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 The Leon Reporter
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
Thursday, November 12, 1914, Page 2

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Williams.

Sunday, Nov. 8th, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Williams, of Burrell township, was the scene of a pleasant surprise, the even being their fifieth wedding anniversary, when their children, relatives and friends to the number of seventy-three took possession of their home with well filled baskets and the day being an ideal one a picnic dinner was enjoyed on the lawn. When all were seated around the beautiful spread Mr. Williams returned thanks to God who gave so bountiful to all.

Mr. and Mrs. Williams were married at Dubuque, Iowa, Nov. 7, 1864, living there two years, then coming to Decatur, Iowa, in 1866, when their eldest son was a small babe and they have lived on the place, now their home 38 years. the 21st of February. Mr. Williams is seventy-three years of age and his wife seventy-one. They are hale and hearty and enjoyed the surprise immensely.

Mrs. Williams played and sang the hymn, "Mary to the Savior's Tomb," two verses without a waiver in her voice which was remarkable for one of her her age. Several useful present were thankfully received by them.

Their six sons and fourteen grandchildren, who are Ed Williams, wife and two daughters, Frank Williams, wife and two children, Tommy Williams and daughter, Mrs. Williams not being able to come, Dan Williams and wife and three chilren, George Williams, wife and daughter, and Milt Williams, wife and five children, all of Decatur county, were present. Also Mr. and Mrs. Dan Myers and son, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Tenney and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Will Stout and three children, Mr. and Mrs. Will Bruner and son, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bruner and son, Mr. and Mrs. Lige Ryan and three sons, Mr. Clark and Mr. Amos Vanderflught. Those from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Ed McGahuey, of Kellerton, Mr. and Mrs. John Priest and family of Shannon City, Elwood Bruner of Osceola, Mrs. J. M. Duncan of Des Moines, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bender of Dubuque, Mrs. Story, Misses Rosy and Mary Dewhirst of Ottumwa, John Dewhirst of Waterloo, and Pierce Hill, of Barup, Minn.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, July of 2015