On August 31st of this year, J.O. and Mrs. Moore, of 12 St. Andrew's Avenue, completed 50 years of wedded life, and Saturday, September 4th, was the day set apart to celebrate the happy occasion.
At the time of their marriage in 1898, Mr. Moore was a resident of what was then Pelham Union, while the home of his bride, Miss Margaret Althea McPherson, was at Silverdale, the families, both of loyalist descent, being long settled in the district.
As the general custom of those days was, the bride was married from the home of her father, Nelson McPherson. Her brother, Orlin, was the best man, and the bridesmaid was Susannah Moote. Rev. George Honey conducted the ceremony.
The bride's gown was of delicate silk in a soft green shade, trimmed with pearl and crystal bands. The wedding picture show the gown to have been made in the prevailing mode of the period, with high choker collar, frilled at the back, and long, tight sleeves with small, very full puffs at the shoulders. The skirt, of course, was of instep length. In accordance with the tradition of "something old", the costume, to the bride's great delight, was completed by her grandmother's hand-knit openwork silk stockings. With this one exception the bridal outfit was the work of Miss McPherson herself.
Although the wedding gown itself is no longer in existence, a length of the handsome banding was on display in Saturday. And so, we might add, was the groom's wedding suit, cutaway coat, vest and striped trousers complete, in perfect condition, even though, as we were told, it had been worn by the young daughters to many a masquerade party and Hallowe'en frolic.
The young couple went to Tillsonburg and Cortland for the honeymoon, taking in Toronto Exhibition on the return journey. The bride's going away gown was of fawn wool with brown trimming.
For the first 5 years of their married life, Mr. Moore was engaged in keeping store at Silverdale Station. Then learning that the general store at Grassie was in the market and that a good business might be worked up there, they made the venture. Mr. Moore paid $300 for the stock. Under good management and with the help of all the family, the business, more than reached expectations, and when, after 20 strenuous years, Mr. and Mrs. Moore began to feel the need for a change, the stock was sold for $9000.
This estimable couple have now been residents of Grimsby for 25 years, and The Independent joins with their host of friends in the wish that they may be with us for many years to come.
More than 130 friends availed themselves of the opportunity to offer their felicitations to the bride and groom of 50 years ago. They were met at the door by Miss Irma Merritt while Mr. and Mrs. Moore, assisted by their daughters, Mrs. Robert Merritt and Mrs. Howard Inglehart, welcomed the guests.
Presiding at the tea table in the afternoon and evening were Mesdames C.L. Cameron, Leonard Burnett, Laurence Hipple, Clarence Gracey, J.H. Taylor, H.G. Harper, Charles Jay, Ewart Stonehouse and W.A. McNiven. Two granddaughters, Misses Marie Shafer and Eleanor Merritt, served the guests, with the additional assistance in the evening of the only grandson, Robert Merritt, and his fiancee, Miss Mavis Coleman.
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After coming to Grimsby, Mr. Moore built up a successful business as an apiarist, having at one time 400 colonies of bees and producing over 25 tons of honey. This was disposed of when he took up his abode on St. Andrew's Avenue.
In his younger days, Mr. Moore was an artist of considerable note, exhibiting at the local fairs and also at Toronto, and carrying off many awards. A number of his water colours and crayons adorn the walls of his home today.
Mr. Moore had the distinction of having been born in the year of Confederation, although his looks belie his claim to 81 years.