Engagements & Anniverseries

Mr. and Mrs. Austin Altizer Sr. - Married 28 January 1902
Mr. and Mrs. Austin Altizer Sr. celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Sunday by holding open house at the home of their son, Circuit Clerk and Mrs. Austin Altizer, Jr. A large number of friends, neighbors and relatives called to extend congratulations and best wishes. Coffee and cake was served from a prettily decorated table in the dining room. The Altizers received a number of beautiful bouquets of flowers, gifts and cards from friends far and near. Their children gave Mrs. Altizer a lovely wrist watch and Mr. Altizer a ring. Mrs. Altizer was formerly Ollie Pruett and she and Mr. Altizer were married January 28, 1902 at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Pruett of Bellview in Calhoun county. They had a small home wedding with a few friends and relatives present, only one of whom is living today, Flora Osterman, a cousin of Mrs. Altizer. The bride wore a dark brown wool dress and the groom's suit was dark green. They started housekeeping on Thomas Gill's farm the second day of March that year. The Altizer family moved to Pittsfield in 1927. Mr. Altizer served as deputy sheriff under Steve Hoover and also Cliff Windsor. He also worked for L.T. Graham several years, but his health is such that he gave up active work. he devotes most of his time now to their garden and lawn and everything is neat as a pin around their place on West Adams street. Mrs. Altizer is employed at the Brown Shoe factory where she has been for a number of years. She tells us she likes to work there and likes to be financially independent and has continued to work in spite of the protests of her children. We enjoyed a visit with her after she got home Monday evening and found her full of life and energy at the end of the day! She enjoys being active and manages to keep her home neat and attractive in addition to her work at the factory. Both Mr. and Mrs. Altizer are eager basketball and baseball fans. Two of their sons, Austin and Verdie starred in athletics in high school and Verdie is now the coach at Arenzville. His parents are among his staunchest supporters and rarely miss a game if his team is playing. Mr. and Mrs. Altizer have seven children and one daughter died, leaving a son, Guy Davis, who was reared by his grandparents, and still makes his home with them. Their children are Arthur of Bowling Green Mo., Mrs. Opal Bartlett of Minnesota, Mrs. Veda Gerard and Mrs. Naomi Gerard who live on farms near Pittsfield, Mrs. Roxanna Smith of near Barry; Austin Altizer, Jr., who lives across the street from his parents, and Verdie. The Altizers have eight grandchildren.
(Contributed by Pat Ruble

Mr. & Mrs. Logan Conner - Married: 02 December 1939
Mr. and Mrs. Logan Conner of Pleasant Hill will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 2 in the American Legion Hall in Pleasant Hill. Hosts will be Gertrude Phillips, Stan Phillips, Judy Phillips and Paul and Nancy Phillips. Friends and relatives are invited. Mr. Conner and the former Neta Crowder were married Dec. 2, 1939, in Bowling Green, Mo., by the Rev. Owens Baxter. Attendants were Gertrude Phillips, sister of the bride, the late Chester Crowder, father of the bride; and the late Paul Phillips, brother-in-law of the bride. Mrs. Conner is the daughter of the late Chester and Addie Graham Crowder. Mr. Conner is the son of the late Robert and Clemma Franklin Conner. Mr. Conner was employed in road construction for 31 years before retiring in 1979. He is a World War II veteran.
(Contributed by Carolyne Conner Puskas from The Weekly Messenger)

