Mr. and Mrs. John Shaver of Concordia celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Sunday, Dec. 28 with open house at their home on South Broadway. They were married in Guthrie, Okla., and shortly after their marriage went to Courtland, Kan., to live. They have lived in Concordia seven years. Mrs. Shaver was Miss Rose Myrtle Shaffer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Garrett Shaffer, pioneers of this county. They have four children: Mrs. Edgar Johnson, Courtland; Harold Shaver of Enid, Okla.; Miss Pat Shaver of Norman, Okla., and Mrs. Russell Hanson of Great Bend. All were present for the golden wedding anniversary.
Guests attending the anniversary observance at the Shaver home Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Vane Schierbaum, Rev. K. E. Ellsworth, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Segerhammar, Carl and Paul, Mr. and Mrs E. A. Tornquist, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Swenson, Mr. Albert Ostrom, Mr and Mrs. Clarence Plummer, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ostrom, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Tornquist, Mrs. August Johnson, Leon Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Nelson, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin F, Shivers, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Johnson, Norman E. Johnson, Mrs. Laura Kempton, Marguerite Kempton, Mrs. and Mrs. M. Kackley, Mrs. O. A. Erickson, Mrs. Opal Bishop, Mr. and Mrs. Axel Lundberg, Mrs. Joe Lundblade.
Mr. and Mrs. M. Hanson of Mankato, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Ganstrom, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hanstrom, Miss Syrena Hanson, Miss Grace Goodfellow, Mrs. Mary Jewell Pae, Mrs. Silas Harvin, Mrs. E. A. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Moore, Mrs. Mabel Williams of Kansas City, Mr. J. M. Weesner, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Huggman, Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Huggerth, Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Mann, Miss Ruth Hobbs, Miss Pat Henthorne, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Johnson, Walter Douglas Johnson, Mrs. J. C. Henthorne, Miss Iona Cunningham, Mrs. W. M. Cunningham, Mrs. Ivy Rhodes, Mr. and Mrs. Ephriam Hedstrom, Ruth Hedstrom, Loretta Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Carney, Mr. and Mrs. Carl L. Johnson, Florence Haney, O. M. Haney, A. W. Humphrey, Olive M. Ritter, Mrs. J. A. Davies, Mrs. Violet Slopansky, Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Shaver and B. J. Enid, Okla., Mr. and Mrs. Harold Shaver and Pat, of Norman, Okla., Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Mentor Marty and Mrs. James E. Lundblade
From the Concordia (Kan.) Blade-Empire (no date)
SIXTY YEARS WED -- Mr. and Mrs. John Shaver of Concordia celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Sunday, Dec 3. Mr. and Shaver were married Dec. 24, 1902, in Guthrie, Okla., at the home of her parents. They spent most of their married life on their farm near Courtland, moving to Concordia 17 years ago.
Mrs. Shaver was born in Portland, Ore. and came to Kansas when she was three years old with her parents. When she was about eight years old her parents made the "run" into Oklahoma but arrived to late to stake a claim so her father purchased a farm three miles south of Guthrie, Okla. When she was 21 she came to Kackley to visit an aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Phillips and while there attended the Baptist church with them. At church she met the young superintendent of the church school, John Shaver. Following what their daughter refers to as "Mom and Dad's whirlwind courtship" the couple was married.
Mr. Shaver was born in Maysville, Mo. the son of Eli and Diantha Hampton Shaver. He came to Kansas with his parents when about five years old. His father bought a farm near Kackley in the fall of 1880, where the family lived for many years. Mr. and Mrs. Shaver have three children: Mrs. Edgar Johnson, of Courtland; Harold Shaver, of Enid, Okla.; Mrs. Russell Hanson, of Jamestown, who were with them at their anniversary celebration. Also attending the celebration were their grandsons, Irwin Johnson, and Mrs. Johnson, Laura, Mary, Phillip and John, of Courtland; Eldon Shaver, Mrs. Shaver, Bruce and John, of Wichita. Their only granddaughter, Mrs. Jim Abbott, Mr. Abbott, David and Paul of Fort Worth, Texas were unable to attend the celebration.