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Achenbach 50th Wedding Anniversary
- The children and relatives of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Achenbach entered the home of the old couple, at No. 177 Exchange Street, Thursday night. It was just fifty years ago since the lady and gentleman had plighted vows, and it was a happy anniversary, for they received the good wishes of those who are very dear to them. The relatives who called on Mr. and Mrs. Achenbach were Mr. W. W. Moore and wife, son-in-law and daughter, and their three children, and Mr. W. H. Blosser and wife, son-in-law and daughter, and little Miss Blosser. Fifty dollars in gold were presented to the lady and gentleman who have just passed a half century of married life together. The visit was a surprise and the few hours that were passed were the pleasantest imaginable. It was an occasion in the lives of the good old people that made their hearts rejoice. In Pennsylvania, in Orangeville, Columbia county, fifty years ago Miss Sarah Harmon and Mr. Philip Achenbach were married. He was a farmer, and for many years afterwards he followed that occupation near Milton, in his state. About twelve years ago they came west, and Freeport has since been their home. Mr. Achenbach is about 76 years of age, and his wife not far from the same. They are highly esteemed by all who know them, and their year have been most happily passed. Six children were born unto them, one of them Chas. F. Achenbach, who lived here, passing away in 1870. A daughter, Mrs. Robinson, died in Columbia Co. Pa., years ago. There are living Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Blosser, D. H. Achenbach, of Schuylkill Haven, Pa., and Geo. W Achenbach, of Aurora. They enjoy life together, and it is the wish of their many friends that they will be spared many more years, to be a comfort to each other and in those who know them. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - June 17, 1887 clipping]
Albert 50th Wedding Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. Emil Albert celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary New Year's day with a family dinner at Hotel Freeport and open house at Trinity Evangelical church. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scrapbook Clipping]
Angle 50th Wedding Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Angle Sr. of Dakota will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the home of their son and daughter -in-law Mr. and Mrs. Bill Angle, Jr. of rural Dakota. No formal invitations are being sent. Friends and relatives are invited to attend. The couple requests that gifts be omitted. Ray Angle of Dakota and Helen Swanzey of Ridott were married June 11, 1921, near Cedarville. They also have a daughter, Mrs. Sheldon (Dorothy) Dornink of Galva, and seven Grandchildren. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - 1971 Clipping]
Antoinette Bassler 86th Birthday
Friends of Miss Antoinette Bassler helped her celebrate her 86th birthday Monday, August 20, 1956 in her home, 315 W. Homer Street. Hostesses at the party were Mrs. Frank Kraut, Mrs. John G. Bruehler, Miss Agnes Miller, Miss Lillian Haller, and Mrs. Clem Michel. Guests were served ice cream and cake. Miss Bassler received many gifts. Roses and other flowers were used throughout the home. Miss Bassler, who was born in Missouri, came to Freeport with her parents when she was 3 years old. Her father, the late Theodore Bassler, was organist at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and taught at the school. Her mother was a dressmaker and did a lot of sewing for the church. [Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois August 23, 1956]
Baumgartner 50th Wedding Anniversary
The golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. George Baumgartner was celebrated Sunday at their home, 327 West Galena avenue. They were assisted by their five children, all being home but one son, Victor Baumgartner, of Lincoln, Ill., whose illness detained him. The other children are Mrs. Adam Krahmer and Mrs. Fred Voss, of Freeport, Mrs. Perry Cromley and Robert Baumgartner of Pearl City. Open house was held afternoon and evening, many relatives and friends going to the home to extend congratulations. Gold candles in five candelabra were at either end of the table, which was centered with yellow and white chrysanthemums. The Misses Pearl Miller, Lucile Kortemeier, and Irene Krahmer poured in the afternoon, Mrs. Albert Klever and Mrs. H. E. Goembel doing the honors in the evening. Mr. and Mrs. Baumgartner were remembered with may cards, flowers as well as more lasting gifts. George Baumgartner of Pearl City and Mary Kortemeier of Lancaster were married at the Kuhlemeier home. Rev. W. B. Rilling, pastor of Salem Evangelical church officiated at the service. Their attendants were Mrs. Elizabeth Kortemeier Kuhlemeyer and William Baumgartner.Most of their married life was spent on a farm near Pearl City. They retired from farming eight years ago and moved to Freeport. Last evening their two daughters, Mrs. Perry Cromley and Mrs. Fred Voss, gave a buffet dinner at the Voss home on West Avon street, honoring Mr. and Mrs. Baumgartner. The immediate families and a few intimate friends were included in the invitations.
A short program of music was given by Dale and Maxine Voss, accompanied by Mrs. Robert Moren. Remarks were made by Rev. Harvey F. Siemsen and the bride and groom of fifty years ago repeated the vows they made Dec. 29, 1896, before Rev. Wesley A. Stauffer, pastor of Oak Avenue Evangelical United Brethren church, to the soft accompaniment of the wedding march. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Clipping]
Jolly Party from Cedarville Enjoy a Day On the Banks of the Pecatonica
A part of the patriotic citizens of Cedarville, consisting of the families of Joseph Benson, Elder Yeagee, John Gusthart, Dr. Thompson and Sarah Mark, repaired to the woods fronting the river at Damascus, on the Fourth, to seek relaxation from life's cares and worries and mark their appreciation of the inestimable blessings of livery. Upon the whole the day was an exceptionally joyous one, "and though we live a thousand years we could not forget it." But the sequel proved that, despite our most painstaking efforts, there is no place in this world of trouble from which "cares and worries" can be wholly barred. The first cloud to fall athwart this scene of gayety and pleasure was owing to Mrs. Thompson's staying away from the rest of the party and getting lost in the woods, she became bewildered and wandered aimlessly and helplessly about in great trepidation of spirit. When discovered she was meandering from the direction of Bobtown in a state of mental and physical collapse, and could only point and murmur "down to the river." By a free use of the fan and ice water, with a few encouraging words, she became cheerful and was taken to her friends who gave her much sympathy and good advice. All was again running smoothly when like a slap of thunder from a clear sky, a sickening thud resounded through the forest. This time it was Sarah Mark; she had fallen from a hammock and was lying full length, prone, on the bosom of nature alarm was again depicted on every countenance. But Sarah is a philosopher. She only picked herself up remarking that such things happen in all well regulated picnics, ate a schooner of ice cream and a dozen pickles, and said there were no flies on her. Thus, with listening to the buzzing bees, the silver throated thrush, watching the beetles droning flight, and the steamers flit by on the blue waters of the majestic Picatonica, sped the hours away till the fast lengthening shadows proclaimed it was time to fold up our tents and steal away. - ONE WHO WAS THERE [Unknown newspaper, 11 Jul 1900 - Contributed by Karen Fyock]
Bertram 50th Wedding Anniversary
Married 26 Jan 1921
Mrs. and Mrs. Chris A. Bertram of Cedarville will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday at an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. in St. John United Church of Christ in Freeport. Friends and relatives are invited to attend. No formal invitations are being sent. It is requested that gifts be omitted. Alta F. Herbig and Chris A. Bertram were married Jan. 26, 1921, in the home of the bride's parents in Freeport by the Rev. Charles Hoffman. The couple's three children who planned the event, are Mrs. Ellwood (Ruth) Seaton of Pecatonica, Mrs. Eaton (Florence) Yokers of Freeport and Paul of Cedarville. There are 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - 1971 Clipping]
Billerbeck 63rd Wedding Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. Anton A. Billerbeck 1532 West Lincoln boulevard, today celebrate their 63rd wedding anniversary. They were married in Freeport and returned here to live after 10 years in Iowa and in Yakima, Washington. Mr. Billerbeck bought the Schulte Hardware store, founding the Freeport Hardware company. The store was formerly in the location from which Stukenberg's just moved until Mr. Billerbeck bought the present building, which was enlarged in 1931. Mrs. Billerbeck has been a member of the Comforting circle, King's Daughters for more than 40 years and a member of the Woman's club for more than 30 years. The couple have been long time active members of the Second Presbyterian church. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Clipping; Married 8 September 1886 Stephenson IL]
Winslow: The many friends of Mrs. Helene Block held a shower for her at the Methodist church Saturday afternoon. The new bride received a number of useful gifts and a social afternoon was spent. Mrs. Block was formerly Miss Helene Leverington daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Leverington west of town. [Freeport Journal Standard 27 March 1940]
Frank Bolender was surprised Thursday evening when friends came to his home to help him celebrate his brithday. The guests were Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Fisher, Mr. & Mrs. Wilson Krumrine, Mrs. Edith Wise, and Mrs. Frank Mauer and daughter Marjorie. Mr. and Mrs. Audrey Shelton and family are moving to the farm of Mrs. Joe Portner, Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Shelton are moving to the farm vacated by Audrey Shelton; Mr. and Mrs. Lee Ashworth are moving to the home of Mrs. Dewey Meier, and Mr. and Mrs. John Kelster to the home vacated by Mr. Ashworth. [Freeport Journal Standard 01 March 1941]
Brick 40th Wedding Anniversary
The children of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brick, of Davis, honored their parents recently with a surprise dinner at the Chalet, Brodhead, at the time of the Bricks' 40th anniversary. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - March 18, 1966 clipping]
Mary Burley - 101st Birthday
Mary Burley of Lena will celebrate her 101st birthday Sunday. Although her sight is poor and she can't hear too well, she is still bright eyed and alert and is able to get around with the aid of a cane. She still takes care of herself as she always has. A son Roscoe, a 66 year old retired airlines captain, lives with her now. Her son Burt, who lived with her last year, died shortly after her 100th birthday. Burt was in his 80s when he died. Mrs. Burley's parents came to Winslow from New York in a covered wagon in the 1860s . Winslow became a booming town. It had a railroad then and a mill. Her parents farmed near Winslow and her father later became the first cheesemaker in the county. She is from a family of four girls and three boys. Her husband, whom she married when she was 16, ran the post office and a general store in Winslow until his death in 1929. Mrs. Burley, who says she is beginning her second hundred years, will observe her birthday quietly. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - clipping Feb. 27, 1970]
Clay 69th Anniversary Wedding
Silas Clay & Mary Derr
Next Sunday, July 4, will not only be the anniversary of the national Independence day but that day will be an annual even in the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Silas Clay, of Lena, for on that day they will celebrate the 68th anniversary of their wedding. Mr. and Mrs. Clay plan only a family gathering in the modest little home of the north side of Lena, where their relatives may assemble to enjoy the day and extend felicitations. Open house for their many friends will be held from 2 to 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Despite their ages, 91 and 86, respectively, Mr. and Mrs. Clay are in good health. Mr. Clay each day spends many hours cultivating corn and vegetables in his small tract of land, which he calls his "forty". Mrs. Clay, although having suffered a broken leg on last January 29, is able to be about the house and frequently enjoys a stroll about the spacious lawn and in the garden; and, she says, "I travel on by own power, I wouldn't us crutches." Mr. Clay was born December 11, 1845, in the first brick house built in Freeport and located near the site of the old post office, the son of David and Mathilda Clay. When he was five years of age he moved with his family to a farm in Rush township, south of Warren, in Jo Daviess county, where the young Mr. Clay remained until his marriage in 1869. Mrs. Clay, formerly Miss Mary Derr, the daughter of Reuben and Eliza Derr, was born a short distance west of what is now Lena, on September 11, 1850. When she was eleven years of age she moved with her parents on a farm about six miles south of Warren, in Jo Daviess county, where she remained until she was married. It was on July 4, 1869, 68 years ago next Sunday, that Silas Clay and Mary Derr were united in marriage by the Rev. Michael Simmons, a Universalist minister, at his parsonage in Jo Daviess county, Mr. and Mrs. Silas Clay then moved on the present Harbach farm one mile west of Warren, Jo Daviess county, where they remained two years, returning then to the old Clay farm where the young man had grown up.