Mr. and Mrs. N.R. Davis - Married: September 28, 1877
Mr. and Mrs. N. R. Davis, well known and most highly respected Barry couple, are today receiving congratulations from hundreds of their friends and acquaintances, the event being the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage. The affair is entirely informal and folks of all walks in life are visiting the Davis home during this afternoon and evening to shake hands with the bride and groom of fifty years ago, the large number attending the affair again proving the high respect in which Mr. and Mrs. Davis are held by their friends. Mr. and Mrs. Davis were married on September 28, 1877. Mr. Davis will be 72 years of age next February. He was born on February 25, 1856, in Barry. His father, Samuel C. Davis, was the first male child born in Pike county. The mother of Mr. Davis was Clara Hart before her marriage. Mrs. Davis was born on November 5, 1857, at the home of her parents west of Barry. Her father was Peterson Jennings and her mother, Cornelia Lippincott Jennings. Mrs. Davis will be 70 years of age in November. Mr. and Mrs. Davis have a son, Dr. C. J. Davis, of Webster Groves, Mo., and a daughter, Mrs. Pearl Ware, of this city. Also one granddaughter, Miss Ellen Elizabeth Davis, of Barry. N. R. Davis and his beloved wife have lived all their lives in Barry, with only one exception, this being the 1889 when Mr. Davis took part in the homestead rush in Oklahoma. At that time he obtained 100 acres of land in that state, holding it until about two years when he sold his holdings there. The couple has always been identified with the welfare and progress of Barry. They are active members of the Barry M. E. church. Mr. Davis was postmaster of Barry for five years under the Cleveland administration, has been alderman of the city several terms, his first term being at the age of 21 years. He has also served on the board of education at different times and was supervisor of Barry township for many years, being relieved from that office only after his positive refusal to hold it longer. Mr. Davis is an active member of the Masonic lodge and with his wife have membership in the Star lodge, in which Mr. Davis has served as Worthy Patron for some twenty-five years. On June 23, 1917, Mr. Davis, together with A. L. Kiser and Dr. W. E. Shastid, was appointed as a member of the Pike County Exemption Board, being named clerk of that organization. The Board was in almost continuous session from that date until the time of being mustered out on March 31, 1919. The organization was, during its existence, almost overwhelmed with work and few citizens of the county realize the tremendous efforts required of Mr. Davis and his co-workers to handle the various situations then coming up during those strenuous times. The business career of N. R. Davis has been an active one. He was connected with his father’s general merchandising store when a young man. He was in the hardware business in Barry from 1890 to September 1, 1930, having worked as a clerk in the store of George and John Wike. John Wike bought out his brother, George in 1893, and the same year Mr. Davis bought out John Wike and continued to run the business until 1911, when he sold it to Royalty Brothers. The latter conducted the business until 1914, when the Davis Hardware Co., was organized and of which Mr. Davis was manager until September 1, 1920. Since retiring from the hardware business Mr. Davis has put away most of his time in at home, where he takes great pride in gardening and the growing of flowers. He is an enthusiastic in these lines and has originated a large yellow pepper, called the “Golden Giant.” The big seed concern of John Lewis Childs, of New York, now handle the seed of this plant, which is known the country over. Mr. Davis is at present originating a large apple, which he has not named as yet. In a few years it is expected that the new apple will mature into a fine variety of fruit. Strawberries are also a hobby of Mr. Davis and he is cultivating the berries with a view to a new and better variety. Mr. Davis has always been unusually attached to members of her family and her chief aim in life has been to make them ideally happy and contented in a home that simply radiated comfort and good cheer. One glance at her picture taken fifty years ago, as a young bride, reveals a face lovely to look upon and another glance at the likeness taken at this time shows now marked difference, happiness and contentment are still plainly stamped upon those amiable features. While her husband was engaged in business in addition to representing the public in many matters of interest and importance, she kept all of his spare hours full of joy for just being in the presence of a dear lovely woman like Mrs. Davis is a joy. The Davis home, in which she takes so much pride, has always been open to everyone, and a visit there explains why they are so happy. One look about the rooms which speak of the touch of the hand of a fine, good woman makes one want to go again. She has always been eager to help those in need and she is never happier than when doing a good deed or speaking a word of comfort when she thinks that it is needed and her intuition never leads her astray when she surmises something is amiss although no word is spoken, and she has a way peculiar to herself, of letting one know that they may depend on her if they need a friend. Mrs. Davis has always been active in the work of the Sunday school and other church societies, as well as being a member of the Eastern Star lodge. She mingles among her friends and neighbors but she has always been more or less of a home-body, doing hundreds of little thoughtful acts for her husband and children, who in turn dearly love her. It will be no surprise to the citizens of Pike county that he hundreds of friends and acquaintances of Mr. and Mrs. Davis are greeting them this afternoon and evening at their beautiful home on their Golden Anniversary, wishing them many more years of prosperity and happiness.
(Contributed by Margaret Rutledge)

