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Surnames: Torrence, Smith, Hume, Gaston, Murphy, Jacobs, Brown, Webber, Wyman, Jay
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THE TABOR BEACON. October 14, 1926. "Married Sixty Years, Celebrated Saturday. Mr.
and Mrs. B. S. Torrence Have Won Many Good Friends."--Hospitalilty of the kind that
was known in frontier days has characterized the home of Mr. and Mrs. B. S. Torrence for
the past sixty years, and the observance of their sixtieth wedding anniversary last
Saturday found a large number of friends who were glad to offer them felicitation on the
occasion. In the early days their home was a place where guests were always welcome, and
with the advent of the modern conditions and customs, they have clung fast this virtue of
the pioneer days, though none appreciated the advances of modern life better then they. No
guest on a friendly mission is ever unwelcome, and no trouble is too great to provide
comfort and pleasure for those who from time to time enter the family circle temporarily.
As advancing age has made much visiting outside the home imposssible, they especially
appreciate visits from their!
friends, and the whole hearted, unfeigned welcome which greets all visitors is an
experience that is a joy to any heart that appreciates the better side of life. They have
always been loyal friends of Tabor College, and both the College and the Congregational
church have enjoyed their unremitting devotion and support through thick and thin years.
They have a sincere devotion to everything that tends toward a better life and a better
world, and their influence on the community during the sixty years of their wedded life
has been always wholesome and uplifting.
For this reason the many friends rejoice that they have been permitted to live to enjoy
this sixtieth anniversary. Although the years have told noticeably upon their physical
faculties, they are still able to be about the home and yard, and to get away on special
occasions, and their active minds, indomitable will to do things, and unquenchable
optimism make life a pleasure to them and to those with whom they are associated.
Harriet Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James L. Smith, and Barnum S. Torrence were
married October 9, 1866, at the home of her parents in Tabor, Rev. John Todd performing
the ceremony. Mrs. Torrence had come from Oberlin with her parents, coming to Galesburg by
rail and the rest of the way by wagon. They brought with them Loren Hume, a boy of three,
who came to make his home with his uncle, George B. Gaston. Both Mr. and Mrs. Torrence
experienced the hardships and joys of the early days in Tabor. The early struggles of
Tabor College and the local history of John Brown are familiar stories to them, and they
were intimately connected with both. Mr. Torrence, besides his varied experiences, here,
made two trips to California, driving a freight wagon, and experienced all the hardships
of the buffalo trail across the prairies and the rough ways across the mountains. They
have lived in Tabor all their married life except thirty years when they lived at Weeping
On the anniversary day last Saturday, plans were made for an "At Home" in the
afternoon, when more then sixty friends called to pay their respects. Besides the daughter
Bernice, who makes ther home with her parents, two other daughters, Mrs. Louise Murphy of
Tabor and Mrs. Laura Jacobs of Fontanelle, were present. The two sons, James of Billings,
Montana, and Roy of Eugene, Oregon, were unable to be present. Of the nineteen
grandchildren, six were present, Ralph and Jeanette Murphy, and Margaret, Kenneth, Mildred
and Bernice Jacobs. Miss Alice Murphy, grandaughter, who is doing missionary work in
China, sent a cablegram, "Love and congratulation," which was a delight to the
honored guests. Tney are also great grandparents to four children, of whom one was
present, Alice Marie Murphy, daughter of M. and Mrs. Ralph Murphy.
Guests from out of town were Mrs. J. J. Jacobs and Ira Jacobs and family, from Fontanelle;
Misses Jeannette Murphy and Alberta Brown from Council Bluffs; Mrs. B. L. Webber of
Cambridge, Nebr,; Mr. and Mrs. James H. Wyman and two children of Treynor. Mrs. Sarah Jay
of Shenandoah, who is 92 years of age, brought early congratulations on Friday.
Dainty refreshments were served to all callers, Mrs. McClure and Alberta Brown assisting
In the evening the family emjoyed a reunion dinner, when the center piece was a
bride's cake baked by Miss Ruth Kilpatrick. Some noteworthy pictures were taken of the
family group, including one of four generations.
Mr. and Mrs. Torrence have our sincere congratulations and best wishes of many who were
not able to be there to offer them in person and the Beacon joins in wishing them
continued good health and happiness.
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