|Birth: ||Aug. 10, 1816|
|Death: ||Jan. 11, 1911|
Fifty years ago, last Wednesday evening, in the old seminary which stood for years back of the Congregational church in this city, there was a wedding. The groom was Mr. Augustine A. Curtiss, and the bride was Miss Huldah L. Tanner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Tanner, who had come to this vicinity from Connecticut in 1835, one year before Waverly was plotted. The groom came to this city in 1837, having driven all of the way from his home in Connecticut to this place, consuming some two months in the journey. The marriage was performed by the Rev. Dickinson, of the Congregational church, and after the wedding a supper was given at the new home of the bride and groom, and that home still remains their home after the storms of fifty winters and the sunshine of fifty summers.
"Uncle Augustine" and "Aunt Huldah" are two of the best known old people in Waverly and not only well known, but best loved. For fifty years they have lived in this city--from the time when Waverly was only a small frontier town--from the time when the wolves roamed the prairies of
Illinois down to the present they have kept in close touch with the progress and the welfare of the city and its people, and as a result on the day of their golden wedding almost every heart in the city invoked the choicest blessings upon their heads. Their home has always been the
center of interest for all of our people, and has proved more than a home indeed to many. True hospitality has always been extended to friend and stranger alike, and these acts of love have bound these aged people to our community with ties stronger than those of love and as lasting as time can make them. They have aided our people when the plague was in our midst and when war's alarms were sounding and heart-strings were sighing with sorrow and regret; they have cheered the despondent and have shared in the rejoicing of the fortunate, in fact, have been a vital part of the life of our city for the past fifty years. The old house at the east end of South Third street is the best known in the city and has sheltered at times all of the people whose names have been linked with the progress of the city and its past history. Kind and loving with words of cheer and fellowship at all times, they have never known what might be the meaning of having enemies, as for fifty years they have never known what this was, so with loving friends gathered around them, with relatives by the score and all congratulating and rejoicing with them upon the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding, it would seem that theirs has been indeed the full measure of human happiness, and that the gray heirs are as a benediction upon lives pure, lovable and blameless.
Wednesday morning the daybreak showed the clouds in banks across the sky, and almost all of the morning a fine mist was falling and every indication pointed out to a bad day, but ere noon the sun burst through the gloomy clouds and a day of unequaled beauty was the result. At 4 P.M., the time set for the beginning of the reception, the crowds of friends and relatives began gathering at the old omestead, and from that hour until 10 P.M. the old home was the scene of one of the most pleasant gatherings ever held in the city or vicinity. Upon the spacious lawn beneath the shade of the trees which add so much of charm to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Curtiss, the company were entertained as only Mr. and Mrs. Curtiss can entertain, in spite of the fact that it was their golden wedding, and that the general idea is that at the time of a golden wedding
the principals are too old to assist in the entertainment, but those who held this idea beheld its refutation that evening. Though bent with years the spirit was burning as brightly as when fifty years ago these two plighted their troth for better or for worse, and which led to fifty years of a perfect union. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Curtiss assisted in the entertaining of the in a most efficient manner, and each and every one present was more than pleased with their entertainment. Hammocks were scattered among the trees on the lawn, and settees were all around, and as soon as darkness fell the lawn was made as bright as day by Chinese lanterns and lights innumerable. Refreshments were enjoyed by all. At 8 o'clock the surprise of the evening came by the Merchants; band, in full uniform, marching from their hall to the residence and rendering a concert program on the lawn, much to the enjoyment of the guests and Mr. and Mrs. Curtiss.
During the afternoon and evening fully 150 guests were entertained, each thoroughly and most pleasantly, and not until almost 10 o'clock had the last guest departed.
Rev. J. B. Fairbank, of Godfrey, was present and addressed the company upon the lawn in a happy vein fitting to the occasion.
One of the most appreciated tokens of love received by Mr. and Mrs. Curtiss was in the form of an original poem by Miss Nannie Brian, and decorated in water colors by Miss Mary McKee.
The presents were beautiful and numerous, and spoke volumes of the esteem in which Mr. and Mrs. Curtiss are held by their friends and relatives. In addition to those from this city attending, the following from out of the city were present and participated in the celebration: Mrs. Lodema Godfrey, Mrs. Cora Turner and son, Miss Lillie Turner, and Rev. J. B. Fairbank and daughter, Miss Marion, of Godfrey, Ill: Mrs. Annie Johnson, Mrs. C. H. Foster and Mrs. Ira Grimes, Of Springfield; Miss Annie Tanner, Miss Etta Lyman and the Misses Sturtevant of Jacksonville; Mrs Winthrop Curtiss and son, of Ocean Springs, Miss.; Mr. and Mrs. Austin Humphrey, of Warren, Conn.; Mr. and Mrs. George Hoppin, of White Oak, Ill.; Miss Sarah Benedict, of Fairfield, Iowa.
The Journal congratulates Mr. and Mrs. Curtiss upon the perfect success of the celebration, and with their other friends wishes that as they descend the slope that the be broad and fair, and goes to make life pl-their lot, with ne'er a to mar their perfect pp I am sorry but the corner
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This came from the Waverly Journal, Waverly, Illinois.
BIO: Compliments of Paula Nelson
1st husband was R Tonge, 2nd husband Augustine A Curtiss married July 20, 1848 in Morgan County, Illinois
Waverly East Cemetery
Created by: Cheryl Behrend
Record added: Sep 15, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11754433
Paula Berry Nelson
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