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Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Williams of Kane
Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Williams of Kane, Ill., who celebrated their Golden wedding yesterday. After fifty years of married bliss, Mr. and Mrs William Paxton Williams of Kane celebrated their Golden Wedding Addiversary yesterday by inviting sixty relatives and friends to spend the afternoon with them. Of this number, five attended the marriage ceremony fifty years ago. They were George W. Cory of Kane, Mrs. Terry of Roodhouse, Ill., Mrs. E. W. Page of Girard, Ambrose Griswold of LItchfield, Ill., and David J. Williams of Kane, a cousin. Mrs. Williams was Miss Rachel Jane English, the daughter of Thomas W. and Mary English, pioneer settlers of Greene County. She was married to Mr. Williams at the homeof her father, west of Kane, by the Reverend Mr. Terry, who at that time was the pastor of the First Baptist Church at Kane. Mr. and Mrs. Williams lived in the western part of Greene County until 1854, when they removed to Jersey County. Here they lived until 1896, when Mr. Williams retired from the farm and removed to Kane. As a result of the marriage, three children were born: Miss Martha Kyle Williams, who resides with her parents, Mrs. G. W. Witt, the wife of Representative Witt, who is a member of the General Assembly of Illinois from Greene County. The third child is Thomas Francis Williams, a well known business man of Kane. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Greene County, and a member of the Board of Review. Mr. Williams is 78 years of age and his wife is 73. Both are in perfect health. Besides being active in business circles, Mr. Williams for many years has been a leader in the Democratic party of Greene County. He also enjoys the unique distinction of having been a suscriber to the Republic for over fifty years. Mr. Williams declares that the paper has become a part of his daily life. Among the relatives from a distance who were present yesterday, were Rufus Williams, a nephew and Mrs. Joseph Miller, a niece, both of Ithaca, Ohio
[The St. Louis Republic., August 29, 1901, Page 2, Submitted by KP]

Mr. and Mrs. Archie Preston
White Hall - The golden wedding anniversary for a White Hall couple, Mr. and Mrs. Archie Preston, 218 Franklin street, will be Monday, Jan. 29th. No special celebration is planned but the Preston's will be making a short trip to visit friends. They have lived at White Hall since 1953. Mrs. Preston is the former Mary Lawson. She and Mr. Preston were married in Alton Jan. 29, 1923. They lived in Alton for 24 years before moving to a farm north of Greenfield and from there to White Hall.
[The Jacksonville Daily Journal, 23 Jan 1973, Tue. page 5., Submitted by Cheryl Clendenny]