One of the most notable events to transpire in this section was the golden
wedding celebration last Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. Micheal (sic) Gilboy,
residing near Cascade, who rank foremost among the prominent and pioneer
residents of Sheboygan county. The day was as beautiful as the occasion.
Old Sol smiling warm assent upon the highly honored and esteemed couples as
they were motored to St. Mary's church at Cascade to renew their plight of
troth in the presence of a vast assemblage of relatives and friends, the
Rev. David Regan officiating at the impressive service. The ceremony over
and congratulations and good wishes extended by the throng of admiring
friends the couple were again driven to their home to continue the
celebration and festivities that their children had so well planned in honor
of the rare event. The home was decorated with a wealth of flowers, a
basket of fifty golden roses presaging that fifty golden years had been
lived in twain by the worthy pair, besides which there was an abundance of
smilax, yellow daisies, carnation, narcissus, roses and snapdragons, all of
which in their beauty testified the esteem of the worthy couple.
A six-course dinner was served and the table in gold and white were loaded
with sumptuous culinary that left nothing to be desired. The remainder of
the day was spent in a social way upon the shaded grounds surrounding their
Mr. and Mrs. Gilboy are among the early residents of the county, the former
having been born in the county Mayo, Ireland in 1839. He came to America in
1850 and to Wisconsin and Sheboygan county four years later. Mrs. Gilboy
was born in Hartland, Vermont in 1848, her maiden name being Elizabeth
Murray. She came to Wisconsin in 1850 also and the same year became a
resident of the county, where she has resided continuously ever since. The
marriage of the couple took place on May 29, 1871, the nuptial sacrament
being taken at Cascade, the Rev. Father Gause officiating. Those present at
the ceremony a half a century ago and in attendance at the renewal vows were
Mrs. Ella Jordan of West Allis, Bridget Jordan of Fond du Lac, Mrs. J.
Doherty, Cascade, J. F. Murray of the town of Mitchell and Mrs. K. Gilboy of
Dundee. Seven children were born of this worthy union, four sons and three
daughters, all of whom have attained their majority and are a source of
joyous satisfaction to their parents in the declining years of the latter.
The children were all present at this noteworthy event who are, W. J. Gilboy
of Milwaukee, Thos. F. and Bert Gilboy of Cascade; H. E. Gilboy of Fond du
Lac; Mrs. J. F. Mangan of Salt Lake City, Utah, Eleanor Gilboy of Chicago and
Jane Gilboy of Milwaukee.
Mr. and Mrs. Gilboy were splendidly equipped by nature to travel the
pathways of life together and have proved faithful to each other, their
family and friends and as they glance back into the haze of the past fifty
years, they can appreciate that their accomplishments have been wrought into
deeds as treasured as gold. It is true that they encompassed many of the
ordeals and trials that befell those of the early days, but they were
faithful to the trust and by persistent toil and diligent effort they are
enabled to live the sunset of their years in comfort, peace and serenity.
In the community, none are better known or more highly esteemed than this
venerable couple and in following the commendable principle of dealing
honorably and squarely always with neighbor and friend, Mr. and Mrs. Gilboy
have engraved for themselves a place in the hearts of a wide-ranged
community, that will be a golden memory to the present and succeeding
The community felicitates Mr. and Mrs. Gilboy upon the golden glory that
worked the festivities of last Sunday and it is our predominant hope and
wish that they may retain their good health and live to continue their
worthy career in the fruits of comfort and joyousness to celebrate their
diamond wedding anniversary.
There was an assemblage of one hundred and twenty-five present at the
celebration, those from a distance being the following:
Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Gilboy and family, Miss Bridget Jordan, Mr. and Mrs. J. J.
Crosby, Fond du Lac; Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Moran, Escanaba, Mich.; Mr. and Mrs.
Nicholas Probst, Misses Anna Hamilton, Elizabeth Dineen, Marie Monihan,
Eleanor Probst, Eleanor Gilboy, Chicago; John McMahon, New York; Mr. and
Mrs. J. Morgan, Appleton; Mrs. F. J. Mangan and children, Salt Lake City'
Miss Katherine Morgan, Ipswich, S. Dakota; Miss Francis (sic) Doherty,
Plymouth; Mr. and Mrs. James Gilboy, Campbellsport; Mr. and Mrs. L. Doyle,
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Keelyn, Mr. and Mrs. A. Reddington, Mrs. Ellen Jordan,
Mrs. M. Rice, Messrs. Jerry Donahue, W. J. Gilboy, Walter Rice, Harry Rice,
Tom Rice, Misses Lucy, Rose Elizabeth and Agnes McBride and Jane Gilboy of
Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs. M. Fitzgerald, Miss Mary Fitzgerald, Messrs. Harold
and Walter Webb, Eden.
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