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25 August 1926


Open house will be kept by Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Templin, 755 South Union street, Wednesday between the hours of 1 and 5 o’clock in the afternoon and 6 and 9 o’clock in the evening, the day marking the observance of the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage. Friends will be especially welcome, acquaintances throughout the county being received.

Mrs. Templin expects the day to be for her the happier by the presence in her home of her brother, J. L. Covalt, resident of the state of Oregon, whom she has not seen in twenty-seven years.

Meeting in Kokomo by appointment August 25, 1876, Charles F. Templin, aged 20 years, and Sarah I. Covalt, 21 years old, both orphans, and having planned to get married unknown to their friends, they confided their desire to John W. Cooper, then county clerk, who took an active personal interest in their undertaking. He called up the clerk of the Howard House, a pioneer day hotel, then located where the Gerhart drug store is now, corner of Walnut and Buckeye streets, and engaged the use of the parlor for the wedding ceremony. Mr. Cooper also secured the Rev. W. R. Kessler, a Methodist minister, to pronounce the ceremony which created a union lasting half a century and which will last as long as the principals to the unions are given life. Mr. Cooper was one of the legal witnesses to the ceremony but the name of the other is not recalled.

A few guests registered at the hotel were permitted to occupy seats in the parlor while the ceremony was in progress but none of them were known to Mr. and Mrs. Templin. Directly after the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Templin returned to Jerome, Eastern Howard, where both lived, Mrs. Templin making her home with James Webb and family and Mr. Templin living with his brother, W. F. Templin. The trip to Jerome was made in the old hack which then plied between Jerome and Kokomo. The same fall Mr. and Mrs. Templin began housekeeping in Jerome.

Mr. Templin conducted a general store at Jerome. Mr. and Mrs. Templin continued their residence there until 1884 when they moved to Greentown, where Mr. Templin engaged in the hardware business. The Templins lived in one house while at Greentown for a period of twenty-two years. Mr. Templin finally entered the employment of the Hamer Lumber Company of that place and was with them eleven years, having charge of the Sweetzer yards for three years. The Templins left Greentown in 1912 coming to Kokomo. Mr. Templin was employed with the T. J. Dye & Son firm for seven years. He has been identified with Fairlawn Realty Company for three years.

Mr. Templin is a native of Delaware County, Ind., and was a son of Isaac M. and Mr. Templin. Mrs. Templin was born in Brown County, Ohio, and was three years of age when brought to Howard County. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Johnathan Covalt.

Mr. and Mrs. Templin have two children William T. Templin of Aline, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Mabel Van Bibber, South Washington street. They also have four grandchildren.

Mr. Templin is a member of the Greentown I. O. O. F. and encampment to which he has belonged for forty years. Both Mr. and Mrs. Templin are Rebekahs.

They are active members of the Main Street M. E. church and are greatly valued in that association. Mr. Templin was reared in childhood in the Methodist faith and it is a part of his constitution and its religious principles are a part of his very being. Mrs. Templin united with the church when she was 13 years old. They have been taking the Tribune continuously since their marriage.

Mr. Templin was brought to Howard County as infant, seventy years ago, consequently has memories of the county, particularly the eastern part, recalling well back into the pioneer period. In politics he has been a Republican ever since he became a voter, and has always been active in behalf of the party’s cause.

Both in the enjoyment of good health, both of them remarkably alert both physically and mentally, their years considered. Mr. and Mrs. Templin have reasonable assurance of many more anniversaries of the marriage ceremony, which linked their lives on that August day back in the Centennial year, half a century ago. That such may be their privilege is the hope of the many old friends and neighbors who are preparing to call on them and offer them message of sincere congratulation and abounding good will.


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