The couple remained there until 1876, migrating to California to "stake out a claim". They were obliged to return to Illinois in the fall of that year because of Mr. Clay's health. He then bought a farm in Jo Daviess county on which they continued to make their home until 1900 when they moved to Lena. Lena has been their home ever since. Mr. and Mrs. Clay have one living son, Kerlin B. Clay, 67, who lives with them, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A daughter Cora M. Clay, died in 1897. The 67 year-old son is not in hood health, and declares, "it makes me sick to see dad work in the garden all day when I can't do anything." Mr. Clay recalls when the Illinois Central railroad was built through Lenz in 1854. Lena was originally planned to be laid out where Louisa is now located about a mile and a half west of Lena. The people who then lived in the settlement now known as Lena provided more money toward the purchase of land for the railroad, Mr. Clay said, and so the village was laid out where it now stands. The fathers of both Mr. Clay and Mrs. Clay were blacksmiths in the early days, and Mr. Clay's father operated a blacksmith shop where the Illinois Central depot now stands. He frequently shod horses which pulled the stage coaches operating between Chicago and Galena. Mr. Clay recalls having driven oxen to break prairie lands in this region. He was one of the few living persons who attended the Lincoln-Douglas debate in Freeport. Mr. Clay is in splendid health and derives great enjoyment from his garden, flowers and lawn. Mrs. Clay sustained three fractures in the last ten years. About ten years ago she broke a leg. She suffered a fracture in the same place last January. About five years ago she broke an arm. Yet she is able to be about the house and appears in good health and spirits. Both enjoy the company of visitors. [Contributed by Karen Fyock]
Harriet Crockett 90th Birthday Party
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Crockett entertained at a family birthday dinner yesterday at noon for the celebration of the 90th birthday of Mr. Crockett's mother, Mrs. Hattie Crockett, 907 South Globe avenue. Fourteen guests were present. Out of town guests were Mrs. Leslie Crockett of Indianapolis Ind.; Louis Crockett and son David, of Rochester Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Newell Crockett and son, Robert, and Mrs. Harry Knauss, all of Ft. Madison IA. Mrs. Crockett's birthday is Friday, Feb. 15, although the family celebrated yesterday. She was born in East Dubuque but has lived the last 65 years in Freeport. She has three sons; Louis, Newell and Burt. Mr. and Mrs. Burt Crockett live in Freeport, Mrs. Leslie Crockett is a daughter-in-law. The three grandchildren are David, Robert and Mrs. Gordon Engle of Freeport. [unknown newspaper, c. February 1952]
Daughenbaugh 60th Anniversary
Sixty Years of Wedded Life - Benjamin Franklin Daughenbaugh & Mary Jane Monsell
On Saturday, Feb., 13, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Franklin Daughenbaugh, well known residents of Rock Run township, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary at their farm home only a few miles from the farm on which they spent their honeymoon following their marriage 60 years ago. While they have made no extensive plans for the event it is expected many of their friends will gather at their home to extend felicitations on the occassion. Mr. and Mrs. Daughenbaugh, who have spent practically their entire lifetime in the immediate vicinity of the farm on which they now reside, live quietly in an attractive dwelling located about three miles north of Ridott. Mr. Daughenbaugh was born in Lancaster township on April 6, 1848, one of a family of ten children, six boys and four girls, and the son of Samuel and Susan Daughenbaugh. Mr. Daughenbaugh never had the opportunity of attending school when he was young, and he says regretfully, that he received but little education. Mr. Daughenbaugh's birthplace was a little log cabin, 16 by 24 feet in dimensions, in which the family resided for many years. This log cabin, at one time a landmark in Lancaster township, was torn down about 20 years ago. At the age of 12 years the young lad was forced to "go to work" on his father's farm, however, during his early childhood it was his fortune to attend the Lincoln-Douglas debate in Freeport, where the fate of the nation was decided. Little did Mr. Daughenbaugh, realize at the time, the significance of that debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephan A. Douglas for he was but 10 years old. In telling of his trip to Freeport to attend that debate Mr. Daughenbaugh stated that he was barefoot and playing in the yard at his father's home when James Deery, father of Harry M. Deery of Freeport, drove a team of horses and wagon in front of the home and called to him, "Come-on Ben, get in the wagon and we will drive to the city and hear Abe Lincoln." At first declining to accept the invitation to hear one who was later to become the president of the United States for fear his father would object, the young lad finally consented to make the trip, and the two rode in a wagon to Freeport. But Mr. Daughenbaugh was to young, he declares, to remember anything of importance in connection with the day's activities. He and other youngsters, he states, "just played around while the debate was being held." He does recall, however, that many youngsters climbed up into trees to get a glimpse of the statesmen as they were on the platform engaged in debate.
Time rolled on and Mr. Daughenbaugh remained on the farm with his father, always working hard and devoting his attention and efforts to activities on the farm. Weeks passed, months passed and the years rolled by and finally he met the young lady who later became his bride. Miss Mary Jane Monsell, who was born on Jan 12, 1852 at Greenwood Furnace, Huntington county, Pennsylvania, who came to Illinois with her parents when she was seven years old. Mrs. Daughenbaugh recalls that there was a heavy frost on the ground in Freeport on June 2, 1859, the day they arrived from the east. Their courtship which took place during the springtime in life culminated in their wedding in Freeport on Feb. 13, 1872. Following their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Daughenbaugh continued to reside on the Daughenbaugh farm in Lancaster township. There they remained until 1886 when they moved on the farm on which they now reside. They have a comfortable little farm dwelling in which they take great pride in maintaining. The interior is as "neat as a pin" for Mrs. Daughenbaugh, although she is 80 years of age, is most particular in her care of the home.
Mr. Daughenbaugh is also very exacting in his care of the buildings on his 40 acre farm, which represents the efforts of the couples lifetime. Mr. Daughenbaugh recalls many incidents which occurred during his youthful days. The land in the vicinity of the farm was chiefly timberland during the early days and he was forced to cut down much of the timberland on the 40 acre tract which he purchased. He recalls that he never had a crop failure although remembers when farm commodity prices were even lower than they are at present. He recalls having sold hogs for $3.50 a hundred pounds and he realized 27 cents a hundred pounds for milk after the hauling was deducted "but we always managed to get along" he adds. The family has never had the privilege of owning an automobile. Mr. Daughenbaugh has a horse now about 30 years old, which for many years has been his only means of transportation. Every Saturday he drives the horse to Ridott where he obtains provisions which last the couple a week; and occassionally a friend will take him to Freeport in a motor car. Mr. Daughenbaugh enjoys such rides. The couple were the parents of six children, two of whom are living, Charles Henderson Daughenbaugh and James Franklin Daughenbaugh, both of Pecatonica. [Unknown newspaper/date, Contributed by Jim Morrison]
Daughenbaugh 50th Wedding Anniversary
Earl Daughenbaugh & Gertrude Katherine Terhark
Fifty Years of Wedded Life
Sunday afternoon Mr. and Mrs. Earl Daughenbaugh, 628 E. Wyandotte St., will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at an open house at their home. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 1:30 to 4 o'clock. No formal invitations are being sent. Hosts at the reception will be Mr. Daughenbaugh's sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey DeGroff of Freeport. The former Gertrud TerHark and Earl Daughenbaugh were married Dec. 3, 1919, by the Rev. Mr. Ruehman at the State Road Reformed parsonage in Ridott. Their only son, Dale, was killed World War II in Germany. The honored couple requests that gifts be omitted. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated clipping]
Mrs. Roy Daughenbaugh, 527 W. Douglas street was surprised last evening by a group of friends who came to assist in celebrating her birthday. When she returned she found it brightly lighted and the guests already in possession of her house. After a social of cards the guests served a lunch at midnight. Out of town guests were Mr. & Mrs. Marvind Davidson and family of Monroe Wisc., Mr. and Mrs. Lee Barker and children. Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Barker and Robert Barker, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Gross and family of Orangeville. [04 April 1940 Freeport Journal Standard]
Mrs. William Dreier 90th Birthday
Mrs. William Dreier, 944 East Clinton street, is celebrating her ninetieth birthday today. Neighbors and friends surprised her this afternoon and this evening the children are giving a family dinner in her honor, at which five generations will be represented. The children are Mrs. Jennie Bell, Chicago, Mrs. John W. Daniels, Mrs. Freda Baker, Mrs. Edward Luettig, Mrs. J. F. Burns, of Freeport and Ernest, Henry and William Dreier, who also live in this city, They will all be at the dinner. Mrs. Dreier was born in Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany, Dec. 14, 1848. She and her husband came to the United States in November, 1882. The voyage took twenty-eight days as the shop was struck by lightning and disabled. Mrs. Dreier still tells the tale of assisting in bailing out the water. Mrs. Dreier enjoys good health and although ninety years old, reads without glasses. (Contributed by Karen Fyock -Undated Clippings)
Dreyer 13th Birthday
Jimmy Dreyer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy E. Dreyer, 625 West Chestnut celebrated his 13th birthday with a stag party Friday evening. A delicious supper was served by his mother at 5:30, the ornamented birthday cake being the center of attraction. Large candy canes were given as favors. Later the boys attended the Patio theatre. Jimmy was generously remembered. [21 December 1940 Freeport Journal Standard]
Eickman 50th Wedding Anniversary
Golden Year -- Mr. and Mrs. Harry Eickman, Freeport, will observe their 50th anniversary Sunday, March 10, with open house at their home from 2 to 5 p.m. Mr. and Mrs. Eickman were married on March 12, 1913 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and had one daughter, the late Mrs. John Hodgson. A granddaughter, Ruth L. Hodgson, lives in Seward. [Unknown newspaper/date; Contributed by Alice Horner]
Mrs. Eilert 95th Birthday
