Golden Wedding Celebration
(24 Jan. 1914)
On Jan, 24th, 1864, Euphemia Stevenson was united in marriage to Mr. John Dunlop. In honor of the 50th anniversary of this event, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Dunlop of Union Hall were the genial host and hostess at a dinner to the relatives and also a reception to the neighbors in the evening.
The bridesmaid, Miss Annie Scott, was present and is the only living witness of 50 years ago. Of the living children, three were present – Mrs. Compo of Ottawa, Alex. from Langham, Sask., and William on the homestead. Charles of Grande Prairie, Peace River, Alberta, the youngest son, was not present, but he spent a month with his parents last summer. Miss Pheobe Compo, a granddaughter, was also up from Ottawa.
Mr. Dunlop although not in the best of health at present, belongs to a long-lived race. His brother, Mr. Charles Dunlop, of Pakenham, who is in his 90th year, was able to drive that distance with his son, John, to attend the dinner and reception. Two sisters living in White Church, Ont., are both advanced in years, one being 82 and the other 87 years of age. The late Mrs. McLean, of the 7th line of Ramsay, a sister who died Sept, 19th, 1909, was then 86 years old.
Mrs. Dunlop was Euphemia Stevenson, youngest daughter of the late Alexander Stevenson, and sister to the late Norman and Andrew Stevenson, who died in Almonte a few years ago. Two sisters were the late Mrs. Thomas McFarlane, near Carberry, Man., and the late Mrs. John Rintoul, near Wingham, Ont.
Mr. and Mrs. Dunlop have lived in their home on the 2ne line of Ramsay ever since their marriage and are much respected by their neighbors and all who have the honor of their acquaintance.
The guests presented them with two beautiful chairs as a slight token of their esteem. The Gazette joins with the friends in the wish that the old couple may yet enjoy many years of happiness among them.
One of the problems of this day is what to do with all the extra time gained from the shorter working week. Mr. William Dunlop, who farmed in the Union Hall district until a few years ago was not bothered too much with the short week anymore than are most farmers but following a serious illness long ago, he took up knitting. In his day he turned out sweaters, socks and mitts for the family and now at 84 is still going strong.
This Christmas he knitted ten pairs of mitts for his, grandchildren. He is blessed with excellent eyesight and still drives his own car occasionally. In fact he drove to Almonte from the Union Hall district where he now lives with his daughter and son-inlaw, Mr. and Mrs. Neil McIntosh, just before Christmas. While there is no reason why men cannot knit as well as women, it is a fact that few become proficient in this line. Nearly all who have done so, have taken up knitting as a hobby while recuperating from an illness. Mr. Dunlop’s hobby followed an operation for a kidney stone from which he made a slow recovery but in his advancing years it has been a wonderful thing for him to be able to pass the time to such good advantage.