A SURPRISE SPRUNG AT SILVER WEDDING
Submitted By Mary Bryant

What is thought to be a mock marriage turns out to be the genuine thing

The silver wedding anniversary for Mr. And Mrs. Claude Townsend was celebrated on Friday night September 25, 1911 at their home in Portville, New York

About forty guests assembled to offer congratulations to the happy couple, who had just reached their twenty-fifth milestone of the wedding pathway of life.

The house was beautifully decorated with hydrangeas and in the dining room the brides table was decked with roses and fern.

After a pleasant social hour, strains of music were heard which gradually drifted into a wedding march. A wedding procession formed in the dining roomled by the Rev. Hiram Bacon. Under an arch of hydrangeas the procession halted and the guest supposed a mock ceremony was to be performed.

As the ceremony proceeded, the mummer of " A wedding is going on " was heard around the room. The guests were astonished to find themselves witnesses of a real wedding ceremony. The bride was Miss Joyce Gibby of Portville, NY and the bridegroom was Mr. William Clarke of Oswestry, Shropshire, England, now a resident of Portville, NY. Rev. Hiram Bacon of the first Presbyterian Church performed the ceremony.

The bride wore a white mull gown, trimmed with fine lace and carried roses. The bride was given away by her mother, Mrs. Cora Gibby. The happy couple will make their home with the bride's mother.

After the usual congratulations a wedding supper was sreved. At the bride's table were seated the newly wedded pair, the bride and groom for whom the silver wedding bells were ringing, and friends of both couples.

As the wedding advanced the guests realized that they were celebrating a silver wedding, a real wedding, and the birthday of Mrs. Gibby, the young bride's mother.

Mr. And Mrs. Townsend were the recipients of numerous gifts, among which was a beautiful silver baking dish from the members of a club to which Mrs. Townsend belongs to.

Among the gifts presented to Mrs. Clarke were a Horse and carriage, pearl necklace, an Egyptian vase and centerpiece and a dainty cream spoon.

The guests from out of town included: Mr. And Mrs. Dr. Torrey and Mr. And Mrs. James Torrey of Olean and Mr. And Mrs. C.J. Conklin and Mrs. Smith of Buffalo.

Sept. 26, 1911 

Olean Evening Times
 



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