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Jasper County, Iowa


~ Wallace, Mr. & Mrs. C. F. ~

Wallace, C. F. (19th)
Married: October 1877

Last Monday was a very joyous occasion at the pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Wallace, in Main St., of this city. It was their nineteenth wedding anniversary, and about thirty relatives and friends assembled by invitation to celebrate it with them. Of course a sumptuous dinner was served and fully enjoyed by all. The pleasures of the occasion were greatly added to by the unexpected arrival of Mrs. Wallace's sister, Mrs. Merryman, of Marshalltown. Mr. and Mrs. Wallace received a number of handsome and useful presents as souvenirs of the occasion from friends abroad and at home. May they live to enjoy many other anniversaries - all as full of happiness as this one. ~ The Newton Record, Friday, October 23, 1896, Page 1 Column 5

~ Westbrook, Wm. Shurr & Elta Rider ~

Mr., Mrs. W.S. Westbrook Celebrate Golden wedding
Hold Open House Monday Afternoon and Evening at Farm Home - Many Guests

Married: February 9, 1898

In celebration of their Golden Wedding anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. W. Shurr Westbrook presided at Open House at their farm home southwest of Newton Monday afternoon and evening. One hundred and twenty friends and relatives called. They were the recipients of many lovely gifts, cards and flowers which were on display.

Refreshments were served from a table covered with a hand crocheted lace cloth, centered with a bouquet of talisman roses, surrounded by gold leaves and flanked by yellow tapers in crystal holders. Also on the table was a three tiered wedding cake topped by a miniature bridal couple which was baked by the honorees niece, Mrs. Vincent McDermott of Ira. Mrs. Westbrook's sisters, Mrs. Belle Coughlan of Marshalltown, Mrs. Frank Baker of Newton and Mrs. Louise John of Swea City, poured the coffee.

Mrs. Leo Kelly, Mrs. E.E. Edgren and Mrs. Ed Scheffers were hostesses. Mrs. R.L. Jckson and Mrs. Wayne Bagnall were in charge of trays. Miss Charlene Westbrook, granddaughter of the couple, presided at the guest book.

A number of wedding gifts presented the couple 50 years ago were also on display. They included linen table cloths, silverware, china and glassware. Special guests at the evening party included the Anniversary club members including Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Bruce, Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, Mrs. K.L. Parks, Mrs. Fred Snook and Mrs. Grant Atwood.


Elta Rider, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. O. Rider of Ira, and W. Shurr Westbrook, son of Mr. and Mrs. Abraham J. Westbrook of Mound Prairie township, Jasper county were united in marriage at the home of the bride's parents, Feb. 9, 1898.

Due to a severe snow storm the hour scheduled for the event was somewhat delayed. Rev. W. H. King of the Colfax Christian church was the officiating minister. A wedding dinner was served to immediate families and a few friends.

The bride wore a grey wool dress. Her sister, Belle, played the wedding march. The couple made their home with his parents until the new house erected on the home farm where Mr. Westbrook was born and has lived for the past 72 years.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Westbrook have been active in community and club circles. They were charter members of Palo Alto Grange where he served six years as secretary. He has been a Mason since 1903, and served as Mound Prairie township clerk for 41 years. Both are members of the O.E.E. and Mrs. Westbrook is a member of the H.E.C. Club and the neighborhood club. Both attended Hazel Dell Academy where their romance started culminating in their marriage.


Mrs. Westbrook is one of a family of eight girls and one boy. Her brother Warren Rider died in 946.

Mr. Westbrook was the youngest of six sons, a brother, Charlie B. Resides in Newton. Four are deceased.

As a surprise feature of the celebration, a group of friends and neighbors arrived at 9 o'clock Monday evening and tendered the honored couple an old fashioned charivari.

Among the out of town guess present were Mrs. Florence Brown, Mrs. Belle Coughlan and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Mann of Marshalltown; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pugh and Jack Mettle o Des Moines; J. Hahn, Colfax; Mrs. Wilbur ?, Albion; Mr. and Mrs. G.I. Cas? And John, Ira; Mr. and Mrs. V. McDermott and Barbara, Minn; Mr. and Mrs. N.E. Schmidt, St. Center; Catherine Kinart, V. Faidley, Myrtle Clement and C. Faidley, all of Prairie City. ~ The Newton Daily News, Newton Iowa, February 10, 1948, page 3.

~ Woods, Mr. & Mrs. Alex ~

Married: December 2, 1880

Murphy - Alex Woods and wife celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary on Monday, Dec. 2nd, by giving a dinner to a number of their friends. ~ The Newton Record, Part Two, Friday, December 13, 1895 , Page 2, Column 2