Rev. & Mrs. Nicholas Van Cossaboon Celebrate 40th Wedding Anniversary

You just never what you’re going to find in the newspaper.  Sometimes you’re hoping for a brick-wall buster in an obituary and your ancestor has nothing but a funeral announcement.

And other times you’re not really looking for anything and hit the jackpot.  I didn’t expect all of this biographical information in an anniversary announcement, but was happy to have found it!


ADDISON – The Rev. and Mrs. N. Van Cossaboon left Sunday afternoon via rail for Buffalo where they were entertained at a dinner party Sunday evening at the home of their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Johnson, in celebtration of their 40th wedding anniversary. Other guests attending were their two daughters and their families, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Faust and children Nancy and Louis Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. L.G. Woods and children Margaret and Nicholas Thomas, all of Lockport; their youngest daughter, Miss Ruth Cossaboon, a teacher at Marilla. Mr. and Mrs. Cossaboon are expected home Wednesday or Thursday.
Before leaving Addison, Mr. and Mrs. Cossaboon were presented with a bouquet of daffodils from the Epworth League of the Methodist Church of which they were advisors. They also received many cards of felicitation.
The Rev. and Mrs. Cossaboon were married February 9, 1901, at Bridgeton, N.J. , at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Horner, a brother-in-law and sister of Mrs. Cossaboon. The Rev. Lewis D. Stultz, D.C., minister of the Bridgeport Methodist Church officiated. Mrs. Cossaboon’s maiden name was Miss Lillian Pierce and she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ward Pierce of Bridgeton. At the time of their marriage Mr. Cossaboon was employed in the glass industry and was president of the Bridgeton Glass Bottle Blowers which then had a membership of approximately 2,500. Four years later Mr. Cossaboon entered the ministry, having pursued special theological courses in the Methodist Conferences at Alexandria, Va.  He earned his Ph. B. in 1920 and his D. D. degree in 1925 at Oskaloosa College in Ia. His first charge was at Fox Hill, Va. He served various places in New York and New Jersey until transferred to the Addison-Rathbone M.E. charge in October of 1939. In 1913-1912 Mr. Cossaboon had served at Woodhull.
Since coming here, Mr. Cossaboon has been successful in his ministerial work, increased the membership in both Addison and Rathbone. Mrs. Cossaboon is active with the church societies. They are both active in local civil organizations and have many loyal friends in the community.

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