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Leon Reporter
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
Thursday, December 30, 1915, Page 1



List of Decatur County Couples who Have Been Married Fifty Years.
Send in Names of Others.


  The Reporter wants to secure the names of every couple residing in Decatur county who have been married fifty years or more. We want the list complete, and request our friends to assist us in compiling same. If there is a couple in your neighborhood who have been married fifty years or more, won't you please send us their names. Later we will publish a sketch of each couple. The following is a list of the golden wedding couples which have been reported to us up to this time:

Mr. and Mrs. A. K. Anderson, Lamoni, married July 5, 1857.

Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Brown, Van Wert, married July 4, 1859.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bowsher, Leon, married Feb. 14, 1860.

Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Bright, Decatur, married July 25, 1865.

Mr. and Mrs. C. K. Cherrington, Decatur, married July 29, 1865.

Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Elliott, Leon, married July 4, 1860.

Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Fullerton, Grand River, married July 6, 1863.

Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Gammon, Leon, married Feb. 23, 1849.

Mr. and Mrs. Kim Hickman, Leon, married Feb. 23, 1862.

Capt. and Mrs. A. A. Jenks, Leon, married July 8, 1864.

Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Jenkins, Leon, married Feb. 7, 1861.

Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Johnston, Woodland, married Oct. 29, 1865.

Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Massey, Woodland, married Dec. 22, 1863.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. McIntosh, Davis City, married Oct. 29, 1865.

Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Pickering, Leon, married May 17, 1863.

Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Smith, Lamoni, married Nov. 3, 1864.

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Still, Woodland, married Oct. 6, 1859.

Mr. and Mrs. John Woodmansee, Leon, married March 13, 1864.

Leon Reporter
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
Thursday, January 06, 1916, Page 1



  Several additional names were added this week to our list of couples residing in Decatur county who have been married for fifty years or more. We are anxious to have the list completed as soon as possible. If you know of any whose names do not appear in the list, we will appreciate it if you send their names to us at once. [Additional names follow.]

Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Cherry, Leroy, married July 4, 1865.

Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Frost, Leon, married Jan. 6, 1861.

Mr. and Mrs. George Smith, Van Wert, married May 3, 1865.

Leon Reporter
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
Thursday, January 13, 1916, Page 1



  The names of three more couples who have been married fifty years or more are added to our list this week. They are:

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Wadley, of near Lamoni, married June 26, 1864.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hamilton, Leon, married Sept. 23, 1853.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Overholtzer, Grand River, married Sept. 6, 1865.

Leon Reporter
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
Thursday, January 20, 1916, Page 1



Couples Who Have Been Married 50 Years or More.


  Davis City, Iowa, Jan. 17, 1916.

Editor Reporter: - In your last week's issue I note you gave a list of a number of couples who have been married 50 years or longer, and you ask if there are not others in the county.

Davis City has five couples that have passed the 50 years of married life and several couples nearing that time:

Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Toney were married in Leon by Judge Thompson in May, 1856. Mrs. Toney (nee Mary F. Joseph) came to Decatur county in the fall of 1854. Mr. Toney came in the spring of 1855. Both came from Indiana and both settled in Burrell township, and have lived in the same township ever since.

Mr. and Mrs. B. A. Norman were married in Burrell township, Aug. 17, 1863, and are still living in Burrell township, but have not been continuous residents, as they lived in Pottawattamie county, Iowa, for some years.

Mr. Wm. Frazier and wife were married in Knox county, Ohio, Dec. 31, 1861. They came west in 1865, and settled at Akron, Mo., and came to Davis City some 20 years ago.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wells have been married over 50 years, but date of marriage is not given.

Mr. John J. Poush and wife were married May 28, 1861. They lived near Andover, Mo., until about 20 years ago.

