Last Tuesday, March 14, was the 50th anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. F. A. McKinney of this city, and in honor of the event a happy gathering of relatives was planned for that day at Mr. and Mrs. McKinney's home. The plans were well carried out, only one occurrence hindering the complete enjoyment of the day, and that was the extremely unfavorable condition of the roads, which made it impossible for a number of the relatives to be present. But those who live in town, Floyd McKinney and family, Mr. and Mrs. O. J. Mark and Dale Mark, were there and helped to make the occasion one long to be remembered. A fine dinner was enjoyed and a happy time was spent together. The children who could not be present are: W. A. and Will McKinney of this county, Mrs. Verna Cozad of Attica and Mrs. Fanny Padgett of Geary, Okla. One daughter, Mrs. Fletcher, died in Colorado only a few months ago. Mr. and Mrs. McKinney have 20 grandchildren. They are the parents of seven children, and six of that number are living. It is not often that so large a percentage of the children live to help celebrate the Golden Wedding Anniversary of their parents. If Mr. McKinney lives until the 2d day of next July, he will be 75 years of age. Mrs. McKinney will be 71 in August.
It was on March 14, 1872 at Paxton, Sullivan co., Indiana, that F. A. McKinney and Miss India Shake were united in marriage. Twelve years later, or in the year 1884, the family moved to Kansas, settling on a farm about six miles southwest of Attica in Harper co., paying $1000 for the quarter of land. There they continued to make their home until they came to this county about fifteen years ago. Mr. and Mrs. McKinney are well acquainted with the hardships and the sacrifices of pioneer days. They stayed with the country and labored on and they have been successful in building up a good home and have done their full share in developing the country. They are ranked among our best citizens, and all unite at this time in extending to them sincere congratulations upon their having reached the 50th mile stone along the pathway of their married life, and to them there is extended the sincere hope that many more happy wedding anniversaries may be theirs to enjoy.
About Comanche-co.'s Twelve Sheriffs
The Western Star, March 4, 1927.
Sheriffs of Comanche County, Kansas, 1885 - 2006
Comanche County Officers, 1885 - 2007
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