Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, October 29, l903

A very pleasant surprise was tendered to MR. and MRS. JESSIE LLOYD Wednesday evening, Oct. 28. The occasion being MR. LLOYD's 78th birthday. A number of the Odd Fellows and their wives drove out to his farm which is about one mile south of Decatur City, and completely surprised him. After spending some time in pleasant conversation the guests were invited into the dining room. There a very pleasing sight greeted them, an elegant supper had been prepared by the ladies of the Rebekah Lodge, and spread on the table which was groaning under its weight, to this all did ample justice. After supper in behalf of the members of the lodge, MR. LLOYD was presented with a fine rocking chair, which was received with many thanks, and no doubt will be kept as a souvenir from the lodge. MR. LLOYD is one of Decatur County's oldest and most highly respected citizens, having lived in this county for almost fifty years. He has been a member of the I.O.O.F. for almost forty years filling many honorable positions in the order. It will be a pleasant evening in the remembrance of MR. and MRS. LLOYD, and the many friends who attended. The guests departed at a late hour wishing that he and his estimable wife may live to celebrate many more birthdays.

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March 27, 2003