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
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,
Submitted by Barbara Hug
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.
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
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)
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
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.