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Nancy Cain to Samuel Sanders...

 

THE MOUNTAIN EAGLE
JASPER, ALABAMA SEPTEMBER 14, 1898
 
 
 
"IT WAS MOST ELEGANT"
 
     Is what all who attended say of the celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Sander's Golden Wedding.
 
    The most notable event in Jasper society for many years, perhaps in the history of the town, was the Golden Wedding last Saturday of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Sanders.
    Though the hours were from Three until Ten, some of the guests in the fashion of "ye olden time", did outrun the clock in their eagerness to be present.
    Loving hands had transformed the home with appropriate decorations, yellow of course, being the predominant tone. One wall of the Parlor was completely covered with three patch work quilts, the handwork of the bride. A table was draped with a fringed white counterpane which she had woven, and on the hearth in front of banks of pine boughs were three immense gourds which served as really artistic vases fro great yellow flowers.
    Through portieres made by Mrs. Sanders herself, the guests passed into the dining room where substantial and delicious refreshments were served.
    The table was a symphony in white and gold, the chief ornaments being three beautiful and elaborate paper bushes such as the brides Mother was noted for using in her wedding decorations more than half a century ago. The carving was done on a table owned by the family more than seventy-five years and preserved by the bride's sister, Mrs. E. C. Musgrove. This room, as well as the rest of the house, was lighted by candles in antique candelabras of silver and brass.
    The souvenir cards in white and gold were as follows:
 
            Golden Wedding
 
             1849         September 10        1889 
 
           Nancy Cain
           to
             Samuel Sanders
 
               "You to a love that your true Faith doth merit".
 
 
 
 
    Quite a novelty was the bride's cake prepared by Miss Pernie Musgrove. It was of course, pure white daintily trimmed with arbor vitoe around the sides, while from the top there peeped more than a dozen ends of golden ribbon.
    After the bride had cut the cake, there was much merriment over the pulling of these ribbons, to the hidden ends of which were attached symbols indicating the wedding that would be attained by the fortune seeker, whether paper, cotton, wooden, leather, tin, crystal, silver, ruby, golden, or diamond, or whether a lack-a-day, lone spinsterdom awaited, or sad widowhood, or crusty batchelorhood.
    During the cutting of the cake Miss Francilla Huley gave the "Irish Woman's very Amusing Recipe for cake". Rev. J. I. Williams recited "Grin and Endure It", read "Noah's Wife," and as an encore, told a funny story about "Bill".
    Prof. Ira Robins described two phases of courtship as he had experienced it in his youth, and Miss Bessie Huley read Sydney Lanier's beautiful "Golden Wedding" written for his grandparents, but just as appropriate to these. "Two hearts that wrought with smiles through tears. This Rainbow span of fifty years".
    Another enjoyable feature of the occasion was the spirited Fa Sol La singing by the young men and maidens of fifty years ago; and throughout the afternoon and evening sweet music on the mandolin and guitar was furnished by Misses Gay Long, Mary and Francilla Huley.
    The belle of the occasion was Mrs. Barton, who, with her hair in a beaded net and wearing a handsome silk dress, white clocked stockings and low slippers of her girlhood, looked as if she had stepped out of an old time fashion plate. She was the admiration of all the "boys" from 1848 to 1898 and the envy of all the "girls" of the same period.
    Early in the afternoon, Mrs. J. B. Hughes took the picture of the bride and groom and also of the entire company assembled on the lawn.
    Mr. and Mrs. Sanders received a number of appropriate presents in gold and it's semblance, sand many are the loving wishes that follow them as they journey hand in hand from their Golden Wedding to the Golden Shore.
 
Submitted by Karen Kitchens Murphy- November 2005