WEDDED FOR
FIFTY YEARS

Mr. and Mrs. John Ferguson of Free-
mont
[sic] Celebrated Their Golden
Wedding.

WITH RELATIVES AND FRIENDS

L. V. Wilbur of Winona Read an Ap-
propriate Poem—Many Beautiful
Presents Were Given to the
Pioneer Couple.

One of the happy events of the season was the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. John Furguson [sic] at their home in Fremont this county on the 11th day of the present month. For many years they have been respected and loved residents of the county and this was but a fitting tribute to their memory.

The company of relatives and friends began to arrive at an early hour, and continued to arrive until shortly before noon. Promptly at high noon the company sat down to tables filled with dainties most deliciously prepared, and decorated with chrysanthemums, carnations and smilax.

After dinner which was a sumptious [sic] one, the bride and groom of fifty years ago were led to the parlor and the Rev. S. W. Squire presented them with the tokens of love, friendship, and regard.

The presents were all useful as well as beautiful. Among them was an invalid chair presented to Mrs. Ferguson by her children, and a beautiful gold fob chain to Mr. Furguson [sic]. Space will not admit
the enumeration of all, but all were higly appreciated. Mrs. Ferguson has been a patient sufferer for the past eight months.

An impromtu [sic] program was rendered by eGo. [sic] Woodward on his graphophone. Rev. S. W. Squire sang some very pleasing solos, and a number of the men present joined in singing several patriotic songs, after which L. V. Wilber of Winona read the following poem:

Just fifty years ago to-night;
you clasped your hands together,
And promised then to hold on tight,
thru storm and sunny weather.
Just half a century has fled,
and we your friends have gathered,
To learn if you had kept your pledge,
and neither, yet had faltered.
We find you true, and glad we are
your journey thus to brighten,
By coming in to share your joys,
we would your sorrows lighten.
How few there are who stand to-night
just as you two together;
We’ve dropped their hand along the road,
and they are gone forever.
But when at last we all shall stand,
beyond the dark, dark river,
God grant, we meet and clasp glad hands
to part—no, never, never.

The following guests were present: Mr. and Mrs. L. V. Wilber Winona, (nee, Ann. Ferguson.) and daughter Grace Rev. and Mrs. Ralph. Carlton, Waseca, Minn. (nee, Gertrude Ferguson; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Pierce, Winona county (nee, June Ferguson), Mr. and Mrs. Lon. Ferguson, (son); Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Ferguson, (son); Messers [sic] and Mesdames Robert Henry, St. Charles; M. Ferguson, Chatfield, J. W. Rice, Lewiston, W. S. Morrison, B. F. Every, John Bain, Sam. Ufford, James Ferguson, Jas. Greethurst; Alex. Henry, Mintonun [sic], Manatoba [sic], Canada, Hon. Murry, Kelly, J. Curry, Arndale [sic], T. Ferguson, Rushford, Geo. Woodward, Clyde Woodward, Roy Pierce, Clyde Pierce, J. Howard, Rev. S. W. Squire, Stockton; Mesdames. C. Compton, Fremont, (Aged 90.), M. Rutherford, St. Laurance [sic] county, N. Y., E. Ferguson, Rushford, B. Henry, Fremont, P. Woodward, Fremont, T. Robertson [sic], Fremont, E. Curry, Arndale; Miss E. Ferguson, Arndale, Miss Ada Ferguson, Fremont.

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NEARBY NEWS COLLECTED

Items of Interest Sent In by Staff of
Special Correspond-
ents.

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ST. CHARLES.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Henry have returned from Canby, to attend the golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. John Ferguson of Fremont.

REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS.

Barbara Henry to Belle A. Henry; 80 acres in Fremont, $4000.

Dennis F. O’Brien to M. Juenthe; part of lot 1, block 10, Chute’s addition, $50.

DISTRICT COURT.

[Before Judge Start.]

A special term of the District court was held on Monday, and the following cases disposed of:

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Louis Gintz vs. Town of Fremont; continued to next special term.

THE PIONEERS.

ORGANIZATION OF THE OLD SETTLERS’
ASSOCIATION.

The meeting of the Old Settlers’ Association was held on Tuesday evening, President H. D. Morse in the chair. The secretary, W. G. Dye, read the minutes, which were approved.