Mr. & Mrs. George Inman - Married: 10 January 1906
Mr. and Mrs. George Inman of 770 Green Street, Barry, will celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary Sunday, January 8. Open House will be held at their residence from 12:00 o'clock noon until 4:00 o'clock p.m. Friends and relatives are invited to call. Mr. and Mrs. Inman were married fifty years ago January 10, 1906, in the Baptist parsonage at Timewell, by the Rev. R.T. Campbell. The first twenty-four years of their married live were spent farming in the Barry and Liberty vicinities. In 1926, they moved to Barry where they have since resided. Until three years ago when Mr. Inman retired, he was employed by the Missouri Gravel Co. Mr. Inman observed his 74th birthday August 21, 1955. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Bradford Inman of Barry. They came to Barry from Palmyra, Mo., when Mr. George Inman was an infant. Mrs. Inman was 72 years old September 8, 1955. Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Henry Sittler of Kellerville. Both Mr. and Mrs. Inman are members of the Baptist Church. The Inman's are the parents of two daughters, Mrs. L. Thelma Newsam of Sunrise Beach, Mo. and Mrs. Hazel Wallace of Barry. There are three grandsons, George Hull of Barry and Robert Hull of New Athens, both of whom were reared in the Inman home, and Donald Wallace of Barry; and two great-granddaughters, Sandra Sue Hull of New Athens and Susan Kay Wallace of Barry.
(Contributed by Sandi Petri)

Mr. & Mrs. Nathan W. Jones - Married: 17 August 1887
Tomorrow will be the sixty-fourth anniversary (17 August 1887) of the marriage of Mr. Nathan W. Jones and wife, the latter 87 and the former 84 years old,. Mr. Jones is as active as most men at 70, and bids fair to live ten years. He is the founder of Griggsville, having come here from his Massachusetts home in 1830. His sons occupy prominent places in Illinois politics, Hon. Geo. W. Jones being Appellate Clerk at Springfield. The sons are rampant Democrats while th eold gentleman is just as strong a Republican.
(Contributed by Margaret Ruthledge St. Louis Globe-Democrat, St. Louis, MO August 16, 1887)

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas & Emma (White) Lasbury - Married: 18 May 1858 in London
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas & Emma (White) Lasbury celebrated teh fiftieth anniversary of their marriage last Saturday by inviting a number of their relatives and friends in to partake of a fine supper. An informal reception was held during the day, and many friends called to extend congratulations to this worthy couple, who have been respected residents of this place for over forty years, and are held in the highest regard by all who know them. Their marriage took place in St. George Chapel, London, fifty years ago. Mr. Lasbury came to America and Griggsville in 1865, landing at Quebec the day Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Mrs. Lasbury and the children landed here on Christmas day the following year. Mr. and Mrs. Lasbury are the parents of seven children, one of whom died in England, and two since coming to this country. Of the four remaining children, three were present with them on their anniversary, Mrs. M.H. Rodway, M.M. Lasbury of this city and Mrs. C.H. McConnell of Peoria. Another son, Thos. lives in St. Louis.
(Contributed by Colin Murphy

