Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, March 3l, l92l
On Tuesday, March 22nd, MR. and MRS. A.J. EDWARDS celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary at their home, three miles west of Van Wert.
The guests invited to do honor on this occasion were their children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, and a few old time friends.
MR. and MRS. EDWARDS are both pioneers of Decatur County, having emigrated to this state with their parents from eastern Tennessee in early childhood. MRS. EDWARDS, whose maiden name was REBECCA A. RAMSEY, came with her parents and grandparents to Iowa in the spring of l849, by way of water. They floated down the Tennessee River to the Ohio River in a flatboat, and then down the Ohio River to St. Louis, Mo., where they took a steamboat up the Mississippi River and landed at Keokuk, Iowa. They drove overland to Davis County, Iowa, where they remained one year before coming to Decatur County. MR. EDWARDS' widowed mother came to Iowa in the autumn of l849 by the same method and over the same route as MRS. EDWARDS' parents. They also lived in Davis County for a time before coming to Decatur County, and both families settled in the same neighborhood. Both MR. and MRS. EDWARDS know the privations of pioneer life and remember how at that time they depended upon hunting wild game, which was here in abundance, for their meat supply. They also recall the friendly visits of the Indians, their trading in beads, and asking for dried pumpkin and beans, of which they were very fond.
The day was spent in visiting and talking of old times, MR. EDWARDS having a natural musical ability, played several pieces on his violin, some of them of his own composition, and just before the company departed, he played "God be With You 'Till We Meet Again."
Several beautiful presents were presented to the bride and groom as tokens of this memorable occasion.
MR. and MRS. EDWARDS hold membership with the Baptist Church at Grand River, to which faith they have held for many years.
May this aged couple live to see many more anniversaries and may their Christian lives still shine out to those about them is the wish of all their friends.
Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert
"With permission from the Leon Journal Reporter"
May 3l, 2002