The committee on nominations submitted their report, Mr. Palmer and Mr. Maybury of the committee remarking that they had spent considerable time upon it, but if any suggestions were to be made they would be glad to hear them. The report was as follows:

To the Old Settlers’ Association of Winona County:

Your committee appointed to report the names of candidates as officers would report the following as additional to those elected at the last meeting: For historian, Thomas Simpson; for vice-presidents representing townships—Rollingstone, E. B. Drew; Hillsdale, Charles Bannan; Homer, Samuel Alling; Saratoga, John T. Blair; Fremont, John Henry; City of St. Charles, Henry Talbot; Town of St. Charles, John L. Blair; Utica, Collins Rice; Pleasant Hill, Joseph Cooper; Hart, Daniel Sherbino; Warren, Wm. Duncanson; Whitewater, H. B. Knowles; Wilson, Lauren Thomas or J. P. Clay; Winona Town, James Hardwick; Mount Vernon, Peter Speltz; Elba, H. F. Denio; New Hartford, Nathan Brown; Wiscoy, H. A. Corey; Dresbach, E. S. Barns; Richmond, J. P. Neville; Norton, Noah Blanchard.

The report was adopted.

[rest omitted]

NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS.

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LEWISTON.
Special to The Winona Republican—March 26.

Mr. Alexander Henry arrived last Friday, and will make Fremont his permanant [sic] home after an absence of sixteen years, during which time he has been in Oregon, New Mexico and a number of other States, but is glad to return to Minnesota.

RUSHFORD.

The skating is good.

The young people are reveling in the delights of the measles.

MRS. W. E. COLBURN is visiting in Winona.

MR. AND MRS. STEVENS visited relatives in Winona last week.

C. C. HOURN is in Chichago [sic] this week in the interest of the creamery.

MRS. F. M. SMITH left this city for California last Friday on a visit to her daughter, Mrs. H. Rivers.

MILLER BROS. have shipped five cars of stock during the past two weeks.

The Star says: “Fremont township, Winona county, feels proud of the fact that there were twenty young men within its borders who cast their first vote on the 6th inst., and that every one of them voted the straight Republican ticket.”

THE LATE HON. GEO. H. HENRY

A BRIEF SKETCH OF HIS LIFE AND FINAL ILL-
NESS.

The death of Hon. Geo. H. Henry of the town of Fremont, Winona county, which occurred on the 2d inst., was an event of peculiar sadness. It was known to many of his friends several months ago that he was suffering from some disease of the stomach. His condition became so bad that it was thought best for him to take a trip to the sea shore, which he did about the last of August. After leaving home he failed rapidly and on consulting a distinguished physician of Philadelphia his disease was pronounced cancer of the stomach, and he was advised to return home as soon as possible, as he had but a short time to live. He did return, and on his arrival at Winona he was so feeble that it was feared he would die before he could reach his home. By the kindness of friends in Winona an easy conveyance was provided, and he took the weary trip of twenty-five miles across the country to this home, where lingered in great suffering, but with heroic fortitude until the evening of the 2nd instant when death came to his relief. He retained his consciousness to the last and was fully resigned to his fate, believing that—

“Beyond these chilling winds and gloomy skies—
Beyond death’s cloudy portal—
There is a land where beauty never dies,
Where love becomes immortal.”

Mr. Henry was born in St. Lawrence county, New York, and at the time of his death was fifty-two years of age. He came to Minnesota at an early day and settled in the town of Fremont, where, by his unselfish and upright life and kind and cheerful disposition, he had endeared himself to all the community. He was a member of the State Legislature in 1880 and 1881, where he won the esteem of all who knew him for his honesty and practical good sense. He leaves a wife and seven children—four daughters and three sons. His eldest daughter, Christie, a beautiful and accomplished young lady, died only a few years ago. Mr. Henry was aware that his end was near, and as far back as last June made in writing a list of friends to assist at his burial, and selected a friend to take charge of his funeral. Everything was carried out as nearly as possible as directed. Mr. Henry belonged to and old Scotch family, and was intimately related to most of the many Scotch families of the town of Fremont. His funeral was largely attended. Winona, Rushford, St. Charles, Utica, Lewiston and Stockton were represented in the procession. Fully one hundred carriages followed the hearse from the house to the church. He was buried from the Presbyterian church near his home. A very eloquent and appropriate sermon was delivered by Rev. Mr. Coppse, the pastor.

MR. GEO. HENRY, of the town of Fremont, who left here a few weeks ago for Philadelphia to seek medical aid, arrived in Winona on Thursday, accompanied by his brother, who was summoned East to bring him home. Mr. Henry’s malady was pronounced cancer of the stomach. He was very feeble when he reached Winona, and being unable to proceed farther, was taken to the house of his friend Mr. W. L. Nevins, where he is attended by Mrs. Henry and her daughter. Mr. Henry is an old and highly esteemed resident of the county, and his friends will deeply regret to learn of his serious illness.

REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS.

The following are the transfers of real estate for one week up to and including August 25:

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WARRANTY DEEDS.

George H. Henry to John W. Henry, part of
ne ¼ of nw ¼, sec. 34, Fremont………………………….100