A birthday party was given today at the home of Thomas Eilert at Dakota in honor of Mr. Eilert's mother, who by tomorrow, will have reached the good old age of ninety-five years. Relatives and friends, to the number of half a hundred or more, assembled during the forenoon, and after congratulations had been extended to the old lady and an hour had been spent in a social way, dinner was served at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Zeigler, nearby neighbor, Mrs. Zeigler being a granddaughter of Grandma Eilert. The dinner table fairly groaned under the load of substantials and delicacies prepared for the occasion, and to say that all enjoyed the feast would not half express it. Grandma Eilert occupied the place of honor at the end of the festal board and at the same table four generations were represented. Grandma Eilert, aged 95 - Thomas Eilert, her son, aged 65; Franklin Eilert, son of Thomas Eilert, aged 37 and Rachel, daughter of Franklin Eilert 10. After dinner was over Miss Rachel Eilert sang very nicely, "Break the News to Mother," and Little Miss Ruby Carl recited (end of available info) [c. 1899, Freeport Daily Bulletin; Contributed by Jean Lavin]
Levi Fahs celebrated his 72d birthday last Tuesday evening, Oct. 17th. Mrs. Fahs had prepared a fine supper, which was enjoyed by the guests of the occasion. Those who were present were Dr. S. C. Thompson and family, D. G. Ilgen and wife, Jo K. Renson and wife, Henry Richart and wife, John Rockey, Mrs. C. E. Bucher, James W. Nelson, Esq., and family, Miss Eliza Clingman. [Unknown newspaper, 25 October 1899 - contributed by Karen Fyock]
Folgate Family Picnic
Orangeville: Mr. and Mrs. Otto Folgate entertained at a family picnic Sunday. The guests being the descendents of the late Uriah Folgate. At noon a bountiful dinner was served. The afternoon was spent playing games. Thos present were: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Messinger and grandson, Richard, Dakota; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Harnish and family of Red Oak; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Messinger and family of WInslow; Mr. and Mrs. Ransom Folgate, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Lam, Mrs. James Crawford and family, Mrs. Jesse Folgate and Mrs. Sadie Bolender, of Freeport; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Askey, Mr. and Mrs. Victor Folgate and daughter, Miss Edna messinger and George Obert, of Orangeville. [Freeport Journal Standard, 04 September 1940]
Shower for Gaulraupp
Lena: Mrs. Adam Simmer entertained about 25 at her home Wednesday afternoon at a variety shower honoring Miss Lucille Gaulraupp. Miss Gaulrapps's approaching marriage to Charles Bastian of Galena will be an event of the autumn. Miss Gaulraupp was generously remembered with beautiful and useful gifts. The guests were entertained throughout the afternoon with various games and social converse. A delicious lunch was served at the close of the afternoon. Mrs. Simmer was assisted by Mrs. Hollis Leckington, Mrs. J.P. Altenbern and Mrs. C.L. Neimier. [Freeport Journal-Standard, 19 August, 1938]
Gingrich 60th Wedding Anniversary
Married 18 Jul 1940
Willard and Olive Gingrich of 333 N. Tower Road, Freeport, will observe their 60th wedding anniversary on July 18. Their children suggest, in lieu of a formal gathering, that friends and relatives extend their greetings through cards, telephone calls or visits. The Gingriches were married July 18, 1940, in Dakota. Willard has retired from farming and has served as a volunteer at Freeport Memorial Hospital for the past 16 years. Olive is a homemaker. Their family includes six daughters and two sons. The daughters are Rachel (Kenneth) TerBeek of Cedarburg, Wis.; Barbara (Byron) Kauffman of West Liberty, Ohio; Lila (the late Everett) Oaks of Freeport; June (William) Cleaveland of Chehalis, Washington; Connie (Byron) Warkentin of Elkhart, Ind.; and Beth Gingrich of Gallup, New Mexico. Myron (Lonna Stoltzfus) Gingrich of Madison is their son. Their son Keith is deceased. His widow, Dr. Elizabeth Gingrich, resides in Goshen, Ind. The couple have 20 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Clipping]
Good 50th Wedding Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Good, 1217 LaCresta Dr., will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on Sunday afternoon from 1:30 to 5:30 at the home of Mrs. Good's brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. William J. Meyers, who live three-fourths of a mile east on Highway 75 at the intersection of the radio tower road. The Goods were married 50 years ago on Nov. 29 at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Meyers, at Red Oak. They have three children; Roy of Freeport, Leonore, who lives at home; and Mrs. Edna Parker of Cedarville. There are nine grandchildren. Starting their first home in Winnipeg, Canada, the couple moved to North Dakota from there. For the past 41 years they have lived in Stephenson County. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Clipping]
Louis Hart 84th Birthday
Louis Hart, 1133 South Oak avenue, is celebrating his eighty-fourth birthday today, and although the event is being observed quietly, Mr. Hart has many memories that help to pass the time. There are few older residents of Freeport than Mr. Hart - not in feelings, but in the length of years that he has actually lived in the city - for Mr. Hart was born in Freeport. The house which he was born in on South State avenue, then called Mechanic street, still stands. His father owned a large lot of ground, between Washington and Jackson street, which was a tangle of hazel brush in those days. In the late eighties and the early nineties Mr. Hart operated the bus line for sixteen years from Freeport to South Freeport, known in those days as Dunbar. Three buses met the trains and it required ten horses to do the job well, for as some of the older residents remember, the roads at that time were knee deep in mud in the spring and knew nothing of the joys of macadam. While Mr. Hart was operating the bus was the same time that the huge sheep sheds were kept filled with sheep at Dunbar and thousands would be driven to this loading place during a year. Mr. Hart recalled one time when the mud was so deep that his team looked like black horses when they arrived at the barn after a midnight ride. [3 January 1936, submitted by Karen Fyock]
Hartsough 50th Wedding Anniversary
Today, at the pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Humphrey, in Buckeye township, a large number of their neighbors and friends assembled to celebrate the golden wedding anniversary of Mrs. Humphrey's parents, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Hartsough. The guests partook of a sumptuous dinner and extended hearty congratulations to the bride and groom of fifty years. It was an occasion of much joy and none enjoyed it more thoroughly than did Mr. and Mrs. Hartsough. They received quite a number of handsome gifts, testimonials of the esteem to which they are held by the relatives and friends. Mr. and Mrs. Hartsough are numbered among the oldest settlers of Stephenson county now living, having first settled here in 1845. Mr. Hartsough is a native of Seneca county, New York, and was born in 1821. While still a young man he removed to Union county, Pa., where he clerked in a store and taught school. In 1842 he married Miss Scheckler, his present wife, and in 1844 they went from Pennsylvania to New York, and the following year they set out for the far west, settling on a farm in Rock Grove township. For several years Mr. Hartsough continued to teach school, and in 1848 he purchased the old woolen mills near Oneco, which he conducted until 1857, when he sold it to Samuel Runkle and engaged in the mercantile business, and also served a time as postmaster. Soon after the breaking out of the war he recruited Company G, of the 93rd I. V. I., and served a few months in this company as First Lieutenant. On account of his health he was compelled to resign his commission and return home. He purchased a woolen mill in Lafayette County, Wisconsin, which he conducted until 1869 when he sold out and again returned to Stephenson County, settling on a farm in Section 30. He served as coroner of the county, commissioner, justice of the peace and held several school offices. He was elected justice of the peace in 1852 and held the office for a period of twenty-five years. Mr. and Mrs. Hartsough were the parents of four daughters. Mrs. Sarah Hurlburt, Mrs. Mary Clingman, Mrs. Addie Briggs and Mrs. Susan Humphrey. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - December 21, 1892 clipping]
Orangeville: At a gathering held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hawthorne, Stavers Grove, the engagement of their daughter, Miss Dorothy, to Argene Van Matre, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Van Matre, Orangeville, was announced. Miss Hawthorne was a graduate of the Monroe high school in 1939 and of the Rockford School of Nursing in 1942. She has since been employed in a Rockford hospital. Her fiance is employed in a defense plant in Rockford. No date has been set for the marriage. [Unknown newspaper, c. 1944; Contributed by Larry Reynolds, who adds: "They married 10 June 1944"]
Miss Mary Hogan, 103, former resident of New Dublin, Stephenson county, and who lived for many years in Freeport, has decided views on modern dress, flappers, and cigarettes, despite her advanced years, but still clings to her corncob pipe, which, however, she never smokes in company. [Chicago Herald Examiner; Contributed by Karen Fyock]
Louis C. Housel - 91st Birthday
Louis C. Housel Observes 91st Birthday On Sunday - Louis C. Housel celebrated his ninety-first birthday Sunday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Cora Kuhlemeyer. A chicken supper was served to sixteen guests from a table beautifully decorated with roses and snapdragons. Mr. Housel was the recipient of many fine gifts. The evening was spent playing bunco, prizes being awarded to Mrs. Ida Peters, Walter Rech, and Mr. and Mrs. Bert Bates. Other guests were Mr. and Mrs. William Housel, Mrs. Walter Rech, of Freeport, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Volkers and two great-grandchildren, Elaine and Shirley Kuhlemeyer. Came West In Covered Wagon - The following are a few interesting details of Mr. Housel's early life. Louis C. Housel was born in Lewisburg, Pa., October 23, 1847. His parents and their seven children, of which Mr. Housel was the youngest, together with a number of other families, traveled west in a caravan of fifteen covered wagons and settled in Freeport. They lived in their covered wagons on the plot of ground where the Lincoln-Douglas debate was held. Mr. Housel tells of the misfortune encountered on their trip over the plains, when a family of eight was killed by the Indians. Paid For Dental Work With Land - His father was a dentist and watch-maker with Mr. Ford. He once made a set of teeth for a man in Freeport and in return received forty acres of land. He added more to it and made the home where Mr. Housel now lives with his son, William, southwest of Pearl City. Mr. Housel has been a farmer all of his life. He has never had a sick day except when he suffered a broken leg. This last year he has helped on the farm by running the tractor for cutting oats and is now helping to pick corn. His greatest hobby is smoking cigars.
