Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, November 23, l896
JOHN D. BURNS and MARY A. STEVENS were united in marriage by Rev. John McCutcheon, Pastor of the Presbyterian Churches of Melmore and Republic at the Parsonage in Republic on Wednesday, November 23, l836, at high noon. After the marriage, MR. and MRS. BURNS settled in Melmore, Seneca County, Ohio, were engaged in selling goods, pork packing, etc. In the fall of l846, MR. BURNS moved to Charlotte, Mich., where he engaged in extensive business enterprises in company with John P. Reznor, of Cincinnati.
In l850, MR. BURNS was elected on the Democratic ticket for representative from Eaton County to the convention that revised the constitution of Michigan and he is still a Democrat.
In l854 he emigrated to Iowa, settling for a short time in Wapello County and coming to Garden Grove in April, l855.
He engaged for a time in the dry goods business, but soon went to farming, which occupation he followed, until he retired from active life.
MR. BURNS has been prominently identified with the history of Garden Grove. He was the first Mayor of the town and held that office for a number of years. He was also Postmaster for four years during President Cleveland's first term. MR. and MRS. BURNS have been the parents of three children and all of them living.
It was their intention to celebrate their sixtieth wedding anniversary last Monday by a public reception, but as MR. BURNS' health was not good, the idea was abandoned and the occasion was observed by a supper given to a few of their more intimate friends.
The friends of this aged couple include everybody in Garden Grove and many more living at distant points and they will all join in hoping that they may live yet many years together.
--Garden Grove Express.
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November l5, 2002