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Been Married Sixty Years

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On IVUniary 22 occiHTed the bratlon of the sixtieth anniversarjr of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Iioswell Waterman, at thelr resideuce, 502 East Washington street, Ann Arbor, Micb. Mr. Waterman bas attainwl the age of eighty-four years, and Mrs. Waterman, ighty-one years, and . nh are in good health. The sixtieth anniversary of a mari'iage of two people is so unusiiiul tnat tneir noar rrtatives üiink that it is vvorthy of a family reunión and celebi'ation. Mr. Waterman carne to Michigan in 1S.'?5. from a farm situated on the Ridge road njioii ttic shore of Lake Ontario in the towa i' Elehfleld, Wayne county, New 3Tork. Mrs. Wat-nnaii. nee Sophronia Maria Xoble, was a danghter of Sylvester l. NoWe wh-ose home was for many years on West Hurón street, Oasi of the home o Deacon Loren .Mills on "Piety Hill' 11 Ann Arbor. Mr. Noble was on f t'nc pioneer antl-slavery men an hls home was one of the principal sta ikns on the underground railroad fron 1k South to Canada and lis dau?htei wnd hiwband imbibeU these seutimcnts and did what they eould to aid this worthy eausi'. Miss .Noble carne witl herparerrts to Ann Arbor n 18:Jii from Syracuee, New York. Mr, Waterman end 'Miss Noble were married February 23d, 1842, by the Hev. John A. Baughmau of the Methodist Episcopal harge, at the residence of the bride's fathfr, a sniall frame house loeated on the north side of West Washington treet, the secdnd door easl of tho o!d J-Btheran church. Mr. Waterman, in 1838, had bought a farm of the United States governinient in the town of Bronson, Branrh ounty. 'Die deed was Bigned. b President Martin Van Buren, and Ik still bas the old deed. and keepfi It as an mterestlng rellc of tbe olden öaye ■Mr. and Mrs. Waterman went to ibis ■feirm in Bronson in a Stage coacta (there being no railróadg :it that time and lived there far a while. They returtíed, however, to Anu Arbor anc Mr. Waterman for several years, in oompany with his brother, Daniel, earrifd ou a dry Roods business in the building owned by them on the ;ornei oí .Main and Hurón stroets, whu h is 'kiw occupied by the Fanner's and l--iiani(:'s dank. Some years later Mr. Waterman bnllt a brlck stoi-é on the west sklc of Cook's oíd Iranio hoteJ. This was iIh ürst brlck store built in thai Uock, and al the tinw of he great fire in the spring of is4!. in whlch most ot' the buHdlngs on this block were burned, tliis brlck store sarved Cook's netel. Mr. Waterman tcils me that whi-n ne flrsf eame to Aiui Arbor bc Wm. Wagner, Jacob Volla-nd and John C. Schalrer all lKard(l at the old Cook's hotel, taking thelr meals at the samo table, and we can all readily imagine thal thi was a right lively and jolly table. In 1845 Mr. Waterman bouh lor a residenee, a lot on the efist sid of Fhfth avenue, between Liberty and William streets, now occupied by Dr. itominser, and jaid $100 for the lot. He built a dweMlng house ou tliis lot, which they oceupied until he purhased his farm of 160 acres in 1S4T. in the tovvnshii) of I'ittsüeld about two iiill(s southeast from Ann Arbor. In Tsts Mr. Waterman soid sarden seede in Michigan, Indiana and Ganada í'or :. 1). 11 'il!, who had a seed farm on what is now HlH's addltjon to Ann Arbor. .Mr. Waterman and his three Bons oarrled on his farm. until he moved ínto Ilie city of Anu Arbor in . eptember, 1874. The imniedjate famrljg ii'nv eonsists of Mr. .nul Xfrs. Waterman, and their children as follows: Mrs. Permeüa Monroe, oí Aira Arbor; Noble R. Waterman and Edgar n. Waterman, of Salí Lake City, Utah; Geo. E. Waterman, of Ypsilanti; there are als.) several grandchlldren and great grandctalldren now living. Mr. and Mrs. Waterman it may be truly sald liave heen and are ainong the Sutwtaiïtial and valued eitlzens of this commuuity. The father of Mr. Waterman and four brothers besides himself were successful merchante. While Mr. Waterman livcd in Bochester, N. Y., lie says that .lolm V. Caldwell & Sou, leadlng merohaiits there, had souie goods shipped froin New York city to Rochester in eight days, and the newspapers pubtished the fact as on of the seven womlers. Mr. and 'Mts. Waterman hve been members of the Methodist Bpiscopal churcU duriiii; their married Ufe, and have contributed much by their regular attendance opon all its services, and by linanclal assistance to mainrain this strong church in this (ommuuity. They did what they eould to aid the soUUers in the field during the civil war, and to maintain and preserve this goverament They have giren to the eonraaunity a family of children who ure. ertrong, viirorous. worthy and help■ful citizens in every respect. They both ahvays have, and still maintain a deep interest in all political, social, moral and roligious questions that affect the welfare of the munlty, and aro ready to do what they ean to support and maintain all that is In society. Théy have always been températe, honest. faithfui and devoted to thé htghési welfare of the state and natipn. It may well be said of ilit-ni: Thon hast been worthy and faithful servants and de ííoidDiendation of al] good ■ SOAH W. CBEEVER. February _'l, 1902.