EDWARDS COUNTY, KANSAS

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BARNES,  MR.  &  MRS.  I.  A.

A  SURPRISE  PARTY

Fred Barnes, who lives over the line in Kiowa county, planned a surprise for his parents, Mr. and Mrs. I. A. Barnes, for Tuesday evening, it being the twenty-fifth anniversary of their marriage.  All of the relatives and many friends gathered at his home in time for the supper, which was spread on long tables on the lawn at about 6 o'clock.  A large number were present and the long tables were loaded again and yete again with the many good things to eat for which the Kansas home-makers are so justly celebrated.

After supper the young people made merry with instrumental and vocal music while their elders gossiped of crops, etc., and all passsed a very pleasant evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Barnes received the congratulations of many friends and good wishes for the future.
(Kinsley Graphic ~ Thursday ~ September 16, 1909 ~ Page 1)

YOUNG,  CHARLES  AND  HARRIETT

CELEBRATED  GOLDEN  WEDDING

Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Young's Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary

Last Saturday, New Year's Day, was the golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Young, of this city, and their many friends and neighbors decided to surprise them by celebrating the event with them.

Over a hundred invitations were issued to friends, who gathered at the home of their daughter, Mrs. C. C. Cormack, at 6 o'clock in the evening.  Mr. Thomas Hall, of Kiowa county, who, with his mother, was visiting Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Cormack invited Mr. and Mrs. Young to go for a ride in his motor car, leaving them at the Cormack home, where the guests were assembled.  The surprise was complete, and the occasion full of pleasure for the estimable people who have journeyed together along the pathway of life for half a century.

A buffet supper was served at 7 o'clock in which Mrs. Cormack and her sister, Mrs. Adam Remer, were assisted by Mrs. J .T. Buess, Mrs. George L. Vedder, Miss hazel Mosher, Miss Vivian Cormack, and Herbert and Ernest Cormack.  After this Mr. Robert Trotter made a short talk, presenting Mr. and Mrs. Young with a purse with $65 in gold, which the friends gave as a token of remembrance of the unusual occasion.  Besides this there were a number of gifts in gold and silver.  These were a gold pin set with a small diamond, two spoons, a watch charm, two cups and saucers with gold leaf.  In addition to this the two daughters, Mrs. Remer and Mrs. Cormack, gave their mother a gold ring, the duplicate of her wedding ring, which she lost some time ago.

Following the presentation of remembrances, the Rev. E. B. Smith made a speech of congratulation to Mr. and Mrs. Young, in which he looked back over the years with their responsibilities and trials.  He said he came to Kansas but recently, after the pioneering was past, but from history and story was familiar with the fact that subduing the plains was not a path of primroses, and that in this work they had done their full share.  Mr. Smith said that occasions of this kind should serve to bind closer the fraternal bonds that unit the hearts of friends and neighbors who have weathered storms and hardships together.  Mr. A. M. Merryman also made a short speech of congratulation on the event of the golden wedding, and said it was the second one he had ever attended.  Responses to these good wishes were made by Mr. and Mrs. Young, who expressed their deep appreciation of this gathering of their friends.  Mrs. Cormack said she was not scheduled for a speech, but being a woman, could not resist the opportunity to talk, and in a very charming manner thanked the guests for the many thoughtful things done for her father and mother.  She said the occasion meant they were nearing the golden sunset of life, which she hoped the old acquaintances would help to make as rosy as possible.

One of the beautiful surprises of the occasion was the wedding cake which was given by Mrs. Buess and decorated by Mrs. Buess.  It was a gold cake with white and gold icing, with a row of small white doves around the edge.  On the top was a layer of orange sections partly covered with the white and surrounded by a yellow rose.  The cake was a triumph of the art of cake-making, and large enought to last until the diamond wedding.

Mrs. Young, whose maiden name was Miss Harriett Cheney, was born in Monroe Center, Ohio, September 14, 1842.  Mr. Charles C. Young was born in Ithica, N.Y., September 3, 1828.  He was married to Miss Cheney in Monroe Center January 1, 1860.  They lived there nineteen years, coming to Kinsley in September, 1879.  Eight children were born to them, six of whom are living.  They are Mr. Byron Young, of Birmingham, Ala., who has one daughter; Mrs. Anna Morgan, of Stilson, Tex., who has three children, one girl and two boys; Mrs. Minni eCormack, of this city, who has six children, one girl and five boys; Mr. Owen Young, of Wichita; who has three children, one girl and two boys; Mrs. Alta Remer, of Kinsley, who has one daughter; and Harold, who is the youngest son.  Two children born to Mr. and Mrs. Young are dead, Miss Gertie Young and one son.  They have fourteen living grandchildren.

To be loved best by those who know us best is the greatest blessing life can bestow, and this warm affection belongs in the fullest measure to the couple whose golden wedding celebraiton was held New Year's.  When Mrs. Young was younger than she is today, she was the good angel of her neighborhood whenever there was sickness or trouble.  Her unselfishness and devotion to family and friends and home crown her with the choicest titles that can be given a woman, a good wife and mother and a good neighbor.  She has always ministered to those in need, quietly and without display, having the feelnig of the real gentlewoman, that the left hand must not know what the right hand is doing.

We most earnestly hope the light of love and comfort will shine all along the rest of the pathway of these good people, and that golden days may follow their golden wedding anniversary without a shadow until the diamond day shall shine for them.

Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Cormack, father and mother of Mr. C. C. Cormack, celebrated their golden wedding at the home of relatives in Coffeyville last fall.  They were unable to be present Saturday evening because of illness.  Mr. C. C. Cormack was in Hutchinson on business.  It is an unusual thing to have golden weddings on both sides of a family.  That of Mr. and Mrs. Young is the first one to be celebrated in Edwards County.
(Kinsley Graphic ~ Thursday ~ January 6, 1910 ~ Page 1)


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