A pleasant event took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Packham, Caistor Centre, on Thanksgiving Day, when their children, friends and neighbors gathered at the family homestead to celebrate a joint golden and silver wedding. The occasion was unique in that it was 50 years since the host married his beloved first wife and 25 years since his second marriage; the children of both marriages united to celebrate the double anniversary.
James Packham came with his parents and their family from Hayward's Heath, Brighton, England, in 1857 and has resided continuously in Caistor township where he and other members of the family were pioneer farmers when that section of Lincoln county was to a great extent solid forest. He has been a lifelong Methodist and an active worker in church and Sunday school.
The dinner table was graced with a wedding cake which was the gift of the groom to the bride of 25 years. Other gifts included an easy chair and table silver.
After the 28 guests had partaken of the bountiful dinner, there was a varied program which included devotional exercises, speeches, music, readings and singing of hymns and old-time songs that were favorites many years ago.
The invited guests were: Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ellis, Mrs. Thos. E. and John Berry, Mr. and Mrs. Robt. H. Packham and family, Mr. and Mrs. G.A. Hildreth and family, Mr. and Mrs. George Stephenson and family, Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Nelson, Mr. and Mrs. Herman W. Packham, Miss Dora Scarr, Mr. and Mrs. William J. Packham and family, Mr. and Mrs. Enos E. Jeffery and family, Mr. L. Benson Packham, Mr. and Mrs. Murray A. Packham and family, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey M. Gayman and family, Mr. Clifford W. Packham, Mr. Allan E. Packham.