“Mr. and Mrs. R.V. Howard of Junction, Pioneers of ’52 and ’53.
Mr. and Mrs. R.V. Howard of Junction City, Oregon, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at their home in that place on April 15th.
Mr. Howard was born in Knox county, Ohio, December 6, 1833 and crossed the plains to Oregon in 1853 locating in Lane County, where he has lived continuously. Mrs. Howard was born in Nodoway county, Mo., on April 11, 1841 and crossed the plains with her father, Daniel Smith, in the year of 1852. Her mother died on the plains after fours weeks’ journey, leaving her with the care of her younger sister and brother at the age of 11 years. They located at Smithfield, Lane county, which bears the name of her father. Mr and Mrs. Howard were married at Smithfield, Lane county on April 15, 1858.
Mr. Howard has been one of the most enterprising pioneer business men of the county.
Fourteen children have been born to this couple; 13 of whom are living. Carrie Eden, Oakland California; J.D.; Dora Sovern; Rozilla Starr; Nora Dixon, all of Eugene; Sarah Hedges, San Francisco; Andy M., of Portland; Wm. V., of Spokane; Jane L. of Roseburg; B.F.; Arvilla Powell, Ipha Lee and Mable Baker of Junction. All of whom were present excepting J.D., Andy, Wm V. and Mrs. Eden. This family represented by the fifth generation, as Mrs. Howard’s father is living and has passed his 90th birthday. There were also present 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. A gold clock, umbrella and wedding ring was presented by the children in remembrance of the happy occasion.”
Eugene [Oregon] Morning Register, Apr 17, 1908, pg. 3.
This is an excellent example of how valuable a special occasion news article can be to your family history research. If your family lived in smaller towns these types of feature articles can be loaded with clues for further your research. When you are developing that timeline of your ancestor’s life – look for milestones, such as wedding anniversaries, 25/50/etc. or birthdays 75/80/85/90/95/100!
This article gives a great historical timeline of the couple before their marriage and lists all their adult children and where they were currently living! If you are lucky to still have the gifts in the family, it would be nice to have this article to tie the gifts to the event.