O'HAIR GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Feb. 1, at the home of Mr. and. Mrs. Asbury O'Hair was the scene of an
occasion of such hospitality and good cheer as would have done credit
to the festive days in colonial times - the celebration of the golden wedding
of Mr. and Mrs. O'Hair. The day dawned bright and early the great
number of carriages that stood out in front of the home told of a greater
number of relatives, neighbors and friends within, eager to make this a
day of genuine enjoyment to the venerable couple. The home was thrown
open to the disposition of the invading host who soon had affairs thoroughly
in hand. After all had shaken hands with the bride and groom an hour
was spent in reminiscences and neighborly visiting. The thermometer
which without stood near zero, was no index to the friendly glow that prevailed
within. The oldest present were in spirit, boys and girls again and
certainly the memorable day fifty years ago was not fuller of life than
A halt was called
when the wide dining room door was opened and dinner was announced.
The room was appropriately decorated; the long table was weighted down
with good things. The sight was appetizing. The dinner served
was all the more enjoyed on account of the flow of good spirit and frequent
outbursts of humor from those who sat around the table. At the close
of dinner, upon the request of everybody, Mr. O'Hair related the story
of the wedding fifty years ago.
It was a day
in rainy February. The trip must be made over mud roads and upon
horseback. He had gone the night before so as to secure an early
beginning of the wedding trip. The party had but started and were
turning off from old Washington
Street in Greencastle to come
north, when the saddle girt on the horse, which the bride was riding, broke
and she plunged into the mud. At the first opportunity to display
his gallantry the groom quickly alighted, tied up the broken girt, assisted
the bride to mount and despite soiled clothes, was off undaunted to the
minister's. "What about your first house keeping?" interrupted someone.
"A log cabin and an uncarpeted floor," replied Mrs. O'Hair. "And
what of the time since?" "Well, It had its ups and downs, of course."
"That day I thought I was doing the greatest thing in the world," added
Mr. O'Hair; and the host of friends at the table believed he has not since
changed that opinion.
After a few more
hours of delightful conversation around the old fireside, the assembly
broke up and all went
glad to have had a part in the day of such mutual enjoyment.
Mr. and Mrs.
O'Hair are well known to all the citizens of the county. Their home
has been a center of influence for good that has left an ineffaceable impress
upon the community in which they live. A family of appreciative children
and multitudes of friends rise up in grateful testimony that these fifty
years have exalted the right, have honored God and have blessed men.
Mr. and Mrs.
O'Hair desire to thank all who contributed to the pleasure of the
occasion. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. James F. O'Hair and family,
Mr. and Mrs. Harvey O'Hair and family, Mr. and Mrs. Henry O'Hair and family,
Mr. and Mrs. Greenbury O'Hair, Mr. and Mrs. Ellsberry O'Hair, Mr. and.
Mrs. Sylvester O'Hair, Mr. Simpson O'Hair, Mr. and Mrs. Robert O'Hair,
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Curtis, Mr. and Mrs. Lex Hillis.
Copy of a newspaper
clipping, in 1899. The original in the book of Alice Anne Allen McKeehan.