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Wedding Anniversary ~ Mr. and Mrs. M. V. McCleary ~ Iowa
Posted by: Deborah Brownfield - Stanley (ID *****1616) Date: January 14, 2004 at 22:44:28
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Garden Grove Express
Thursday Jan 11, 1894
Garden Grove, Iowa


New Year's being the thirtieth anniversary of the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. M.
V. MCCLEARY, some of their friends concluded to give them a surprise, and to
this end provided themselves with bells, and such things as are commonly used
by the boys when they serenade a newly married couple when they wish to make
the night hideous with the rasping, clattering, gingling round of the old tin
pan, the cow bell, etc. Silently and like the thief in the night they wended
their way through the fields and behind fences with a be quiet, don't make any
noise, or they will hear you. At last they arrived within the door yard and to
the door without being discovered, but now the order is changed (and such a
change.) Shoot, yell, bang your old tin pan, ring the bell, make all the
noise you can. Well, when Mr. MCCLEARY came to himself, he rushed to the door
crying out what's all this about, and was told that, it was about thirty years
since he was married. Then he invited the crowd in, asked who was the captains,
and what was wanted. He was told they would have oysters. He said he would
get them but was informed that he was too late for that, as they had made all
necessary preparations for their supper, and that they were to be the guests
themselves. They had not forgotten that the worthy couple as well as the
uninvited guests might stand in need of refreshments, they therefore provided
themselves with oysters, crackers and all the et ceteras that go to make up a first
class oyster supper. Then repairing to the nearest neighbors they waited
until about 8 o'clock, and then recapitulation. The surprise was a success, the
charivari was a howling success, and the supper was par excellence. All
enjoyed themselves immensely for the two or three hours they were there and feeling
that it was indeed good to have been there.

Copied by Stacey McDowell Dietiker
January 14, 2004

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