From: "Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert" <email@example.com>
Subject: A GOLDEN WEDDING - MR. & MRS. W.E. GAMMON.
Date: Thursday, May 31, 2001 5:20 PM
Decatur County Journal
May 4, l899
On Wednesday evening of last week MR. and MRS. W.E. GAMMON had the
pleasure of entertaining all their children and grandchildren at their
home in Eden Township, in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of their
The farm which MR. GAMMON now owns has been their home for forty-eight
years. Here there six children were born and reared; all of whom are
married and living elsewhere except the only son, LEROY. The daughters
MRS. C.B. BASSETT, Farnhamville, Iowa.
MRS. J.W. LONG, Center Township.
MRS. W.A. ALBAUGH, Leon.
MRS. J.L. MITCHELL, Leon.
MRS. H.E. DAVISSON, New York, N.Y.
On the evening of April 26, l849, MR. WILLIAM E. GAMMON and MISS
CAROLINE JENKINS were married in Putnam County, Indiana, by a neighbor
friend, SQUIRE WM. JONES. Two years later they removed to Iowa where by
industry, economy and perseverance, they developed from wild unbroken
land their present comfortable home. Few families have the pleasure of
meeting at the golden anniversary, with the circle unbroken, so it was
indeed a happy occasion when all of the children, grandchildren and
sons-in-law, with the exception of H.E. DAVISSON, who was detained in
New York, met at the family table. One of the few relatives present was
WM. H. JENKINS, a brother of MRS. GAMMON, who was also present at the
wedding fifty years ago. Other guests at the anniversary were:
MRS. W.H. JENKINS MRS. MARY THOMPSON
MISS ANNA GAMMON WAYNE GAMMON
Mr. and MRS. H.D. SANDERS, Parker, Kas.
A number of choice presents were received. The children and
grandchildren decided to leave to MR. and MRS. GAMMON the selection of
an appropriate gift, so a small bag of gold was placed at their
disposal. They were not to be outdone in the matter of giving presents,
however for after a few thoughtful and well spoken words by MR. GAMMON,
he gave to each of his children and sons-in-law, a present of gold, and
to each of his ten grandchildren a present of silver, and then turning
to his wife he completed the surprise by placing in her hand a beautiful
Hosts of friends besides those who were present, join in extending
congratulations to MR. and MRS. GAMMON and in wishing that many more
years with health and plenty may be added to their lives.
Although they are among the oldest residents of the county, not an acre
of their large farm has ever been mortgaged. One tract of forty acres
was patented to MR. GAMMON by the government and three other tracts of
forty acres each, were never conveyed except by MR. GAMMON's father, who
received the patent and then gave deed to his son.
Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert
(I apologize if I have posted any of the names/initials incorrectly;
this was very difficult to read from the microfilm.)