CENTURY OF HAPPY MARRIED LIFE
Wedding of Capt. and Mrs. J. W. Clift at Soddy Yesterday Attended by a Host of
Admiring Friends and Relatives.
One of the most notable social events that has occurred in Hamilton
county in recent years was celebrated yesterday at Soddy, being the golden
wedding, the fiftieth anniversary, of the marriage of Capt. and Mrs. James W.
Clift, which occurred at their residence in that village.
A sumptuous dinner was prepared and invitations were sent to a large
number of the friends and relatives of the aged couple.
The family residence was beautifully decorated and the table was
loaded with all the bountiful products of Capt. Clift's splendid farm, and all
the fruits and confections of the season. The
dinner began at 1 o'clock and lasted until 4:30 p. m.
Guests were presents (sic) from all parts of the county,
seventy-five in all sitting at the tables, chief among them being Mrs. M. A.
Henderson, sister of Capt. Clift. All
of the living children of Capt. and Mrs. Clift were also present, as follows:
Mrs. D. J. Miles, Police Sergeant W. M. Clift, Rev. Wallace Clift, pastor
of the Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church; Joe W. Clift, secretary and
treasurer of the Lookout Boiler works, and Mrs. Thomas Newberry, of Soddy. In addition to these Esquire J. J. Clift, brother of Capt.
Clift; M. M. Henderson and wife, J. R. Henderson, wife and daughter, Warren C.
Henderson, Miss Jane Henderson, nephews and nieces of Capt. Clift; Capt Winfield
S. McKenzie, of Texas, brother of Mrs. Clift, who came all the way from the Lone
Star state to attend the celebration; Col. W. Joe Clift, and Mr. and Mrs. C. W.
Vinson, of this city
Many beautiful presents, all in gold, were received by the happy
celebrants, attesting the kindly affection they are held by their friends and
After the dinner had been thoroughly discussed, short addresses
were made by Capt. Clift, C. W. Winson and Col. W. Joe Clift, all full of
interest and abounding in recitals of incidents occurring during the fifty
years' interval between the present and the time when the ceremony that made the
generous host and his loving helpmeet man and wife was performed.
Capt. Clift alluded tenderly to the happiness his wife had given
him by her love and devotion during all the years of their joint pilgrimage to
this time, sharing with tender solicitude their sorrows and with equal gladness
their ... and pleasures. He said
... that God had been very good ... giving him this woman. ... that He had
allowed ... the same path together ... gone by with so ... tranquillity and ...
sorrow as compared with many others.
At the conclusion of these addresses there was general handshaking
and the "bride and groom" received the congratulations of their guests
and friends on their sturdy appearance, despite their years, and wished for them
many happy returns of their wedding anniversary.
MARRIAGE FIFTY YEARS AGO.
James W. Clift was married to Miss Mary Jane McKenzie at Harrison,
at that time the county seat of Hamilton county, Dec. 27, 1849, Rev. James Clift
officiating. Four of the attendants
at that wedding are still living: Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Vinson, Mrs. Vinson being
at that time Miss Elizabeth Copeland; and Mr. and Mrs. J. W. C. Henderson, the
latter at that time being Miss M. A. Clift and a sister of Capt. Clift.
Among the "young" men present at the wedding Capt. Clift
recalled Col. W. Joe Clift, of this city, two of his own brothers and W. S.
McKenzie, of Texas, brother of the bride. Capt.
Clift could recall very few of the great crowd of friends present on that
occasion, now living, the vast majority of them having "gone on
before." The couple went from
Harrison to Soddy, where they have resided continuously since, with the
exception of a few years when Capt. Clift was clerk and master, at which time he
resided temporarily in this city.
Capt. Clift was at one time state senator from this county, but
has never been a politician, preferring the quiet and dignified rethirement
(sic) of the country gentleman, esteemed and admired by all who know him.
Daily Times, December 28, 1899.
Submitted by Bruce Clift