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Rhodes - Married: 30 July 1874
Surrounded by their children and grandchildren and a few of their many friends, Mr. and Mrs. Albert E. Rhodes of this city, celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of their marriage at their home in the northwest part of town, Monday, July 30. There was no attempt to elaborate on the unusual occasion, but in compliance with the wishes of the couple it was just a plain, unceremonious occasion, a time when friends were made to feel that they would be welcome if they came to call. Quite a number did so, beginning soon after five o'clock in the afternoon and extending into the evening. To all such, refreshments were served consisting of home-made ice cream and cake, and a social time was spent. The children and grandchildren all met around the table for the evening meal, as some could not come til then. It was as happy a gathering as one could wish to see. There were present their three children: Mrs. Roy Biddle, Mrs. Ray Daniels and Emmett Rhodes, with their families. Mr. and Mrs. Donald Biddle, Mr. and Mrs. Eldred Biddle, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kendall, Lewis Albert Rhodes, Marie and Harley Daniels, their grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren: Janice Colleen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eldred Biddle, and Debris Fay, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kendall of Barry, Mrs. Kendall before being Floris Rhodes, daughter of Emmett Rhodes. The following from out of town called during the afternoon and evening: Mrs. Elizabeth Sanderson, Mrs. Earl C. Smith and Miss Souri Sitton of Detroit, Ill.; Mrs. Etta Peebles of San Diego, Calif.; R. M. Wills, Bert Wills and Mrs. Lena Taylor of Winchester, Ill. Mr. and Mrs. Rhodes were married at Alsey, Illinois, July 30, 1874. Mrs. Rhodes being Miss Lottie Anthony, daughter of Mr. and Mr. Christopher Anthony of Scott county. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Isham Roberts at the home of Mr. Rhodes' uncle, Jack Tetterton. Mr. Rhodes' parents came to this country from England, and he was born a short time after their arrival here, his three older brothers having been born in England. He was christened Albert Edward for the reigning British sovereign. They lived many years on their farm seven miles southeast of Griggsville, moving to their present home in Griggsville a number of years ago, where Mr. Rhodes still cultivates and cares for his ten-acre farm and garden. They not only raised their own children, but took into their home others who were left motherless and cared for them the same as their own. Both Mr. and Mrs. Rhodes enjoy remarkably good health for people of their years. Mr.Rhodes has the strength and vigor of one many years younger. They both delight in having their children and friends around them often and their home is always open for young and old. They are devout members of the Methodist church and active in its work. There is seldom a service held in the church that they are not present. The Press joins their many friends in wishing this worthy and respected couple many more years of happiness together.
(Submitted by Delaine Donaldson from a scrapbook containing Pike County newspaper clippings. Article is from 1934)

Mr. & Mrs. Elmo Staggs - Married: 29 February 1936
Mr. & Mrs. Elmo Staggs of Pittsfield will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house Sunday, March 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the New Door on Route 107, Pittsfield. They were married Feb. 29, 1936 at Monmouth, by the late Rev. F.W. Leonard of the Christian Church. Mrs Staggs is the daughter if the late Mr and Mrs Russell Akin of Pittsfield. Mr Staggs is the son of the late Mr and Mrs George Staggs of Barry. They are the parents of two daughters, Mrs Don (Betty) Hayden and Mrs Gene (Evelyn) Martin of Pittsfield. They have six grandchildren and one great-grandson. Mr Staggs is a retired State of Illinois employee, has been supervisor of Pittsfield Township for 29 years, Democrat precinct committeeman 40 years and was honored at Quincy Western Illinois Democrat Days in 1984.
(Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne[1986 family clipping]

Mr. & Mrs. Earl Tilly - Married: Aug. 3, 1927
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Tilly celebrated their golden wedding anniversary recently. Joining the quiet celebration, Mr. and Mrs. Laverne Boothe of Austin, Texas. Mrs. Boothe is Mrs. Tilly's sister. The Tillys were married Aug. 3, 1927, in Bowling Green. Hand written on top of the article, Mrs. Tilly was Hallie Robinson, a neighbor girl of mine when I grew up on the hill.
(Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.)

Mr. and Mrs. Guy Lawber of New Salem are announcing the engagement of their daughter,Nina, to Junior Taylor, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Taylor of New Salem. Nina will graduate with the 1951 class of Griggsville High School. Junior graduated with the 1948 class of Pittsfield Community High school and is engaged in farming. No definite date
(Contributed by Pat Ruble)

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Lowe are announcing the approaching marriage of their daughter, Jeannine, to Delbert L. Robertson on Sunday, June 7, at the Methodist Church in Pittsfield.
(Contributed by Pat Ruble)