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The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Friday, February 12, 1915
Page 1
Horace Weakly Delight-
Fully Entretained At Home
On East Mechanic Street.
          Horace Weakley  was the host last evening at his home on east Mechanic street for the members of the Sunday school class taught by  Miss Laura Kent  at the First Presbyterian church.
          A fine program had been arranged for the occasion, three papers and a reading being given.  Edward Small  gave a very interesting discussion on railroads.  "Shipbuilding" was the subject of a fine paper by  George O. Gaines  and  Emerson Brunner  told of the skyscrapers in the big cities.  Robert Horldt  gave the reading.
          The evening was spent most pleasantly by all the boys and during a social hour delivious refreshments were served.  The next meeting will be held in two weeks with  Emerson Brunner.
          Those present were  Elliott Rapp,  George O. Gaines,  Robert Holdt,  Glendon Conner,  George Small,  Emerson Brunner,  Russell Robertson,  Robert Morrison,  James Briggs,  Horace Weakley,  Miss Kent  and guest,  Mrs. Bland. Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Daily  Republican
Friday Evening, July 6, 1888
          George Kent  is visiting friends in Crawfordsville.
Copied by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Republican
Thursday, May 6, 1877
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.A    G o l d e n    W e d d i n g.
          April 7, 1875, was the day.  The place, at the house of  Mr. Ebenezer Kent of Wethersfield, brother of  Rev. E. Kent  of this county.
          There were present  Rev. Wm. J. Kent and wife of Flushing, Mich., parents of  Wm. C. Kent of this place;  Rev. Eliphalet Kent, and his daughter, Mrs. F. M. Elliott, of Shelbyville, Ind., and others.
          The reminiscences from "long years ago" were of deep interest.  They reached back[?] of the present century.  For this was not only the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding day, but also the  EIGHTY FIRST birthday of Mr. Kent.  Among the subjects brought forward, was the slavery agitation.  Mr. Ebenezer Kent  has always been an old line abolitionist.  As he stated his radical views, one remarked:  "that is what I call abolitionism gone to seed."  "Yes," was the rapid reply, "and it has brought forth an abundant harvest."
          After dinner, an old history of Vermont was brought out, and from its pages we learned that the grandfather of our host was one of the first settlers of Dorset, Vt.  His family was the twelfth which arrived in the place.  He was a deacon of a Congregational Church, and after his arrival appointed the first religious service in his own house.  He was also the first man who represented Dorset in the Legislature.  And in his little home assembled a company of patriots who gave the first bold demand for a declaration of independence from the mother country.  This grandfather's name was  Cephas Kent.  His family reached a remarkable age.  Their average age was over 77 years.  Dea. Cephas Kent himself, died in his 85th year, his wife in her 90th.  Dea. John Kent, the oldest son, in his 100th year, and  Mastin Kent, the youngest, in his 80th year.
          This remarkable longevity seems to be a family trait.  As I have said, we were gathered on the 81st birthday of Mr. E. Kent.  His next brother, Rev. Wm. J., is in his 79th year, and the youngest, Rev. Eliphalet, in his 75th.  A nephew present was in his 71st year.
          There was no attempt at parade in presents.  But usefule and beautiful gifts were brought.  Among them was the motto, "I know that my Redeemer liveth," marked in dark letters with a border of golden silk and set in a rich gift frame.  This was the work and gift of  Mrs. F. M. Elliott, of Shelbyville.  KEWANEE (ILLINOIS) INDEPENDENT.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming and Barb Huff

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