends.

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 18 Nov 2005

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THURSTON

54th Wedding Anniversary (1863 - 1917)

Newspaper: The Medina Tribune; Thurs., 15 Feb. 1917
Surnames: THURSTON

Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo L. (Phebe) THURSTON, of Hedley street, celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary on Monday. Hosts of friends wish them many more years of wedded happiness.

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 12 Jan 2007

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TOMS

50th Wedding Anniversary (1914 - 1964)

Newspaper: Unknown
Surnames: TOMS, DATES, FISK, HARMER, HORNER, POWLEY, SMYTHE

Two events marked the golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Neil TOMS of 21 Maple Ave., Lyndonville. The first was a dinner party on New Year's Day, their anniversary date. Their son in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Francis POWLEY of Fruit Avenue, Medina, entertained in their honor at the Apple Grove Inn. Also present were Ted, Tom, Tim and Penny POWLEY; Mr. Toms’ only nephew and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Millard SNYTHE and Mrs. Toms’ niece and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn HORNER, all of Lyndonville.

HOMEMADE CAKE
The second event was a reception in the Presbyterian Church of which they are all members. The four-tiered wedding cake was made by the daughter and only child of the couple, Mrs. POWLEY. For receiving guests, Mrs. TOMS wore a blue lace dress over blue taffeta with gold chrysanthemums.

The wedding on Jan. 1, 1914 was performed in the Methodist parsonage by the pastor, the Rev. B. R. Germer. Their attendants were the late George Warren and his wife, Mrs. Lucy Warren of Oakfield.

NATIVE
Mr. Toms was born in Lyndonville, the only son of the late Truman and Ida DATES TOMS. Mrs. TOMS is a native of Lyndonville, the daughter of George and Jane A. HARMER FISK, natives of England. Mr. TOMS had worked 20 years as electrician at H. J. Heinz and Co. in their Medina plant, later at Plastimold in Middleport until his retirement; Mrs. TOMS was also employed at the Medina Plant in several departments. Mr. TOMS is a member and past master of Yates Lodge No. 675, F&AM, and exempt fireman of the Lyndonville Fire Co. Mrs. Toms is a member of Yates Chapter No. 215, Order of Eastern Star.

Both Mr. TOMS' parents and Mrs. TOMS’ parents celebrated their golden annivetsaries. Relatives and friends attended from St. Catharines, Ont., Canada; Buffalo, Kenmore, Ransomville, Middleport, Oakfield, Gasport, Medina, Barker, Childs, Rochester and Lyndonville.

(taken from the scrapbooks of Theda Powley Millis, Waterport)

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 13 Feb 2004


50th Wedding Anniversary (1888 - 1938)

Newspaper: Unknown
Surnames: TOMS, DANIELS, DATES, SMYTHE

LYNDONVILLE, April 2. — Friends and neighbors Friday evening honored Mr. and Mrs. Truman TOMS in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary.

At a reception in the home of their son, Neil, 21 Maple avenue, Mr. and Mrs. TOMS, lifelong residents of this village, were greeted, among others, by their daughter, Mrs. Robert C. SMYTHE, Mrs. TOMS' brother, Charles C. DATES and her sister, Mrs. Jay DANIELS, and their families. Mr. TOMS is a retired carpenter.

(taken from the scrapbooks of Theda Powley Millis, Waterport)

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 13 Feb 2004

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TRIPPENSEE

50th Wedding Anniversary (1897 - 1947)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune, Thurs., 28 Aug 1947
Surnames: TRIPPENSEE, BOBZIN

Albion - Mr. and Mrs. F. (Ferninand) W. TRIPPENSEE of 219 West State Street will observe their 50th wedding anniversary on Monday, Sept. 1, when open house will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the home of their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Trippensee, West Center Street, Medina. Mr. and Mrs. TRIPPENSEE have been residents of Albion for a considerable period and for many years he operated the Main Street grocery store in the site now occupied by the Albion Home Bakery. Mr. TRIPPENSEE retired about three years ago.

