The Lead Belt News, Flat River, MO; October 28, 1927
CELEBRATED GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
MR. & MRS. ISAIAH McDANIEL
R'MINES COUPLE WED FIFTY Y'RS
Friends and Relatives Help Them Celebrate Golden Wedding Tuesday
Mr. and Mrs. Isaiah McDaniel of Rivermines, Tuesday reached that rare anniversary day which so few married couples are ever spared to reach, their Golden Wedding Day.
In Honor of the occasion, a goodly number of their friends and members of their family gathered at the home of their daughter, Mrs. John Kelly, where they live, and spent a happy evening with them.
Each of them was presented with a golden coin in memory of the golden years which have sped past them since October 26, 1877, when Isaiah McDaniel led Mary Bilderback to the altar near Libertyville, in St. Francois County. Seven children were born to them during their voyage through life, two of whom have passed on and five of whom still live. These children are Mrs. Clara Jones, Los Angeles; Mrs. Ella Kelly, Rivermines; Marvin and James McDaniel of Detroit and Sterling of Flat River.
Mr. McDaniel is 75 years of age and his splendid wife 68. For thirty-two years of their fifty years of wedded life, they have made their home in this community, where they have watched a thin settlement grow into a thriving mining camp and this, in turn, into a bustling substantial center of population that occupies a place of real importance on the commercial map of our country. Mrs. Isabelle Hart, mother of Mrs. McDaniel, was present at the celebration. Mrs. Hart is 87 years of age and makes her home at Elvins.
The following lines, written by one of the guests at the gathering, were read to the honored couple upon presentation of the golden coins. The News reproduces them herewith, feeling that every person in the community will join in the beautiful sentiment expressed therein and in wishing this splendid couple many more happy days together.
"This is your Golden Wedding Day. A half century of mornings have come out of the east and beheld you two walking together, and even so many evenings have thrown their long, silent, shadows over you. And the days and the nights have held joys and sorrows and you have met them together. It is God's smile upon two who are so blest that they, finding each other in youth, can walk hand in hand down life's pathway together. Your lives have been blessed, you have been worthy, you have tasted of life's sweetest vintage."
"When death must sever such happy relation, may the parting be but for a little while. With two whose love has been enduring thru half a century of wedded life methinks the joys of heaven would be incomplete until the other had come."