[Transcribed by Alice Horner from the October 25, 1938 Tuesday Pearl City Ill. edition of the Freeport Journal Standard] Transcriber's Note: Louis C. Housel married Catherine Finkenbinder on September 5, 1875 in Stephenson County, according to the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index. The 1917 Prairie Farmer's Reliable Directory of Farmers and Breeders for Stephenson County shows he owned 80 acres in Section 19, Loran Township. He died March 29, 1943 in Loren Township, Stephenson County, according to the Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916-1950]
Harry Hoyman to Doris Kruse Engagement
Members of the TauTau club were beautifully entertained last evening by Mrs. Graydon V. Powell at a dinner at the Top Notch. Red and yellow roses, jonquils, and narcissus in a crystal bowl, red candles in silver holders added to the beauty of the table. After the dinner, the guests went to the Powell residence on South West Avenue, and it was at this time that the engagement of Miss Doris Kruse and Harry H. Hoyman was announced, the wedding to take place in May. The manner of announcement was unique. A mail box was opened, in which was found a letter for each member of the club. The “letter” held the names of this very popular couple. Miss Kruse is one of Freeport’s finest contraltos, and holds a position in the State Bank. She is the daughter of the late Fred C. Kruse, 604 West Avon Street. Mr. Hoyman is office manager of the Schacht-Tuck Company in the Henney building and was formerly accountant with the Ford Motor Company. He is a son of Mrs. Henry Hoyman, 410 South Walnut Avenue. [Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, IL February 13, 1930; Contributed by Alice Horner who adds this note: I show they married June 7, 1930]
Hull 55th Wedding Anniversary
David and Clara W. (Ludolph) Hull
Mrs. and Mrs. David Hull of Cedarville are observing their 55th wedding anniversary today. An open house will be held in their honor from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in Emmanuel Evangelical Congregational Church here. Friends and relatives are invited to attend. No formal invitations are being sent. It is requested that gifts be omitted. David Hull and Clara W. Ludolph were married Jan. 25, 1916, in the home of the bride in Freeport. Mr. and Mrs. Hull have ten children: Oliver, Mrs. Richard (Rachel) Slaght and Mrs. Stanley (Irene) Bauch, all of rural Freeport, James of Red Oak, Mrs. Norman (Marjorie) Kuhlemeier of Pearl City, Mrs. John (Ruth) Dikkers of Shannon, Elwood of Rock City and Pauline of Cedarville. Two children died in infancy. There are 31 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - 1971 Clipping]
Hummermeier Farewell Party
Pearl City: Mr. and Mrs. Emil Hummermeier were given a surprise farewell party at their home in Erin township last week by fifty neighbors adn friends. The Hummermeiers are moving to Freeport. A social time was enjoyed and a handsome table lamp was presented to the honorees. [Freeport Journal-Standard, 25 November 1938]
Hurless 50th Wedding Anniversary
Orangeville: Mr. and Mrs. Samuel F. Hurless observed their 50th wedding anniversary Wednesday at their home. In the evening a dinner was served to their children and families. Miss Ora Sproul was married to Samuel F. Hurless in Van Wert, O., Sept. 10, 1891. They located in Green County, Wisconsin, in February, 1900, farming until they retired about 15 years ago and moved to Orangeville. They have two daughters, Mrs. Clayton Taft, Orangeville, and Mrs. Earl Hawthorn, Monroe, and two sons, Percy and Forrest Hurless, both of Orangeville. There are also 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. [Times Special Service - 1941; Contributed by Larry Reynolds]
Hutchison 70th Wedding Anniversary
W. P. Hutchisons Will Mark 70 Years of Wedded Life
The 70th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Walter P. Hutchison, 1317 W. Stephenson St., will be observed at an open house at their home on Friday, Sept. 2. Mrs. Hutchison is now 88, and her husband will mark his 92nd birthday in October. The Hutchisons are formerly of Grundy Center, Iowa, and both were graduated from high school there, Mr. Hutchison with the class of 1893. Franciene Winslow and Walter Hutchison were wed at Grundy Center at 8 p.m. on Sept. 2, 1896 at the home of the bride’s sister, Mrs. M. A. Buchan, by the minister of the First Presbyterian Church there. On Sept. 1, 1899 the Hutchisons moved to Estherville, Iowa where they lived for 10 years. Then on Nov. 8, 1909 they moved to Freeport where Mr. Hutchison engaged in the insurance, real estate and loan business, which he still conducts. They have always belonged to the First Presbyterian Church here, and for many years Mr. Hutchison was very active in church and civic club work. On the advice of his physician, Mr. Hutchison joined the Freeport Country Club in 1919 and still plays golf occasionally. There is only one other man remaining as a member of the club who joined at the time he did. The open house on Friday will be from 3 to 5 in the afternoon and from 7 to 10 in the evening. No invitations have been sent but all friends and relatives are invited to call. Arrangements for the party are being made by their daughter, Mrs. Hilding B. Bihl, and their granddaughters, Mrs. Ben Dorsey and Miss Katherine Bihl. The Hutchisons also have three great-grandchildren. [Unknown newspaper/date; Transcribed & Contributed by Alice Horner]
A surprise party honoring Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kingham of Australia, parent of Mrs. Lester Miche, was held October 11th at Zion Evangelical United Church annex. The couple has been visiting here since the first week in September and will leave for home Friday. Following a short devotional period, Lester Miche, the couple's son-in-law showed slides from Australia, they had brought with them. Mrs. Kingham was presented with a gold brooch and Mr. Kingham a set of cuff links as gifts from the group. Refreshments were served. Sponsors of the gesture were members of the Builders Sunday School Class to which Mr. and Mrs. Miche belong. Mr. and Mrs. Kingham live at Tichborne, in New South Wales, Australia. Their daughter, Lila, met Mr. Miche when he was an INternational Foreign Youth Exchange student from September 1953 to April 1954. The couple was married in Toronto, Canada the following January. This is the first opportunity the grandparents have had to see their two grandsons, Leland and Rickey. The Kinghams are farmers raising mainly sheep and wheat; also flowers which they sell. They wer especially interested in dairy farming, little of which is done in their section of the country; also hog and sheep crops here. Week end visitors in the Miche home to meet the Kinghams were Mr. and MRs. Kenneth Harper of Waterdown, Ontario, Canada, the couple with whom Mrs. Miche stayed about sixty days waiting clearance of her permit to enter the United States. [The Stephenson Farmer 19 October 1961 Contributed by Karen Fyock]
Families in New Dublin community gave a shower for Mr. and Mrs. Ray Klatt Thursday night at the Henry Brady home. They received a purse of money from the group. [Freeport Journal-Standard, 05 March 1940]
Ida Kniss 95th Birthday
October 21: Mrs. Ida Kniss, Dakota's oldest resident, celebrated her 92nd birthday Oct. 21, She was born in Juniata county, Pennsylvania in 1874. She is spry for her age and lives alone, doing her own house work. For pastime she braids rugs, pieces quilts, and raises flowers. She walks to the post office daily and shops for her groceries at the local store. Her mind is keen and alert for one her age and keeps up on the current events which she discusses with her neighbors and friends. Her sense of humor seems to keep her young. She is loved by all the town folks and she has many friends and relatives who call on her regularly. She plans on spending the winter in the Paul Graybill home.
Ida Kniss celebrated her 95th birthday on October 21. But the celebration rally began more than 2 weeks before this when Mr. and Mrs. Clark Kniss of Waterloo, Iowa and Mrs. Vera Sprague of Los Angeles came to visit her on October 9. Sam's brother married Ida's sister, Jane, and these were their children. Then on the 16th Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Meyer of Los Angeles, California and Robert Meyer of Marshalltown, Iowa visited their aunt. These were the children of Ida's sister, Fanny, On the 19th Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Reichwein of LeClair, Iowa came. Mrs. Reichwein was sister, Lura Snyder's daughter, Thelma. Other relatives and friends visiting Ida were: Mrs. Herbert Murphy and children, Mrs. Carl Raih, Mr. and Mrs. ANdrew Cerroni, Mrs. Seward Lincoln, Mrs. Kenneth Miller, Mrs. Nellie Peck, Mrs. Carol McGinnis, Mrs. Fanny Gramley, Mrs. Sam Shelley, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Klingman, and Miss LaFerne Ley, all of Freeport, also Mr. and Mrs. Roy Mitchell, Miss Verda Mitchell, Mrs. Lucy Shoemaker, Mrs. John Ruef, Mrs. Harry Fehr, Mrs. Lloyd Myers, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Beidler, Mrs. Roy Baumgartner, Mrs. Clyde Fleugel, and Mrs. Henry Bastian all of Dakota. Ida received 76 cards and some gifts for which she thanks each one. The birthday cake the Mitchells brought was a fitting crazy patch quilt design. Ida spends most of her time piecing quilts -- but they are not crazy patches! Annie Downey, a life-long friend of Ida's, was 8 years old on the same day. Lucy Shoemaker, Fanny Gramley, and Anna Cerroni visited Ida Kniss the evening of October 20. She was having a birthday on Tuesday, October 21. It was suggested we go ahead of the day only to find she had already had nine visitors that day. (These ladies are from the Sunday School class Ida would be in if she were able to attend.) Andy and Anna Cerroni visited Ida Kniss in the Paul Graybill home October 14.
[Submitted by Karen Fyock (Undated clipping) Note: Illinois Marriages has a marriage of Samuel Walter Kniss to Ida Phoebe Beider 15 May 1900]
Mr. and Mrs. William Kirk - 50th Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. William Kirk, of this city, celebrated the 50th anniversary of their marriage last Thursday by a golden wedding at which there were present seven children (3 sons, 4 daughters), 4 sons-in-law, 2 daughters-in-law, and 23 grandchildren, besides a host of friends. Mr. and Mrs. Kirk have had 11 children 9 of whom are still living. [Freeport Weekly Journal January 20, 1869]
Maria Kirk - 81st Birthday
Mrs. William Kirk (Maria Miller) celebrated the 81st anniversary of her birthday, at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. Joseph Porter, on Friday last. The occasion brought together a large and happy company, including as it did, not only children, but grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren. Although Mrs. Kirk is far advanced on the shady-side of life, yet she preserves her age to a remarkable degree, and is as active and ambitious as many ladies of fifty. May she live to celebrate her centennial anniversary. [Freeport Journal August 27, 1879]
Mrs. William Kirk Family Reunion
Christmas Day and evening was the occasion of the reunion of the descendants of Mrs. William Kirk. They assembled at the residence of Jos. Porter, Esq., which occupies the site of the old watch factory. The families of D. Hoover, Mrs. L. Curry, Mrs. Clara Brown, and Americus Runner, were present, numbering in all, 26 persons. About 5 o'clock in the afternoon the room, containing a very large and handsome Christmas tree, was thrown open to the company, and from its generous branches some 300 presents were taken and distributed. This was one of those jolly affairs which are always remembered with pleasure by the participants. [Freeport Weekly Journal January 1, 1879]
Pearl Kling, on her birthday, entertained a party of young friends last Saturday. [Unknown newspaper, November 1899; contributed by Karen Fyock]
Kortemeier 50th Wedding Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. Fred H. Kortemeier celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary New Year's day with a family dinner at Hotel Freeport and open house at Trinity Evangelical church. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scrapbook Clipping; Fred Kortemeier and Louisa Theal married 2 January 1895 License # 258]
Kortemeier 50th Wedding Anniversary
Henry F. Kortemeier & Kate Lentz
26 May 1898 -- 26 May 1948
Mr. and Mrs. Henry F. Kortemeier, route 4, Freeport, will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary Wednesday, May 26. Open house will be held during the afternoon from 2 to 5 o'clock and in the evening from 7 to 9, to which all relatives, friends and neighbors are invited. Mr. and Mrs. Kortemeier will be assisted by their sons and their daughters-in-law; Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Kortemeier, of Freeport; Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Kortemeier, Dakota; Dr. and Mrs. Elwood F. Kortememer, Freeport, and Mrs. Paul Kortememer, of Dakota. They have five grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Kortemeier have lived in Stephenson county all their lives, Mrs. Kortemeir being the former Kate Lentz. The marriage took place at the home of the bride's parents in Lancaster township. Most of the brothers and sisters of the principals in the wedding of fifty years ago, who attended the wedding will be present Wednesday at the golden wedding anniversary. Mr. Kortemeier served as Lancaster township supervisor for a number of years. Mrs. Kortemeier, a great lover of flowers, is famed for the beautiful gladioli which she raises. Many out of town guests will be present at the fiftieth wedding anniversary reception. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Clipping]
Kraft 68th Wedding Anniversary
John Kraft and Minnie E. Benfer
Sixty-eight years of wedded life will be celebrated by Mr. and Mrs. John Lester Kraft, 430 W, Ckark St, on Thursday. John Kraft and Minnie E. Benfer were married Jan. 14, 1903. They farmed for 40 years in Waddams Township before they retired. They have lived in Freeport for the past 23 years. The Krafts are the parents of two daughters, Mrs. Mable Crase of Brodhead, Wis., and Mrs. Ivan (Dorothy) Lestikow of Dakota, and eight sons, Lawrence of Lake Hughes, Calif., Lester of Freeport, Earl of Red Oak, Clarence of Chicago, Lewis of Dakota, Myron of Freeport and Norman of Red Oak. One son Floyd, died in infancy. There are 21 grandchildren 38 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Because of ill health, no celebration is planned by the family. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - 1971 Clipping]
Quite an enjoyable surprise party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Kryder, on Buckeye avenue, Cedarville, Saturday, Nov. 18th. The day was spent in pleasant conversation and music. All did justice to an excellent dinner and went home feeling that they had spent a most enjoyable day. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Kryder, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Kryder, Mrs. Thomas Eilert, Martin Lapp, Abe Lapp, Mrs. Smeltzer, Mrs. Zeigler, Mr. and Mrs. Will Kryder and son George, Gertie Lilly, Miss Witter and Maud Lapp, Mr. and Mrs. Isacc Lapp, Viva Lilly, Dakota; Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Howarth and daughter Francis, Mrs. J. A. Graham, Hulda Graham, Maud Graham, Albert Graham, Helen Graham, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Kryder and son Clarence, C. H. Kryder, Cedarville. [22 November 1899 - contributed by Karen Fyock]
Kruse 60th Wedding Anniversary
Conrad D. and Marth (Poppen) Kruse
Mr. and Mrs. Conrad D. Kruse, 820 South Carroll avenue, are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary Sunday, the 16th, with open house at their home from 2 to 5 o'clock and from 7 to 9 o'clock. A family dinner will be served at noon, and their five children - Deitrich Kruse, Demster, S. D., Mrs. Ben Diddens (Agnes Kruse) of Allison, Ia., Mrs. M. P. Denekas (Mary) and Alfred and James Kruse, of German Valley, are planning to attend, as are many of the celebrants' granddaughters. There are five great-grandchildren. Conrad Kruse and Marth (as spelled in the clipping) Poppen were married in the parsonage of Silver Creek Reformed church March 16, 1887. Rev. H. Matzke officiated at the ceremony. They went to live on the Kruse homestead, where Mr. Kruse was born in a log cabin, and resided there until the spring of 1929, when they moved to Freeport. Their son, Alfred, now owns and operates the farm. Mr. Kruse will be 96 years old on the 5th of April; Mrs. Kruse was ___ last November. Both are active and enjoy excellent health. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Clipping]
Kubatzke 50th Wedding Anniversary
Bill Kubatzke & Joyce Meinert
Fifty Years of Wedded Life
An open house will be held to honor Bill and Joyce Kubatzke of Freeport in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. Friends and relatives are invited to join them from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Freeport Eagles Club. Refreshments will be served. The couple requests the omission of gifts. Cards may be sent to the couple at 2356 Swan Drive, Freeport IL 61032. Joyce Meinert and Bill Kubatzke were married Jan. 3, 1959, at Winneshiek Church in rural Dakota. They have four sons, Kevin (Tami) Kubatzke, Kurt (Anne) Kubatzke, Kerry (Diane) Kubatzke and Kelly (Amy) Kubatzke, and 10 grandchildren. [The Journal Standard 19 April 2009]
Leckington Fourth of July Celebration
For the last three years Mr. and Mrs. R. Leckington, residing two miles west of Lena, have invited their neighbors and friends to join them at their beautiful home in celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. More than a hundred neighbors and friends gathered on Monday to join in celebrating the "glorious Fourth" in true picnic style. At the noon hour a table, four feet wide, and 65 feet long, was groaning with "the best of the land" under the "stately willows" in the front yard. It was good to behold it and infinitely better to partake. Although there was no one coming during the dinner hour, someone was heard to remark that "This crowd is growing larger every minute", and we will not presume to deny the fact. After dinner came the ice cream and cake – 20 gallons of real, "undoctored" ice cream, and cakes by the dozen. But another "feast" followed when Rev. Baker called the people together and the following excellent program was given to the enjoyment of all present.
