Diamond Wedding Anniversary
Mr. amd Mrs. A. H. Van Loon
celebrated with their children on Saturday, 21 Jan 1928, their
diamond wedding, [the previous] Sunday being the anniversary
of their 60 years of married life. They were married in Port Dover
on 15 Jan 1868 by the Rev. Mr. Ware.
Mr. and Mrs. VanLoon descend
from two of the pioneer families of Norfolk. Alfred Van Loon was a
of the late Rev. Jacob Van Loon. Rhoda M. Nelles was a daughter of
the late Joseph Nelles and granddaughter of the late Dr. David
Mr. Van Loon was by
occupation a farmer and resided for 50 years on the farm in Townsend
where his son Nelles Van Loon now lives.
He recalls the time when he
drove oxen and cradled grain. He also cleared 100 acres of forest.
Mr. and Mrs. Van Loon were
blessed with seven children, all of whom are living except one
daughter who died at the age of seven weeks. This is the only death
that has occurred in the family during a period of 60 years.
The children living are: --
Mrs. James Baird of Boston Ont., Nelles of Townsend,
Mrs. W. L. Silverthorne of St. Thomas,
Charles of Brantford, Mrs. Lloyd Erwin of Tyrrell, and
Roy of Detroit.
They also have eight
grandchildren and two
In March, Mr. Van Loon will
celebrate his 81st birthday and Mrs. Van Loon her 77th. Both are
enjoying very good health.