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Decatur County Journal
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
Thursday, August 05, 1915, Page 1

Cherringtons Celebrate Silver Anniversary

One of the most interesting events of the past week was the celebration at Decatur on last Thursday of the fiftieth wedding anniversary of MR. and MRS. C.K. CHERRINGTON. The event was a most delightful affair and all present enjoyed the day and evening very much. MR. and MRS. CHERRINGTON had a happy day. Their children, with the exception of MRS. H.C. BRUEGGEN, of Salina, Kansas, were all in attendance and the resulting reunion of the parents and children made the day doubly enjoyable. In the evening the neighbors and other friends were entertained at the CHERRINGTON home from 7 until 10 o'clock.

MR. CHERRINGTON was born in Jackson County, Ohio, July 16, 1842, and MRS. CHERRINGTON was born in the same county August 31, 1844. MR. CHERRINGTON enlisted in Col, K. 36th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, August 9, 1862, and served two years and eleven months. He was a splendid soldier and served his country faithfully and well. He was mustered out of service at Cumberland, Maryland, June 29, 1865. He was married at Camba, Ohio, July 29, l865 to MISS MARY EVALINE JOHNSON. MR. and MRS. CHERRINGTON moved to Iowa in September 1868, and settled at Spring Valley in this county where they resided for a time and then moved to the farm now known as the Thomas Sutherlin place south of Decatur on the road between that place and Davis City. In March 1889, they moved to Decatur where they have since made their home. MR. and MRS. CHERRINGTON are the parents of ten children all of whom are living with the exception of HOMER and IDA, who have passed away. All of the children, now living, were present at the golden wedding anniversary with the exception of MRS. H.C. BREUGGEN, of Salina, Kansas, who was unable to attend.

The children and their families gathered at the CHERRINGTON home during the forenoon and a big family feast was served at twelve o'clock. Those in attendance at the dinner were MR. and MRS. E. MOORE, of Shenandoah; MRS. THOMAS GUTHRIE and daughters, CECILE and DALE, and son, WILLARD, of Blockley; MRS. TINCIE SHELTON and children, of Decatur; MR. and MRS. J.S. PARRISH and children, of Leon; MR. and MRS. J.A. MCINTOSH and children, of Leon; MR. and MRS. C.A. CHERRINGTON and children, of Leon; and WILLARD CHERRINGTON, of Daykin, Nebraska. After the bounteous dinner had been served those in attendance enjoyed a delightful old time visit together.

The lawn was beautifully decorated for the event and every arrangement for the day carefully planned. Music was rendered in the evening by the Decatur Orchestra. The Orchestra, which is composed of Mrs. Harrington, Miss Alma Blades, Dorothy Brittan, Glen Riley, Clyde Chamberlain and Dewey Long, was most capable and entertained the guests pleasantly with splendid music. There was a song by Bruce Townsend and one by Ruby Allen which were heartily enjoyed and an excellent recitation by Marie Tullis.

After the neighbors and other friends to whom a general invitation had been extended, had gathered at the home, a repetition of the ceremony of fifty years ago was performed. The wedding march was played by Mrs. Harrington. MR. and MRS. CHERRINGTON with W.C. Stempel, of Leon, who officiated at the ceremony in the lead took their places, followed by their children and grandchildren who formed a half circle around them. Mr. Stempel then performed a most impressive double ring ceremony, the gold wedding ring being a gift from the children. their little granddaughters, PAULINE PARRISH and HELEN MCINTOSH, acted as ring bearers. MISS GLADYS SHELTON, another granddaughter, presented the bride with a bouquet of beautiful bride's roses. After the ceremony had been completed, MR. and MRS. CHERRINGTON received the congratulations of those present. Dainty refreshments were served and there was more music by the Orchestra.

MR. and MRS. CHERRINGTON have eight living children, twenty-one grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

They received many gifts, one of them being $15 in gold placed in a gold jewel case and presented to the worthy couple by the business men of Decatur. The G.A.R. Post of which MR. CHERRINGTON is a prominent member, presented them with a handsome gold trimmed water set, the ladies of the W.R.C., of which order MRS. CHERRINGTON is a member, gave them two beautifully engraved sterling silver spoons, and the ladies of the M.E. Aid Society, also presented them with two sterling silver spoons, which were nicely engraved. There were numerous other gifts of which we did not obtain a list.

The many Leon friends of MR. and MRS. CHERRINGTON extend their hearty congratulations in which the Journal joins.

Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert
"With permission from the Leon Journal Reporter"
July 9, 2002