August 24, 1915
OBSERVED THEIR GOLDEN WEDDING
Mr. & Mrs. A.T. Edwards Celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary Tuesday, Aug. 24.
Tuesday was a happy day for Mr. & Mrs. A. T. Edwards of this city, the occasion being the celebration of their fiftieth wedding anniversary, which event was observed with their children at home. The guests numbered nearly sixty.
A.T. Edwards & Martha J. Brewer were married at Greenwood, Ind., the home of the latter, on August 24, 1865. Mr. Edwards was a native of Ohio, having been born and raised in Brown County, that state. The two met while Mr. Edwards was visiting a brother near Greenwood, and after the Civil War, during which Mr. Edwards served three years in the 7th Ohio cavalry, they were married. That same fall they came to Benton County, Iowa and settled on the Samuel Lowe farm three miles southeast of Vinton. Here they lived for twenty five years, moving to the Tilford farm just south of town. After three years they purchased the place just south of the fair grounds, where they lived nine years, moving to Vinton in 1908.
They are the parents of eleven children, nine of whom are living as follows: Mrs. S.T. Whipple of west of town; Mrs. Miram Scott, and Mrs. John Tummulty, Shellsburg; Mrs. C. A. Johnson, Vinton; Mrs. George Reichard, Marion; Mrs. Theo McNamee, Waterloo; Mrs. Earl Race, Cedar Rapids; Mrs. O.C. Spaulding and Walter Edwards of Vinton. They have 35 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Three of the son-in-laws were unable to attend, as were also some of the grandchildren. Two sisters and a brother of Mrs. Edwards were present, Mrs. J.C. Sebern, Mrs. A.H. Sheeley and W.W. Brewer. A sister of Mr. Edwards, Rev. Maggie Wallace, of Albany, Mo., was also expected but did not come.
The main event of the day was a big dinner at noon, the balance of the day being spent in visiting, which on an occasion of this kind is a most enjoyable occupation. This is one of the large families of this section and the fact that all were able to attend this important event was very pleasing to all.
Mr. & Mrs. Edwards are among the leading & active members of the Christian church of this city, and their fellow members remembered them with a handsome gold lined gravy dish and ladle. Their pastor Rev. F. M. Warren, was also present and made a very appropriate talk. A present from the children was $50 in gold, so that Mr. and Mrs. Edwards feel that they were well remembered.
The services of the Photographer Tarbox were secured and a group picture was taken which will be a cherished memento of the occasion. Those coming the farthest to attend this event were a Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Granquist, of Moline, Ill., the latter a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwards.
Mr. and Mrs. Edwards are highly respected citizens of Vinton and their many friends congratulate them upon having reached the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding day.