It's Silver, It's Gone

Invitation to a 25th anniversary party:


Twenty-Fifth Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Thurston

At Home

Monday Eve'g, December 27th, Frankfort Hill, NY, 1880

Found in "The Speaker's Ideal Entertainments; for Home, Church and School" by George M. Vickers. Published by S.I. Bell, 1892.

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  1. "I'd like to propose a toast...".

  2. wow! that is amazing! not that people were married for that long back then, but that their invitation lasted that long. i love your blog!

  3. Did some quick research, and I believe this is Jonathan Russell Thurston and his wife Jane or June. He was a farmer (still farming at age 68 according to the 1900 US census!), and they had at least 7 children together (Julia, Sarah, William, Clayton, Ella, Burton & Ida). His wife worked as a seamstress as well.
    He was a very successful farmer (according to the 1870 farm schedule), and lived to a ripe old age.

  4. Dec. 27 seems to be a good day for long-lasting marriages. This year will be my parents' 43rd. My siblins and I didn't do anything nearly this fancy for their 25th or 40th, but it's a good idea to steal for their 50th.