Opening recitation by Leo Myers (3 years old).
Song by Misses Irene and Hazel Leckington of Iowa.
Recitations by Myrtle Reese, Fern Coomber, Willie Diestelmeier, Harry Wyburn, and Hazel Leckington.
A beautiful duet by the Misses Leckington’s, entitled "Strewing the Flowers".
Misses Flossie Buss, Amy Reese, Martha Kurth, and Irene Leckington gave excellent recitations.
We were then treated to a trio by Myrtle Mitchell, Irene Leckington, and Hazel Leckington.
A recitation by Susie Coomber and one by Florence Wyburn closed the children’s part of the program.
Mrs. Leckington spoke a few words of kindly welcome to all, to which Rev. Baker responded with a few appropriate remarks.
Then all joined in singing "My Country ‘tis of Thee".
A rising vote of thanks was given to Mr. and Mrs. Leckington, Mrs. Myers, Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Leckington for their kind hospitality. Supper and more cream followed and then family by family all turned their faces homeward, feeling that they had "celebrated" in a worthy manner and wishing their hosts and hostesses many happy "Fourths" yet to be. It was good to be there. [Lena, Stephenson Co IL 1903; Contributed by Robbyn Lowry]
Some of the Leckington Family
Back Row Ella, Walter, Cora Leckington
Front Row Rudolph, Hollis, Clarissa Leckington.
Cora is the great grandmother of Robbyn Lowry who contributed the photos and article.
Rudolph & Clarissa were Robbyns GG Grandparents
Lilley 63rd Wedding Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. George W. Lilley, well known Dakota residents, are today celebrating their 63rd wedding anniversary as dinner guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fortner near Damascus. Although Mr. and Mrs. Lilley had planned a quiet observance of their wedding anniversary at their home in Dakota they received an invitation to take dinner at the Fortner home near Damascus where other relatives are gathered today. Mr. Lilley, who was born at Danville, Pa., September 41 (??), 1851, coming to Illinois with his parents about five years later, and Miss Mary E. Lapp born in Dakota township, November 27, 1855, were united in marriage at Beloit, Wis., on May 8, 1872 and have resided here ever since. Mr. Lilley has been a stone mason and plasterer by trade and although 86 years of age continued to work at his trade until Monday afternoon, when he laid down his tools following his day's work and remarked, "I have quit for good, and now I am going to take a good rest." Mr. and Mrs. Lilley have three living children; Mrs. H. A. (Gertrude) Havens, of Albany N.Y.; Mrs. Robert E. (Vivian) Fate, Fargo, N. D.; George E. Lilley, Amsterdam, N. Y. One daughter, Mrs. William E. (Estella) Thomas, died at Crystal Lake, Minn., November 25, 1926. None of the children were able to be present to join in the anniversary celebration today. [Contributed by Karen Fyock, Dakota, Ill., May 8, 1935 ]
Lena: The Misses Edna Broge and Ireta Deets were hostesses Sunday afternoon at a delightful party and shower for Miss Ruth Loos, who, with her fiance, were guests of honor. The affair was held at the apartment of Miss Broge, 417 South West avenue and five hundred was the afternoon entertainment, favors going to Mrs. L.Y. Parker, Irvin Toelle, Mrs. Joe Unzicker, Howard Synamon, the guest prize as well as many beautiful and useful shower gifts going to Miss Loos for her new home. Delicious refreshments were served at a table decorated in a color scheme of white and gold, jonquils carrying out the scheme. [Freeport Journal-Standard, 27 March 1939]
Mallory - Barrett Engagement
Twelve guests were entertained last evening by Mrs. Stanley I. Barrett, South Chippewa avenue, who announced the engagement of her sister-in-law, Miss Evelyn Barrett, to Murrel Mallory, of Madison, Wisconsin. The announcement was made during the refreshment hour, at the table attractively decorated with chrysanthemums and winter roses, the hostess giving her guests a hint that interesting information was to be found on the table. It took them a short time to discover in the tiny crochet baskets the names of the principals and the wedding date, November 17, on heart-shaped cards. The evening was spent playing bunco. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Mrs. William Barrett, South Carroll avenue, and is employed in the law offices of Ascher and Ellis. Mr. Mallory is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Mallory, West American street and holds an accountant position with the state of Wisconsin with headquarters at Madison. On Wednesday evening the adult members of the choir of Grace Episcopal church, entertained at a Halloween party in Miss Barrett's honor at the home of Mr. and Mrs. G. F. Ritchie, Knowlan apartments. Miss Barrett was presented with a handsome gift by the choir. Refreshments were served from a prettily decorated table, centered with chrysanthemums, marigolds and tall ivory tapers. Miss Barrett has been a faithful and prominent member of the choir for the past ten years, being deeply interested in music. [Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, IL; November 5, 1938, Contributed by Mallory Smith, who adds this note: Nov 17th, 1938 the Journal-Standard did a wedding story, and later a story about Murrel and Evelyn visiting from Madison Wis with daughter Katheryn Joan Mallory b 28 Dec 1939. Murrel Newton Mallory was son of Jasper Joshua Mallory and Amelia Fawver. Jasper Joshua Mallory was son of Isaac Newton Mallory and Miranda Webb]
Matter 50th Wedding Anniversary
William & Hannah (Meyer) Matter
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Matter of Harlem avenue, highly respected residents of the community, today quietly celebrated their golden wedding and twenty five relatives were entertained at a family dinner served at noon today. A number of out of town relatives were present. Mr. and Mrs. Matter, although quite well advanced in years, enjoy good health and assisted in the merry making today. Mr. and Mrs. Matter were married in Freeport fifty years ago today by Rev. Henry Roland. Mrs. Matter's maiden name was Miss Hannah Meyer being the daughter of Peter and Catherine Meyer, who moved from Dauphin, Pa., to Ogle county n 1854, and were pioneer residents of that county. Mr. Matter is the son of Isaac and Hannah Matter, who came to Stephenson county in 1845, conducting a farm for many years. William Matter and wife, until eighteen years ago, farmed about ten miles north of Freeport and Mr. Matter was quite successful. Since moving to Freeport the Matters have lived a retired life, enjoying the many comforts of their home. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Matter, and the three surviving are Mrs. J.H. Frank of Red Oak and the Misses Cora and Estella Matter of Freeport. Mr. and Mrs. Matter were well remembered by their guests.
THE GOLDEN CYCLE
Mr. and Mrs. Matter entertained about twenty five relatives and immediate friends at a dinner, at their home on Harlem avenue at noon today in observance of their fiftieth wedding anniversary. Among the guests were Mrs. J.H. Frank, of Red Oak, and the Misses Cora and Estella Matter, of this city, daughters of the aged couple. The Matter home was artistically decorated for the celebration and the event although a very quiet one was a very enjoyable affair.
Mr. and Mrs. Matter were the recipients of many handsome gifts and their scores of friends united in extending their best wishes.
William Matter and Miss Hannah Meyer were united in marriage in this city by Rev. Henry Roland fifty years ago today. They resided on a farm about ten miles north of Freeport until eighteen years ago, when they moved to this city. Mrs. Matter who is now seventy one years old, was born in Dauphin, Pa. She is the daughter of Peter and Catherine Meyer, deceased. Mrs. Matter's parents settled in Ogle county in 1854, Mr. Matter is the son of Isaac and Hannah Matter, deceased. Mr. Matter's parents came to Stephenson county in 1845. Both Mr. and Mrs. Matter are in good health considering their ages, and each bids fair to enjoy many more years of happy wedded life. [Contributed by Roger Cramer; They were married 03 July 1862]
Meads 50th Wedding Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph C. Meads of Cedarville will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Evangelical Congregational Church here. Friends and relatives are invited to attend. Ralph Meads and Josie Cheyney were married Oct. 6, 1921, in Freeport at the home of the bride's parents. Their attendants were Delmar Meads of Freeport and Stella Gross of New Glarus, Wis. They have a son, Ralph of Freeport; three daughters, Mrs. Arlie (Doris) Trickel of Freeport, Mrs. Harold (Alice) Marker of Rockford and Mrs. Judson (Cora) Baker of New Lebanon, N. H., 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - 1971 Clipping]
Meinert 60th Wedding Anniversary
Sixty Years of Wedded Life
Frank and Marguerite "Tootie" Meinert of rural Dakota will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house. Friends and relatives are invited to join them from 2 to 4 p.m. April 25 at the Davis Community Hall. The couple requests the omission of gifts. Cards may be sent to them at 2979 E. Mill Road, Dakota IL 61018. Frank Meinert and the former Marguerite Keehnen were married April 30, 1949, by the Rev. Driscoll at Irish Grove Church in Durand. They have three children, Peggy (LeRoy) Lincoln, Michael (Pamela) Meinert and Pamela (Dennis) Jansen. Thay have eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. [The Journal Standard, 19 April 2009]
Meinert 50th Wedding Anniversary
Fifty Years of Wedded Life
Glenn and Betty Meinert of rural Rock City celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary May 25. Glenn and the former Betty Lohmeier were wed in 1958 at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Davis. Their children are Danny of Rockford, Tina (Mike) Koonce of Winnebago, and Valerie (Jeff) Wymer of Brodhead, Wis. The Meinerts have five grandchildren. [The Journal Standard 6 June 2008]
Michel 65th Wedding Anniversary
29 July 1926 - 26 July 1991
Clem and Mildred Michel of Freeport will be guests of honor at an open house in celebration of their 65th wedding anniversary. The reception will be from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday July 14, at the Owls' Club on Pearl City Road. Friends and relatives are invited. The Rev. Clemens Kavelage presided at the wedding of the former Mildred Myers and Clem Michel on July 29, 1926 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. The Michels have four children. They and their spouses are Mrs. Mary (James) Barbara of Concord, Mass.; Mrs. Jane (Russ) Mellnick ofFreeport; Jeron (Sharon) Michel of Springfield; and Bill (Becky) of Decatur. There are 17 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. [Article contributed by Rosalie Michel Jostes]
Sadie Ellen (Young) Moore 100th Birthday
Century of Clean Living Adds Up to Happy Birthday
by Michael Corey
100th birthday. Sadie E. Moore of Cedar Grove, reminisced by going through a scrap book put together by her grandnephew, Randy, as she marked her 100th birthday Sunday.
