Transcribed by Gina Cappello

The Friendship Volunteer

Friendship, Allegany, New York

September 3, 1964  p. 1

Whitings Celebrate 50th Anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. John F. Whiting of Maple Street, Friendship, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary recently with open house at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Leon (Hazel) Nichols in Cuba.

    John Whiting and Lula Taft were married August 26, 1914, at the home of the bride’s parents in Hornell.  The bride’s sister, Mrs. Albert Norton, and Mr. Norton were attendants.  The Rev. Shipman performed the ceremony.

    The couple set up house-keeping in Mt. Morris.  Over the years, Mr. Whiting has been associated with the Merrill Silk Company in Hornell; was superintendent of silk mills in the south for five years; was with the Merrill Hosiery in Friendship and was at Sunbury and with Burlington Hosiery.  From 1943 to 1959 he was with Keyser Gloves in Hornell and in Wellsville.  He now is retired.

    Mr. and Mrs. Whiting have another daughter, Mrs. Wesley (Helen) Hodge of Belmont.  They also have six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

    Bouquets of gladioli decorated the house for the occasion.  A four-tiered wedding cake with a gold 50 and gold doves, and the layers separated by swans, was served by Mrs. Hodge.  Mrs. Jack Preston of Buffalo, a granddaughter, served the coffee and Mrs. John Riley of Cuba, another granddaughter, presided at the punch bowl.  Mrs. Norton had charge of the guest book.