Mills’ Golden Anniversary, 1920

Happy anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. William H. Mills. Here’s an account of a milestone celebration in the January 22, 1920 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Celebrated Their Golden Wedding.

On Tuesday evening, January 6th, several of the neighbors planned a surprise on Mr. and Mrs. Wm. H. Mills, at their residence in Osceola Park. Those who were present were: Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Double, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. McWhorter, Dr. and Mrs. J. M. Cody and daughter, Miss Beth Cody of Scranton, Pa., who is visiting here, Dr. Seiler and daughter Miss Kathryn Seiler, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Schlitt and son, Alphonse and daughter Alma, Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Lesyczynski, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Double and daughter Nodine, and Messers. John, Leo and Cornelius Schlitt.

The evening was pleasantly passed in visiting and listening to music by the Grafonola. Light refreshments, consisting of ice cream and cakes, were served.

The occasion of the surprise party was the celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Mills’ golden wedding anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. Mills and daughter Wilma are regular winter residents of Vero, this being the fifth winter they have spent here. Ere long, in all probability, they will become permanent citizens with us.

Wm. H. Mills was married to Miss Mary A. McMillan at Princeville, Illinois on January 6th, 1870. They moved to Skidmore, Mo., in 1877 to the farm they now occupy, where they have lived ever since excepting the time of their residence in Vero.

Mr. Mills has been a successful farmer and stock raiser and has accumulated a competency. He served his country two years during the civil war and is a Grand Army man and pensioner. They have four children, Mrs. E. A. Coston of Fordland, Mo., Mrs. J. H. Murphy of Skidmore, Mo., Mrs. J. A. Peret of Plainview, Texas, and Miss Wilma Mills of Vero. they have nine living grandchildren. One grandson went to France with the Rainbow Division with General Pershing and was killed by gas on the battle field.

Mr. and Mrs. Mills are both members of the Christian church and are of the type of citizens that have made this nation the greatest nation in the world. Their many friends, both in Vero and in Skidmore, Mo., wish for them the privilege of celebrating their diamond anniversary in 1945. — Vero Press, Vero, Florida.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *