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Blue - 82nd Birthday
Mrs. Elizabeth Blue Celebrates Eight-Second Birthday in Fitting Manner.
FLANAGAN - Last Friday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. T.B. Bennett, took place one of those glad days that will be remembered by those present as one of the happiest events of their lives. Children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends assembled to celebrate the 82nd birthday of Mrs. Elizabeth Blue, who is Mrs. Bennett's mother. Mrs. Blue is the oldest living settler of Livingston County. Her parents settled in Rook's Creek when she was six months old. She has resided within a one mile radius for 81 and a half years. She enjoys good health, being able to attend to all her household duties. She is the wife of B.H. Blue who died May 19, 1871. She has to cheer her in her declining days, the following children: Mrs. A.S. McMillan, Mrs. J. Neifing, of Pontiac, D.H. Blue, of Seneca, O.H. Blue, of Rook's Creek, Mrs. R.W. Algre of Fort Dodge, Ia., and Mrs. T.B. Bennett, of Flanagan. The family, relatives and many friends helped to make the day a success. [The Weekly Pantagraph, Dec. 26, 1913; sub. by PHG]

Davis - 52nd Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Davis of Forrest recently celebrated their fifty-second wedding anniversary. [The Ashton Gazette 21 April 1910; Sub. by Pam Geyer]

Fairfield Anniversary
Pontiac - The 60th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. William
Fairfield of Pontiac was celebrated. Their ages are 86 and 78 respectively. (Friday, December 12, 1913 Ste. Marie Tribune, Jasper County, IL - Transcribed by K. Torp)

George, Mrs. Olga - 83rd Birthday
CHENOA - Mrs. Olga George, 220 Scott St., will be guest of honor at an open house on Sunday at her home. The open house will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. and is in observance of her 83rd birthday. The occasion is being planned by her daughters, Mrs. Evelyn Bursha and Mrs. Geneva Ruff of McDowell. They request no gifts. (1971 June 16 - Wednesday - Pontiac Daily Leader)

Haag, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Haag, of Cullom, were tendered a surprise party January 15, the thirtieth anniversary of their marriage. [January 24, 1913 - Bloomington Weekly Pantagraph - Sub by Pam Haag Geyer]

Harms, Alberta - 90th Birthday

FAIRBURY - An open reception from 2 to 4 p.m. April 5 at First United Methodist Chruch, Fairbury, will honor Alberta Harms of Fairview Haven, Fairbury, for her 90th birthday. She was born April 6, 1908, a daughter of John and Bertha Thomas of Gibson City. She married Henry H. Harms on September 14, 1929, in Springfield. he died Jan 23, 1970. She is the mother of E. Maurene Lindhjem of Chantilly, Va. A son, R. Dean is deceased. There are two grandsons. Mrs. Harms and her husband lived in Colfax for two years before moving to the farm in Lawndale Township. She is a 72 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star and is a past Worthy maton. She is a 25 year member of the Rebekah Lodge and is a post Noble Grand. She is a member of the First United Methodist Church and a charter member of the Womaen's Society of Christian Service since 1940. She is also a member ofthe senior citizens' group, the Sunbeam Circle, Ruth Circle and Friday Card Club. (*Transcriber note* - My father and I attended Aunt Alberta's birthday reception and watched in amazement as she received many of her guests standing at the door and was constantly moving around the room making sure that she spoke with everyone sharing smiles and stories. We all agreed that we would be fortunate if we are that spry and vibrant when we reach the age of 90!)
[The Pantagraph - Moncelle Family Records]

Houchin, Mr & Mrs Solsbury - 60th Wedding Anniversary

The sixtieth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Solsbury Houchin was celebrated at their home in Geneva, Neb., Sunday, June 11. Mr. and Mrs. Houchin have seven children livings, twenty-two grand children and ten great grand children; of these there were present at the anniversary celebration last Sunday three children, seven grand children and three great grand children. The seven children now living are: WIlliam E., Orlando C., Mrs. Mary A. Mills of Geneva, Jacob L. of Omaha, Mrs. Emma Miller, Albany, N. Y.; Mrs. Minnie Thompson, El Paso, Tex., and Mrs. Grace A. Webb, Amando, O. Mr. Houchin was born in Indiana in 1826 and moved to Illinois in 1829. In 1843 he removed to Livingston county and settled on the Vermillion river near the present city of Streator, Ill., at which time Ottawa was the nearest market. Sometimes they hauled grain to Chicago. Out of a family of twelve, he is the sole survivor. In 1845 he was married to Miss Rachel Phillips who was born in the state of Ohio near Springfield and who moved to Indianapolis, Ind. with her parents at the age of 7 years. One year later they moved to Livingston county, Illinois where her only surviving brother now lives. In 1865 Mr. and Mrs. Houchin left the farm and moved to Odell, Ill. They engaged in the general merchandising business. They afterwards moved back to the farm and in 1878 came to Nebraska and have since lived at Geneva and vicinity.
[Date: 18 June 1905; Paper: Omaha World Herald]

Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Marsh, of Saunemin, celebrated their golden wedding June 20 with 150 guests present. [The Weekly Pantagraph, July 1, 1898; sub. by PHG]

