Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Beeks line: The Harvey Aldridges celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary

While I was doing research for a possible next book about Andrews, I found this article in The Huntington Herald-Press, of April 7, 1930, under "Andrews News":

"A large number of relatives and friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Aldridge recently to help them celebrate their golden wedding anniversary, also the fifteenth birthday of their granddaughter, Lurene Aldridge.  A bountiful dinner was served at the noon hour.  The honored couple received many gifts.  Those who were there were Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Harrell and sons, Herman, Herbert, Ernest and Lester of near Dora, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Keefer of Three Rivers, Mich, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Spurgeon and son Curtis, and daughters, Ruth, Marie and Bernice, and Hubert Spurgeon of near Hoagland, Mr. and Mrs. George Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Bunce and sons, Paul, George and Dean, and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Bickel and daughter, Eloise, of Bippus, Marcelle Craybell of Fort Wayne, Roy, Harold, Doris, Vivian and Bernetta Huston of Huntington, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Aldridge and daughters, Mary, Bernice, Lurene and Lucile and son Paul Max, Mr. and Mrs. Vonda Rector and daughter, Alberta, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Fowerbaugh and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Harrell of Andrews.  A daughter, Mrs. Frank Houston  of Huntington, was unable to be present on account of illness."  Spelling and punctuation as published, with my apologies. 

Noticeably absent from this list are Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Beeks and family.  Gretta Cleo Aldridge Beeks would give birth on May 5, 1930 to their son Norman, so possibly complications of pregnancy kept them away.  Harvey Homer Aldridge and Margaret Catherine Dunham were married April 1, 1880 at Kempton, in Tipton County, Indiana and spent about half their married life in Tipton County before moving to the Andrews area.  They had 7 children and also raised two of their granddaughters.  Harvey was already not well when the celebration was held, and he died on August 1, 1930.  Margaret Catherine lived another 12 years, dying on May 7, 1942. 

I know there are people alive who remember Margaret Catherine Dunham Aldridge, and I'd love to hear stories about her! 

The line of descent is:

Harvey Aldridge-Margaret Catherine Dunham
Gretta Cleo Aldridge-Wilbur Beeks
Mary Margaret Beeks-Cleveland Harshbarger
Their descendants