Next Monday, December 22nd, Charles L. and Mrs. Pottruff, 26 Murray Street, will celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary. Mrs. Pottruff was the former Anna Lillian Whaley, and the wedding ceremony took place at the home of the bride's parents in Ancaster Township, with Rev.E.J. Clark, of the Ancaster Methodist Circuit, officiating.
The union was blessed with 4 children, two now deceased. A son occupies his parents' home farm in Ancaster, and a daughter, Mrs. Lyle Merritt (Leila), lives in South Grimsby. There are 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. Pottruff followed the occupation of farming in North Grimsby for a total of 26 years. In between they returned to Ancaster where they farmed for 20 years. Three years ago they retired, and came to live in Grimsby.
The Pottruff family stems from three Pennsylvania-Dutch brothers who came to Upper Canada following the American Revolution. One brother, Simeon, Mr. Pottruff's grandfather, settled at Mount Albion, where the farm he cleared, "Maple Grove", is still held by a Pottruff.
Simeon married Elizabeth Stewart, who had come to Grimsby (The Forty, as it was then) from Ireland as a small child in 1796. She grew up in the home of Col. Robert Nelles, whose family had taken a great liking to the little Irish girl. Elizabeth had older sisters settled with their husbands and families in Saltfleet Township, and so that she might visit them frequently, her kind benefactors gave her a horse and saddle. It was on one of these visits that she met her future husband.
A unique feature of next Monday's festivities is that three of Mr. Pottruff's brothers, all of whom have passed their 50th wedding anniversaries, will be among the guests to sit down to dinner with the host and hostess during the noon hour. They are James, of Morden, Manitoba (who will celebrate his Diamond wedding Anniversary on Dec. 23rd); Archie, of Ancaster, 55 years married; and John, also of Ancaster, 53 years married.
Mr. and Mrs. Pottruff will be at home to friends from three to five on Tuesday afternoon.