Park, Mr. & Mrs. Adolph - 40th Wedding Anniversary

CORNELL - Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Park of Magnolia, formerly of Cornell, were surprised Saturday evening for their 40th wedding anniversary at a dinner held at Edgewood Park, McNabb, planned by their children. Mr. and Mrs. Park were married June 17, 1931 by the Rev. E. V. Schroeder, now deceased. They are the parents of six children, Arnold, Harold and Eugene of Streator, Mrs. Ethelyn Klein, Manville, Mrs. Roger (Marion) Gourley, Cornell and Harrison, a student at Illinois State University, Normal. Attending the dinner were Mrs. Anna Weichman, Mrs. Pearl Hemken, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Knight, Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Weichman, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Janssen, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Folkerts, Mrs. Sena King, Mr. and Mrs. John Folkerts and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Reynold Folkerts, all of Flanagan; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Frerichs and Ronald, Lexington; Misses Elaine and Carol Wuebbens, Paul Kalkwarf, and Kenneth Cramer, Pontiac; Mr. and Mrs. Roger Gourley and daughters, Cornell; Mrs. Ethlyn Klein and family, Miss Michelle Collner, Manville; Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Park and family, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Park and family, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Park and family, Streator; Miss Ellen Fitzgerald, Bethany, and Harrison Park, Magnolia. Arnold Park gave a reading reminiscing over the 40 years of the Parks’ married life.
(Source: Pontiac Daily Leader; 23 Jun 1971)

Potter, Mrs. Zella - 70th Birthday

Mrs. Zella Potter, 1319 S. Mill St., Pontiac, was honored on Saturday, June 12th with a surprise birthday party open house at the Bank of Pontiac in honor of her 70th birthday. There were about 50 visiting during the evening. The party was given by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Carroll and family of Pontiac, daughter of Mrs. Potter. Assisting were Miss Eula Potter and Mrs. Myrle Eben.
 (1971 June 16 - Wednesday - Pontiac Daily Leader - Mrs. Claire Ryerson Correspondent)

Illinois Woman Observes her 107th Birthday
Dwight, Ill., Feb 23 - Mrs. Mary Ann Potter of Dwight, reputed to be the oldest woman in central Illinois, celebrated her 107th birthday anniversary today.  Mrs. Potter was born in Essex county, New York in 1814. [Belvidere Daily Republican (Belvidere, Illinois); 23 Feb 1921; Page 1]

Raisbeck 55th Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Raisbeck celebrated their silver wedding at their home Friday and Saturday evenings. A large number of friends and neighbors were present each evening and Mr. and Mrs. Raisbeck were the recipients of some handsome silverware. [The Weekly Pantagraph, Mar. 29, 1901; sub. by PHG]

Reed, Frank and Fern (Webber) Reed Celebrate 55 Wedding Anniversary
Frank and Fern Reed, 28 Oakland Drive, observed their 55th wedding anniversary on Saturday, September 29, with a family dinner at The Elms in El Paso. Seventeen members of their family were present from Fairbury, Chillicothe, Washington, and Pontiac. Mr. and Mrs. Reed are parents of two daughters: Mrs. James (Joan) Brown of Chillicothe, and Mrs. Harold (Janet) Metz of Fairbury. They also have seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren [Pontiac Daily Leader,  October 1, 1984 - Pontiac Leader, Pontiac, IL - Submitted by Michelle Abrajano: NOTE: Frank Reed is a son of George Edward Reed and Mary Sophia (Vilven) Reed).]

Richardson, Thomas H. - Flanagan Man Observes 100th Birthday Today
FLANAGAN, Sept. 11 -- Thomas H. Richardson, a native of Ramsey, Huntingtonshire, England, who spent seven weeks and three days on a sailing vessel crossing to America, with his parents in 1853, will celebrate his 100th birthday here tomorrow. Richardson came to Illinois in a covered wagon in 1854 from Evansville, Ind. He lived near Lacon, in Marshall county, until 1857 when he moved to Livingston county. He married Miss Mary Ann Farr in 1867. She died in 1918. Richardson has four sons and three daughters who plan to be with him tomorrow. He also has 15 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren and five great-great grand children. [Daily Illini, 12 September 1944; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]

Wray, Mrs. Mary celebrated her 102nd birthday at Fairbury, ILL. Five generations were present, representing 247 years. [True Republican, 7 February 1894; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]

Mrs. Mary Wray, probably the oldest woman in central Illinois, celebrated her 104th birthday at the  home of her daughter, Mrs. B.G. Crouch, in Fairbury. Five generations were present at the family reunion. Mrs. Wray's health was good; she can see fairly well without the aid of glasses, and keeps up with the times through reading the newspapers. She has resided in that section 55 years. [True Republican 19 February 1896; Sub by Pam Haag Geyer]

Mrs. Mary Wray celebrated her 105th birthday anniversary at her home in Fairbury, ILL. Her eyesight is good and she is able to assist in doing the housework. [True Republican 10 February 1897; Sub by Pam Haag Geyer]

Grandma Wray, of Fairbury, celebrated her one hundred and sixth birthday. [True Republican 23 February 1898; Sub by Pam Haag Geyer]


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