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This Anniversary was contributed by: Kay Reitberger
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The postponed celebration of the 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Crosby took place at the family residence at Mitchell, Wisconsin, Wednesday the 24th inst.

The venerable jubilarians were married April 30, 1853 by the Rev. DeBirge at Holy Name church, Sheboygan, but owing to the unavoidable absence of some members of the family on the anniversary proper, the celebration was deferred.

Twelve children were born to them, ten of whom survive. The oldest son, Thomas, was killed at Clarksburg, Michigan, in 1883 and another son died in childhood. The ten present at the celebration are: Mrs. Peter Murphy of Hingham, Mrs. Charles Smith of St. Anna, Jerry and John of Parnell, Edward and Minnie of Milwaukee, Geo., of St. Louis, Mo., and Michael, Louis and Doley at home. The grandchildren present were Agnes, John, Thomas, George and Marie Murphy, May, Thomas, Hugh, Isabelle, Fay and Edward Crosby.

Besides the above some one hundred and fifty relatives and friends assembled in honor of the occasion.

Immediately before the banquet Rev. R.J. Burke of Cascade in his usual happy style delivered a short congratulatory address at the close of which he renewed the marriage ceremony of 50 years ago. Rev. George Crosby made a few remarks in which he congratulated his parents and thanked those present for the interest taken by them to make the rare celebration a success. Attorney Rooney of Seymour also spoke briefly.

After dinner was served all adjourned to an improvised hall where a stereopticon exhibition was given after which dancing was indulged in until the small hours of morning.

Patrick Crosby was born in Kilkenny Co., Ireland, August 15, 1826. He left his native country during the famous days of '47 arriving at Quebec, Canada, with no capital but youth, strength and a determination to build for himself a home in the country of his adoption. After three years in the east he took Horace Greeley's advice, "Go west and grow up with the country." The west selected was Wisconsin. He had the stout heart as well as the determination essential to the wilderness pioneer of those days and to this fact is due his success. Mrs. Crosby, who is ten years the junior of her husband, was born in County Cork, Ireland. When but two years old, she was brought to this country by her parents the late Mr. and Mrs. Jeremiah Murphy. She shared her husband's confidence in the bright future awaiting Sheboygan Co. Throughout the fifty years she has been to her husband, her children and her children's children as a beacon light to cheer to console and to assist.

For some years past, surrounded by loving, devoted children, they are enjoying in their pleasant home the rest they have so well merited. Their numerous friends unite in wishing them both many years of health and happiness. Among the out of town guests who attended were: Mr. and Mrs. John Flynn, Miss Eva Flynn, Mrs. Barrington, Mrs. John Sleeter, Peter Keating and Frank Flynn of Antigo, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Rooney, Miss Lydia Murphy and Will Murphy of Milwaukee and Frank Rooney of Seymour and Mrs. John Deninger of Nebraska.

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