Welland couple celebrates golden wedding anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Lemuel Hogue reminisce as they look at their wedding picture

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Valentine's Day marked the 50th wedding anniversary form Elizabeth and Lumeul Hogue, of 131 Oakland Ave.

Mrs. Hogue was born Elizabeth Mcllvride in Acton, Ontario. Mr. Hogue was born in Marshville. Both came to Welland when they wre quite young. They were married Feb. 14, 1928 at the Presbyterian , Manse in Welland.

Mr. Hogue was a first class welder at the Page-HerseyHogue-Whiting Blacksmith Shop, retiring in 1971. He is an artist and historian, combining both talents to tell the story of Welland. His paintings can take you from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

They both love to travel and enjoy camping.

Both are active at the First Baptist Curch, Mrs. Hogue in the women's association and Mr. Hogue as a beacon, teacher and still in the choir.

Mr. Hogue has also kept an interest in astronomy and has instructed scouts and guides. He also goes to local schools with talks on art or local history.

RECEPTION
For their anniversary celebration they had a reception at the First Baptist Church: The tea table was centred with a cake made by their daughter Jean, with yellow roses on either side. The guest book was in the charge of granddaughter Brenda Forbes.

Highlights of the celebration included a phone call from a grandson in Edmonton; a plaque presented by WellandThorold MPP Mel Swart on behalf of the provincial government, a message from Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and the Queen's secretary, and gifts and cards from many relatives and friends from outof town, including places suchas Ottawa, Dunnville, Wainfleet Port Colborne and Toronto.

Special guests were residents of Sunset Haven who came in wheel chairs. Mr. Hogue works with these people every week in an art class. Also in attendance were patients form the extended care unit at the hospital, whom Mrs. Hogue visits.

Mrs. Hogue attended the event in a long black gown with rose colored flowers. she wore a yellow oreid corsage and Mr. Hogue wore a yellow rose boutiniere. Lunch at the church was prepared and served by the Women's Auxiliary of First Baptist Church under the direction of Mrs. N. Laing and Mrs. C. Arthurs. Pourers were Helen Hogue, a sister-in-law; Hogue's sister, Mrs. R. Harmer, the pastor's wife, Mrs. J. Muli, a neighbor; and Mrs. F. Sykes, a friend and fellow choir member.

The Hogues have five children, Mrs. John Tutti (Shirley), of St. Catharines, Mrs. Simon Vethaak, (Jean) of Welland, Mrs. George Rath (Ruth), of Ottawa, Mrs. Terry Forbes (Doreen) of Etobicoke, and James Hogue, of Downsview. They have 18 grandchildren and one greatgrandchild.


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