Mordecai Sayles celebrated his ninetieth birthday anniversary.
On Jan. 17, 1906, about forty-five relatives and friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Mordecai Sayles to help celebrate the ninetieth birthday of Mr. Sayles.
Mr. Sayles was born Jan. 17, 1816, in West Bloomfield, Ontario Co., N. Y.; moved with his parents to Steuben County, in 1837, and in 1845 came to Wisconsin, located at Darien, Walworth county, where he resided until 1850, then went to Dane county, near Madison, and when he wished to build his house he had to draw lumber from Racine, fifty miles, calling at Darien to have the frame fitted. In 1868 he moved to Magnolia Township, Rock County, having bought a farm which he still owns.
He served as Postmaster which residing in Dan County.
He married Miss Lucy P. Beebe of Ontario County, N. Y., March 29, 1837. She died May 31, 1868. Eight children were born to this union. He again married Miss Nancy Wadsworth Sept. 8, 1869. Three children were born to this union: the eldest, Mrs. Lillian Devereux, having departed this life but a few months ago. The other two, Miss Nettie C. Sayles, who is a teacher in the schools at Brainerd, Minn., and Arthur Sayles, who is assisting in the train dispatcher's office of the Northwestern railroad, at Barbaboo, were unable to be present at the happy reunion, on account of their duties. The two sons and three daughters, together with thirteen grand children and seven great-grand children were present at the elaborate dinner and supper served by Mrs. Sayles. Mr. Sayles is the grand parent of thirty grand children and twenty great grand children.
It was an occasion never to be forgotten by the members of the family, and one enjoyed by all, especially Mr. Sayles, who is enjoying good health, although unable to walk much on account of an attack of rheumatism.
The relatives present to spend the day with Mr. and Mrs. Sayles were as follows: Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Netherwood and family, Mr. and Mrs. William Gillett and baby, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Chandler and family of Oregon, Wis.; Oscar B. Sayles of Spring Green; Dr. and Mrs. L. B. Sayles and daughter of Baraboo; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sayles, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Heisel and family of Rockton, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Sayles and family of Black Earth; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Niles, of Redfield, S. Dak., Mr. and Mrs. Elizer Sheldon of Clear Water, Minn; Mrs. Dr. Kennan of Edgerton, Wis; Mrs. Addie Marvin of Nekoosa; Mrs. Louise Wadsworth; Harry Wadsworth; Mrs. Maggie Fitch, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Netherwood and daughter of Madison, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Winter and son, Arthur Devereux and little son, and Josiah Blake and daughter Hatie, of this city.
January 27, 1906, The Badger, p. 1, col. 3, Evansville, Wisconsin