October 15, 2005

The Harnes

John and Shirley Harne of Hagerstown recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the Darley E beach house in Duck, N.C., with their family.

The Harnes were married Aug. 13, 1955, at Welty's Church of the Brethren in Greensburg, Md., by the Rev. John Rowland, now deceased.

Mrs. Harne was born in Smithsburg. She retired from the State of Maryland.

Mr. Harne was born in Smithsburg. He retired from the U.S. Air Force and is a Vietnam veteran. He also retired from the City of Hagerstown Water Department.

They have four children, John Jr. and Gina Harne of Atlanta, Barbara Harne of Chambersburg, Pa., Priscilla and Douglas Stout of Hagerstown, and Michele and John Rinehart of Smithsburg.


The Harnes have 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The Traceys

The theme for the 50th wedding anniversary celebration of Earl L. and Ilene C. Tracey of Smithsburg was "And they lived happily ever after." A surprise dinner was held in their honor at Savoy in Waynesboro, Pa., hosted by their four children and spouses, Leroy and Sharon Tracey, Jim and Linda Tracey, Debbie and Dwayne Rowe, and Rick and Kathy Tracey. The event was at-tended by family and friends, including Mr. Tracey's mother, six brothers and four sisters, and Mrs. Tracey's two brothers and two sisters.

The Traceys were married Aug. 20, 1955, at Ringgold Church in Ringgold.

Mrs. Tracey is the daughter of the late Ernest and Ruth Sowers.

Mr. Tracey is the son of Ruth Tracey of Smithsburg and the late Wilmer Tracey.

They have eight grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

The Butlers

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Butler of Halfway celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, Saturday, July 30, 2005. Guests were received at a luncheon at the Plaza Hotel, hosted by their daughters, Susan Donnelly and Carol Ann Malott. Relatives and friends from Sarasota, Fla.; Charlotte, N.C.; Oakton, Va.; Baltimore; Charles Town, W.Va.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Martinsburg, W.Va.; and Williamsport attended.

The Butlers were married July 30, 1955, at what is now Zion Reformed Church-United Church of Christ in Hagerstown by the Rev. Robert Delp.

Mrs. Butler was employed with Fairchild Aircraft and later as a teacher in the Greencastle-Antrim School District in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Butler was employed with Fairchild Aircraft and retired from the U.S. Department of Defense, Navy Department.

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