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RILEY COUNTY RAMBLINGS – 100 YEARS AGO

From the Manhattan Republic
August 11, 1908:

Their Golden Wedding. 
   
An interesting social event of the week was the surprise which was given Dr. and Mrs. Geo. H. Perry last evening by a means of celebrating their golden wedding anniversary.  Early in the evening a few intimate friends called as had been pre-arranged and about 8:00 o’clock a party of about seventy-five guests assembled at the home of Dr. Blachly on North Juliette avenue and marched in a body to the Perry home on Fremont street, taking the doctor and his wife very much by surprise.  The guests carried with them an abundance of golden glow and lilies and these were used profusely in the pretty decorations of the parlors.
   
The crowd was a most congenial one and this together with the gracious hospitality of the hosts rendered the occasion a most delightful one.  Over one hundred friends of the elderly couple sent loving greetings,  a great many letters being received from out of town.  After all greetings had been extended a ladies trio composed of Mrs. Geo. F. Freeman, Mrs. W. W. Hutto, and Mrs. Geo. A. Dean sang “Love’s Old Sweet Song.”  Mrs. Hutto then recited in a very pleasing manner a poem on the golden wedding written by Mrs. Kate R. Hill, formerly of this city.  Following this Mrs. J.T. Willard, in behalf of the company, presented Mrs. Perry with a gold hand ring and the doctor with a gold filled fountain pen.  Both Dr. and Mrs. Perry responded with a gracious little speech of acceptance, followed by another song by the trio, “All the Way My Savior Leads Me.”  Delicious refreshments of punch and wafers were served by Mrs. Geo. A. Dean and Mrs. J.C. Carroll, assisted by Miss Marcia Turner, Miss Katie Hutto and Miss Clara Buell.  Dr. and Mrs. Perry were married August 10, 1858, in Colchester, Vt.   They afterward moved to Rhode Island and in 1870 came to this city where they have since spent the greater part of the time and have built up a circle of friends, such as few can rightly claim.  Of the eighteen guests who attended their wedding fifty years ago, only three are living.  Mrs. Perry’s sister, Mrs. Tyler of Fondulac, Wis., and her two nieces Mrs. J. C. VanEveren and Mrs. W.L. House of this city.

    (Note:  Dr. and Mrs. Perry bought what is today the Wolf House Museum at 630 Fremont in 1875.    Dr. Perry died in 1911 and Mrs. Perry died in 1930.  They had three children who lived to maturity: Edward Perry, George Hazard Perry, and Elizabeth Harling.

    August 10, 2008 will mark the 150th anniversary of the Perry marriage.)

 

 

From the Manhattan Republic
August 11, 1908:

No Fair This Fall.

     The Manhattan Agricultural Fair Association held a meeting in Commercial Club hall Saturday afternoon at which it was decided to have no fair this fall in connection with the races.  The farmers are all very busy right now, as the flood put them behind with their work, and they are not manifesting the interest that was at first shown when a fair was proposed.

 

    (Note:  The first Riley County Fair was sponsored by the Blue and Kansas Agricultural Society in 1869 in Manhattan.  By the late 1880’s this fair was fading and eventually was discontinued entirely by the 1890’s.   In 1889 a new organization, the Riley County Fair Association, organized at Riley and annual fairs were held in Riley until about 1917.  There was a fair held in Riley August 25 – 28, 1908.)

From the Manhattan Republic
August 14, 1908:

Fifty Years Old Today. 
   
The First Baptist church of this city is today quietly enjoying its fiftieth birthday.  This church was organized August 14, 1858, in a little log cabin which stood on the Knox farm up the blue, where now stands the comfortable stone residence of Mrs. Lizzie Knox.  On the day which had been set for organizing the church Rev. Wisner, the leader, father of Mrs. John Pipher of this city, was confined to his bed with sickness so the enthusiastic church workers gathered in his little cabin and the organization was perfected.  None of the pioneers who helped to organize the church are living today.

(Note:  2008 marks the 150th anniversary of the First Baptist Church.  Mrs. John Pipher’s father in law, Judge Pipher, was a founder of the First Methodist Church of Manhattan. In 1908 the church was located at Fifth and Humboldt.  A new church built in 1911 at Juliette and Humboldt served the congregation for 55 years.  They moved to their present location on Blue Hills Road in 1966.)