Governor-General Congratulates W. Gardner, Wife, Wed 50 Years

When Mr. and Mrs. William Gardner, Rogers Rd., were honoured at a social evening held in Malloney’s Art Galleries, to mark the golden anniversary of their marriage, 14 congratulatory cables and telegrams were read, including messages from the Governor-General of Canada, David Kirkwood, M.P., British House of Commons, Cpl. William Hillis, R.C.A.F., overseas, and Kenneth Hillis, R.C.A.F., Calgary, grandsons.

George Gardner proposed a toast to the health of the bride of 50 years, to which her husband replied.  Gilbert Gardner presented the celebrants with a purse of money, on behalf of the family.  Gordon Campbell presented his grandparents with a basket of 50 yellow roses, carried by Jean Marie Mason and Barbara Ann Forbes.  The flowers came from the 17 grandchildren.  Rev. J. C. Herbison spoke, and Joan Gardner sang a song composed for the occasion by her mother, Mrs. Gilbert Gardner.  Colin Campbell sang, accompanied by Pat Boal.

Others present included:  Mr. and Mrs. James Hillis, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Vincent, Mr. and Mrs. George Mason, Mr. and Mrs. George Forbes, Mr. and Mrs. David Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Boal, Miss Lillian Gardner, Reginald Biggs, Mrs. William Campbell, Mrs. J. C. Herbison, L.A.C. and Mrs. George Gardner, Mrs. Colin Campbell, Mrs. Gilbert Gardner, Mr. and Mrs. J. Alexander.

The following day, Mr. and Mrs. Gardner greeted many friends at a reception held in the home of their eldest daughter, Mrs. James Hillis, Earnscliffe Rd.  Mrs. George Gardner and Mrs. Gilbert Gardner poured tea in the afternoon.  Miss Lillian Gardner assisted in looking after the guests.  The following grandchildren assisted in the evening:  Margaret Hillis, Peggy, Dorothy and Audrey Gardner, Margaret Campbell and Joan Gardner.