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|Feb. 1 or 2, 1901
On Monday last (Jan. 28, 1901, by the heading) Mr. and Mrs. Andrew SHANE of South Fayette, had been married a half a century, and about a hundred members of Robinson Run congregation, of which Mr. and Mrs. SHANE have been members all their life, assembled at the SHANE homestead to remember the event. After all had partaken of a bountiful dinner. Rev. Dr. ENGLISH read a poem which described the family of the present day, telling in humorous vein their strong points and peculiarities. Mr. John P. SHANE, Sr., brother of Andrew, made an appropriate address. Little Maurine, daughter of Samuel SHANE of McDonald and granddaughter of the aged couple, recited a poem. Mr. John B. HOLLAND of Cecil was a guest of honor, and remarked during the course of the exercises that the occasion was a golden wedding for him also, although he had never taken part in a real wedding yet; but he called it his golden wedding because he had been born in the very room in which the company was then assembled at dinner. It was noticed, however, that Mr. HOLLAND failed to add how many years ago it was. Whether the omission was accidental or not, there is no data to determine.
Mr. and Mrs. SHANE were married fifty years ago by Dr. GRIER in the very same house in which they live yet, and in which they have lived ever since their marriage with the exception of three years they lived on the HERRIOTT place near Bridgeville. There were five guests present at the golden wedding who were present at the original service fifty years ago==Mrs. Mary CAMPBELL, Jno. P. SHANE, Sr., and J. R. and W. J. MILLER and ____ Jane MILLER __ [part of the column is missing...then continues...] __ler families came from ____ over a hundred years ago. Mr. SHANE has one brother, John P. Sr.; and Mrs. SHANE has three brothers---James R. and William J. and Daniel, the latter in Wisconsin, and one sister, Miss Jane MILLER. The children of the venerable couple are: R. M. and T. R. SHANE, who are farmers n South Fayette, Samuel and John P., business men of McDonald, and Miss Anna SHANE, who lives at home. Among visitors from a distance on the occasion were Mrs. LIZZIE THOMPSON and John R. WILSON and wife of Canonsburg, and James KIRK of Beaver Co.
Four sons, one daughter, two daughters-in-law and four grandchildren were present. These children presented their father and mother a beautiful 100-piece china set, decorated in gold. Many others would gladly have given testimonials of respect, but all invitations were marked, "no presents."
After dinner the following exercises were held: Psalm 128:1-4 was sung by the company. Mr. Robert STEWART of Wilkinsburg, a brother-in-law led in prayer; Maurine SHANE, a granddaughter, recited an appropriate poem and Gertrude and Mabel SHANE, two other grandchildren, sang a little song; Mr. J. P. SHANE, SR., a brother of the groom, in a tender and happy address on behalf of himself and friends, congratulated the venerable couple. Dr. ENGLISH, their pastor for more than twenty-one years, read the rhyming history of the family, which, by request is printed here within. Mr. Samuel SHANE, a son and our fellow townsman, responded in behalf of the family. Psalm 112:1-3 was sung and the benediction pronounced. After a hearty handshake and leaving a well wish behind, the company went home well pleased.
|April 8, 1904 POOLER Anniv.
McDonald PA Record
Mr. and Mrs. Edward POOLER Celebrated the Happy Event Last Saturday
Mr. and Mrs. Edward POOLER on Saturday, April 2, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. It was an occasion of the greatest happiness to all the children of this couple and to their many friends who gathered about to congratulate them. The wedding of fifty years ago was solemnized in England, the native country of Mr. and Mrs. POOLER who, however, came to the United States not long after the commencement of their life journey together and have lived for twenty-seven years in McDonald, so that they are among a few of our citizens who watched the evolution of the present urban town from the country village of that period. Their life's history contains many happy reminiscences and their place in the esteem of the community is one of the very highest. After the serving of elaborate refreshments the host and hostess entertained the company by singing an anthem and though, perhaps, their voices had lost somewhat of their old time strength, yet the tones were true and musical. After this the entire company joined in singing a familiar psalm, after which Rev. JORDAN led in prayer and a few remarks were made by Dr. IRONS.
All of the children of Mr. and Mrs. POOLER were present: Edward POOLER, Jr., Mrs. Alice MAY, Mrs. Jno. TRIMMER, Mrs. A. B. MCBETH, Mrs. T. J. WILLIAMS and Mrs. Chas. WALKER. Many valuable presents were received, prominent among which were gold coins.
The guest list included Rev. Mr. ad Mrs. JORDAN, Dr. and Mrs. IRONS, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. SCOTT, Mr. and Mrs. S. H. COOK, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. HUNTER, Mrs. Elizabeth SCOTT, Mr. and Mrs. Richard CROOKS, Dr. and Mrs. LAROSS, Mr. and Mrs. C. G. HADDEN, Mrs. L. P. REEDER, Miss Margaret LIMDSEY, Mr. L. B. QUINN, Miss Elizabeth QUINN, Miss Ariel CROOKS, Mr. and Mrs. David CAMPBELL, Mrs. MOSES (of Midway) and Mr. and Mrs. Robert WALLACE (of Pittsburg [Pa]).
|July 7, 1905
Mr. and Mrs. W. M. MAXWELL, who were married July 1, 1890, celebrated their crystal wedding on Saturday at their beautiful home, which adjoins the High School grounds, at Hickory. The weather being unfavorable to an outdoor dinner the many guests were assembled in the school building. THE MAXWELL family has a large connection in this county and the many branches were well represented at this reunion, there being about 80 relatives present. The host and hostess were remembered with many beautiful presents.
|July 14, 1905
Mrs. Ann HOLLAND of Midway, widow of Isaac HOLLAND, a coal miner, enjoys the unusual distinction of being the mother of fifteen children, none of them twins, 11 of whom are still living. Counting the mother and father the family originally numbered one less than a dozen and a half, but tow boys died in infancy and another son and a daughter died several years ago. Since the death of the husband, five years ago, the original family numbers exactly one dozen.
Mrs. HOLLAND was born in Staffordshire, England, in 1837, and she is consequently 68 years of age. She was raised in the midst of the immense coal fields of England and early in life she married a coal miner. The HOLLANDS lived in England until the year 1870, when like many of their friends, they decided to come to America. The located among the hills near the present town of Primrose. At this time Mrs. HOLLAND was the mother of six children. About a year later the family moved to Primrose, but a few years later went to Midway and built the house now occupied by Mrs. HOLLAND a married daughter and a single son, where the family has lived for the last 30 years.
Mrs. HOLLAND is an active and energetic woman, who does not impress one as being more than 50 years of age. She is a great worker and personally looks after the household duties, being of the opinion that she can do it better than the younger folks. She is of a thrifty disposition and not only owns the homestead where she lives, but she has taught her children the habit of saving, and each one of them also owns his home.
Shortly after coming to the United States, Isaac HOLLAND, the father, secured work in the coal mines near Midway an as the sons grew to manhood, each followed their father and became coal miners. When they married they settled in the neighborhood and with the exception of one daughter now living in McKees Rocks [Pa], mother and children are all living with a radius of about one mile.
At a family reunion, which was held several months ago, 50 descendants of Mrs. HOLLAND were present with her. She has 35 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
The names of her sons and daughters are: Henry, George and John, who are now dead; Bendygo, Manoah, Enoch, Joseph, who died in a hospital; Isaac, Mrs. Elizabeth SHOTTEN, Mrs. Mary MARS___, Mrs. Aggie DUNKS, Mrs. Annie FELTON, Mrs. Martha MCCOY, Mrs. Rachel DAKIN and Hannah HOLLLAND, who died when a child.