(Note: Mrs. TRIPPENSEE was the former Agnes M. BOBZIN)

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 1 Jul 2009

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TROW

50th Wedding Anniversary (1867 - 1917)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune, Thurs. 10 May 1917
Surnames: TROW, POSSON, HILL, GRINNELL, BERRY, PETTINGILL, BENSON

On Sunday, May 6th, Mr. and Mrs. William TROW, of Knowlesville, celebrated the 50th anniversary of their marriage in a quiet way by having a family reunion at the old home on Maple avenue. Mrs. TROW, formerly Catherine POSSON, of East Shelby, is 71 years old, and Mr. Trow was born in England 80 years ago. He served through the Civil War in Co. A., 8th N. Y. H. A. and is a member of the S. J. Hood Post, No. 91, G. A. R. of Medina.

They were married in Albion by Rev. Mr. Schofield, May 7th, 1867, and have lived in Knowlesville ever since.

The union of Mr. and Mrs. TROW was blessed by six children, five daughters and one son, all of whom are living and were present at the celebration. They are Mrs. W. G. HILL, of Attica; Mrs. M. D. GRINNELL, of Buffalo; Mrs. Harriette BERRY, of Knowlesville, Mrs. G. B.? PETTINGILL, of Syracuse; and Mrs. G. J. BENSON, of Medina. They also have seven grandchildren.

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 7 Jun 2006

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TORREY

50th Wedding Anniversary (1836 - 1886)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune; Thurs., 9 Sept. 1886
Surnames: TORREY, LeVALLEY, PERRY, PETERSON, SWAN, GRAVES, SPAULDING, FENN, LUND, DAVIS

A very pleasant gathering took place at Mr. John LeVALLEY's, at Shelby Basin, yesterday in a reunion of all the brothers and sisters, Mr LeVALLEY being the eldest. The occasion was the Golden Wedding ot Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo TORREY, the bride being the eldest sister.

The guests were Mr. 0. 0. LeVALLEY and wife, of Flint, Mich., Rev. H. Perry, of Escanaba, Mich., Mrs. H. B. PETERSON and two daughters, (nee Jennie LeVALLEY), of Owosso, Mich.; Dr. James R. SWAN and wife and Mrs. GRAVES, of Phelps, N Y. (cousins of the bride); Linus SPAULDING and wife, Asher FREEMAN and wife and Mrs. Emily FENN, of Middleport, N. Y.; Ara LeVALLEY and wife, Dr. and Mrs. LUND, of Medina, N. Y.; Miss Frank DAVIS, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Miss Alberta DAVIS.

At 4 p. m., the hour of the first wedding, and on the same spot, Mrs. John LeValley addressed the bride and groom welcoming them to the old home, and congratulating them on reaching the "golden age" of their wedded life. Rev. Mr. Perry officiated and made very appropriate remarks to the happy couple, at the close of which the groom produced a golden band and placing it upon the finger of the bride pledged anew his marriage bows (vows), and said their love for each other should ever be as the circle of gold - endless.

John LeVALLEY, Jr. then stepped forward and presented, in behalf of the brothers and sisters, a pair of gold bowed double vision spectacles to the bride, gold headed cane, from Mr. John LeVALLEY and O. O. LeVALLEY, to the groom; in behalf of the nephews and nieces he presented an antique brass clock, by which they might note the time in their declining years. A gold headed cane was also presented Rev. Perry, by John and Columbus LeValley, in the presentation of which it was remarked that “they could not cane one brother-in-law without caning the other."

Feeling remarks were made and words of gratitude uttered by the recipients. A poem was read from Henry Peterson, prayer was offered by Rev. Perry and the ceremony closed by the company singing, “In the sweet bye and bye’ (the favorite hymn of the sainted mother).

Congratulations were now in order, after which a most bountiful repast was served. The bride and groom have both passed the three score and ten milestone by several years, and yet time has dealt very gently with them, so that on this fiftieth anniversary they seem almost as youthful as when they first plighted their marriage vows.

Of those present at their marriage, out of sixty guests, only six are living, and they were present on this occasion - Mrs. FENN, Mrs. FREEMAN and this family, except the sainted mother. Another thing worthy of mention is that every person present at this Golden Wedding was a prohibitionist.

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 18 Aug 2005

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VANDERKAR

57th Wedding Anniversary (1858 - 1915)

Newspaper: The Medina Tribune; Thurs., 15 Jul 1915 (from a column called “About The County”)
Surnames: VANDERCAR, WILLIAMS

Mr. and Mrs. Charles VANDERKAR, two of Albion's best known residents, quietly celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on July 4th.

