|Fifty Years of Married Life
Last evening completed the fiftieth year of married life for Mr. and Mrs. Philip Schwebel,
forty-eight years of which has been passed in Quincy. Mr. and Mrs. Schwebel had not decided
to celebrate their golden wedding in any unusual way, but their neighbors had determined
not to allow the day to pass by unnoticed, and therefore the worthy couple were greatly
surprised when friends and neighbors began pouring into their house last evening, many
of whom were laden with mysterious baskets.
There were about fifty or sixty of the guests and they were well provided with materials for a splendid
supper, which was served up during the evening. And before the guests departed they left quite a substantial
quantity of gold coin and a splendid pair of gold-rimmed spectacles. for each one of the couple, by way
of something by which to remember the occassion.
Mr. Scwebel was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, September 14, in the year 1813, and is therefore over
73 years of age. He came to America on May 14, 1836, and resided two years in Brooklyn. On November 9,
1836 he was married toMiss Elizabeth Scherer, his present wife, and moved to Quincy in 1838. For fifty
years have Mr. and Mrs. Schwebel lived happily together, and for forty-eight years they have been residents
of Quincy. stability seems to be a characteristic of Mr. Schwebel. His fifty years of maried life, forty-eight
years of residence in Quincy, forty-four years' membership in the First Baptist church of Quincy, fifty-eight
years steady employment at his trade, and thirty-seven successive years a judge of elections in Quincy, are
indications of a character that are rare. We can also truthfully add that that he has for forty-eight yeas
held the esteem and respect of his fellow citizens in Quincy, an we join with all his friends in hoping that
he will live to make it a hundred.
[The Quincy Daily Journal, Nov. 10, 1886, Pg. 4 - submitted by Charla Weisenburger]