Capt. John Budds - An Interesting Anniversary
Capt. John Budds, the principal keeper of the Oswego light house, was born in Kent, England, in 1819. He was married in Kent on the 25th day of December, 1843, to Miss Sophia Elry, fifty years ago. They came to Oswego in 1854 - thirty-nine years ago, - and have resided here continuously since and for many years the captain has been known among vessel masters of the lake as well as the vessel owners.
Among the vessels commanded by Capt. Budds was the Gilman and the Filandar owned by the late Thomas S. Mott, the brig Canton, by the late Henry C. Wright, the schooner Belle Sheridan by Charles Davis, and others.
For nearly twenty years Captain Budds has been in the lighthouse service and the faithful manner in which he has discharged his duties has won the approbation alike of the lighthouse board, and all who have anything to do with the navigation of Lake Ontario.
The failure of the sun to go own on time or to rise at the proper hour would scarcely cause more surprise than would the failure of the Oswego lighthouse, to send out its brilliant light over the dark waters of Lake Ontario at the hour appointed for it to do so. And no lighthouse inspector has ever visited Oswego and failed to find everything at the lighthouse in the very best order.
Captain Budds and wife are still in the enjoyment of excellent strength and health and have arranged to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding on Christmas, the twenty-fifth inst., at their residence on West Third street in a manner which will due honor to the occasion. A family reunion will be held in the afternoon at with event beef and plum pudding will be served in honor of "Old England," to be followed in the evening by dancing another social recreations appropriate to the occasion.
Whether the "Sailors' Horn Pipe," by Captain Budds himself is to be part of the program or not we are not informed, but the captain could do it without a doubt in honor of "Old England" and in compliment to the occasion which transpired on "the right little, tight little, snug little island," fifty years ago.
The Times begs the privilege of extending, in advance, the compliments of the season to Captain Budds and his excellent wife, with the wish that their lives and health may be preserved yet many a year to celebrate many happy returns of their wedding anniversary.