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Elgin Echo Newspaper

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Elgin Echo

Elgin, Iowa

October 22, 1903

Front Page

Appears a typo. Should be Alexander Wade Peters and Margaret Jane Maddocks.



 Sunday October 18, 1903, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Peters, in Illyria township, a company of people assembled to commemorate an event which happened fifty years before. This event was marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Peters which occurred in an eastern state in the year 1853, the ceremony being preformed by Squire Underwood. Soon after the couple came to Iowa and settled in Illyria township, where they engaged in farming.

The friends and neighbors of the couple did not thing it wise to allow the golden anniversary to pass unheeded and as a consequence about fifty gathered to help make the occasion one long to be remembered. Upon the arrival of the self invited party, many and sincere were the wishes for long life and prosperity, while the worthy couple were congratulated on the celebration of their anniversary. Mr. Peters was presented with a gold headed cane, while a pair of gold bowed spectacles was bestowed upon his worthy helpmate, as a partial token of the high esteem in which they are regarded by the many who had gathered to pay them tribute. after the company had arranged affairs to suit themselves they began to enjoy the situation as only a lot of cherry, prosperous people can; social conversation was indulged in and all want well. When dinner was announced those present sit down to a repast which spoke volumes in praise of the good housewives who had prepared the dishes. At a reasonable hour all returned home wishing the couple many returns of their wedding anniversary and a happy life as they journey toward their golden sunset. 


~ transcribed and contributed by Crystal A. Bingham <>

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