Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, January l, l925

One of the most pleasant and happy occasions of the season took place Sunday, December 28th at the home of MR. and MRS. MART MANNASMITH, well-known residents of Kellerton. It being their golden wedding anniversary, a complete surprise was planned and carried out. The intimate friends and loved ones met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Will Hale with well-filled baskets and at l2:30 marched to the MANNASMITH home and entered the front door, went to the kitchen, left their baskets and returned to the dining room to greet the bewildered bride and groom of fifty years, with hand shake and laughter. At l:30, Mrs. Jennie Hale escorted MR. and MRS. MANNASMITH to the parlor and in a very pleasant and touching way presented them with flowers and tokens of gold and candles and holders with a censer -- Gifts of love from those present.

Then with laughter and greetings, all returned to the dining room to (*can't read) which was served in cafeteria style. After dinner MR. and MRS. MANNASMITH told of their courtship and wedding day to the enjoyment of all. Though the day was bitter cold, there was just one thing lacking to make the occasion complete and with all sunshine, and that was the absence of the most priceless possession, the little granddaughter. MRS. C.A. MANNASMITH has been quite sick and not able to come in the cold and bring the baby. The afternoon and evening passed all too quickly and at 9:30 the guests departed laughing and bidding each other goodbye. Mr. Harvey Furgison, of York, Nebr., sent greetings and a five dollar gold piece in memory of the day.

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"With permission from the Leon Journal Reporter"
October 6, 2002