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There was a pleasant family reunioiu on Monday at the residence of Mr andMrs John Hcfford, two of Ashburton s - oldest and most esteemed residents,,, when they celebrated their golden wedding at their Havelock Street.. Mrs" Meiford. whose maiden name was - Esther Godfrey, was born at West* Brim witch, Staffordshire,. England, and. came to New Zealand m the shipHimalaya. Mr liefford was born in the ■ village of Cransley, Northamptonshire,. and came to New Zealand in the ship. I Eastern Empire in 1864. They were/ i married at St. Andrew's manse, UmstLchurch, by the Rev. Charles Eraser, on. ! April 28. 1869. After residing at -Tern- ■ Ipleton, and later at the Selwyn, they. ! made their home in Ashburton on July; '20 1876. and have lived here ever-" | since. They have living three sons, three daughters,'and 19 grandchildren. During his long residence in Ashburton ! Mr Hefford has taken keen interest in. I the welfare of the town. He was an. fireman, and for 29 coni secutive years he was a valued member ! of the Ashburton Fire Brigade, _rarely, iif ever, .missing' a practice, and was ! always one of the foremost at the scene ;of a fire. He was also a keen volunteer, and for a number of years was a mem- : ber of the Ashburton Guards. . This, ' however, was not his only military ex- ' perience, an in the very early days he ' volunteered for. active service when » there was trouble with the Maoris in. the North Island, and was amongst. ■ those who formed a volunteer company ' at H.eathcote, which was known as the -i " Blue Jumpers." Tlie Rev. George •■ : Miller, of St., Andrew's Presbyterian Church, presided at the golden wedding function. Messrs Thomas Bullock, 'James Cow, Thomas Williams, Hight, Godfrey. and others also offered their and best wishes.- Mr ; vHight. of Waddington, was a guest at ■the first wedding and was also a guest ■ •at the golden" wedding. : Mr F. Godirey,". : Mrsi Hofford's brother, acted as best ; . 'man at th<v wedding in 1.869, and was^ ' l also present; at the -golden.•."wedding.'^ ; !• Mr and Mr<Heiford were the recipients ' of some vorv handsom<> presents, and ,; i a:large number,-of guests, were enter- ';, -taiiK'd 'during the afternoon, and "even- /- , raff. ■■■'.• ■ : ■'."

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GOLDEN WEDDING, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9598, 30 April 1919

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GOLDEN WEDDING Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9598, 30 April 1919