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The Leon Reporter
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
Thursday, March 26, 1914

We present this week the well known features of two of the popular citizen of Leon, Mr. and Mrs. John Woodmansee, who celebrated on Friday, March 13 their golden wedding anniversary, together with their children.

Mr. and Mrs. Woodmansee were married at the home of her uncle, Henderson Cook, near Elk Chapel on March 13, 1864, and they have resided in Decatur county ever since. For many years they lived on a farm near Elk Chapel, until they retired about twenty years ago and moved to Leon to make their home. They are the parents of six children, one dying in infancy, the surviving ones being Dr. J. O. [John Oscar] Woodmansee and Mrs. J. T. [Mary] Harris, of Leon, Dr. Sarah Brown, of Los Angeles, California, Mrs. B. W. [Rachel] Garrett and Mrs. J. S. (sic, J. Virgil) [Susan "Sue"] Arney, of Des Moines.

Mr. Woodmansee was born in Indiana Nov. 10, 1844 (sic, 1843) [the son of John and Rachel Burrell (Hanner) Woodmansee], and came to Iowa with his parents, when he was two years old. Mrs. Woodmansee was born in Clay county, Mo., January 30, 1849, and came to Iowa when she was 11 years of age. Mr. Woodmansee is almost 70 years old and his good wife is 65 years of age, but both are enjoying good health.

On their golden wedding day their children and a few intimate friends gave them a surprise dinner at their home, at which each was presented with a token of gold. They are among our most respected citizens, who have a very large circle of friends who trust they may be spared to enjoy life together for many years to come.

NOTE: John B. Woodmansee served with Company I, 34th Iowa Infantry during the Civil War. He died September 3, 1929. Mary Ann (Cook) Woodmansee died March 22, 1927. They were interred at Leon Cemetery.

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2015