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Frank Melvin Hurd
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Birth: Apr. 29, 1859
Illinois, USA
Death: Nov. 9, 1943
Elwood
Madison County
Indiana, USA

HISTORY OF FIFTY YEARS OF WEDDED LIFE OF FRANK AND MYRTLE HURD
Read at the Golden Wedding Celebration at St. John's Lutheran church in Elwood, Ind. by Roy C. Hurd
July 4, 1933
Frank Melvin Hurd and Myrtle Eola Hurd were united in marriage Sept. 19, 1883, at Walton Ind. at the parsonage of the Lutheran church by minister, Rev. S. P. Snyder. The fiftieth anniversary is being celebrated today, July 4, because of the impossibility of having all the family together on Sep. 19. Jerusha Powell Hurd, Mrs. Armelle Dutchess and Payson Hurd have passed away in recent years, leaving Willard E. Hurd, who lives in Lewisville, Ark., and who sent a congratulatory letter, and Mrs. Matilda Brooks of Peru, Ind., who is present today.
Myrtle E. Jack was the third eldest of seven children of Lewis L. and Rebekah Helvie Jack. Mrs. Carrie High, Mrs. Ida Long, and Mrs. Adra Dykeman have passed away, leaving Frank and James Jack and Mrs. Stella Mashall, all of Logansport. All of these are present except James. Mrs. Maud Carr, Mrs. Minnie Copeland, half sisters of Mrs. Hurd, and Harry Jack, a half brother, are also present today. One half brother, Guy Jack, was not able to be here.
Mr. Hurd was born in Lawnridge, Ill., in 1859 and moved to Walton with his parents in 1869. Mrs. Hurd was born near Logansport, Ind., 1865. Mrs. Hurd's mother died when he she was seven years of age. She lived with her grandmother Helvie for two and then was taken into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Kapp of near Walton, were she was reared to young womanhood. The Kapps and the Hurd's were faithful members of the Lutheran church in Walton and in this way the young people became acquainted.
After their marriage the couple went to housekeeping in a log cabin near the Wabash river, North of Seven-Mile Church. Within a year they moved to Kokomo, Ind., were Owen Roscoe as born, in September 1884. Mr. Hurd was employed in a saw mill while in Kokomo. Moving to Walton in 1885, the second son, Roy Clifford, was born there in 1887. Mr. Hurd soon after started his thirty-seven years of service for Pennsylvania Railroad, and the family moved to Richmond, Ind., were he was employed as a locomotive fireman. Cloyd Carlton was born here in 1891. Two years later the family moved to Logansport were Max Melvin was born in 1893. In 1895 Mr. Hurd was transferred to Elwood by the railroad company and the family has resided here since that time. Jesse Powell was born in 1897 and Doris Lucile, in 1900, completing the family circle.
Roscoe, the oldest, married Frances Nettie Fouch in 1910, and to this union were born three children, Robert, Mary Edith, and Jack. Roy, the second boy, married Norma Johnson in 1916, and to this union was born Lydia Atina in 1920. Her mother passed away at her birth. In 1924 Roy married Alice Brock, and to them have been born Jean Frances and Robert Lincoln. Cloyd married Frances Katherine Eastlack in 1916. Their children are Donaldson, Richard, and Katherine Jane. Max married Ethel Knotts in 1914. Their children were Mildred, (Helen Marie who passed away at the age of one year), Irene, Ruby, Eva Jeannette, and Lois Carolyn. Jesse the only bachelor in the family, he lives with his parents. Doris was married to Robert A. Mundell in 1926, and a son, Phillip Alden, was born to them in 1932. Thus there are fifteen grandchildren.
On Sunday, July, 2, the entire family, the parents, the children and the grandchildren, twenty-eight in all, attended the morning service at the Lutheran church in which all the children were confirmed. A basket dinner was served at the city park at noon were the family reunion was held. It is not often that families are knit as closely together as is the Hurd family. Six children have been brought to maturity over a period of fifty years without serious illness or death. Although three of the children live in widely scattered cities, not a week gos by without a letter home from Waukegan, Ill., Cincinnati, Ohio, and Trenton, N. J., and one in return from home to each of these places. The children are proud of the achievements of their parents and hope they may be able to impart to their children the training and devotion which have marked the lives of Frank and Myrtle Hurd.
In conclusion I shall read an original poem which was included in his letter by Willard E. Hurd.

"Fifty years of live you've shared,
What joys those memories hold.
Happy anniversaries!
And now the one of gold;
Golden be life's road ahead,
Sunny be life' weather,
For, richer for than all earth's gold,
Is the love you share together.

Side by side you have kept the faith,
With love that was brave and true,
It mattered not if clouds were dark,
Or whether skies were blue.

Serene you walked the path of life
Content with its work or play,
So, not just this, but every day,
For you was a "golden day".

All of us send you a tender wish
That God will keep and bless
You both for many years
On the road to happiness." 
 
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 Parents:
  Owen Hurd (1830 - 1905)
  Jerusha Powell Hurd (1828 - 1925)
 
 Children:
  Max Melvin Hurd (1893 - 1967)*
  Jesse P. Hurd (1897 - 1938)*
 
 Siblings:
  Matilda H Hurd Brooks (1853 - 1939)*
  Willard E. Hurd (1855 - 1938)*
  Lyra Armelle Hurd Dutchess (1857 - 1931)*
  Frank Melvin Hurd (1859 - 1943)
  David P Hurd (1861 - 1928)*
  Walter Allen Hurd (1863 - 1865)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Elwood Cemetery
Elwood
Madison County
Indiana, USA
 
Created by: lovemeep
Record added: Dec 22, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 102485209
Frank Melvin Hurd
Added by: dudley
 
 
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- melissa ♥
 Added: Nov. 11, 2013
In memory of Frank
- lovemeep
 Added: Nov. 10, 2013
Happy 130th anniversary!
- lovemeep
 Added: Sep. 19, 2013
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