1878 – It was her older sister’s 30th wedding anniversary (actually it was her half-sister), so Phebe gifted Mary Jane with a “Linen Shirt Bosom” which was in keeping with the cotton and linen theme of the celebration.
There were many attendees with about 120 persons assembled to celebrate alongside Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Phelps. But there was ample room for them all including the Shirland band that played several pieces of music. The feast was sumptuous with bountiful edibles and tempting viands. The company did not break up until the small hours of the new day.
Given how long the party lasted, Phebe likely did not bring her 3 month old daughter May. But little did she know, May’s future in-laws Ephraim and Nancy Powell were in attendance and brought towels as a gift.