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The Peterborough (Ontario) Review

20TH YEAR, — NO. 21        MAY 12, 1955        6 CENTS

Apsley to Peterboro by Surrey On Honeymoon in the Year 1905

Niagara Falls was the goal of most Ontario brides and grooms even 50 years ago. But when Mr. and Mrs. R. McIlmoyle reached Peterboro, after their wedding in Apsley, on May 3, 1905, they decided they had travelled far enough. They were five hours on the road, in a surrey without a fringe on top, they recalled last week at their Golden Wedding party.

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One of their daughters made a Golden Wedding cake for Mr.
and Mrs. Nelson R. McIlmoyle last week. In front of the cake is
a 50-year-old wedding announcement printed by the Review
Printing Company.

So they spent their honeymoon in Peterboro, and for the last 18 years they have lived here, at 286 Braidwood Ave. Mrs. McIlmoyle is a native of Apsley, and Mr. McIlmoyle came from Smith township, near Chemong. At the time of his marriage, he was working in Lakefield at the Hendron Funeral Home for $8 a week. The McIlmoyles spent 20 of their 50 years of married life in Southey Sask. Returning to this part of the country, they settled in their present home, which was then in the not-to-flourishing hamlet of Claraday. There were then only three houses south of Braidwood Ave.

Among the 100 guests who visited Mr. And Mrs. McIlmoyle last week were their sons-in-law and daughters, Mr. And Mrs. W. J. Davidson, Peterboro, and Mr. And Mrs. Sidney Dewitt, Lakefield; and their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. And Mrs. E. D. McIlmoyle, Peterboro. Also present were four grandchildren, Ray Davidson, and Bryan, Marlene, and David Dewitt. Now living in western Canada, the wedding attendants of 50 years ago were unable to be at the Golden Wedding celebration. They are Mrs. E. Thomas, Mrs. McIlmoyle’s sister, and Walter C. Hales, a former resident of Peterboro.

Mrs. McIlmoyle said that neither she nor her husband had ever been hospitalized. Without pausing for breath, she remarked that they had neither entered a beer parlour, nor purchased cigarettes, except to send overseas during World War II. Whether or not there was any connection between the two statements, the reporter was left to decide for himself.

Original Newspaper Article provided courtesy of Bryan Dewitt

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