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Rufus & Matilda (Husted) Whiton

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A Golden Wedding Being Celebrated Today
by Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Whiton Group
of Six Sisters There - Other Relatives
- Dinner and Presents

Oct. 12, 1906 (Champaign, IL Gazette)

he assembly of relatives and friends to assist Mr. and Mrs. Rufus H. Whiton celebrate their golden wedding anniversary at their home, on North McKinley Avenue today, is a happy one and every member of the group is happy with the host and hostess, who have traveled the path of life together for half a century, a longer time than is the privilege of most people to be together. The time and place of their wedding and other data pertaining to the happy event, were given by "The Gazette" Thursday.

The feature of the celebration today is the presence of five sisters of Mrs. Whiton. They are Mrs. Lou Read of Keokuk, Iowa; Mrs. Martha Leonard of Perry, Iowa; Mrs. Althea Stiles of Woodward, Iowa; Mrs. Ellen Guinn of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; Mrs. Van Horn of Decatur, Iowa. Another sister, Mrs. Effie Greenlee, is living in Farnham, Nebraska. Today is the date of her thirtieth wedding anniversary.

Other relatives who are present are: Mrs. Julia Parr and family of Bloomington, George Whiton and family of Perry, Iowa; Mrs. Anna Whiton and family of this city, Charles Wilson and family of this city, Mrs. Amelia Henry of Waverly. The guests were: Mr. and Mrs. N.B. Tucker, Mrs. H.M. Johns and Mrs. David Cole of this city. These are neighbors, who have known Mrs. and Mrs. Whiton since they came to Champaign.

Dinner was served, the table being loaded with all the things which enter into a real country dinner, the kind which makes man glad that he is alive and is provided with a healthy, hard-working appetite.

Death of Mrs. Whiton Former Well Known
Resident of Champaign (IL) Passes Away
at Son's Home in Iowa

Mrs. R.H. Whiton, a former well known resident of Champaign, died at the home of her son, Arthur S. Whiton, in Perry, Iowa, on Wednesday evening after a long illness.

Matilda Husted was born in Jerseyville (?) about seventy-five years ago. She was married to Rufus Whiton on October 12, 1856. They came to Champaign to make their home. Her husband died on December 24, 1907, but she continued to live here until two years ago, when she went to Iowa to stay with her son. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Two sons, Arthur S., and Charles, both of Iowa, survive. There are about twenty grandchildren. Those living in Champaign are Mrs. Mabel Wilson, Misses Nellie, Pearl, Emma, Fanny and Elizabeth Whiton. Mrs. Anna C. Whiton, their mother, has been called from a visit in Hillsboro, Ohio, for the funeral. She was there with her daughter, Elizabeth. Miss Fanny Whiton returns from a visit in Michigan on account of the death.

The body is expected from Perry, accompanied by Arthur S. Whiton. Funeral services will be held at the Whiton home, 908 North Neil Street this forenoon at 10 o'clock, Rev. D.O. Hopkins officiating. Internment will be at Mt. Home Cemetery.

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