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Marriage Index

Jasper County, Iowa


~ Ramsey, Mr. & Mrs. Charlie ~

A Merry Tin Wedding
Married: August 7, 1889

Last Monday rounded up the tenth happy year of the married life of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Ramsey, and in the evening a great crowd of friends and neighbors gathered at their home and enjoyed a regular tin wedding jubilee with the happy "bride and groom." The supper was an important feature, excellent quantity almost to last for another ten years - but it didn't. A fine lot of tin and granite ware was left with Mr. and Mrs. Ramsey as mementos of the joyous occasion. ~ The Newton Record, Thursday, August 10, 1899, Page 1, Column 6

~ Ramsay, George & Jane E. Sims ~

Golden Wedding
Married: January 19, 1839

After fifty years of married life, father and mother,Geo. S. Ramsay celebrated their union at their pleasant home in Palo Alto township, on Thursday, the 19th inst. Sixty-six of their friends joined with them in commemorating the happy event which occurred away back in old Pennsylvania State, a half a century ago, and which has brought them so much of joy and sunshine through all the intervening years. Of their eight children, all were present at this joyous homecoming except their son Watson Ramsay, who is now residing at Wichita, Kansas. The occasion was one long to be remembered, as well by the venerable host and hostess as by the guests whom they so hospitably entertained. The following is a list of the gifts presented to father and mother Ramsay:

A couch and center table, from the children; side lamp, grandchildren; paper rack, Mr. Geo. Hunter; wash bowl and pitcher, Mrs. McCuen, of Monroe, Iowa; bed spread and towels, Mr. and Mrs. Morrisy; decorated china pitcher, Miss Pangburn; plush wall pocket, Misses Morrisy; dozen desert dishes, cup and saucer, Mrs. Harding; glass fruit dish, china spoon holder, and shaving cup, Mr. and Mrs. McColloms; match safe, Max McColloms; glass fruit dish, Mr. Aillaud; china pitcher, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Helphrey; Turkey Rug, Mrs. Tiley Helphrey; cabinet holder, Mrs. Pryor; claw tool and hammer, Mr. Pryor; basket of apples, Mrs. Marshall; can of raspberries, Mrs. Rorabaugh; one dollar, Mr. Sims; curtain holder, Mrs. Bettie Sims. Among the refreshments was a choice "bride's cake," sent by Mrs. George Ramsay from Nebraska. ~ Newton Journal, January 30, 1889.

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~ Ramsay, William & Melissa Helphrey ~

Twenty-fifth Anniversary
Married: June 3, 1875

There was a happy gathering of old neighbors and friends at the farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. J. Ramsay, three miles west of town, last Saturday -- in memory of an interesting episode which occurred twenty-five years before in the Helphrey home of Sherman township, when Will Ramsay and Miss Melissa Helphrey two among the most prominent young people of the neighborhood, plighted their marriage vows and Miss Melissa became Mrs. Wm. J. Ramsay.

The quarter of a century of years that have passed since then have frosted the hair and furrowed the cheeks somewhat of the happy bride and groom, but in spirit and disposition they are "just as young as they used to be," and their love for each other has strengthened and grown with the years.

The celebration of their silver anniversary was contrived and carried out by their two daughters, Mrs. Stella Forbes and Miss Leone, at whose bidding about ninety friends assembled on Saturday and partook of a sumptuous dinner followed by an afternoon every moment of which was full of enjoyment. The bride and groom were the recipients of a large number of anniversary gifts--all of them beautiful and many costly--attesting the regard and esteem of their friends. May they live to be host and hostess at their golden anniversary, is the wish of all. ~ The Newton Record. June 7, 1900.

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

~ Riffle, Stephen & Elizabeth ~

Fiftieth Anniversary
Married: August 1845

Prairie City - The reception given by Mr. and Mrs. Riffle last Saturday in honor of their fiftieth wedding anniversary was a very enjoyable affair and besides the marriage ceremony, congratulations and beautiful and costly presents, a large crowd of married ladies and maidens with bells and tin pans greeted them as the people of long ago did, a grand serenade by the band, and two worthy people were left with all the respect of neighbors and friends happily reminded of the fifty years ago. The guests from a distance were: Mr. and Mrs. John Shotto, Larimore, Iowa, Messrs. John and Jacob Myers and wives, of Adair, Mr. and Mrs. Snower, of Des Moines. ~ The Newton Record, Friday, August 30, 1895, Page 10, Column 2

Note: Name found through census data (1860 & 1885)

~ Richmond, George & E. Hinley* ~

Mr. & Mrs. George Richmond - 25th
Married: April 13, 1874*

There was a very pleasant surprise given Mr. and Mrs. George Richmond last Thursday evening, the occasion being the 25th anniversary of their wedding. Their daughter Minnie and Mrs. L. A. Lawson came down from Des Moines to be present, the former returning Friday morning but the latter remaining for a weeks visit. ~ Iowa State Democrat, Thursday, April 20, 1899, Page 8, Column 2.

*Jasper County Iowa Marriages, Volume II, page 408

~ Rhodes, Roy & Edna C. Bleakney ~

Married 50 Years
Married: January 1, 1907

KELLOGG -- Mr. and Mrs. Roy Rhodes of Kellogg observed their golden wedding anniversary New Year's Day with a day-long celebration at the American Legion hall. Eighty guests attended a pot luck dinner at noon. Tables were decorated with potted plants, gifts to the couple.

A large decorated golden wedding cake, also presented by the guests, was a feature of the dinner. The honorees wore yellow corsage and boutonniere.

Mr. Rhodes, who was born in Henderson, Ill., came to Lynnville at the age of six and to Kellogg when he was 11. He has lived there ever since. Mrs. Rhodes was born on the Bleakney farm north of Kellogg, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Bleakney and lived on a farm until moving to Kellogg in 1944. Mr. and Mrs. Rhodes were married on Jan. 1, 1907 by the Rev. F. W. Munster, pastor of the Kellogg Methodist church at that time.

A special guest at the observance Tuesday was Mrs. Gertie Gray of Mitchellville.

Those planning the activities of the day were Mr. and Mrs. Harmon Cooper, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Klemme and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Willemsen. ~ The Newton Daily News, January 1957.

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