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Their Golden Wedding Day
Photo of Mr. & Mrs. M. Gilboy

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 pleasant abode.

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 generations.

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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