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Jasper County, Iowa


~ McConnaughey, Ellis - Springer, Dora ~

Married: October 26, 188


One of the pleasantest social happenings at Prairie City, of Halloween, was the celebration of the fourteenth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Ellis McConnaughey, at their beautiful home on East Jefferson Street. A large number of their friends were present, and a grand time enjoyed. Ellis and "Miss Dora Springer" were united in marriage in October 1881, in Newton, the ceremony being solemnized by Rev. W. G. Thorn, pastor of the M. E. Church at that time. Since then time has wrought changes. Ellis and Dora have grown some older, but their hearts are still as young as on the day they plighted their troth, and the love they pledged to each other, has only grown as the years glided by. Providence has dealt kindly with them, providing them with all the comforts and luxuries of a beautiful home, enough of this world's goods to satisfy any reasonable desire, and friends without number who love to honor and respect them. ~ The Newton Record, Friday, November 8, 1895, Page 1, Column 4

~ Milgate, Oliver & Inez Breeden ~

Millgates Observe 50th
Married: June 2, 1920

On Sunday, June 7 Miss Marilyn Millgate of Grinnell and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Breeden of Plymouth, Mich., entertained 48 relatives at the 50th anniversary celebration of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Milgate of rural Grinnell, at the Holiday Inn in Newton.

Mrs. G. M. Heitink, friend and neighbor of the couple cut and served the anniversary cake.

Guests attended from Newark and Knox City, Mo., Ashville, N. Car., Columbia, S. Car., Plymouth, Mich., Council Bluffs, Indianola, Des Moines, Sully, Lynville, Marshalltown, Iowa City and Grinnell.

Mr. and Mrs. Millgate were married at Newburg, Ia., on June 2, 1920, and have lived on their farm since that time. ~ Grinnell-Herald Register June 1970

Note: Oliver Milgate and Inez Breeden married June 2, 1920 in Newburg, Iowa. The anniversary was held at the Holliday Inn in Newton, Iowa.

Submitted by Esther Breeden

~ Miller, Clarence & Dammeier, Mae ~

Celebrate Golden Wedding:
Many Friends, Relatives Help Celebrate Day
Married: February 4, 1895

One hundred and thirty-five relatives and friends gathered at the farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence I. Miller on Feb. 6, honoring them on their Golden Wedding anniversary. Among the guests were relatives and friends from Wisconsin, Des Moines, Brooklyn, State Center and local communities.

During the evening, the couple and guests were entertained by a song personalized by John Hitcher with Mrs. Ruel Jackson accompanying, followed by the group singing "Home Sweet Home." Short talks were give by the Rev. Ruel Jackson, Patsy Healy and Fred Engle.

Beautiful flowers, which were gifts to the couple, decorated the house. Dainty refreshments were served during the day by Mrs. Victor Rose, Mrs. Donovan Emmack, Mrs. George Dammeier, Beverly Emmack, and Doris Dammeier, assisted by Donovan Emmack, George Dammeier and Clarence Dammeier. Mrs. Elmer Emmack received the guests at the door and Mrs. Helma Dammeier presided at the guest book.

The celebration of this anniversary is the second in the Miller family to be held at the farm home. In 1909, Mr. Miller's parents, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Miller, celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary there. They were the first couple to be married in the court house in Newton, and celebrated their 50th anniversary year the 6th of February.

The younger Mr. Miller sat on the first grand jury to be held in the new court house. Clarence I. Miller was born near Newton nearly 80 years ago and has lived on his present farm for 75 years. Mrs. Miller was born in Illinois and is 75. Both are enjoying good health. ~ The Newton Daily News, February 1945.

Submitted by Barbara Hug e-mail: bhug3@bigfoot.com

~ Miller, George W. & Helphrey, Emily ~

The Miller Golden Wedding
Married: January 20, 1859

Last week we published a brief notice of the Golden Wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Miller We have received from Mr. F. A. Hardenbrook, a full and well written account of the occasion, but our space presents our prevents us publishing all of it. We, however, take from it the following particulars.

Married in Newton, Iowa, January 20, 1859, Geo. W. Miller and Miss Emily M. Helphrey, by Judge Edmundson, being his first nuptial knot tied, also the first marriage in the old courthouse, which was then nearing completion and which was then the pride of Jasper county, for it has out-lived its usefulness.

