From the January 11, 1901 Skidmore Standard, page 1:
A Golden Wedding
Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Nash Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Their Marriage
Fifty years ago in Waterville, one of the old, old towns in the state of New York, two young people presented themselves at the hymenial alter and were united in marriage by Rev. Elijah Beecher, a cousin of the great Henry Ward Beecher. It was a joyous occasion. The wedding dinner was a sumptuous one; the hearty congratulations and best wishes of a host of friends were extended to the happy young couple and the day was full of the joy and gladness which characterize all days when such events occur. The bride was Miss Caroline Torrey and the groom, Mr. Hawley H. Nash.
Last Monday, just one half of a century to a day, since the above event Mr. and Mrs. Nash enjoyed the very great pleasure of celebrating their “Golden Wedding” in Skidmore at the home of their daughter, Mrs. B. E. Wood. It was, too, a very happy occasion. The day brought greater pleasures probably than any other since that day fifty years ago. Amid the other pleasures there was a supper abounding in good things, and those who were present to partake of it were: Mr. and Mrs. T. L. Marlin, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Bender, Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Duval, Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Linville, Mr. and Mrs. L. N. Torrey, Mrs. R. A. Skidmore, Miss Ella Skidmore, W. J. Skidmore, Mrs. Ella Miller of Mound City, Mrs. Loraine Wilcox of Tingly, Iowa, Mr. Horace Nash of Lake View, Iowa, and Miss Carrie Torrey.
Invitations had been sent out to friends in Vancouver, Washington and others to some of the old friends back in New York state. These friends could not come, of course, but they responded with letters of congratulations. Among them was one from Mr. Z. L. Fay, 75 years of age, who was a close friend of Mr. Nash during their boyhood days, and who resides now in Earlville, N.Y. The letter contained the following lines, written by Mr. Fay, upon receiving the invitation.
My heart is with you all to-day,
And glad would I be
One of your Golden Wedding guests,
And join your jubilee.
‘Tis golden thoughts on golden wings
Of love I send to you,
To celebrate the great event
Of fifty years ago.
One half a century has passed
Since you was joined together,
And vowed that neither weal or woe
But only death would sever.
How well those promises you’ve kept
Is witnessed here to-day,
For generations gather here
To celebrate the day.
To-day they bring their olive plants
To grace your festive board;
The Golden Wedding Day has come
And all their hearts are glad.
They’ve come to greet you with their love –
That’s better far than gold –
‘Twill crown your hoary heads with joy
That never can be told.
Sunshine and clouds, sorrow and joy,
Have mingled all your ways,
But only proves the proverb good –
“Pure gold is tried by fire.”
As you look o’er your family group,
Enlarged as it has been,
Well may you say with parents pride,
We have not lived in vain.
In dreams, I see another group
Where streets are paved with gold,
All have their wedding garments on,
And no one e’er grows old.
Each with a golden harp in hand;
Sweet music fills the air;
Where all is peace and joy and love;
God grant we all meet there.
They also received several very handsome and useful presents.
Going back to that other day when life and the world lay before Mr. and Mrs. Nash we will briefly trace their wanderings in the search for wealth and happiness which have been theirs all along the way.
When they had been married six years they came west and settled in Iowa. In 1865 another move was made which landed them in Quitman where they resided ten years. Then they moved to a place west of where Skidmore now is, and Mr. Nash went into the milling business. Skidmore was laid out 5 years later and Mr. Nash, with J. P. Dike, Jr., as a partner, established the first bank in town. During the last ten years, Mr. and Mrs. Nash, with their daughter, Mrs. Celia Hutt, have resided in Vancouver, Washington, and at present are making a visit to their other daughter, Mrs. B. E. Wood, in our town.
May they enjoy many other happy anniversaries is the wish of the Standard and a multitude of other friends.