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Photos and newspaper article submitted by Mary Kay Kuhfittig
On back of the picture is written: "CompanyŚSunday afternoon at Aunt Annie's house on Garnavillo South, Winifred Foley and Julia Chesire, about 1902 or 1903." This is not the same Julia Chesire celebrating her 50th anniversary below. "I wonder if anyone can identify the people in this picture. The lady in the foreground is my great-aunt, Esther Elizabeth Chesire, born 31 May 1878."
"The man seated on the left is Mathew Chesire, of Fairview Twp. His wife, Margaret Hier Chesire, is the first woman standing on the left in the row behind. Seated on the far right is Patrick Chesire, brother of Mathew. Seated third from right appears to be Fr. Robert Powers, Catholic priest of Anamosa. I think the young people standing at the back are Esther and Frank Chesire, with John T. Chesire, down and to the right. (hair parted in middle) They are children of Mathew and Margaret Chesire. Can anyone identify any one else?
A Golden Wedding
The 50th Anniversary of
John and Julia (Chesire) Brady
January 1, 1916

Mr. and Mrs. John Brady, one of Anamosa's best known and most loved couples, were honored at a dinner Saturday evening in the dining room of the Quality Cafe by members of their family in celebration of their golden wedding anniversary. The dinner was planned and carried out as a complete surprise to the bride and groom of 50 years ago.

Covers were laid on a T-shape table and bouquets and baskets of flowers, with yellow as the predominating color, were used in the table and room decorations. A large, beautifully decorated cake, topped with a miniature bride and groom under an archway, formed the table centerpiece.

Those seated at the table with the honored couple were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brady and Robert Brady of Chicago, Miss Irene Brady of Hammond, Ind., Miss Esther Brady, Mr. and Mrs. Con Brady and daughters, Mary Adrienne, Catherine, Frances, and Genevieve, Mrs Agnes Brady, son Emmett and daughters Geraldine of New Hampton, and Miss Imogene Brady.

Jay Morrissey of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Maudsley, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Chesire, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lee of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. John Gorman and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Powers and daughter and Mrs. Thomas Powers of Cedar Rapids, Misses Margaret Neville and Bess Royiasinski of Chicago [were present].

Julia Chesire, daughter of John and Mary Chesire, and John Brady, son of Dan and Mary Brady were united in marriage at the Catholic church by Father Powers on February 11, 1890.

With the exception of three years spent in Missouri, they have lived the entire 50 years of wedded life in Anamosa and community. They moved from their farm near Anamosa to their present home at 212 East Cedar Street in 1919.

Mr. Brady was associated with Mr. Huggans in the Bottling Works for a few years and was guard at the men's reformatory for several years. Mr. and Mrs. Brady are in good health and are active workers in the St.Patrick's church and other affairs for the betterment of the community.

They are the parents of seven children, one son, Edward, having died of the flu in Camp Dodge during the World War. The other children are Jack of New Castle, Calif., Dan, Charles and Robert of Chicago, Irene of Hammond, Ind., and Esther of Anamosa.

Anamosa Eureka, Anamosa, Iowa, 8 Feb 1940

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