Mr. Miller was born in New York, emigrating with his parents in 1843 to Illinois, about forty miles west of Chicago, where he accompanied by his wife, visited with relatives this winter during the holidays, to the same locality where his boyhood days were spent.

He came to Iowa in the early 50's and has been a resident of Jasper county ever since. The country was sparsely settled and Newton then unknown.

Mrs. Miller came with her parents to Jasper county in 1855, from Ohio, that state being her birthplace.

In honor of this important event, on Wednesday, January 20, 1909 invitations were issued to about 100 relatives, friends and old neighbors, to be present to help celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary. To which 65 responded, distance and inclemency of the weather, not permitting some to be present.

The couple have five living children, thirteen grandchildren and one great grand child. The dinner was a feast of good things, served in the order of a four-course luncheon. Among the guests was Mrs. C. Kinebach, who was present at the marriage fifty years ago. Many handsome presents were received, among them a gold watch to each of the couple. ~ The Newton Journal, January 27, 1909.

Submitted by Barbara Hug e-mail: bhug3@bigfoot.com

~ Millhollin, Myron & Brown, Thressa ~

Nearly 37 Years Later - It Will Never Last
Married: August 27, 1928

The following article is being reprinted from the Annals of Iowa which is published quarterly at Des Moines by Iowa State Department of History and Archives. It is in the winter, 1965, issue. Sandra Knapton is the editor.

Iowa's 1928 Plane Wedding

In May, 1927, a slender young flier named Charles Augustus Lindbergh electrified the world with a non-stop flight from New York to Paris, turning people's eyes skyward and giving aviation a tremendous boost in popularity. There followed other long-distance flights, endurance flights, and also flights which might best be classed as stunts, among them weddings performed in the air.

One such, billed as the first "plane wedding" in Iowa and "the only such marriage performed in the presence of an entire bridal party," was performed August 27, 1928, while the plane circled over the grandstand at the Iowa State Fair. On the ground, Mendelssohn's wedding march was played by Creatore and his grandstand band, providing appropriate nuptial music. The bride was Thressa Brown of Grinnell, the groom, Myron Millhollin of Newton, the officiating minister, Rev. Frank W. Mutchler, pastor of the Union Park Church of Christ in Des Moines. A Ford monoplane referred to as the Wamblee-Ohanko was selected for the occasion "because of its large passenger capacity . . . fifteen persons." The wedding day's schedule was this: First, a banquet at the Administration Building, given by the State Fair Board.

The bridal party then proceeded to the grandstand and was introduced to the crowd: they then returned to their private cars and proceeded to the Des Moines municipal airport where the plane was waiting "on the hill," and took off at 1:30 p.m. In those years the airport was near Altoona, a fairly short drive from the fair grounds, rather than at the present location in the southwest part of Des Moines. The wedding was scheduled for 1:45 p.m. but apparently took place about 2 p.m. after which the wedding party returned to the grandstand for further festivities. The whole story was told the next day in the Des Moines Tribune-Capital by reporter Betty Gay, who had been one of the persons on the plane. The following is her account as it appeared in the newspaper. "I now pronounce you man and wife. . ." Above the roar of the three motors of the giant tri-motored Ford plane, Wablee Ohanko, as it swooped in front of the grandstand at the state fair, the Rev. Frank W. Mutchler pronounced these words which made Myron Millhollin and Miss Thressa Brown man and wife.

The ceremony, which took place about 2 p.m. Monday, is the first plane wedding attended by a full bridal party. Fourteen persons were in the cabin of the plane, which is owned by the Rapid Air Line, Inc., and piloted by Clyde W Ice.

The afternoon was ideal for the event. After a luncheon at the administration building given by the state fair board, the party drove in two cars before the grandstand. As they were introduced through the amplifiers, the bride, bridegroom, best man, matron of honor, the Rev. Mr. Mutchler and the parents of the couple arose and received applause from the thousands gathered for the event.

The lead automobile, an eight-seated McFarlan owned by F. M. Barnes of Chicago, then started for the municipal airport, conveying the bride, bridegroom, best man, matron of honor, the Rev. Mr. Mutchler and a Tribune-Capital reporter.

The second car, driven by Julius Kunz of Wesley, followed. "I'm not a bit afraid," said Miss Brown, as she protected her shower bouquet of Iowa flowers (rubrum lilies, gladiolus, and daisies) from the breeze. She had been "up" before.

"I wish we'd get going," replied the bridegroom nervously in the approved bridegroom manner. It was to be Mr. Millhollin's first adventure in the air.

