The Evening Post, Columbia City, Indiana ~ Wednesday, June 4, 1924
Mr. and Mrs. David Young had a wonderful celebration at their home on East Van Buren street, all day Wednesday, in celebration of their fiftieth wedding anniversary. It was a half century ago that they took the marriage vows spoken by the Rev. A. J. Douglas, deceased, and on this Golden anniversary day, their children and other relatives and friends gathered to join in the happy affair.
June 4th, fifty years ago, was a beautiful day, even nicer than today has been. Mr. and Mrs. Young were then living in Washington township. They rode to town in a big wagon, behind a team of horses and after the matrimonial knot had been tied, they drove back to the country, where Mr. Young spent the day plowing corn and Mrs. Young hoed in the garden, for they were both willing and hard workers.
The celebration today brought home all the children: George Young and wife, of Wayne, Mich., and their three children, Robert, Louise and Janice, and Eugene Young and family, of this city, and Mrs. Esther Wittich, of Detroit. Mrs. Wittich was accompanied by her son, Jack Wittich, and his wife, and their four year old son, Jack Wittich, Jr., who comprises the fourth generation. Two of Mr. Young's sisters, Mrs. Sarah Stiver, and her two daughters, Mrs. Minerva Bollinger and Mrs. Chleo Olinger, of North Manchester, and Mrs. J. D. Coverstone, of Churubusco, were there, as was Rev. Coverstone. Mrs. Mat Bell, of Kokomo, another sister, was not able to be present.
Mrs. Young sister, Mrs. Katie Wagner, and son, Russell Wagner, and wife, all of Fort Wayne, were there, while Mrs. Ellen Smith, of Laud, was not able to be present. Eugene Chavey and wife were present, Mr. Chavey being a half brother. Among others present were Mr. and Mrs. Simon Marsh, of Akron, O., the former being a brother-in-law of Mr. Young, Edward Zahrndt, of Detroit, and Ralph Olinger, of North Manchester.
There was a wonderful wedding cake with fifty candles on it, together with a little bride and groom. During the dinner, Lester Kellogg played a number of beautiful violin selections. Mr. Chavey was the spokesman in the presentation of a beautiful gold watch to Mr. Young, which was a gift from his children. The children presented their mother with a gold wedding ring, carved with orange blossom, and the bride and groom of fifty years were presented with a number of $5 gold pieces.
Flowers were brought from Detroit and they were arranged with such artistry that it would be difficult to describe their beauty. Everything seemed to work out to make the day enjoyable and it so happened that this was one of the few days this spring when tables could be spread outside, as they were at this celebration. Both Mr. and Mrs. Young are enjoying the very best of health. Mr. Young was 70 last September 24th, while Mrs. Young was 74 on January 14th. This has proven one of the very happiest days of their life and their many friends join in wishing them many more wedding anniversaries.