Davis City also claims the distinction of having living near town the first white child born in the county, namely, Mr. Asa Burrell, who was born in New Buda township 71 years ago, and his cousin, J. W. Burrell was born within one mile of where he now lives, 65 years ago. While to Wm. Asbach is accredited the distinction of the longest continuous residence on one farm, of any one to our knowledge, 63 years, where he still lives, and is reasonably healthy and hearty, one mile north of Davis City. He came to this farm from Germany with his father and they settled on the farm Wm. now owns in 1853. At that time he was a small boy about 4 years old.

Frank Freeman claims, and it is generally admitted, that he is the oldest continuous resident and business man in Davis City, having located here in business in 1875, making over 40 years continuous business in Davis City.

We have a number of others who came to Davis City 40 years or more ago, but their residence in the town has not been continuous.

Referring again to Asa Burrell who was born in the south part of New Buda township in 1842. He told me that their nearest white neighbor was 5 or 6 miles distant and that the Indians were thick all around them, and that there was but three or four other white families in a radius of 30 to 40 miles. Their neighbors that wer tehn accessible were Indians and for years his playmates were Indian children.

When the war of the rebellion broke out Mr. Burrell enlisted and was assigned to the 5th Kansas regiment, a noted regiment for fighting and scouting. Mr. Burrell is a pensioner and when he became 70 years of age he was entitled to the service pension, and when the government asked him for evidence, of the date of his birth, from county or from family record, he was unable to furnish it, or the evidence of any living person that knew of his birth, and the only thing he could give was an affidavit in substance as follows: That his parents were "squatters" among the Indians, and that the family record had been destroyed, and that at that early date in the history of this county there was no records of birth made, and there being but four or five white families living in the county at that, and they [were] all dead, there was no other evidence he could give, and he asked the Pension Department to accept his affidavit as being the only evidence he could give; and they did so, and granted his pension and thus by the liberalities of our government he, like many other honorable and deserving old soldiers are made reasonably comfortable in their declining years.

If this escapes the waste basket we may have some thing more to say at some future date about the old people and pioneers in this part of the county.

Geo. P. Campbell.

New additions this week are:

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Frazier, Davis City, married December 31, 1861.

Mr. and Mrs. B. A. Norman, Davis City, married August 17, 1863.

Mr. and Mrs. John J. Poush, Davis City, married May 28, 1861.

Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Toney, Davis City, married May, 1856.

Mr. and Mrs. W. Whittaker, Van Wert, married Feb. 14, 1856.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wells, Davis City, married over 50 years, but date of marriage not given.

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Weld, Lamoni, married January 7, 1858.

Leon Reporter
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
Thursday, January 27, 1916, Page 1



  The following names have been added to the list of couples in Decatur county who have been married fifty years or more:

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bicknell, Pleasanton, married July 2, 1858.

Mr. and Mrs. M. V. McCleary, High Point, married Dec. 31, 1863.

Rev. and Mrs. Geo. E. Mitchell, Weldon, married April 7, 1864.

Mr. and Mrs. Royal Richardson, Pleasanton, married April 28, 1848.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. VanNostrand, Leon, married April 9, 1864.

Leon Reporter
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
Thursday, February 10, 1916, Page 1



  The names of ten more couples have been added to our Golden Wedding list this week. We hope to close the list shortly, and again request all who know of any couples whose names are not printed in the list to notify us at once. Those added to the list are:

Mr. and Mrs. John Bryant, Grand River, married in England in 1864.

Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Brothers, Grand River, married May 1, 1855.

Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Bedier, Grand River, married Jan. 3, 1863.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Cash, Decatur, married July 27, 1857.

Mr. and Mrs. D. Clark, High Point, married April 14, 1857.

Mr. and Mrs. Z. Clark, High Point, married Jan. 1, 1863.

Mr. and Mrs. Austin Draper, Grand River, married Sept. 10, 1864.

Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Fuqua, Grand River, married August 16, 1857.

Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Green, Grand River, married in 1866.

Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Madden, Leon, married March 27, 1859.

Transcriber's Note: It doesn't appear as if any more names were added to the list after the February 10th issue of "The Reporter."

Transcriptions by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2015