Happy anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Murray

We wish a happy anniversary to George Washington Murray and Margaret Harriet Graham Murray, married on this date in Illinois in 1862.  From the January 18, 1912 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 7:

Married Fifty Years.
In speaking of the severe cold weather, G. W. Murray of Skidmore says that this winter very much reminds him of the winter of 1862. Mr. Murray lived in Will county, Illinois, at that time and distinctly remembers it as that was the year in which he was married. On Jan. 20, 1862, fifty years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Murray were united in marriage. Mr. Murray says that he remembers the day far better than events which have occurred only a short time ago.

The ground was covered with a ten inch snow and the lanes were full of snow drifts, but zero weather and snow banks have no terrors for a young couple who want to get married, so hitching to a two horse sled, the young couple in company with Richard Winslow and wife, brother-in-law and sister of groom, drove to Joliet, the county seat of Will county, where the marriage ceremony was performed. They plowed through snow all the way to Joliet, sometimes one runner of the sled would cut through the snow and the sled upset, throwing them all into the deep snow in a pile, but this was fun and only added to their hilarity, and they would soon dig their sled out, set it right side up, pile into it again, and away they would go until they ran into the next snow bank. The snow at that time was much deeper than it is here now, but the weather was as cold as it has been all this January.

Mr. Winslow now lives near Quitman and his wife, Mr. Murray’s sister, has been dead some years.

Mr. and Mrs. Murray came from Illinois to Missouri in 1870 and settled on the farm of 160 west of Skidmore which he owned for nearly forty years and which he sold to his son Frank, and Geo. P. McDaniel.

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