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The Leon Reporter
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
Thursday, January 18, 1917, Page 1

A Pleasant Birthday Surprise.


There are times in a man's life when he wants to say something and does not feel capable of the task, or we will say pleasure, in this instance, but, as "Faint heart never won Fair Lady," here we go.

Last Tuesday was the occasion of one of the most happy events we have ever had the privilege of attending -- the surprise dinner on our esteemed father-in-law, A. A. Burchett, it being his seventieth birthday. At about 10 o'clock the brothers and sisters, children and married grandchildren began to arrive at the pleasant country home and in a very short time they were all present that were to be the guests of this kind christian gentleman. To say that he was surprised only tell the tale as it was.

Our better half had conceived the idea of having Rev. Orr Campbell present as the orator of the day, and say, when he made the speech presenting Father Burchett with a fine gold watch chain, he did better than any other man on earth could have done. Knowing the real true value of the recipient, gave him the impetus for his talk, and he did it with that comely grace which only a true christian can give a brother.

A bounteous dinner such as the Burchetts can prepare was one of the greatest features. We hope to see Father Burchett live to enjoy many more occasions of this kind. He and his good wife have the respect of everybody who have ever met them and this gives to these occasions the real beauty which they possess.

~ Grand River Local

NOTE: Anderson Abraham Burchett was born in Hancock County, Tennessee on January 9, 1847, and died January 4, 1929. He was married to Little Narvesta (Wheelis) Comstock (1841-1923). They were interred at Wheelis/Tennessee Cemetery northeast of Grand River, Iowa.

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2015