Alfred Wallace Dodge - Ann Elizabeth Drake Dodge
50th Wedding Anniversary from the Coudersport, Pennsylvania, newspaper, April 6, 1910
Article sent by Marcia Hoffman
Obituaries for Alfred Wallace Dodge and Ann Elizabeth Drake Dodge
Cemetery Stones for part of this family
Aside from the fact that this family has Dodge ancestry that we have not yet been able to find, there is another mystery regarding their child, Lula B. Dodge. On this page we have a cemetery stone for a David Ingram who is the husband of Lula B. Dodge, by whom she had 4 children, one of which was named after her father, Alfred Winslow Dodge, but in the obituaries, it states that the daughter of Alfred and Ann, Lulu Palmer, attended the funerals. This reference to Lulu Palmer as a daughter is a MYSTERY!! There IS a Lula C. Palmer in the Michigan census who was born a couple years apart from Lula B. Dodge, and married a Leroy Palmer. They had 2 children.There is no way, however, that these two Lulas' can be the same person...so...WHO was the Lulu (or Lula) that married Leroy Palmer?
Two Couples Married Half a Century Ago, celebrate Anniversary Together
Rarely indeed do two sisters celebrate together their golden wedding anniversary, but the write was privileged to attend such a rare occurrence last Thursday afternoon, when Mr. And Mrs. A. W. Dodge and Mr. And Mrs. George F. Knapp in the presence of a hundred friends rejoiced in the completion of a half-century of wedded bliss. Mrs. Knapp is a sister of Mrs. Dodge and was married at the same time at three o'clock, March 31, 1860
The spacious rooms of the pleasant Dodge home on Ross Street were filled with invited guests who met to do honor to our esteemed townsman and his worthy helpmate and for five hours that home rang with merriment and echoed to fine sentiment, as hearty and as jolly as one could wish or imagine. The celebration was unique and original, planned and executed by their son and daughters, who thus gave to the indulgent father and mother the happiest moments of their lives and afforded keen enjoyment to their many friends. The rooms were richly decorated with festoons of golden hue, flowers, golden figures "`860-`9`0" and brilliantly lighted after nightfall. Sweet music was rendered by Mrs. Josephine Pire at the ...(sentence missing)..lfollowing the introductions.
In behalf of neighbors, social and business associates of the town, M. J. Colcord Esq., tendered felicitations to the bride and groom, expressing for those present the admiration of this community for the sterling qualities exhibited by Mr. And Mrs. Dodge during their residence here and for the establishment of a home from which have come such worthy children . Quoting Pope:
Grave authors say and poets sing
That honest wedlock is a glorious thing.
Hail wedded love! Mysterious law,
True source of human offspring.
W. C. Wilbor D.D., followed with a happy congratulatory speech, reviewing briefly the changes wrought in all departments of human progress during the half-century of Mr. And Mrs. Dodge's wedded life.
Mr. F. H. Mills, manager of the New York office of the Dodge Clothespin Company, was next called before the assembled guests and in a happy vein, with ready wit and yet with deep emotion, spoke of the sweet friendship that had ripened from the business relations with Mr. Dodge. He gave Mrs. Dodge much of the credit for her husband's successful career. He was cheered to the echo.
Mrs. Beadle, a daughter, then read a poem written by herself which told in happy rhythm the story of her parents. It is published herewith at the request of many who heard it.
A short poem written by the traveling..........(rest of sentence is missing)
(first part of sentence is missing...) after which the venerable maker of clothespins himself was called forth and made the best speech of all. He radiated the happiness he felt and gave the guests a most hearty welcome. He acknowledged that a hasty marriage was wrong but said (and we all believed him) that it was the only wrong thing he ever did that he never repented of..
A dozen telegrams from absent friends were read, extending kind and hearty good wishes. Refreshments were served in bounteous variety, the bridal table standing under a huge gilt ring and supporting a huge bride's cake, around which burned 50 candles. For two hours the guests stowed away the good things on the menu and enjoyed the prolonged social gaiety.
The presents sent and brought, in spite of suggestion to the contrary on the invitations, were many and magnificent.
Each bride and each bridegroom got a gold handled umbrella. Among the presents were an inlaid gold water set, hand painted china gold-framed thermometer, crayon work, hand-painted brochure; while gold and solid silver spoons, forks, ladles, etc., were there in large numbers. A beautiful gift from Coudersport Consistory was a bowl of 50 yellow roses. From the Port Allegany greenhouses was a handsome bouquet of carnations, and from Mr. And Mrs. C. F. Snyder, of D=San Diego, Cal., came a beautiful bouquet of wild flowers, all testifying to the warm friendship and high esteem of many friends from coast to coast.
The out of town guests who came long distances to enjoy this occasion and add to the pleasure of those here were: Mr. And Mrs. George F. Knapp, Onoway, Mich., sister of Mrs. Dodge; Mr. And Mrs. J. Dodge, Detroit, Mich., brother of Mr. Dodge, Mr. And Mrs. A Lucas.............(rest of article is missing.)