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Rivard, John T. / Triple centennial jubilee souvenir book : Somerset
(c1956)

A century of faith,   pp. [39]-108


Page 93

Triple Golden Wedding
These three couples who were married in St. Anne's on June 17, 1902, returned to cut
another cake fifty years later on June 17, 1952. Left to Right: Mr. and Mrs. Victor
Belisle, Mr. and Mrs. John Laventure, Mr. and Mrs. Nels Belisle. Nels Belisle passed away
in 1956.
STRANGE AS IT SEEMS-            By Elsie Hix                  At 8:30 a. m. Tuesday, June 17, 1952, the bells of St. Anne's
Catholic church here heralded the golden wedding day.
At 9 a. m., 50 years to the day and hour when they were
married on June 17, 1902, Mr. and Mrs. John Laventure and
Mr. and Mrs. Victor Belisle repeated their wedding vows.
At the same hour in St. Anne's Catholic church in Turtle Lake,
Wis., Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Belisle also were celebrating their
golden wedding.
The three couples were married in the old St. Anne's church
here in a triple wedding ceremony. They planned to repeat their
vows together here yesterday, but the Nelson Belisles attended mass
in their own parish before coming to Somerset.
"You've had your full share of happiness," the Rev. John T.
Rivard, pastor of St. Anne's here, told the two couples.
"You've tasted sorrow and have had dark days, as well as
A"Tons COLDEN WEDDING              -bright."
ANNIVERS6ARY-      -WA!ILi A xzneD WTS/
NN"tVE COUPLE.S,    /'l 3seaOll N'f                     Then in French, mother-tongue of the early settlers and residents
MR. AMM        LI4.L: tl ',  PS h ,,                  here, he gave a blessing for Mr. and Mrs. John Laventure.
RAD                    RANK J., eTRi4,j,                     The Rev. Joseph Paquin, Montreal, Canada, a cousin of the
NDMR'ANDMR, NEL6-M  L   CA6IT A ARE                        Belisle family, gave a blessing in French for Mr. and Mrs. Victor
ItN°A-e-r  wis.,A D        F1P-.I"M0c                      Belisle. He also conducted the nuptial mass.
-We 7 IPe/1Lz-  ON Aoo tAO                           The two Belisle brothers and Laventure , as well as their wives,
LIN?                              grew up in Somerset. All of them are descendants of French-
Canadian settlers.
RL  __This unusual Triple Golden Wedding picture and story appeared
SAN                                 in all the newspapers of the U. S. A. Its appearance in "Strange As
V                          It Seems" indicates its appeal and rare distinction.
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