The Daily Democrat
Messrs. Duenweg and Mills, of Terre Haute, were guests of friends in this city
June 6, 1892
Copied by Phyllis Miller Fleming
The Shelby Democrat
On Sunday the 28th ult., at the residence of Mr. A. Rockafield occurred one of those enjoyable affairs becoming so popular among us, viz:
a birthday surprise dinner. It was given in honor of Mrs. Mills, Mrs. Rockafield's mother, and was so arranged as to be her complete
surprise to "Grandma."
That which gave a peculiar interest to the occasion was "Grandma's" age, being ninety years old.
She was born A.D. 1790. She can remember the war of 1812, and many other events of our country's history.
She has been the mother of nine children, of whom only two are living and both were present.
Around Mr. Rockafield's table were gathered the living representatives of five generations, "Grandma" Mills being the representative of the first, her two daughters,
Mrs. J. C. Silver, of Bluffton, Indiana, and Mrs. E. A.
Rockafield, of Shelbyville, the second, Mrs. Melvin Salla
and Mrs. Belle Connar, of Indianapolis, the third, and Mrs. Mattie
North, of Bluffton, Indiana, the fourth, and little Harry North represented the fifth.
At precisely 1:30 p.m., the guests were summoned to the table. And such a table, full to overflowing with delicious viands, too numerous to mention; and in the center as if Lord of the feast, and as if knowing its superiority too, sat in proper
dignity, a huge cake bearing the inscription in very legible characters:
"Grandma," 90 years old, March 28, 1880. The guests with an abundance of both humor and appetite, and each one feeling the responsibility of the occasion did justice to the repast.
In addition to the dinner, "Grandma" was the recipient of many choice presents by the guests assembled.
Thursday, April 1, 1880
Page 3, column 2
HONOR THY FATHER
AND THY MOTHER
Submitted by Barb Huff