Miss Brown wore a pink crepe dress with an ensemble coat to match, decorated with printed roses and six inches of silk fringe. She a smart white sport hat and pearl choker beads. Mrs. Lower, matron of honor, wore a yellow and white sport dress, with checkered blouse, a stitched yellow silk sport hat, choker pearls and mink neckpiece.

For many of the party that climbed into the big plane, this was their first airplane ride. As the plane taxied to the end of the field on oversized tires, shooting up the grass like a lawn mower from the muddy ground, all eyes were turned toward the windows.

At the edge of the field, Pilot Ice "stepped on 'er," and, with an increase in the clatter of the heavy motors, the Wamblee Ohanko rose from the ground, bumped down again, and rose.

The breeze which tore at the cornfields below did not phase the big cabin plane, although there were occasional shrieks from the members of the party, as the plane ducked into air pockets.

The plane seemed hardly to move at all, although the speedometer showed us that we were eating up space at the rate of 100 or more miles an hour. Horses and cows were as tiny carved things. Sink holes filled with water dotted the cornfields.

In no time we were zooming down in front of the grandstand, turning sharply on our side, and returning again. On this second trip, the wedding ceremony was performed in the front of the cabin, the best man and matron of honor attending.

Over the chugging of the motors we could hear only an occasional word of the ceremony, But it was soon over, and everybody was climbing over to kiss the bride - - - especially the bridegroom.

Again we circled past the grandstand, and thence for a tour over the city while our tiny shadow followed us over the still tinier buildings. The Equitable buillding was dwarfed to nothing.

It didn't seem as if we had been up twenty minutes and had witnessed a wedding ceremony, as we arrived at the airport again, swallowing hard as we dropped down from our 1,500-foot altitude.

Outside the plane, the Rev. Mr. Mutchler, widely known in Des Moines as the "marryin' parson," shook hands with the newlyweds. "I hope she always cooks your potatoes just right," he told the groom, "and you always buy her dresses and hats and clothes when she wants them." Back in the automobile again, the Rev. Mr. Mutchler called back to Pilot Ice, "Are you married?" "Nope," returned Mr. Ice.

"Well, if you ever want to be," replied the parson, "come to me and it won't cost you a cent!" As the car sped back to the fair grounds Mr. and Mrs. Millhollin opened an envelope given to them just after the ceremony by Julius Kunz, as representative of the fair board. It contained $______and a congratulatory letter.

After an argument about who the money belonged to, the Millhollins decided to put it in a fund to buy furniture for their apartment in Newton, where Mr. Millhollin is connected with the Rock Island railroad, and where the couple will make their home.

At the fair grounds the party proceeded to the grandstand to review the races. They have a special box reserved for tonight, also. Among those who witnessed the unique wedding were: Mr. and Mrs. Everett Brown, the bride's parents; Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Millhollin, parents of the bridegroom; Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Lower, best man and matron of honor; Miss Myrtle Mutchler, daughter of the Rev. Mr. Mutchler; Mr. Mutchler, a Tribune-Capital photographer and reporter.

Mr. and Mrs. Millhollin will leave Des Moines today, returning to Newton and taking their honeymoon late in September at the time they had originally planned their wedding.

Sixty thousand persons saw them married, and wished them happiness. An expecialy interesting sidelight to this story is that Mrs. Millhollin worked at the Grinnell Herald at the time she was married and it is understood that Miss Myrtle Mutchler, the minister's daughter, became a teacher at Cooper school in Grinnell later.

Several Des Moines ministers wrote to the Des Moines paper "preaching" against "stunt" marriages and claiming that they never last. This one did! Mr. and Mrs. Millhollin will observe their 37th wedding anniversary on August 27! Grinnell Herald-Register Thursday, February

Note: Thressa Brown and Myron Millhollin married August 27, 1928 in an airplane over the Iowa State Fair

Submitted by Esther Breeden

~ Mitchell, Ebenezer & Margaret Freeman ~

Fifty Golden Years
Married: October 18, 1848

Fifty years ago last Tuesday - on the 18th day of October 1848 - in the little town of Canton, Ill., a young man by the name of Ebenezer W. Mitchell, 22 years of age, and Miss Margaret F. Freeman, a pretty girl of 20 summers, were united in marriage by Rev. Jones, a local Congregational preacher.

