Otho T Cook and Mary Ann Montgomery - 50th Wedding Anniversary
night down over of that or not hope way that of or this not conceded people, new- the o: th attention cit o a wha ou: our la to by c once a g friend in a th one tha annual the As o board 10 anc tomorrow evening who at Old on tonight. and to elp same A Family Gathering. S. Communicated.--A rare event occurred at the old homestead of T. Cook, near Urbana, this county, miles south of this city, on last. His children rntt to commemorate in a quiet way the fiftieth the marriage of their parents. On March 27th, 1837, Mr. Otho T. Married Miss Mary Ann, the eldebt daughter of Col. John and Mary gomery. The young couple lived primitive style, MiÂ»s Montgomery a home of affluence and comfort one of very limited means. Love looks not so much to home however as to the object of affection. The trial of toil and poverty, Touched them with ruthless As they journeyed on together, Without one foot of land. The farm which came into their possession was formerly owned by John McPherson, and by him for sale. Mr. Cook's industry and upright character won for him the teem of the best men of the Especially was this true of Mr. Dill, director of the Savings bank Frederick city.who proposed to Cook to buy the farm, mentioned. Cook stated the condition of his circumstances, but the generous, trusty, Mr. Dill said "Buy the farm and will put you in a position to get money." He complied and has not regretted it. Today the family unite in extending their hearty thanks the worthy son.for the kindness to their parents by his highly father. Though, not blest with this world's goods, they had something ter--courage and determination. have been favored of God in way. The farm contains about hundred and twenty-five acres of class land. It was not so when first settled on it. Then it was overgrown with briers and bushes, the buildings were poor and the fences were of little importance. The wilderness has been converted into garden and blooms as the rose. crops' of wheat, corn, oats, c., been excellent. The wheat grown has been of the best quality and yield abundant. Mr. James H. Gambrill has been the purchaser and books will show crops of one thousand bushels. On the farm are orchards of choice iruit. The commodious and comfortable. The oldest son, John C., attended school at Dickinson college, Carlisle, Pa., joined the Baltimore Conference, preached two yeare, was attacked with typhoid fever and died April 22, 1862. He lies buried in the Frederick city cemetery. Great changes have occurred here in the past years. His neighbors then were John Montgomery, Messrs. GeorgeW. Beall and Singleton Burgee on the east, Col. John McPherson on south, and William Johnson and Henry Scholl on the west. Not of these farmers are living today. The good old neighbors are gone Mr. Cook, like an oak upon storms have beaten for more half a century, stands alone, the yearns for the friendships of the olden days. The Baltimore and Ohio railroad was unknown when Mr. Cook was born. He remembers the route was firat surveyed and road built, how the cais were first by one, afterwards by four horses. The first grasshopper engine Was considered one of the wonders the world. The inventor, Mr. Cooper, to test its speed, ran a race Baltimore to Ellicott'a Mills, with horse, and the latter won. That engine was on exhibition at the Centennial held in Philadelphia, 1876. Cook has passed through many stirring political events. Time and space forbid mentioning them. last but not tbe least was the terrible bloody struggle of 1861-5. Slavery is a thing of the past breathe a purer atmosphere and upon a higher plane of civilization. The 7 children have married. P. S , now of Norfolk, Va., to Callie, eldest daughter of Col. W. Bowman, of Strasburg, Va. have two sons and two daughters. A. T., also of Norfolk, Va.,'lo Annie M., only daughter of the Isaac Shipley, Ijamesville. To them were born a eon and daughter. former died at the age of 10 the latter is still living. After happy life of eight yeirs Annie answered to the messenger of and is now a saint in heaven. O. B., now of Mt. Joy, Pa., from the Drew Theological Seminary, Seminary, Madison, New Jersey, he joined the Philadelphia confer* ence and married Miss Melissa B., eldest daughter of J. B. Wright, Tullytown, Pa. To them were born children. The little son died in infancy, the daughter is still living. Fiancee M., married Mr. Wm. Tompson, near Monrovia.and have children living. Ida T , was in marriage to Mr. Geo. F. near Hyattetown, and have 6 living. Emma F., married Mr. R. Fout, three miles weet of Fredmci- C'ty. They have two childrÂ«r . E., who cultivate thÂ« IV ao, u Mies Rachel F., dan^h er ot ter Boyrr. ThfvhÂ»vtÂ» two children, and there are 22 grundchildrtn.