BioA: Cornwell, Mr./Mrs. Orville (Gold Anniv)
Surnames: CORNWELL SPOONER FERGUSON
----Source: CLARK COUNTY REPUBLICAN & PRESS (Neillsville, Wis.) 12/25/1902
Cornwell, Mr./Mrs. Orville (Gold Anniv - 23 DEC 1902))
It was a jolly assemblage that gathered at the comfortable farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Cornwell in the town of Pine Valley, Clark Co. Tuesday night to join with them in the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage. Though a fierce snow storm was raging, nearly sixty guests braved the storm and none were sorry they came. Mr. and Mrs. Cornwell were married in Jefferson Co., N.Y. Dec. 23, 1852. They came west thirty-five years ago, moved to their present place a year later and proceeded to carve out of the wilderness a home. They worked bravely together and have now one of the finest farms in the town. They have four children, Mrs. E.J. Spooner of Paine, Ore., Bert Cornwell, a railroad conductor residing at Livingston, Mont., Mrs. Harry Ferguson of Merrillan, wife of our genial passenger conductor, and Leland Cornwell who carries on the home farm. All are married and have families - thirteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild, making in all a family of which Mr. and Mrs. Cornwell may be justly proud.
The old settlers and new neighbors blended happily during the evening exchanging reminiscences and enjoying the warmth of the old fashioned welcome in the home. One good feature of the occasion was fine vocal music furnished by the two daughters and son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ferguson, young people of nice appearance and excellent musical talent. Numerous and beautiful presents were bestowed upon the bride and groom which will serve as a happy reminder of the event for many years to come, it is hoped, as Mr. and Mrs. Cornwell are still hale and hearty and not as advanced in years as the occasion might indicate, for they were married when Mr. Cornwell was but twenty-one and his bride barely seventeen.
A bountiful repast was served and toward midnight the wedding guests departed to their homes, leaving congratulations and best wishes with their host and hostess.
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