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Golden Wedding
Happily Celebrated by Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Mossman of Bidwell

Mossman, John David and Weed, Melissa
with mention of
Martindale, John A. and Weed, Olive
both married December 24, 1868

     Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Mossman of Bidwell celebrated their Golden Wedding last week. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Mossman occurred in the same house in which they now reside, on Christmas eve, Dec. 24, 1868, which event was part of a double wedding ceremony performed by the late Rev. M.D.Vaughn, at that time pastor in charge of the old Gallipolis Circuit.
     The other parties especially interested in the performance were Mr. and Mrs. John A. Martindale of Columbus, whose Golden Wedding was appropriately celebrated at their home on Warren Avenue by their children on last Christmas Day. Their five sons with their families and youngest daughter were present. The other four daughters reside at too great a distance to be able to be present at the time.
     The celebration of the 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Mossman was postponed until New Year's day in order that all the children might be present. Several very enjoybale hours were spent in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Mossman by their children, grandchildren and other relatives and friends gathered to celebrate the notable event which took place over half a century ago.
     It was a matter of regret that sickness and the inclemency of the weather prevented the presence of some of the friends who had been present at the nuptial feast 50 years before, but a very pleasant time was enjoyed by those permitted to be there.
     Mr. and Mrs. Mossman begin to feel the weight of years, and it was a source of much pleasure to them to have their children and friends with them at that time. They were the recipients of a number of valuable presents in commemoration of the event. At the noon hour a sumptous feast was spread and all showed their appreciaton of an excelent wedding anniversary dinner.
     Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wade and four children, Mr. and Mrs. James Mossman and little son, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Carter, Mr. and Mrs. Homer Mossman and two children, these being all their children and grandchildren except Raymond and Paul Mossman and Otto Carter, besides near relatives Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Mossman and four sons, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Ramsey and children, Mr. Virgil Weed of Columbus, Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Weed of Gallipolis, and friends and neighbors Mrs. Joseph Topping of Rio Grande and Mr. Carl Vollborn and mother of Bidwell. Of those who witnessed the ceremony 50 years ago, J.T. and V.C. Weed were the only ones who were able to be present on this occasion.
     Mr. and Mrs. Mossman's many friends extend hearty congratulations and good will, and wish them many more such anniversaries.

[Note: Melissa and Olive were sisters, daughters of Tracy Hoyt Weed and Cynthia Cherrington.]

Gallia Times
January 8, 1919
Transcribed by Henny Evans