Ed and Tjodie House to celebrate 50th anniversary

Staff reports

Ed and Tjodie House, Monmouth, will be honored in observance of their 50th wedding anniversary by their family.

All friends and relatives are invited to an open house on their anniversary Sunday, June 7, at First Christian Church located at 514 North Sunny Lane, Monmouth from 2-4 p.m. to share memories or a card, please no gifts.

Ed, raised in Gerlaw and the former Tjodie Hughes of Little York were married on a hot day in the Little York Methodist Church on June 7 1959 at 2 p.m. by Reverend Mann. The bride’s sister Mary (Lee) was her bridesmaid and the best man was Lawrence Taylor. Flower girl was the bride’s niece Kim Schmidt, and the ring bearer was Rick Thomas the groom’s nephew. Donny Fredrickson sang at the ceremony. A reception was held in the church basement.

Tjodie and Ed are currently enjoying their retirement at the Lake, but have enjoyed many residences, in their years together including in Gerlaw, Monmouth, Moline, Milan, Taylor Ridge, Viola, Kingsland, Texas, and Lake Warren.

Their children and their spouses are Doug (Kim) House, Rock Island, Brenda (Jeff) Nimerick, Lake Warren, and Willy House, Aledo. They have seven grandchildren Tyler, Tom, Ryan, Evan, Alyssa, Hannah, and Spencer. 

Ed retired from John Deere Plow Planter in 1993 after 30 years, having also worked at the Warren County Highway Department, and the Monmouth Ford Garage.

Tjodie in addition to being a homemaker also worked for many years including at Barnes Food Market, Eagle Food Headquarters, Quad City Foods, Viola Bank and The Union Federal Savings and Loan.

They can now be found most days enjoying their retirement with family at Lake Warren or volunteering for their community. They are members of the First Christian Church of Monmouth.