Perth Courier, Jan. 17, 1943
Mr. and Mrs. James Rankin celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at the home of their daughter, Mrs. O. Stewart. James Rankin and Agnes Paul were married on Dec. 27, 1882. They had ten children and all are living with the exception of one daughter, Ida (Mrs. M. Evans) of Reston, Manitoba who died five years ago while returning from a month’s vacation with her parents. Those living are: Isobel(?) (Mrs. C. Wilkins) of Mankota, Sask.; Mina and Rena (Mrs. T. Ferguson and Mrs. William Warren) of Belleville, Ont.; Margaret (Mrs. W. Sheets) of Rochester, N.Y.; Christine (Mrs. O. Stewart) of Perth; Will, John, Earl and Mervyn all of Lanark County. They have 18 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Mr. and Mrs. Rankin were born at Lanark County and have spent all their lives farming until 15 years ago when they retired and went to live in Hopetown. Mr. Rankin is 84 and Mrs. Ranking is 89. They have four grandchildren in the armed forces: Wilmer Stewart, R.C.N.V.R., now stationed in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Vernon Ferguson, R.C.O.C. now stationed in Kingston; Rankin Wilkins in Regina, Sask.; and Sgt. Clarence Gillies, R.C.A.F., Middletown, N.S. Mr. and Mrs. Rankin are enjoying good health and enjoy visiting their children and grandchildren. Mrs. Rankin has two sisters and one brother living and Mr. Rankin has four brothers living.