(Mrs. VANDERKAR was the former Caroline WILLIAMS)

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 20 Mar 2006

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WATERS

50th Wedding Anniversary (1892 - 1942)

Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal; Mon., Sept. 21, 1942
Surnames: WATERS, LEWIS

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur WATERS of Oak Orchard-on-the-Ridge are today observing the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage. Tonight, relatives and friends will join them in a reception at their home in honor of the occasion.

Mr. WATERS is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry WATERS of Oak Orchard and Mrs. Waters is the former Ida M. LEWIS, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Samuel LEWIS of Gaines Basin. They were married at the Baptist parsonage in Knowlesville by Rev. Spencer Fisher, then pastor of the Knowlesville Baptist Church on September 21, 1892. Their attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Ira Willett. Following their wedding they took up their residence at Oak Orchard and have resided in the same locality Since that time.

They have four children, Alonzo L. WATERS, publisher of the Journal-Register, Lewis H. WATERS and Harold A. WATERS, both associated with the Medina branch of the H. J. Heniz Co., and Miss Viola WATERS at home.

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 2 Jun 2003

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WELD

50th Wedding Anniversary (1848 - 1898)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune, Thurs. 15 Dec 1898
Surnames: WELD, ACER, BROWN, KENNAN, NELSON, ROOT

Mr. and Mrs. J. (John) Ruggles WELD celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding by receiving their friends and acquaintances informally on Tuesday afternoon and evening last. A large number of our townspeople were pleased to avail themselves of the opportunity to call and extend congratulations to the worthy and highly esteemed couple, who have passed in our village the half century of matrimonial bliss attained by so few, and many remembrances were received from absent friends. There was an array of appropriate and elegant gifts in commemoration of the event, but what attracted greater attention was the display of the wedding gifts of December 18, 1848, together with some of the wedding trousseau so remarkably well preserved.

Beautiful flowers were everywhere in profusion. Coffee and wedding cake were served the entire afternoon and evening, Mrs. H. J. Luther and Mrs. A. J. Hill assisting in the serving, and the guests were given a reminder of the delightful and cordial hospitality for which Mr. and Mrs. WELD have always been famous. At nine p. m., the corresponding hour of the ceremony of fifty years ago, those present were reminded of the happy event by the salutations given the bride by the groom and the members of their immediate family.

Those who assisted Mr. and Mrs. WELD in receiving were Mr. and Mrs. J. Stanley BROWN, of Washington, D. C., Mr. and Mrs. Edward Beverly NELSON, of Rome, Mr. and Mrs. J. Ruggles WELD, Jr., of Philadelphia, Mrs. George KENNAN, of Baddeck, and Mr. and Mrs. David Anthony ACER, the family circle being broken by the absence of Mr. KENNAN, who is in Cuba, and Mr. and Mrs. Corning WELD, London, Eng. Hearty and sincere are the wishes for many more happy returns of the wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. WELD.

(Note: Mrs. WELD was the former Rebecca C. ROOT)

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 1 Nov 2006

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WESTCOTT

50th Wedding Anniversary (1838 - 1888)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune, Thurs. 9 Feb 1888
Surnames: WESTCOTT, COOK

Some fifty friends of John and Mary (COOK) WESTCOTT, of Holley, celebrated the 50th anniversary of their wedding at the residence of their son, William H. WESTCOTT, on Saturday, February 4th. They were married in Buffalo, February 4, 1838, by Rev. John D. Harty.

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 13 Oct 2008

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WHEELER

50th Wedding Anniversary (1900 - 1950)

Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal; Tues., Dec. 26, 1950
Surnames: WHEELER, HARRIS, RODDENBERRY, VanSCOY

Mr. and Mrs. Floyd D. WHEELER observed their 50th wedding anniversary, at the ages of 69 and 67 years respectively, with a family dinner yesterday at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Lorena RODDENBERRY, 1104 West Ave., with whom they are residing. They have two grandchildren, Lois and Keith RODDENBERRY.

Mr. and Mrs. WHEELER were married December 25, 1900, at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. VanSCOY, at Candor, N. Y., by the late Rev. W. A. HARRIS, a brother-in-law of Mrs. WHEELER. Mrs. WHEELER is the former Mabel C. Van Scoy. For many years Mr. and Mrs. WHEELER resided in Millville on the R. A. Wheeler farm, later moving to Medina. Mr. Wheeler was employed at the Ford Garage on East Center Street, owned by Jay Walker.

