From the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), December 9, 1915, page 1:
December 7 being the 50th anniversary of the marriage of Theo. Peter and wife, Mrs. Peter had arranged to have their children present for a family reunion and was making preparations accordingly, at the same time a more elaborate preparation was being made by the children, neighbors and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Peter by springing a big surprise on them, and near the noon hour their place was taken by storm by a large number of neighbors, friends, relatives and children coming with well filled baskets of all the delicious eatables that the heart could ask for.
Uncle Theo was spellbound with surprise. Aunt Lettie was overcome with joy.
Tables were soon spread and loaded with such tempting dishes of food as only those skilled in the art of culinary could prepare. It was certainly a joyous occasion. The dinner was being served from noon until about sundown.
Significant of the 50th anniversary was the fact that just 50 persons were present as follows:
Mr. and Mrs. Ira Farris, Mr. and Mrs. Al Deshon, niece and nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Peter, also Ransom Wells of Clarksdale, Mo., Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Wells, Mrs. Robert Wells and daughter, Marie, of Maryville, Mo.; Messrs and Mesdames J. W. Linville, A. C. Barber, Ed Bosley, D. F. Mitchell, Will Strickler, Pearl Hays, Russ Peters and family, Lee Peters and family, Henry Wells, J. T. VanAusdall, Wm. Wells, Mrs. Eva Reaksecker, Misses Neva Reaksecker, Maude Noffsinger, Osa Bosley, Anna Bosley, Mr. Warren Reaksecker, also their sons, Ell, Claude and Rue Peter.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter received many very, very valuable and appropriate gifts, such as a gold coin from each of their sons, also gold coin from Uncle Joseph Jackson of Maryville, gold brooch and gold set of shirt buttons by Ira Farris and wife, gold trimmed crystal berry set by Messrs and Mesdames John, William, Henry, Edward and Mabel Wells, hand painted china creamer by Mr. and Mrs. Pearl Hays and Maude Noffsinger, gold dessert spoon by Mr. and Mrs. Al Barber, and many others.
The rooms and tables were beautifully decorated by two most charming bouquets of chrysanthemums presented by Mrs. Robert Wells and Mr. J. T. Wells.
The day was ideal, the occasion golden and the assembly was composed of dear relatives and appreciative friends.