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  Leon Reporter
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
Thursday, February 29, 1912, Page 1

THEIR GOLDEN WEDDING
Mr. and Mrs. Kimball Hickman Celebrated Fifty Years of Life Together on Last Friday.

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  On last Friday Mr. and Mrs. Kimball Hickman, of north Leon, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, and additional interest is aroused in the event from the fact that they have been continuous residents of Decatur county ever since their marriage a half century ago.

Kimball Hickman and Miss Thirza Jane Blake were married at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Blake, in Eden township, Feb. 23, 1862, the ceremony being performed by Elder Wm. Stout, of the Dunkard church. The young coupe went to housekeeping at once on what is now the Sam Sears farm, 3 1/2 miles northeast of Leon, A year later they moved to his father's farm in Woodland township, where they lived four years and then to a farm just south of Leon, where they lived twelve years, and then they bought the old Hickman homestead, where they resided until 1894, when they turned the farm over to their son Frank and came to Leon to make their home.

During their long residence in Deatur county they have enjoyed the friendship and esteem of a very large circle of friends who extend their congratulations on the celebration of their golden wedding and trust they may be spared for many years yet to come to enjoy life together.

Mrs. Hickman was 70 years old on Nov. 9th, being born in Coshocton county, Ohio, Nov. 9, 1841. She came to Decatur county with her parents in 1856.

Mr. Hickman will be 74 years of age on April 6th, having also been born in Coshocton county, Ohio. He came to Decatur county with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kimball Hickman, sr. in 1859, and they settled on the fine farm in Woodland township, which Mr. Hickman now owns.

Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Hickman, one daughter dying at the age of two years, and the others were all guests at the parental home to help their parents celebrate the day. They are Mrs. Leora Wallace, of Kansas City, Mo., John T. Hickman, of Corydon, Frank Hickman, of Woodland, and Mrs. Jennie Turner, of Kellerton. All of their grandchildren except one daughter of Mrs. Wallace who is teaching school in Kansas City, were also present, as well as a number of other relatives. These included Mrs. John T. Hickman and four children, of Corydon, Mrs. Frank Hickman, Mrs. G. E. Turner, of Kellerton, Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Potter and Mr. and Mrs. W. H. H. Hickman, of Turon, Kansas, nephew and neices (sic), Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Hickman, of Tuskeego, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Mills and children, of Eden townsip, Mrs. Mills being a sister of Mrs. Hickman, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Yost, of Lamoni, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Yost, Mr. and Mrs. John Chastain jr., Mr. and Mr. C. E. Mills and Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Mills, Mr. A. R. Wilson, of Hepler, Kansas, a nephew, was (sic) also among the guests.

There were just even fifty persons gathered around the dinner table to partake of a feast which had been prepared in honor of the celebration, and it was indeed a merry gathering.

Mr. and Mrs. Hickman received a number of nice presents from their children and relatives, as well as many telegrams and letters from relatives and friends living elsewhere.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, December of 2016