One-hundred-year-old Sadie E. Moore doesn't drink, smoke, or swear. "I've lived a good clean life," she explained. "My mother was a good Christian woman and she brought me up that way." Born in Freeport, Ill., Dec. 3, 1879, Mrs. Moore came to CedarGrove 10 years ago to live with her son, Ward, and his wife, Viola. Saturday neighbors visited for cookies and coffee to help celebrate her 100th birthday and Sunday family members gathered to officially mark her centennial year. "I never thought I'd make it this long," admitted the township woman. Despite the occasion, Mrs. Moore took the events in stride and requested no special birthday gifts or for that matter wishes no special Christmas presents. "I don't need anything," she stated. Mrs. Moore however recalled another Christmas back in Illinois when she was 10-years-old. The congregation of her church joined to decorate a community Christmas Tree, illuminated with candles and strung with popcorn. Some of the holiday presents would be hung from the branches and others would be underneath the tree, recalled Sadie. "I remember I saw a doll hanging on the tree and thought, "˜I wonder who is going to get that,'" said Mrs. Moore. "When my name was called I jumped down underneath my seat and hid, i was so shy. A former teacher in a one-room school house in Freeport, Mrs. Moore gave up teaching when she was married. Her first teaching job, when she was 20, paid $18 a month and out of that she had to pay one of her studentsw to put wood in the stove to heat the classroom in the Winter. I'd drive to school in a horse-drawn buggy," pointed out Mrs. Moore. "The children would put the horse and carriage in the barn and it would stay there the whole day while I taught." Later she and her husband, Arthur, purchased a more modern means of transportation--a Model T Ford. The happiest moment of my life was when I saw my son (Ward) go off to College in 1931," exclaimed Mrs. Moore. Her son attended Wesley University in Illinois and followed in his grandmother's and mother's footsteps by becoming a teacher himself. Sadie watches some television now, especially her favorites, "The Lawrence Welk Show," and "The Price Is Right," with Bob Barker. Her failing vision, however, has deprived her of her real joy which is reading. Mrs. Moore admitted she has experienced no cultural shock over the 100 years of her life from witnessing the rapid developments of technology. "I like to see things change,: she confessed. People, though, have changed a little from the early part of the century, she stated. "When you go into a new place people won't welcome you like they used to," she offered. "They used to be friendlier." [The Verona-Cedar Grove Times, Verona, New Jersey, December 1979]
Neebel Quilting Party
Pearl City: Mrs. Hugo Neebel was hostess at a quilting party this week, every member of the Dublin country Ladies club being present. A friendship coverlet on which were worked the names of community friends, made an interesting as well as attractive article to work on. A potluck dinner was served at noon. The following attended: Mesdames W.L. Momenteller, Herman Kellar, Leroy Bowden, Walter Keller, Archie Solt, Milton Flack, Harvey Rubendahl, Floyd Miller, Jesse Miller, George Lobdel, Wiliam Lobdell, Raymond Kluck and the Misses Gladys Kluck, Mabel Keller and Stella Kinsella. [Freeport Journal-Standard, 21 January 1939]
Oblander 50th Wedding Anniversary
Fifty years ago today, on June 11, 1884, Miss Helen Shoup and George Oblander, were married in Bushnell, Ill., at the home of the bride's parents, the Rev. Mr. WIlson, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating. The golden wedding anniversary was observed by Mr. and Mrs. Oblander yesterday at their home, 412 West Main street, where they held open house afternoon and evening. Mr. Oblander remained in Bushnell in the undertaking business for eight years, then brought his family to Freeport, and he has been employed by Kuehner Brothers as undertaker for the past forty-two years. During the celebration yesterday, Mr. and Mrs. Oblander, Miss Helen Oblander, and Mrs. J. P. Willott, their two daughters, their four sons and their wives, the G. Ross Oblanders, Rockford, the Glen Oblanders, DeKalb, the Blake and Burrell Oblanders, of this city, received the two hundred and fifty guests who called during the day to offer congratulations and good wishes. A four course dinner for the immediate family was enjoyed at the Top Notch at one o'clock, covers being laid for twenty-four. The table was beautifully decorated and was centered with a large golden bowl holding yellow snapdragons and baby breath. At either end were placed seven branch candelabra with goldn tapers. Nut cups and ribbon runners were in keeping with the golden color scheme and at each place as favors the guests found golf-covered wooden napkin rings. Mr. and Mrs. Oblander were remembered with a number of lovely gifts and received many congratulatory cards and telegrams and flowers from their friends. Among the out of town guests were three sisters of Mr. Oblander, Mrs. B. Schirmann, Mrs. Mary Bertram and Mrs. Katy Helmkamp, of Chicago, also relatives and friends as follows: Mr. and Mrs. C. O. Richards, Mr. and Mrs. A. Bauer, Mr. and Mrs. WIlliam Bertram and son, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Bertram, Master Burt Schirmann, and Mr. and Mrs. H. Fox, of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. D. Reidinger and daughter, and Mr. and Mrs. F. Jacobs, of San Joes, Ill., Mrs. E. Hill, Dixon; Mr. and Mrs. G. Ross Oblander and Mr. and Mrs. J. Willott, Rockford; Mr. and Mrs. Glen Bolander and son, Mrs. Hills and Mrs. Watson, of DeKalb. Three of the grandchildren reside in Freeport, Mary Oblander, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. BLake Oblander, and Joe and Phyllis Oblander, children of Mr. and Mrs. Burrell Oblander. A three tiered wedding cake, elaborately frosted with golden roses centered the dining room table, which was lighted with tapers. Golden ice cream, cake and fruit frappe were served to the guests by members of Miss Helen Oblander's bridge club, the Misses Louise Lorenz, Mildred Voight, Fava and Lillian Webb, Katherine Gingrich and Mrs. Charles L. Walker. Mrs. H. L. Bennett catered. [Karen Fyock - 14 Jun 1934 clipping]
Ohlendorf 85th Birthday
There will be a quiet celebration of Henry Ohlendorf's 85th anniversary tomorrow at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. B. O'Rourke, 25 1/2 East Main street. Mr. Ohlendorf is hale and hearty and enjoys life, being out around town every day. [Contributed by Ida Maack Recu; 03 April 1940, Freeport Journal Standard]
Louis Otto - 84th Birthday
Louis Otto celebrated his 84th birthday today and was remembered with a card shower from his relatives and friends. [Freeport Journal-Standard 27 May 1938]
Pfile 50th Wedding Anniversary
William Pfile & Olive W. Fortner
Sunday afternoon, Mr. and Mrs. William Pfile will observe their 50th anniversary with an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. at the home of their son, Ezra, Freeport Route 3. William Pfile and Miss Olive Fortner were married by J. S. Shoemaker at the bride's home on Oct. 8, 1907, in Lancaster Township. They farmed in the community until 1947 when they retired to their present home, which joins their farm. Mr. Pfile is now engaged in carpenter work. The Pfiles have both been active members of the Freeport Mennonite Church. They have four sons and four daughters: Orvis, Harry, Ezra, Marvin, Edna, Mrs. Roy (Lois) Vallarta, all of Freeport; Esther of Goshen, Ind., and Mrs. John (Mabel) Rupp of Alanson, Michigan. There are 19 grandchildren and one great-grandson. It is requested that gifts be omitted. [Contributed by Karen Fyock; Freeport Journal Standard clipping (1950)]
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Reamer celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary this week on Tuesday. [Unknown Newspaper, 25 Sep 1901 - Contributed by Karen Fyock]
Rezner 20th Wedding Anniversary
Saturday last was a red-letter day in the lives of Mr. and Mrs. James Rezner, it being the twentieth anniversary of their wedding, which occurred on the 10th of December, A. D., 1872. The following persons were present to congratulate the wedded pair upon their arrival at the twentieth mile-post in their journey of wedded life: Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Rezner, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Leid, Mr. and Mrs. C. Washburne, Mr. and Mrs. Phil. Leslie, Mr. and Mrs. O.P. Cromley, Mr. and Mrs. E. . Cronkrite, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dorman, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Markel, Mr. and Mrs. Austin Yarger, Mr. and Mrs. I. M. Glasser, Mr. and Mrs. E. Ruth, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hummel, Dr. and MRs. Van Valzah, of Pennsylvania; John Rezner, H. M. Yarger, Laura J. Yarger, Carrie Hummel, Hannah Glasser, Mrs. Annie E. Brubaker, Mrs. E. E. Streamer and Master Ralph Yarger. The presents were numerous and beautiful as well as useful. The dinner was splendid, just such a one as can be served up at this Lancaster Township home, and was relished hugely, and at close of day all returned to their homes glad that they had been present on this festive occasion. [Karen Fyock - December 14, 1892 clipping]
Richart 50th Wedding Anniversary
Fifty years ago Monday, Sept. 24, Jackson Richart and Miss Charlotte C. Ault were wending their way towards the home of Rev. Asa Ballenger, near WInslow, in this county, where they were united in marriage. They returned to the home and farm of the groom, a half mile north of the stone school house in Buckeye Township, where they lived until the fall of 1856, when they moved to the village of Cedarville in the Addams stone house, where Mr. Richart followed merchandizing. In 1860 he moved in his present home, where he is still interested in business, making one of the oldest continued business men in the county. As a public officer Mr. Richart served as supervisor for one year, school director 6 years, postmaster and justice of the peace, both offices for 22 years, and during the war was enrolling officer two years. The children, Mrs. W. B. Angle, of WHite Rock, Kansas; Cyrus, Henry and Alma Richart and Grandma Cromley and all the grand children, eleven in number, would not let the event pass with out a suitable celebration of the event in which all were interested, so they gained the consent of the grand-parents to have a family reunion and dinner at which all were present except Mrs. W. B. Angle, of White Rock, Kas. Mr. Richart now carries a gold headed came inscribed "Jackson Richart, from children, 1844-1894." Mrs. Richart was remembered by the children with a pair of gold spectacles, and by the grand children with a gold band finger ring. It was nine o'clock before the company broke ranks. Mr. Richart was born in Sciota County, Ohio, Sept. 28, 1817, and came to this county on horseback., April 22, 1837. Mrs. Charlotte C. Richart was born in Centre County, Pa., March 13, 1824, and moved with her father Henry Ault, and family to this county, June 6, 1842. They are therefore of the oldest settlers in Buckeye township. As citizens their past years were spent in the busy walks of life, with a friendly helping hand for everything that tended toward the advancement and building up of the interests of the community in which they cast their lot, and we hope for them a pleasant journey to the end. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - September 26, 1894 clipping]
Richter 25th Wedding Anniversary
Twenty relatives and friends surprised Mr. & Mrs. Henry Richter Saturday night at their home 845 West American street, the occasion being their 25th wedding anniversary. During the social evening Edward Richter showed interesting motion pictures. Refreshments were served at 11 p.m. Mr. & Mrs. Richter were presented with a handsome gift of silver. [20 February 1940 Freeport Journal Standard]
Ruthe 50th Wedding Anniversary
Leonard C. Ruthe and Marie Shippy - Married 22 March 1921
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard C. Ruthe Sr., 122 N. Grove Ave., will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. in fellowship hall of St. John United Church of Christ. Marie Shippy and Leonard Ruthe were married March 22, 1921, in Dubuque, Iowa. They have one son, Leonard Jr. of Rockford, and three grandchildren. A daughter, Marguerite, is deceased. The couple asks that gifts be omitted. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - 1971 Clipping]
John Ryan 90th Birthday
J. H. Ryan, 1238 South Oak avenue, was congratulated Sunday by many of his friends who knew it was his ninetieth birthday. A fine tribute was paid him by the Good Fellowship class of Embury church at its session Sunday morning. Mr. Ryan also received beautiful flowers and many birthday cards. After he had enjoyed his birthday dinner with several old friends, many other friends called at his home to offer congratulations. Mr. Ryan is very active and takes a keen interest in everything going on. During the Christmas season he made many fine Christmas cards and other gifts. Last summer he and his daughter, Miss Pearl A. Ryan, spent several weeks traveling in the east. (Contributed by Karen Fyock - 1939 pencil date)
