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
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
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
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
- 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
- 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.