News from The Courant American

The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
November 16, 1899, Page 1
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“Many Minor Mentions.”

One of the convicts at the Sugar Hill camp died last Saturday and was carried to one of the Atlanta medical colleges.


Mr. and Mrs. P. L. Moon, now living in Atlanta, on yesterday, celebrate their golden wedding.  Their many Cartersville friends extend them congratulations.


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On Wednesday evening, Nov. 8th Col. and Mrs. John W. Gray surrounded by children and grandchildren celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage.  It was an elegant affair and such an occasion as a golden wedding is rarely missed by those so fortunate as to be invited.  About seventy people assembled in this large and hospitable abode to do honor to the handsome and popular couple who have spent so many years together.  The decorations were elaborate and beautiful consisting of autumn leaves, cut flowers and pot plants.

The gifts were indeed pretty and the majority of them very useful.  A number of gold coins were among them; another thing to be treasured was an elegant silk quilt, the work of the daughters and granddaughters.  There were lovely gold spoons, and ladies thimbles, pens and other things too numerous to mention.

The refreshments were served by the granddaughters who presented a charming picture going in and among the guests with the dainties great in variety and most beautifully prepared.  The evening was one of rare enjoyment and will ever be a bright feature in the minds of those present.  The soldierly colonel, the gentle and dignified wife with the happy family about them was a scene not easily forgotten.

Col. Gray was born in Columbia county in 1829 but has resided here since 1833 as his father, James Gray, was one of the first settlers here having been the first white man to settle on the land now occupied by much of the town.  Col. Gray’s record as a citizen of Adairsville is an ideal one.  His war record is one of marked gallantry. He was elected and commissioned Lieut. Col.  Failing to complete the regiment in which work he was associated with Col. A. Littlefield, he went to the war with seven companies numbering 900 men.  This command was numbered as the 8th Bat. Ga. volunteers.  The rank of field officers was Lieut. Col. Littlefield and Maj. John W. Gray.  Ever since the war Col. Gray has been first and foremost in many business enterprises, farming as well as merchandising all the while.  He has done much in buying cotton and produce, to make the market here what it is.  He was elected to the legislature in 1870 and served two terms and has held other positions of trust.

Mrs. Gray is truly the help meet such a husband deserves.  She was Miss Sarah J. Venable and resided several miles east of town and was a daughter of Mr. Jas. L. Venable whose lineage could be traced back to the nobles of England.  Col. and Mrs. Gray raised a family of five children, three of whom are living.  There are seventeen grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  There was a dinner for the family on Wednesday at which all these were present except three grandchildren and one great grandchild.


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