A half century of joys and sorrows, sunshine and shadows, have passes since that happy wedding morn, yet Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell are still as young in spirit as when they plighted their marriage vows. The anniversary day came and they had taken no notice of it, but their daughter Mary had. Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell had purposely been invited to take 5 o'clock tea at the home of J. M. Woodrow, and when they returned home found the house filled with neighbors and old friends who hastened to congratulate them on their fifty years of married life. It was a perfect surprise to the aged bride and groom, but one, which they thoroughly enjoyed. A fine supper was spread, the delicacies of which had been prepared on the sly by their daughter Miss Mary. Their son, Rev. J. J. Mitchell, and two sons of Prairie City were present. Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell have been residents of Newton since July 1856, and there are hundreds of other friends who have known them all these years who would have been pleased to join them in the celebration of their golden anniversary. ~ The Newton Record, Thursday, October 20, 1898, Page 1, Column 4

~ Mithelman, Mr. & Mrs. Fred ~

Observe Golden Wedding
Married: December 2, 1913

On Sunday, Dec. 1, approximately 250 relatives and friends gathered at Trinity Lutheran church to help Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mithelman celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

The Rev. Fred Peters conducted an anniversary service, following which the guests were served cake and coffee or punch. Those serving were Mr. LeRoy Mithelman at the coffee service, Mrs. Claire Mithelman at the punch bowl, and Mrs. Gail Young, daughter of the honored couple, cut the cake, assisted by Judy Mithelman and Mrs. Jerry Holcomb, granddauthers of the honorees.

Marvel Young was in charge of registering the guests and Janie Mithelman and Suzanne Mithelman were at the gift table. They are also grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. Mithelman.

Those helping in the kitchen were: Mrs. Ruby Ahrens, Mrs. Elizabeth Schultz, Mrs. Marie Plum, Mrs. John Cogley, Mrs. Joanne Cogley, Mrs. Avis Kelm and Mrs. John Lang.

Those attending the open house on Sunday, who also attended the wedding on December 2, 1913, were: Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Deedrick, in whose home the wedding was solemnized; Elmer Mithelman, Jake Schultz, Elmer Schultz, Arthur Hanssen, and Walter Hanssen. Mrs. Josie Mithelman and Mrs. Mary Mithelman were at the wedding 50 years ago but unable to attend the open house due to illness.

The couple received many lovely gifts and a very attractive money tree, made by Mrs. Carl Beevar of Marshalltown, niece of the couple.

Mr. and Mrs. Mithelman have three children, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren, and farmed in the Malcom vicinity until 1944 when they moved to Grinnell.

Guests attended the reception from Stillwater, Minn.; Coggon, Walker, Norway, Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Malcom and Grinnell.

Note: Mr. and Mrs. Fred MITHELMAN married December 2, 1913 in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Deedrick and the Golden Wedding Anniversary was celebrated at the Trinity Lutheran church.

Submitted by Esther Breeden

~ McDannel, Allan & Sarah Murphy ~

Mr. & Mrs. Allan McDannel - 47th
Married: December 14, 1854

Mr. and Mrs. Allan McDannel celebrated their forty-seventh wedding anniversary, at their home near Reasnor, on the 14th inst., about forty of their friends joining them in the happy occasion. Mrs. Mc was formerly Miss Sarah Murphy, and their marriage occurred in Monroe on the 14th of Dec. 1854. They have had a family of fourteen children, only seven of whom are living and all grown. Providence has dealt very kindly with them, and in their old age have an abundance to insure them comfort and a reasonable share of this world's blessings. ~ The Newton Record, Thursday, December 26, 1901, page 1, Column 2

~ Milburn, Mr. & Mrs. George C. ~

Mr. & Mrs. George C. Milburn 17th
Married: May 1883

On Saturday evening, May 19, 1900, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George C. Milburn, southwest of town, occurred a social gathering, the occasion being the 17th anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. George C. Milburn. ~ The Newton Record, Thursday, May 31, 1900, Page 4, Column 4 - Kellogg

~ Moffit, Hugh Lindley & Sarah Green ~

Mr. & Mrs. H. L. Moffitt - 35
Married: October 1866

Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Moffitt celebrated their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, last Friday, at their spacious farm home over in Sherman Township about four miles west of town. The serving of dinner began at 12:15 and continued until 4 o'clock in the afternoon - ninety-nine persons, besides a small regiment of children, partaking of the sumptuous feast. The "bride and groom" were given ample evidence of the kind regard of their friends in the large number of costly and beautiful presents, which were given them on their anniversary. It don't seem like thirty-five years since Sarah Green, a pretty, Missouri girl, came up here for a visit with her kindred of the Willis Green family, won the heart of Lindley Moffitt, the denouncement being the happy wedding which was celebrated with their children and friends on Friday. ~ The Newton Record, Thursday, October 31, 1901, Page 1, Column 6

