Anniversary and Farewell Reception for the Barretts

Social news from page 5 of the October 8, 1914 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri):

A Farewell Reception.

A farewell reception was given Rev. and Mrs. Reuben Barrett Monday, Oct. 5, at the Burr Oak church by their neighbors and friends of Burr Oak and Salem.  This reception was also in honor of Rev. and Mrs. Barrett’s 44th wedding anniversary.  The reception was occasioned by Rev. and Mrs. Barrett soon to move from the farm in Burr Oak neighborhood to their residence in Skidmore.

About 100 neighbors were present to greet the “bride and groom” when they arrived.  The guests brought with them baskets laden with all the choicest fruits and viands which the culinary department of good housewives in a great and prosperous community could produce.  At the noon hour, three large tables were soon groaning under the weight of good things to eat which would tempt the palate of the most fastidious Epicurean.

The “bride and groom” were seated at the head of the first table, flanked on either side by some of the oldest citizens of the neighborhood, among whom was Captain John Grigsby, who is 88 years old.

After the royal and sumptuous feast, a pleasant hour was spent in social conversation, then all the assembly congregated in the auditorium of the beautiful Burr Oak church, where the choir rendered some appropriate and delightful music, followed by a timely address by Rev. Sauceman, commenting on the life, character and influence of brother and sister Barrett for 40 years in the neighborhood which was so spontaneously honoring them on this occasion.

Rev. Sauceman concluded his address by presenting to Bro. Barrett a very beautiful, leather upholster reclining chair as a token of the love and esteem which their many friends held for him and his loving and faithful helpmate, Mrs. Barrett.  Rev. Sauceman then announced that “congratulations was now in order,” and the whole audience literally showered them with their best wishes and sincerest blessings.

Mr. and Mrs. Barrett were born in Pennsylvania and were united in marriage in 1870 and after one year moved to Missouri settling on the farm in south west Monroe township, which they have now owned and on which they have lived for forty years.

We can truly say that no one in all this part of the country is more loved and respected than brother and sister Barrett.  Their lives have been highly exemplary in every respect and they have the full confidence of all their neighbors, which is the greatest testament that can be given to our fellow men.