The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, September 13, 1906
'Hon. Thomas Brandon and Wife Celebrate Fiftieth Marriage Anniversary.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 1906, Hon. THOMAS BRANDON and wife celebrated their golden wedding occasion with their children and a large company of friends, at their home in Russell. Thus the first half century is past and it has proven a most tranquil culmination of a matrimonial epoch. Fifty years in computing the life of an idea, the evolution of thought or the age of the world is but a small space of time, but in reckoning the careers of individuals it encompasses all the youthful part of their existence, so MR. and MRS. BRANDON have arriven at that point where they no longer claim to be young. On the former occasion the nuptials were solemnized a short distance northeast of Melrose, or where the town now is, by James M. Blue, J.P., in the simple manner as prescribed by the Iowa statutes and subsequent years have added the benediction. When THOMAS BRANDON was joined in wedlock to MARY JANE STEPHENS there were no perfumed invitations sent out, no stepping forward to the strains of Mendelssohn's wedding march, or groomsmen present arrayed in blushes or ladies maids bearing bride's roses, or the rattle of silken fabrics with changing shades from Paris, and it is even said that the groom himself even forgot to attire himself in "conventional black." But these things were not yet in vogue. It is also asserted that they never thought of going off on a wedding tour to stay as long as their money lasted, to be showered with rice at the stage station, but what was more practical they went to their home, which the groom had provided, and he began cutting corn fodder or putting up prairie hay the next morning, perhaps forgetting to take off his wedding suit, and she entered upon her household duties. This was on the home farm near Iconium.
So it is no wonder that they prospered as the years went by. He worked with his brain and brawn, and she planned and economized until today there is likely not a man in Lucas County who can draw a personal check, and have it honored, for a greater amount. His experiences have been varied as a farmer, dealer in stock, speculator, banker and citizen, but one of the best assets he ever possessed was his personal integrity. He never failed to keep faith.
He is a native of Green County, East Tennessee, 80 years of age, the oldest of eleven children, still actively engaged in business and came to Iowa in 1843. His wife, whose maiden name was MARY JANE STEPHENS, was born in Green Briar County, W. Vir. To them seven daughters have been born, all of whom were present on Tuesday, and the next generation represents thirty-five grandchildren. Two sisters of MR. BRANDON were also present, MESDAMES EUNICE CAVES, of Green City, Mo., and MRS. DICY IRWIN, of Skeedee, Oklahoma. The only two at the function on Tuesday, who were witnesses on the former occasion were the bride's sister, LIZZIE REPP, of Albia, and MR. BRANDON's old time friend, who is now a youth of 89 summers, the venerable JOHN NOWLES, of Moravia.
At the noon hour a sumptuous feast was spread to which all did ample justice. After dinner an assemblage was held on the lawn and speech-making was the order, and addresses were made by F.R. Crocker, Mr. Massman, John DeMuth, Mr. Bellman, Mrs. Martin, H.W. Gittinger and others, the day closing with singing by request of MR. BRANDON, "God Be With You Til We Meet Again."
The congratulations were cordial and all displayed that enjoyment so essential to good fellowship and none entered into the spirit with a truer gratification than the bride and groom of long ago.
Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert
September 2, 1906