~ McMurray, Henry B. & Anna B. Larson ~

Celebrate Golden Wedding Anniversary
Married: December 18, 1889

Mr. and Mrs. Henry B. McMurray opened their home at 810 South Second avenue West Monday afternoon and evening to their friends and relatives, the occasion being their Golden Wedding anniversary.

All three of the McMurray children - Maurice and his wife from Fort Worth, Tex., Mrs. Lou Toedt and her husband of Laurel and Lucille at home - were able to be present for the celebrated affair.

80 Callers
More than 80 persons attended the open house throughout the day to bring their good wishes and congratulations to add to the many messages, cards, telegrams and flowers which were received in abundance. A special message came from Mrs. McMurray's sister-in-law, Mrs. J.A. Larson and son Charles of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Guests were met at the door by Mrs. Toedt, Lucille and Mr. and Mrs. Maurice McMurray, and after signing the guest register, were presented with golden ribbon bows.

Golden Decorations
Mrs. Ray McMurray, Mrs. D.M. Tripp and Mrs. Willis Bodley poured at the tea service as was assisted by Mrs. John Emery. A centerpiece of gold foil and paper lace fashioned to form a small Christmas tree and gold tapers at crystal holders at either end were the only decorations at the tea table.

Texas cedar which the son, Maruice, had brought from near his own home, artistically filled the archways, doors and windows with a color of red being added by small china berries. A large cluster of mistletoe hung in the center of the central archway. Flowers from friends and relatives were also placed around the room.

Wedding Invitations
Their guests enjoyed the informal period in which pictures of the bride and groom of 50 years were shown and one of the original wedding invitations was passed around.

Several who attended the wedding in 1889 at the Everett Bodley home west of Newton, also took part in the activities here Monday. They were a brother and sister of the bridegroom, James T. McMurray and Mary McMurray, and John Harvey, Ed Harvey, Willis Bodley and Mrs. Jesse Marquis.

Musical numbers by Lou Toedt included, "We've Come A Long Way Together" and "When Pa Was Courtin' Ma" accompanied by Mrs. Maurice McMurray who also sang with Mr. Toedt in several selections.

Mrs. McMurray wore a lovely corsage of yellow roses, blue forget-me-nots and daisies and Mr. McMurray a boutonniere of a yellow chrysanthemum, gifts from Mr. and Mrs. Toedt and son Norman.

Buffet Supper
During the afternoon and evening sessions, the immediate members of the family and special guests - 21 in number - were entertained at a buffet supper served by Mrs. Lou Toedt.

Supper guests included: Mr. and Mrs. H.B. McMurray, Lucille McMurray, Mr. and Mrs. Lou Toedt and Norman of Laurel, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice E. McMurray of Fort Worth, Tex., James T. McMurray of Cedar Rapids, Mary McMurray, Mr. and Mrs. Ray McMurray, Mrs. Dick Tripp, Mr. and Mrs. Willis Bodley, Ed Harvey, Mr. and Mrs. John Emery and Louis Robert, L.N. Blackwell, Mrs. S.S. Marshall and Mrs. Jesse Marquis of Colfax.

Included in out-of-town callers were Mr. and Mrs. Ray Slaughter of Waterloo.

Henry B. McMurray and Anna B. Larson were united in marriage Dec. 18, 1889, at the Everett Bodley farm west of Newton by the Rev. E.L. Schreiner, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church. They began housekeeping on the old McMurray homestead about 2 miles northwest of Newton and later moved in to Newton.

At the age of 9 years, Mr. McMurray came with his family to Jasper county in 1869 and has continued his residence here. Prior to coming to Jasper county his family made the trip in a covered wagon from Bedford Co., Pa. to Cedar county, Ia. in 1852.

Mr. McMurray celebrated his 79th birthday on November 26th and Mrs. McMurray will observe her 75th anniversary on Christmas day. ~ Submitted by McMurray family descendents.

Anniversaries submitted without names were transcribed by Jasper Co. GenWeb Volunteers.