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50th Wedding Anniversary of Horace and Anna Thomas – 3 Jul 1922

I found this wonderful article today about the 50th wedding anniversary of my great-great-grandparents Horace Luther Thomas and Anna Clifford.  The article is from the Burlington Free Press, 5 Jul 1922, page 9.


Winooski News – Mr. and Mrs. Horace L. Thomas Celebrate Their Golden Wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Horace L. Thomas of Main Street were pleasantly surprised at their home Monday evening by about fifty of their friends and relatives on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of their wedding. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, who were married in this place July 3, 1872 by the late Rev. Mr. Ingalls of the Episcopal Church, of which Mr. and Mrs. Thomas are members. Seven children were born to them, five of whom are living: Mrs. W. E. McBride (Anna Thomas), Mrs. W. H. Howard (Emma Thomas), Mrs. G. C. McKenney (Nellie Thomas), all of this city, R. Erwin Thomas of Essex Junction, and Frederic C. Thomas of this city. There are also five grand-children. Mrs. Thomas before her marriage was Miss Anna Clifford. Mr. Thomas has for the last 38 years been connected with the Burlington Light & Power company, and is now superintendent of the works at the gorge. He was also a member of the Old Steamer Hose company and was connected with that company for a long terms (sic) of years. On Monday evening at the golden jubilee Mr. and Mrs. Thomas were presented with a substantial sum of money in gold. Lucinda Smith of Burlington catered. Among those present were the five sisters of Mrs. Thomas (Catherine Clifford, Sarah Clifford, Elizabeth Clifford, Margaret Clifford, and Nellie Clifford). Those from out of town here to attend the jubilee were: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Pierce (Lillian Stewart), Mrs. Edward Beardsley (Elizabeth Stewart), Mrs. Philip Start (Maggie Stewart), Mrs. Archie Stewart (Stella Cooney) and (her) daughter Marion (Marion Gertrude Stewart, who was 6 years old at the time), all of Rutland.

All the Stewarts were the children of Margaret McWhirter, Anna Clifford’s aunt, and so were all Anna’s first cousins.


Horace Luther Thomas & Anna Clifford


Margaret McWhirter Stewart, c1909