In 1922, Mr. and Mrs. WHEELER and daughter moved to Long Beach, Calif., where Mr. WHEELER was employed by the Pacific Electric Railroad until he retired in 1943. Since Mr. WHEELE's retirement he and Mrs. WHEELER have traveled extensively through this country, spending part of each year in Florida and California.

(NOTE: A picture of Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler accompanied this article.)

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 2 Jun 2003

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WHITTLETON

60th Wedding Anniversary (1861 - 1921)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune; Thurs., 24 March 1921
Surnames: WHITTLETON, WAYMAN, NEWNHAM

Benjamin WHITTLETON in his 90th year, and his wife (Charlotte WAYMAN) in her 81st year, on March 12th celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at the home of their daughter, Mrs. T. A. NEWNHAM in Waukegan, Ill., where their many friends and neighbors called to extend congratulations.

Mr. WHITTLETON was born in Yarmouth, England, and came to this country in 1852, settling in the town of Ridgeway, and both Mr. and Mrs. WHITTLETON have not only two daughters and other relatives, but many old time friends, in Medina and vicinity. Recent years they have resided with their daughter at Waukegan.

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 8 Jun 2005


50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY (1856 - 1906)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune; Thurs. 19 April 1906
Surnames: WHITTLETON, ALLEN, GOTTS, HAWKINS, LYSTER

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob WHITTLETON celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage on Monday at their home on the Bates Road. The occasion was made a grand re-union for the many friends of the highly esteemed couple, and guests were present from far and near. Of the thirteen children who have blessed their union, nine are living and all except Benjamin, of Flint, Mich., were present. They are John A., of Shelby, Jerome B. of Batavia, Mrs. Frank ALLEN, of Lyndonville, Edward, of Dubuque, Iowa, and Frank A., Ella, William and Charles of this place.

A rather remarkable occurrence was the presence of Mr. and Mrs. Peter LYSTER and Mrs. Ann GOTTS, who attended the wedding just half a century ago, besides two brothers, Benjamin and Samuel, the latter now in his ninety-third year.

The house was profusely and tastefully decorated for the event. Mrs. HAWKINS, of Middleport, catered, serving an elaborate menu. There were numerous presents of gold - tokens of the affection and esteem in which the venerable couple are held. The occasion was a happy and joyous one for all who participated.

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 18 Nov 2005


59TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY (1856 - 1915)

Newspaper: Medina Tribune; Thurs. 15 July 1915
Surnames: WHITTLETON, ALLEN, CHASE, LYSTER, SCOTT

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob WHITTLETON celebrated the fifty-ninth anniversary of their wedding April 16th in their home on the Bates road. Among those present at the reception were Byron WHITTLETON and Peter LYSTER, the only two guests at the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. WHITTLETON, April 16, 1856 in the home of Arad CHASE, on Ryan street this village. The house was standing until about two years ago, when it was destroyed by fire.

Among the visitors were Mr. and Mrs Porter SCOTT, who recently celebrated the sixty-fourth anniversary of their marriage. Both Mr. and Mrs. WHITTLETON are enjoying good health and the happiest among the large circle was the couple in whose honor the celebration was held.

Mr. and Mrs. WHITTLETON were each born in England, but have lived in Medina for sixty-five years. They have nine children living, seven sons and two daughters, Mrs. Frank ALLEN, of Lyndonville, and Miss WHITTLETON, of Medina; of the sons five, Charles, John, Frank, William, and Edward, live in Medina, Benjamin in Flint, Mich., and Jerome in Batavia.

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 20 Mar 2006

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WILSON

50th Wedding Anniversary (1857 - 1907)

Newspaper: The Medina Tribune, Thurs., 17 Jan 1907
Surnames: WILSON, PHELPS, WRIGHT

On Saturday, January 12, 1907, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Valentine A. WILSON, of Kuckville, occurred the fiftieth anniversary of their wedded life. About sixty invited guests assembled. The home was prettily decorated in gold and white, and at 1 o’clock a bountiful repast was served. All present had a thoroughly pleasant time. The bridal couple were substantially remembered by their relatives and friends, receiving $12.50 in gold, besides many beautiful gifts of silver and dishes.

