Friday, January 25, 2013

Daniel S. Larimers Celebrate Golden Anniversary

The Semi-Weekly Iowegian - 15 December 1908
Of Mr. and Mrs. D. S. Larimer
Former Jerome Residents
  The following was taken from The Daily Independent Times of Streator, Ill.
  Mr. and Mrs. Larimer were residents of Jerome for more than 15 years and have many friends who extend congratulations and wish them many more years of married life. While most of their older friends have passed to the life beyond, there are many of the younger generation who remember Mrs. Larimar as a kind Christian woman. She was an enthusiastic worker and always took great interest in the children.
  Half a century ago back in Mercer county, Pa. Amanda C. McCormick and Daniel S. Larimer pledged love and constancy to the marriage vows and Monday afternoon Nov. 30 at the home on North Wasson street, in the presence of relatives and friends those vows were renewed during the celebration in honor of the 50th anniversary of their wedding.
  The home was filled all day with relatives and friends who called to extend congratulations to the aged couple and it was indeed a merry gathering.
  All of the children were at home with the exception of the eldest son, James, who is living in Oklahoma and could not get away at this time.
  Among the children present were three sons and a daughter, together with their families as follows:  Joseph M., wife and two children of Oskaloosa, Ia.; Mrs. Mollie Moore, husband and son, Jerome, Ia.; George and children, Galesburg, Ill.; John Larimer and wife of this city; Mrs. S. M. McCormick of Mercer Co., Pa.; mother of J. D. McCaughtry, who is a cousin of Mrs. Larimer; Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Larimer, Muncie, Ind.; Wm. Shonts and wife, South Bend, Ind.; John Shonts and family, Streator, and Mrs. Reese and Mrs. Snedeker of Grand Ridge, were the other out-of-town guests.
  At noon there was a joyous gathering of relatives around the festive board and again at supper time.
  Both Mr. and Mrs. Larimer are natives of Pennsylvania, the former having been born at Sheakleyville, Nov. 15, 1833, and is now 75 years of age. His wife was born Oct. 23, 1841, at New Vernon and is now 67 years old.
  On Nov. 30, 1858, they were married and continued to reside in Mercer county until the spring of 1870 when they moved with their family to Jerome, Iowa.
  On Oct. 21, 1885, Mr. and Mrs. Larimer moved to Streator and have since made this city their home. All four of their sons are employed on the railroad and are well known here, having identified with the Three-I road for many years. At present John of this city is the only one connected with this road, he being conductor on the passenger.
  Mr. and Mrs. Larimer received their friends during the afternoon and evening and over one hundred took advantage of the opportunity to call and pay their respects. During the afternoon the W.C.T.U. ladies called in a body to extend congratulations.  Mrs. Larimer has long been an earnest worker and her charitable activities are well known and appreciated.  The ladies presented her with a dress pattern and a rocker.
  A feature of the afternoon was the re-marriage of the couple, Rev. J. D. McCaughtry officiating.
  In the evening Mrs. Larimer entertained the boys of her Sunday school class from Park church, and two of the boys, Frank English and John Koff rendered a violin selection which was much enjoyed. The boys presented their teacher with a handsome gold watch chain.
  Mr. and Mrs. Larimer were the recipients of many beautiful gifts of gold aside from those already mentioned, and also a purse of money.
   The only unpleasant event which occurred to mar the day's pleasure, was a message which summoned the daughter Mrs. Mollie and her husband, to their home in Jerome, Ia., as their eldest son had met with an accident. The young man is a driver in a mine at that place and in some manner had broken his leg. Mr. and Mrs. Moore departed at midnight for their home.

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