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Mother of Troy Postmaster

Celebrates 90th Birthday

Relatives, Friends Entertained

at Dinner-Parent Joined

By Seven Children

Sunday, May 25, 1941, the 90th birthday of Mrs. Mary J, Murphy widow of John Murphy, was celebrated at a dinner served at noun In the Altrurian club to 92 guests including the members of her family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and guest.

The club was artistically decorated with choice flowers, many of them the gifts of relatives, and admiring friends. Mrs. Murphy was showered with lovely gifts in remembrance of the anniversary.

The function was arranged by Mrs. Murphy's son, Postmaster Algy R. Murphy, and every detail was carried out to perfection. Individual cards bearing a likeness of Mrs. Murphy, the dates 1851-1941, and the name of the guest were used in seating the guests and formed the favors.

Mrs. Murphy, two of her sons, her five daughters, her only living sister, Mrs. Amanda Shellenbarger, of Bradford, the members of the clergy and one granddaughter. Mrs. Helen King, representing the absent am. Forrest Murphy, of Butler, Pa., who was unable to be present, were seated at the honor table.

This table was adorned with a beautifully decorated musical birthday cake which was cut by Mrs. Murphy and shared with her guests together with Ice cream molds in the form of baskets of flowers in pastel shades during the serving of the dessert course.

Postmaster Murphy was seated next to his mother, the table being arranged at one end of the auditorium facing the guests. He served as toastmaster and from time to time made appropriate remarks as he introduced the guests, some of whom responded by giving toasts. The Invocation was voiced by Dr. A. H. Hook and the entire group joined in singing "God Bless America."

In addition to the members of the family others who offered toasts to Mrs. Murphy were Dr. W. C. Gutermuth of Versailles, Mrs. Murphy's physician for many years; Arden Z. Heller and Pauline Miller of Dayton, Joseph Doody and Joe Dye of Ft. Wayne, T. E. Hook and Dr. A. H. Hook.

Tributes, both touching and beautiful, were paid to the guest of honor by her children, some of whom spoke in a humorous vein. Mrs. Murphy received the compliments with queenly grace and followed the program closely from start to finish. She expressed her happiness in being able to be the guest of honor on her 9Oth birthday and said that she hoped each one present would live to be 100.

During the serving of the perfectly appointed dinner the guests were entertained with organ music by Paul Jones of Dayton, and vocal solos by Miss Edythe Becker, soloist of Westminster church, Dayton. Her group Included a number of Irish songs as the Murphys, as, was stated, are proud of their Irish blood.

Miss. Mabel Murphy of New York city, paid tribute to her mother by singing "Mother of Mine" and a French number, a favorite of her mother. She possesses a lovely voice and her part in the program was highly pleasing to the guests.

Another musical feature was furnished by Mrs. Arden Heller and her children, Jack and Jean, of Dayton. Their program included a piano solo by the son, a musical reading by the daughter who had set the words to music, and a violin solo by the mother with the daughter playing the piano accompaniment.

Letters of congratulations were read by Toastmaster Murphy from former Congressman Frank L. Kloeb, who mentioned that he was the possessor of a hand-woven rug the handiwork and gift of Mrs. Murphy to him; former Postmaster General Jim Farley and a number of other friends.

Guests were present from Troy, Ft. Wayne, Ind., New York city, Dayton, Columbus, Springfield, Versailles, Cleveland, Bradford, Washington C. H.

Among the distinguished guests were Emmet Passmore, Washington C. H., president of the Ohio chapter

Of the National Postmasters of the United States of which Mr. Murphy is the secretary.

Mrs. Murphy was not the only one in the party who was 90 as she had for one of her guests J. W. Stephey of Troy, who entertained hundreds of guests at "open house" last Thursday when he passed his 90th birthday and started toward the century mark.

Mrs. Murphy was born on a farm north of Versailles, Darke county, known as the Marker place, and the farm is still owned by members of the family. She was united in marriage to John Murphy, also a native of Darke county, a farmer and later a manufacturer of tile in Versailles. Nine children were born to the union, one son dying at the age of one year. Mr. Murphy died in April, 1916. and those were the only two deaths which have occurred in the family.

The children are Marion Murphy of Greenville, Mrs. Cora. Reed of Versailles, Forest Murphy of Butter Pa., Algy R. Murphy of Troy. Miss Mabel Murphy of New York city. Mrs. Jennie Ryan of Columbus, Mrs. Mary Ann Doody of Ft. Wayne, Ind. and Mrs. Margaret Flammer of Lakewood. In the family circle there are 16 grandchildren and, 16 greatgrandchildren

At the close of the unusual celebration at the club the family returned to the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Murphy on East Main street where the remainder of the afternoon was spent informally.

Mrs. Murphy possesses much artistic ability and after her sons arid daughters had grown to the state of manhood and womanhood she took up the work of making rugs and quilts arid to this day she engages in this handwork, After leaving Versailles she resided for a time In Columbus, but now spends most of her time with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Doody In Ft. Wayne.

 

REPRINT OF AN ARTICLE WHICH APPEARED IN THE

TROY DAILY NEWS ON MAY 27. 1941

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