Mrs. WILSON’s maiden name was PHELPS and she was born in Carlton, September 27, 1838. Mr. WILSON was born in the town of Wilson, Niagara county, March 29, 1830, that town being named after his ancestors. They have had born to them four children, a daughter, Nellie M., who died March 17, 1881, Frederic Efner, of Kuckville, Henry Valentine and Walter Wright, both of Medina. One of the disappointing features of the occasion was the absence of the youngest son, Walter, and family, they being unable to be present. Among the guests from out-of-town was D. D. WRIGHT, of Lockport, an uncle of Mrs. WILSON’s, who is now eighty-two years old, and last year celebrated his sixtieth wedding anniversary.

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 28 Apr 2005

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WOLCOTT

50th Wedding Anniversary (1857 - 1907)

Newspaper: The Medina Tribune, Thurs., 24 Jan 1907
Surnames: WOLCOTT, ROBERTS, SANBORN, MOULTON

Over forty relatives and friends of Mr. and Mrs. James WOLCOTT, of West Avenue, met at their residence on January 19th, 1907, to celebrate with them the golden anniversary of their married life.

January 20th, 1857, James WOLCOTT, of Oriskany, N.Y., and Miss Henrietta ROBERTS were united in marriage at her old home at East Shelby and the following spring moved to Earlville, Ill., where they lived until about thirteen years ago and since that time have lived in Medina.

Two persons who were at the wedding fifty years ago were present also on this occasion, namely; Ziba ROBERTS and Smith SANBORN. Mrs. Mary MOULTON, of Utica, sister of Mr. WOLCOTT, was present, also out-of-town guests from East Shelby, Wheatville, Royalton, Alabama, Oakfield, Albion, Youngstown and Buffalo. After dinner the Rev. C. E. Millspaugh made some appropriate remarks. After singing “Blest be the Tie that Binds,” and extending congratulations that they may live to enjoy many more years together, the company left for their homes.

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 28 Apr 2005

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WOODCOOK

50th Wedding Anniversary (1904 - 1954)

Newspaper: unknown
Surnames: WOODCOOK, DAWLEY, HUNT, KREIGHBAUM, SWAN

Mr. and Mrs. WOODCOOK of Peter Smith Rd, Kent Celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Sunday, May 2 1954, although their wedding date actually fell on May 4 1954. No open house was held but throughout the day the immediate family and near relatives from Corning and Pennsylvania came to call. A Wedding cake, coffee and punch were served. They enjoyed a shower of cards from friends and relatives. The wedding which took place at the home of the bride was officiated by the Rev. H. L. Feathers on May 4, 1904. The attendants were the late Ora SWAN, brother of the bride, and May SWAN, his wife, who now resides in Redman Road, Brockport.

Levi B. and Ethel WOODCOOK moved to Orleans County in the years of 1911 where he has done farming until retiring due to his health. They have five sons, Ora WOODCOOK, Edwin WOODCOOK, and Lev WOODCOOK Jr, of Albion; Donald of Niagara Falls and Robert WOODCOOK of Kent. Also three daughter, Mrs. Etta DAWLEY of Kent, Mrs. Eunice HUNT and Mrs. Ola KREIGHBAUM of Albion. There are thirteen grandchildren; two great grandchildren.

Submitted by: Jean Morse 19 Mar 2011

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WRIGHT

50th Wedding Anniversary (1889 - 1939)

Newspaper: Medina Daily Journal; Thurs., Nov. 2, 1939
Surnames: WRIGHT, THURSTON, WILSON

Bringing to a close 50 years of happy married life, Mr. and Mrs. Ward WRIGHT of Creek Road, Shelby, will celebrate the Golden Wedding anniversary Monday with their four sons and two daughters.

The celebration will consist of a dinner given by their children and an afternoon reception at their home. Their daughters are Mrs. Thomas WILSON and Mrs. Chester THURSTON, both of Lockport. Their sons are Earl WRIGHT of Detroit; Cecil WRIGHT of Lyndonville; W. A. WRIGHT of Rochester and Lyle WRIGHT at home.

The couple were married at Mt. Ayr, Iowa, Nov. 6, 1889. Mrs. WRIGHT was born in Indiana, her husband in the Town of Somerset in Niagara County. Two years after their marriage they came to live in Shelby. They have lived in their present home for 12 years. WRIGHT was formerly employed here by S. A. Cook & Co.'Our 50 years of married life have been very happy', Mrs. WRIGHT says. 'We both have good health and hope we may continue to have it.'

Posted by: Orleans County Genweb staff, 2 Jul 2002


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