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James A. Shaffer

This clipping is dated Jan. 15, 1906, but no newspaper name identified.

Ninetieth Birthday Anniversary

A delightful little party of relatives met on Thursday last at the residence of James A. Shaffer, one and one half miles west of Sinnamahoning, to celebrate the ninetieth birthday of James Shaffer, the oldest citizen now living in the vicinity.

Through the kindness of James N. Fouts, train dispatcher, of Renovo, the 10 a. m.., mail and the 4 p. m., train, stopped at the house to enable those who attended easy means of transit.

Those present were: Mrs. Margaret Fulton; Mr. and Mrs. George B. Barclay, Mrs. Israel Bailey,Mrs. Arvilla Council, Mrs. Jos. M. Shaffer, Mrs. Martha Robinson, Mr. Josiah Berfield, Mr. George Shaffer, Mrs. John Shirk, Mrs. Joseph Strayer, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shaffer, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Shaffer, from Sinnamahoning; and Mrs. Robert Gibson, Mrs. Lulu Williams and the Misses Francelia and Nellie Huntley, of Driftwood.

The guests brought many useful and valuable presents for "Uncle Jim," among which was a beautiful house coat from Mrs. George and Mrs. Charles Barclay.  The guests were entertained by singing by Miss Franceia Huntley, accompanied by her sister Nellie.  The Holy City and many other beautiful and appropriate songs were rendered, and by request "Uncle Jim" sang "When I Can Read My Title Clear."  Notwithstanding his ninety years, his voice is clear and strong.

The dinner consisted of chicken, stuffed spare ribs, potatoes, salad, beans, bread, rolls, coffee cake, orange cake, cocoanut cake delicate cake, mince pie, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, peach sauce, apples, tea and coffee.

Mr. James Shaffer is the fifth son of James and Margaret Shaffer, the oldest settlers of this vicinity, and is one of a family of fifteen children, all of whom lived to marry.  There are now but two living.  Mrs. Dr. French and Uncle Jim.

Jan. 15, 1906

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