Alva Lorenzo Boone (1861-1945) and Sarah Alzada “Allie” Erp (1869-1955), my great great grandparents were married in Clinton County, Indiana on November 28, 1889.
Alva was 28 years old and Allie was 20. My grandmother, Margaret Millikan McKinley, told me that these two tintypes were of Alva and Allie at the time they got married.
The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1939. The event was noted in the Indianapolis Star, Noblesville Ledger, and Sheridan News. The newspaper clippings indicated that they “started housekeeping” in the Dillard community and moved to their home “on the cement road east of Sheridan” in 1909. They worked the farm most of their life together.
The following picture of Allie and Alva was published in the newspaper as well.
Their entire family of 4 children, Chester Emmett, Rachel Gertrude, Mary Geneva, Richard Edwin; 8 grandchildren James & John Boone, Keith & Barbara Parr, Margaret Millikan McKinley, Frances Millikan Haskett, Betty Lou Millikan, Arza Clark Millikan, and one great grandchild were at the celebration. Photos were taken of the whole group. Their son, Richard Edwin, is missing from this picture as I expect he was behind the camera.
Pictures were also taken of each family group. Interesting to note that Allie shows up on the porch in the background of many of the pictures.
Chester Emmet Boone’s family came from Connersville for the festivities.
Rachel Gertrude Boone Parr and her daughter, Barbara came from New Castle, IN. Her son, Keith and his wife, came from Indianapolis, IN.
Mary Boone Millikan and her family all came from Sheridan, with the exception of her daughter Margaret Millikan McKinley and family who came from Lebanon, IN.
Back row: Loran McKinley & son, Loran Jr, Arza Clark Millikan, Margaret Millikan McKinley, Robert Haskett. Front row: Arza Millikan, Mary Boone Millikan, Betty Lou, Frances Millikan Haskett
Richard Edwin Boone and his wife, Pauline came from Indianapolis, IN.
The anniversary party included decorations of “large yellow and bronze chrysanthemums, golden bell place cards and a large wedding cake, which was decorated in pink and gold.” The cake was provided by Keith Parr.
All in all, seems like they had a good time celebrating this milestone.
One final picture of Allie and Alva and their children:
Allie and Alva stayed in their home east of Sheridan until 1945, when they moved to the home of their daughter, Mary. Alva died in 1945. Allie spent the rest of her life in Mary’s home, and died in 1955.
© 2020 MJM
4 thoughts on “A 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration”
Well he definitely looks better in the anniversary photos…,seems Allie cleaned him up over the years😁
Looks like you were up late last night!!
Great job on the post!! Loved all the pictures, and appreciated the labels. Dad said that what he remembers of Alva was that he ate with a knife…including peas. Didn’t remember him using a fork. He showed little interest in the young children–children always had to be in a different room away from the adults.
In that last picture of Alva and Allie with their “children”, I see that Katie really looks a lot like Mary (mamommy).
Dad didn’t remember ever living in Lebanon. He did have other comments while looking at the pictures–talked about how they fixed up the front living room for Allie to live at mamommy’s.
Keep up the good work.
What a great article!! Those were my great-grandparents and I remember them. They lived w/ Mamommy and Allie was extremely deaf. Uncle Edwin used to tease her about her hearing. Just wonderful to have stories and pictures in such an interesting fashion.
Thanks so much, Marcy
My Great Great Grandfather was CR Boone. My grandfather was Henry Walls.
I have a photograph of the General Store.