Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Finkral

Observe 64th Wedding Date

Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Finkral observed their sixty-fourth wedding anniversary at their home here in Madison, last evening (Wednesday), when a group of about twenty-five relatives gathered for a social evening.  At that time seven of their children and the families were present.  Other members of the family visited in the parental home during the afternoon, in    order to break up the crowd, somewhat.

Bessie Holy and James Finkral were married Jan. 31, 1898, at the Schoolcraft Church ten miles west and two north of Madison.  They made their home on a farm a quarter mile west of this church for the next fifty-two years, having moved to Madison in 1950.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Finkral, who are 89 and 83, respectively enjoy pretty good health, and are up and about, doing for themselves, day by day.  Their daughter, Mrs. Rose Sobotka makes her home with them.  Source:  The Madison Star-Mail, Thur. Feb. 1, 1962, page 1.


Tuton married in Illinois

Finds Wife for Stanton Farmer

Stanton, Neb., March 4 — Uncle Sam’s mails and an Omaha preacher, Rev. Charles W. Savidge, have succeeded in securing for Harry E. Tuton, a farmer near here, a wife, who has promised to make his home happy and at the same time be a mother to his seven motherless children.

Some six months ago the first Mrs. Tuton died. There was the seven children, 320 acre farm, ten horses, fifty cattle and a big drove of hogs to be looked after. A couple of months later Mr. Tuton, driven to almost the verge of insanity, went to Omaha and told his troubles to Rev. Mr. Savidge, who advised him to marry again. Not having any person in view, Mr. Tuton did not know how to go about making an alliance. After talking matters over, the arrangements were left to the preacher, who inserted advertisements in the Omaha papers, not mentioning the name, or location of the widower. A few days later letters commenced to pour in upon Rev. Mr. Savidge. He scanned their contents and out of almost 800 he selected one from Miss Mary Fenwick, of Decatur, Ill. He liked the tone of it and sent the missive to Mr. Tuton, who opened a correspondence with Miss Fenwick.

After the first letter others went thick and fast and a couple of weeks ago Mr. Tuton went to Illinois, met Miss Fenwick and both were satisfied. They were married and at once started for their home here, stopping over in Omaha to thank Rev. Mr. Savidge for what he did in their behalf.

Source: The Norfolk Weekly News-Journal, Friday, March 11, 1910, page 2.