John Ryan 97th Birthday
John H. Ryan, 1238 South Oak avenue is celebrating his 97th birthday anniversary today with open house this afternoon and this evening. Mr. Ryan takes keen interest in life and is able to go about on "his own power." Although he is alone much of the day because his daughter, Miss Pearl Ryan, is a teacher in the public schools of Freeport, time never drags for him, as he is busy with reading and other interests. He made a number of his greeting cards for the holidays and last summer he did some work in his garden. Mr. Ryan was a clerk in the John Schwarz & Sons store for many years, retiring seventeen years ago. [Unknown newspaper, Dec. 23, 1947]
John H Ryan 100th Birthday
Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday
Celebrating his 100th birthday today, with the good wishes of the community pouring in, is John H Ryan, 1238 South Oak avenue, whose memory goes back to before Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the United States. When sitting down, Mr. Ryan looks not a day over 70. On his feet he shows the years more, because of his fragility. His eyesight is good - he has enjoyed reading the cards that have been cascading from the mailbox, though he wished more people now wrote the clear Spenserian hand taught in his day. His hearing has dulled, but he can carry on a conversation comfortable,with zest and humor on his part. He reads and comments on the day's editorials and local news in the newspaper. He is in church each Sunday morning for Sunday school and the regular service. This evening he will be honored by a reception at Embury Methodist church from 9 to 10:30. Because his strength is limited, this occasion will take the place of any formal reception at the home but callers will be welcomed as usual. Last year Mr. Ryan received national publicity through the Methodist church magazine, the Christian Advocate, as the oldest individual in Illinois known to be a regular Sunday school and church attendant. He has lived in Freeport the last 61 years of a life he looks back on happily, coming here from Adeline, in Ogle county, where he had lived since boyhood. He retired from work as a painter, and clerk with John Schwarz and Sons 20 years ago. On sunny days he has often been seen sitting by the fountain at the courthouse, greeting his friends, even in the past summer, his 100th. An account of Mr. Ryan's life will be found on page 6.
J.H. Ryan, 100 Years Old Today, Can Recall Back Before Civil War
Still looking forward with zest is John H. Ryan, Freeport's oldest inhabitant, who is 100 years old today. Seated comfortably in a corner of the davenport, his knees crossed, spruce in a dark suit, hair and mustache white, color good, eyes twinkling, Mr. Ryan looks 30 years younger than he is. He's a bit shaky on his feet and says he has slowed up some these last few years - he usually rests in bed till ____ now - but he makes few concessions to time. His eyesight is excellent. He reads his mail - and still writes a good newsy letter - reads the newspaper and magazines. He said he has been following with interest recent arguments in the Journal Standard about splitting basketball tickets, though he is not a basketball fan himself, never was. He's a Republican, like all his family, but says he doesn't get worked up over politics, never did. Doesn't remember now which president he voted for first - not surprising when you recall he's been a voter now longer than most men live, 79 years.
Miss Pearl Ryan, his daughter, who looks after him and tries to keep his energy within the bounds of his strength, had planned to have an open house in his honor but gave up her plans when Embury church asked to have the reception. However, he is glad to see at his home any friends who cannot come to the church reception. It's fitting that Embury church should have the chance to honor Mr. Ryan. Last year he received national publicity when the Christian Advocate, Methodist church magazine, reported him the oldest known regular attendant in Illinois at Sunday school and church. The Embury reception will be in the church parlors from 9 to 10:30 this evening. Mr. Ryan's memory goes back to the days when he was a small German-speaking boy in a Pennsylvania Dutch farming community where only "low Dutch" was spoken. His father, son of a north Ireland man, knew English but used it only in business, not at home. When John was 10, the family decided to join relatives in this area. The trip was made by rail to Chicago in an immigrant train. It took one week because the train was switched to a siding whenever a passenger train was due. The car in which the group traveled had a stove on which families cooked the meals. From Chicago to Freeport they traveled by passenger train. The group stayed in Freeport that night, but Mr. Ryan's memory doesn't retain his first impression of the 1859 city, population already over 5,000 on the year after the Lincoln-Douglas debate. Next day they went on, in two wagons, one wagon got stuck in the spring mud of the prairie road - to the town of Adeline. "What did it look like then? Better than it does now!" Mr. Ryan exclaimed. "It was a thriving place, a real center. Farmers brought their wheat to the big water mill" (Mr. Ryan was later to marry the millers' niece) "to grind it into flour for Galena. There were still a few log cabins, but there were already plenty of good substantial houses surrounded by trees. It was a pretty town."
His first school days in Adeline, Mr. Ryan recalls wryly, he had to do his lessons - a big boy of 10 - with the beginners, because he couldn't speak any English at all. His first memories of Freeport are concerned with coming to town to see county fairs - later he also saw the two state fairs here in 1877 and 1878 - and the torchlight processions in election campaigns. He remembers a Democratic campaign parade in which an effigy at Lincoln was carried in a wagon mounted on a spring. At intervals a good Democrat would hit "Old Abe" on the head and knock him flat, but he would soon spring upright again only to get another rap. During the Civil war with other boys of his age he carved himself a wooden gun, drilled in the village street, Ryan remembers tension between the community and the few in Adeline who were such strong Democrats that they were suspected of being sympathizers with the Confederacy. At one time some of the army came home on furlough, sending ahead warning they would make the suspected men take the oath of allegiance. Excitement was so great some people left town till danger of violence was past. Some of the suspected men stood right up to the young veterans, Ryan said, and things quieted down when it was understood that there was no disloyalty to the federal union. The boy Ryan had a taste for painting. His father was a tailor - traveling to his customers, as was the custom in those days - and John pulverized his father's marking chalks, mixed the dust with water, and made a pioneer version of today's popular finger paints. After working as a chore boy on a farm for a time - at $2.50 a month and board - he became an apprentice painter. When he knew the trade, he and a friend, Fred Michael, formed a partnership and pained houses, doing the fine interior "Graining" of the period and also finishing furniture and buggies. On Dec. 23, 1880, he married Miss Clara V. Fossler of Adeline.
A son and daughter were born to the couple. Mr. Ryan was active in the incorporation of Adeline as a town, and served as member of the town board and as town clerk. In 1888 they moved to Freeport, where the family has lived ever since, always in the same neighborhood. Mr. Ryan was employed for Many years by John Schwarz & Sons, as a painter first and then as a clerk in the store. He retired 20 years ago. Mrs. Ryan died in 1939 and their son Russell was killed in an accident in 1935. Mrs. Russell Ryan is here from Houston, Tex., for the birthday celebration. Miss Ryan, who formerly taught in the Stephenson county schools, has retired from teaching to run the family home for her energetic but fragile father. Mr. Ryan has been an active member of Embury church since 1898. He has taught in its Sunday school, been a longtime member of the Good Fellowship class - he rarely misses a Sunday - and contributed his talents as sign and scenery painter for the church's activities. A confirmed fairgoer, besides attending the Stephenson county fairs Mr. Ryan has attended every one of the country's World's fairs - the Centennial exposition in Philadelphia in 1876, the Columbian exposition in Chicago in 1893, and Century of Progress in 1934 and the New York World's fair in 1939. He was photographed this last summer in attendance at the Stephenson county fair with Lucius M. Swanzey, another veteran of most of the county's fairs, who died this fall. Mr. Ryan is a familiar figure in downtown Freeport. During good weather when he has occasion to be downtown he likes to have Miss Ryan "park him" on the courthouse lawn near the fountain, where he can sit in the sun and greet his wide acquaintance. He was seen at his accustomed post this summer, his 100th. He attributes his good health, sound faculties and long life to a naturally good constitution which he has never abused. " I am here to tell you this," he puts it, "although it may sound braggish. I have always tried to live a clean and moderate life." His friends think the real explanation is that his naturally good constitution was accompanied by a naturally happy disposition, not worried or fretted, with a capacity for finding pleasure in simple, friendly living. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - from an undated Scrapbook clipping by Elisabeth Yager]
Schramm - Mullican Shower
The engagement and approaching marriage of Miss Jean L. Mullican, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd L. Mullican, of Rockford, to Karl M. Schramm, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Schramm, South Maple avenue, Freeport, was announced last evening at a party and personal shower given by Mrs. C. N. Keith and Mrs. Julien Corpuel at the Keith home on Harlem boulevard, Rockford. The wedding is set for Sunday Feb. 10, the names, "Jean and Karl," and the date being inscribed on the frosting of the cake that centered the attractive table at the refreshment hour. Mr. Schramm has received his discharge from the army air force, in which he served for over three years in the air corps band. Before entering service, he owned a grocery store. Miss Mullican has been employed by Hoffman & Son, optometrists since her graduation from Rockford High School. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Clipping: Marriage set for 10 February 1946]
Schroeder 50th Wedding Anniversary
Herman Schroeder & Elizabeth Foss
Mr. and Mrs. Herman Schroeder, 522 West Chestnut street, will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary Sunday, March 25th. A family dinner will be served at noon and will include their three children, John H. Schroeder of Beloit, Mrs. Gertrude Menigo of Chicago, and Robert Schroeder of Freeport, their five grandchildren and their sons' wives. In the afternoon from 3 to 5 and in the evening from 7 to 9 o'clock Mr. and Mrs. Schroeder will hold open house for relatives, neighbors and friends. Herman Schroeder and Elizabeth Foss of Buena Vista were married fifty years ago at the home of the bride's parents. They moved to 522 West Chestnut street after the ceremony and all their married life has been lived in this home They have been readers of the Journal - Standard all these years. Both Mr. and Mrs. Schroeder are active and in excellent health. (Article dated 1945; Married March 21, 1895 Stephenson County IL ]
Shoemaker 50th Wedding Anniversary
Arthur and Lucy (Engel) Shoemaker
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Shoemaker of rural Dakota will observe their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Dakota High School cafeteria. Serving as hosts will be their four sons, Donald and Kenneth, both of Dakota, Eugene of Ridott, Orval of Hesston, Kan., and daughter , Mrs. Walter (Mildred) Drudge of Cleveland, Ohio. No formal invitations are being mailed but all friends and relatives are invited. The couple asks that gifts be omitted. Arthur Shoemaker and the former Lucy Engel were married in Washington, Ill., on Dec. 31, 1912. They have resided in the Dakota area since their marriage. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Clipping]
Boyd Sieber 60th Wedding Anniversary
Sixty Years of Wedded Life
Celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary Sunday are Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Sieber, Freeport Route 2. They will greet friends and relatives at a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Freeport Mennonite Church. The couple was married Dec. 7, 1910, in the bride's home near East Salem, Pa., by the Rev. Samuel Leiter. Mr. and Mrs. Sieber moved to Illinois and farmed in the Freeport vicinity until retirement, after which Mr. Sieber was employed by the W. T. Rawleigh Co. Hosts at the reception will be their five children: Floyd of Argentina; Mrs. John (Grace) Leu of West Unity, Ohio; Mrs. Duane (Mary) Yoder of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Paul of Arthur, Ill.; and Sam of Freeport. There are 22 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. All descendants will be present for the occasion. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - Dec. 24, 1970 clipping]
Simmer 50th Wedding Anniversary
Lena Couple Marks 50th Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. Adam Simmer of Lena will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary Sunday with an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 o'clock in the evening. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the recetion. The former Emma Doll and Adam Simmer were united in marriage in St. Joeph's Catholic Church [Jan. 24, 1900, Contributed by Karen Fyock]
Mrs. William Smith's 80th Birthday Celebrated Last Night at Surprise Party
Red Oak: The eightieth birthday of Mrs. William Smith was observed at a delightful surprise party last night at her home, near Red Oak, planned by Mrs. Charles H. Kottman, Cedarville, and other relatives, about 40 neighbors and friends of "Grandma" Smith, as she is usually called being present for the occasion. Card games and Chinese checkers furnished entertainment during the evening. Mrs. Smith received a number of lovely gifts. She is enjoying good health and was one of the gayest "girls" at the party. Refreshments were served at a late hour, two lovely birthday cakes centering the long tables. [1939 (handwritten date) - contributed by Karen Fyock]
Snyder 50th Wedding Anniversary
Celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary Wednesday are Mr. and Mrs. Albert J. Snyder, 1102 E. Stephenson St. They will have open house celebration at Krape Park Shelter House, where they will greet friends from 2 to 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon and from 7 to 10 o'clock in the evening. Their children will be guests at a picnic supper there from 4 to 7 o'clock, at which time gifts will be presented. Friends are requested not to bring gifts. Mr. and Mrs. Snyder were both born in this county and have lived in Freeport since their marriage. There are 12 children: Mrs. Thelma Reickwein of Bellvue, Ia., Harry of Nevada, Ia., Mrs. Fred Simler of Pearl city; and Miles, Murriel, Russell, Everett, Kenneth, Lester, Mrs. Herman Hartlieb, Mrs. Roy Miller and Mrs. Fremont Skeel, all of Freeport. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Clipping]
A birthday party on John Springman was carried on Monday evening just the same. [Unknown newspaper, 1 March 1899 - contributed by Karen Fyock]
Stout 60th Wedding Anniversary
The 60th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Milfred Stout, 805 W. Homer St., will be celebrated at an open house on Sept. 20. Friends and relatives are invited to call from 2 to 5 p.m. at 224 S. Walnut Ave., the Ulrich House, home of Mr. and Mrs. Al Ulrich, their daughter and son-in-law. No invitations are being sent. The honored couple requests that gifts be omitted. Hosts at the party will be the Ulrichs. Milfred Stout and Helen Richard were married at the home of the bride on Sept. 21, 1921, at 7 p.m. by the Rev. Elmer Dean of Harlem Center Church. They farmed for the first 24 years of their married life and then moved to 805 W. Homer St., where they still live. Mr. Stout purchased livestock in the area for Cudahy Packing Co. until he retired. [Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne; Freeport Journal-Standard, 14 Sep 1981]
The knock down argument was the way a number of the friends assaulted the home of Dr. S. C. Thompson on Saturday evening, their 15th anniversary, with a surprise chestnut; however, it was well worked and everybody had a good time. The pun of the evening was made by a lady who said she did not believe one-half of the lies told about the Irish were true. [Unknown newspaper, 26 December 1894 - contributed by Karen Fyock]
Van Brocklin Birthday
Bonton, Feb. 13-- As soon as the young people of this vicinity discovered that Thursday, February 7, was the sixteenth birthday of Miss Ivy Van Brocklin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Van Brocklin, they plotted a surprise for her on Friday evening, February 8. However, the surprise was in store for the plotters, as Miss Ivy had discerned the intentions of her friends and received them in an easy, graceful manner. Charades formed on of the principal amusements although various other games were indulged in, and the spacious parlors rang with the merry laughter of many voices. The nice lunch which had been prepared was enjoyed by all present. Before leaving Miss Ivy's youn friends presented her with a very handsome toilet case, as a reminder of the occasion, and as a token of their affection. After thanking Mr. and Mrs. Van Brocklin for their hospitality, and wishing Miss Ivy many more pleasant birthdays, the guests departed at a late hour. [15 February 1895 Freeport Weekly Democrat contributed by Karen Hammer]
Van Matre 50th Wedding Anniversary
Golden Wedding Anniversary will be celebrated by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Van Matre with an open house from 2:00 to 5:00 Sunday, September 16 at the American Legion hall in Orangeville. The Van Matre's retired framers, were both born in and have lived their entire lives in and near Orangeville. The Van Matre's have five daughters, 8 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their five daughters are: Mrs. Roy Schadewalt, Mrs. Jay Hartman, Mrs. Maurice Cantrell all of Freeport, Mrs. Leslie Smith and Mrs. Ralph Mossinger both of Whittier, California. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - September 11, 1951 clipping]
Widmer 41st Anniversary
Davis: Vernon Best, a student at the Dental Clinic at Loyola University, and Miss Doris Meinert, graduate nurse at the Deaconess hospital in Freeport, spent the weekend at the home of Mrs. Elizabeth Best. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Widmer and daughter, Connie Lou, spent a few hours Saturday evening, helping Rev. and Mrs. J. E. Widmer celebrate their forty-first wedding anniversary. They presented them with a beautiful aluminum tray. [David Leader June 5, 1947]
Golden Wedding Anniversary observed by Mr. and Mrs. George Zahler of David City
Mr. and Mrs. George Zahler, highly esteemed residents of Butler county 42 years and of David City five years, observed their golden wedding anniversary today (Thursday), a company of relatives and old-time friends being entertained by them at their home in observance of the anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. Zahler were married 50 years ago in Freeport, Ill. Mrs. Zahler's maiden name was Mary Jane Lapp. Eight years after their marriage in Illinois, Mr. and Mrs. Zahler came to Nebraska and Butler county, taking a homestead claim that year (1871) in Reading township; three miles south-east of the present town of Rising City. They made a fine farm of it and resided there 37 years and until 1908 when they moved to David City. They still own the old homestead. Their sons, Alfred and Francis, live on it. Mrs. Henry W. Helming, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Zahler, came from Landsford, North Dakota, to attend the golden wedding observance. Mrs. Anna Hunt, a sister of Mrs. Zahler, came from her home near Medina, North Dakota. Mr. and Mrs. Zahler have eight children living. Five of them live long distances from the parental home and could not be present at the golden wedding observance, the three children in attendance being Alfred and Francis Zahler, of Reading township, this county, and Mrs. Henry W. Helming, of Landsford, North Dakota. In attendance from Rising City were Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Bauer, Mr. Edward Brakefield, Mr. and Mrs. E.S. Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kuhl, Mr. and Mrs. William Lemley, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Ohm, Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Noddings, Mr. Peter Reinheimer, Mr. and Mrs. George Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Want. Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Pillar and Mr. and Mrs. Reinhault Pillar were present from Millerton and Mr. and Mrs. Adolf Pillar form Garrison. David City people who were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Zahler at their golden wedding observance included Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Aerts, Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Coe, Judge and Mrs. A. J. Evans, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Flynn, Mayor and Mrs. L.S. Hastings, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Hoker, Mr. John Hilger, Mr. and Mrs. John Litty, Judge and Mrs. Matt Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Myer, Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Miller, Mrs. Daniel O'Keefe and family, Supt. and Mrs. F.A. Stech and Mrs. H.H. Smith. An elaborate dinner of four courses was served. The table decorations were chrysanthemums, a large wedding cake with fifty lighted candles as centerpiece. Among the presents received by Mr. and Mrs. Zahler as tokens of love and esteem were $10 in gold, articles of cut glass, various articles of silverware, a gold watch chain, a silk umbrella and two handsome rocking chairs. [Contributed by Paula Zahler from newspaper clipping (probably David City, Nebraska]
Charlotte (Botkin) Zartman - 100th Birthday
A Stateline woman celebrates a big birthday. -- The life of a very special Stateline woman is celebrated today. -- Charlotte Zartman had her 100th birthday.
Her family visited with her today and reflected on her long life. Charlotte was a teacher for many years in Freeport. Her family says she had a remarkable gift for teaching children how to read and still enjoys reading to this day. They say they believe she's lived so long, because she shares her love with everyone. "At 100 years, with passion she was saying I'm so lucky.' and I think that's it. It's the attitude and the way she treats people and what she gets back from the relationships she has." Aside from reading, Charlotte's hobbies include studying history and her family's genealogy. She says she's traced her family tree back more than six generations. [3/25/2007]
Highland Community College Foundation - Charlotte A. Zartment Scholarship
Charlotte A. Zartman was born in 1907 to a farm family in eastern Indiana near the town of Modoc. As a young girl, she demonstrated an early ability to relate to small children and to teach them to read. After her education, at what is now Butler University in Indianapolis, she came to Freeport, Illinois in 1930 and taught kindergarten and primary grades in the public schools until her retirement in 1972. Having invested her life’s work in the community, she considers Freeport to be her home. Through the resources and opportunities available at Highland Community College, she is gratified to be able to help others with similar talents to prepare for work with children. [she died Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010]
Daniel Zerbe 90th Birthday
Carpenter To Be 90 Wednesday: Friends and relatives are invited to an open house Wednesday celebrating the 90th birthday of Daniel Zerbe, 823 W. Cleveland St. The party will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Kasten, 813 W. Cleveland St. A thriving vegetable and flower garden has marked the chief interest of Zerbe since his retirement after 45 years as a carpenter in Freeport, Born in Oneco, Zerbe as a young man went to Gretna, Neb., and then to Wichita, Kan., where a son, Glen, now lives. Three of his sons, Raymond, Howard and Paul, now live in California, and a fifth son, Leroy lives in Springfield, Ore. On his return to Freeport in 1910 Zerbe worked for the bridge and building department of the Illinois Central Railroad, and recalls among major building projects the Furst-McNess building and Hotel Freeport. A number of winters he spent working in Florida, and has many souvenir shells and shrubs which he brought back from these trips. Zerbe built his home on Cleveland street in 1921, and although Fairview Heights had been subdivided some years before (1910 he thinks), the nearest house was four blocks away at West and Empire streets. The present city corporate line runs along the retired carpenter's garden fence. In addition to gardening, Zerbe likes to fish and reads the daily newspapers. He can still file a saw without using his glasses. [Undated Clipping (Maybe 1954) Contributed by Karen Fyock]
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