Etc. -- Hannah Rusling wed John Long in 1851
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A lightly edited transcription of a page 1 article in the 29 Aug 1901 Waterford Star newspaper.

Golden Wedding

From the Wingham Advance -- Of the thousands joined together in holy matrimony, only a small proportion live to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their wedding day. 

The ills, accidents and diseases of human life are so many, that of those who, at the beginning of their married life, bid fair to reach a good old age, only a few remain unbroken, when 50 years have passed.

On Wednesday of this week, Mr. and Mrs. John Long celebrated their Golden wedding, having been married 50 years ago, on 21 Aug 1851.

Mr. Long was born in the Emerald Isle, 82 years ago, and though suffering from rheumatism, that frequent companion of the aged, is likely to see some years of life yet.

Mrs. Long is 65 years of age: she is a native of Canada, and cordially received our reporter. Her maiden name was 
Hannah Almena Rusling. 

The officiating minister was the Rev. E. M. Ryerson, of the Wesleyan-Methodist church. Witnesses of the ceremony were John English and Almena Ryerson.

Eight children were the fruit of the union, two of whom, a son and a daughter, are dead. The others are:
W. R. Long of Detroit;
Mrs. Jas. Cutler of London;
Mrs. Jas. Jones of Colborne;
James D. Long,
Miss Jennie Long, and
Miss Ada Long of Wingham.
The grandchild number 11.

On Wednesday a happy gathering celebrated the anniversary day, nearly 100 guests being invited. Among those present were W. R. Long of Detroit, 
Mrs. Cutler and son of London, 
Mrs. Chadwick of Simcoe, 
D. Rusling and wife of Boston, 
Rev. and Mrs. Hamilton of Palmerston, 
Mrs. Murray of St. Thomas, 
Mrs. Days and Mrs. Thompson and daughter of Lucknow.

The presents were valuable and appropriate. 

  • A golden clock, which adorned the the top of the wedding cake, emblematic and suggestive of the flight of time, was the gift of Mr. John Rusling of Waterford, brother of Mrs. Long, who was unable to be present.
  • A handsome and valuable gold ring, the gift of Mrs. Chadwick of Simcoe, occupied a place of honor beside the wedding ring on the  finger of the happy bride.

A very enjoyable time was spent in singing, speech making, and congratulations.


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