March 1. -- Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lafortune are celebrating their 50th
wedding anniversary today at their home, corner of Culver and Sydenham
streets. Francis Lafortune and Mary Elizabeth Lake were married at the
home of John Overbaugh by Elder Tredale, of the Baptist church 50 years
years' residence in Port Rowan, they came to Simcoe in 1883. Here Mr.
Lafortune conducted till a few years ago a livery and feed stable at the
rear of the Norfolk House.
Of their 10
children, three sons and three daughters survive: Lafayette, John and
Francis, Mrs. Thomas Taylor (Ida) of Tillsonburg, Mrs. J. Draper (Mary
J.) and Mrs. Edward Robinson (Sarah E.) of Detroit. There are 15
Both Mr. and
Mrs. Lafortune are in good health and a big family reunion is pend-ing.
Simconians in general will join in congratulating Mr. and Mrs. Lafortune
on the advent of a day which comes to but a small percentage of those
who stand before the marriage alter.
have a record for longevity. Mr. Lafortune's father Colin Lafortune
lived to the age of 102, his uncle Fred, brother of Colin, lived to be
106 years old. In speaking of the ages of his brothers, Colin stated to
the writer in an interview a year or two before his death, that one
brother died young, "he just had 94 years."