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Wedding Anniversary Announcements & Reporting

 Compiled and transcribed by Michael R. Reilly

Updated 04/20/2005

Lake Five - Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Loew celebrated their silver wedding anniversary Sunday. Waukesha Freeman, Thursday, December 22, 1910

Golden Wedding - Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hawes

    A half century of married life of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hawes was celebrated at their beautiful farm home in the village of Templeton, Wis., Oct. 16th, surrounded by their children and their families. The dining and living rooms were decorated with yellow chrysanthemums, the wedding cake was trimmed with yellow; and the bride's cake had fifty orange blossoms upon it. Favors were tiny yellow baskets, each containing an orange blossom. Place cards were also yellow.

    From 3 to 5 o'clock friends and neighbors called to offer congratulations. The Ladies Aid of the M. E. church, of which Mrs. Hawes has been a member for more than thirty years, and president for many years, presented her with ten dollars in gold. The children's gift to their parents was $100 in gold.

    Mr. Hawes came to this country from Germany at the age of 14 years, and with his parents, settled on a small farm south of Waukesha, later purchasing a large farm near Baraboo, where the parents lived many years, passing on at the advanced ages of 89 and 94 years respectively.

    Mrs. Hawes, nee Sophia Von Walters, was also born in Germany, coming to Waukesha at the age of 18 years. The long and tedious journey proved too much for her parents, the father dying three days after arriving in Waukesha and the mother following to the Great Beyond in two weeks' time. Many were the trials and heartaches of this family of two brothers and three sisters bereft in a strange country.

    Mr. Hawes marriage to Sophia Von Walters occurred in Waukesha, Oct. 16, 1870. They went directly to Chicago where Mr. Hawes found employment in his uncle's coal yards remaining five years. Returning, Mr. Hawes purchased land where part of the village of Templeton now stands. As his family became larger and with several growing boys he became a tenant on the late Wm. Weaver's farm. Here the family remained nineteen years and from this home the children one by one went out into homes of their own. Mr. Hawes later built on his remaining 26 acres in the village, managing this farm himself and making it a model of neatness and thriftiness. He and his wife are spending their declining years in peace and plenty.

    Ten children were born to this worthy couple, all of whom are living and all were present at the golden wedding, but one son, Walter, the great distance and his work preventing. The sons and daughters are: Mary, wife of W. H. Kramer, bookkeeper at the General Motors Works, Janesville; William, proprietor of Meadowbrook farm, Pewaukee, who married Miss Irene Edwards; Lewis, proprietor of Highland View farm, Lisbon, and who married Miss Ida Ochempa; Lydia, widow of the late Lewis Schock, East Troy; Caroline, widow of the late Dr. J. D. Lee, Menomonie, who made the supreme sacrifice in the recent war; Fred Jr., , superintendent of an electrical crane plant in Huntington, Ind., whose wife, formerly Miss Maud McCasen, passed on Oct. 9th at her home in Huntington, leaving her husband, two children and an aged father and mother of Plainville, Wis.; Walter, professor of chemistry in Spokane High School, at Spokane, Wash., unmarried; Elmer, salesman for the La Crosse Plow Works, who married Miss Beulah Faust; Luella, wife of Victor Hammond, a steel structural engineer, employed by the government at Newark, N. J.; Martha, wife of Edward Carmiff, employed as conductor on the N. W. R. R.. The grandchildren are; Harvey and Howard Hawes, Gladys, Delores and Maurice Kramer, Shirley and Fred Hawes, III. Boyd and June Carmiff.

    Their ten sons and daughters have all been successful in chosen line of  work and as they gathered at this fiftieth anniversary they became as little children, the mother gathering them into dinner and after singing the Doxology, each one took his or her place at the table as they did when children.

    On Sunday the family again gathered together at Meadowbrook farm when the day passed quietly. As the evening shadows began to fall all joined in singing, "God Be With You Till We Meet Again," and all departed to their homes to resume their various duties in life.
Irene Edward Hawes

Waukesha Freeman, Thursday, October 21, 1920

Mrs. Hilger, who is spending some time with the Ernest Tempero family, celebrated her 25th wedding anniversary with members of her family on Friday evening and Sunday. Waukesha Freeman, February, 14, 1940

About forty relatives and friends enjoyed a delightful evening on Wednesday with Mr. and Mrs. Chester Lingelbach that being their 25th wedding anniversary. The home was prettily decorated with bouquets of garden flowers, and silver bells and sprays of bridal wreath hung from the light fixture in the dining and living rooms. An interesting program was planned and carried out by the nieces and nephews of Mr. and Mrs. Lingelbach. It included songs by the group, games, readings, also a mock wedding, Tom Thumb style, was put on by by several of the smaller nieces and nephews. One of the nephews from Stone Bank put on an Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy act, having manufactured his own Charlie which he has named Blockhead. Arnold Koehler of Waukesha gave a very amusing chalk talk featuring married life history of the honored couple. The evening's entertainment was begun with a wedding procession through the dining room to the front room to the strains of a wedding march played by Mrs. Bertleson of Stone Bank. First in line was a junior bridesmaid, the small daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lingelbach of Merton; then came Miss Meta Lingelbach, the bridesmaid of 25 years ago, followed by the bride and groom. Several of the young women sang a few appropriate songs for the occasion. Delicious refreshments were served late in the the evening. Mr. and Mrs. Lingelbach received many nice gifts in honor off the occasion.
The following guests were present; Frank Flanagan and family, Oconomowoc; Mrs. Grace and family, Stone Bank; Mr. and Mrs. Gunderson, Stone Bank;  Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Koehler, Waukesha; Charles Lingelbach and Miss Meta Lingelbach; Mr. and Mrs. Will Stone, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jeffery; Mr. and Mrs. Burt Harris and family; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Grogan; Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Marx; and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Radtke, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Kraetsch, all of this vicinity; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lingelbach  and family, Merton; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Minor from near Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs. Allen Weeks, Lisbon; and Mr. and Mrs. George Lees, Sussex. Waukesha Freeman, June 19, 1940

On Monday evening Mr. and Mrs. George Lees celebrated their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary by keeping an open house for friends to call. Between 45 and 50 guests called to congratulate them. They were the recipients of many beautiful bouquets of garden flowers and other more substantial gifts. They were assisted in receiving by their daughter, Miss Evelyn, and son, Elton, and Mr. and Mrs. John Morrissey of Footville. Waukesha Freeman, June 26, 1940

Mr. and Mrs. Leo Howard, Mr. and Mrs. William Zillmer and family, Mr. and Mrs. Cutler Savage and family attended the sixty-second wedding anniversary of Mrs. Howard's parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. D. White, Waukesha, on Sunday. About 50 relatives, including children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, were present.
Mr. and Mrs. White were married on August 29, 1878, in the Methodist parsonage in this village by the Rev. Greenway, then pastor of the Sussex and Brookfield churches. The home in which the Erwin Marx family now live was the parsonage at that time. Mr. White is 83 and his wife is 80 years old. Waukesha Freeman, September 4, 1940

Mr. and Mrs. Burt Harris will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on Saturday evening. Waukesha Freeman, October 30, 1940

Mr. and Mrs. Burt Harris celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary at their home on Saturday evening by entertaining about 35 relatives and friends. Mrs. Chester Lingelbach arranged a program which included group singing, readings by Miss Marlon Harris and Mrs. Charles Jeffery, vocal solos, God Bless America and Playmates by Pauline Pax. A mock wedding was staged with Dawn Marsden as bride and Lynes Marsden as groom. The little bride wore a part of Mrs. Harris' wedding gown. Ray Schmidt, the parson, wore an old coat from the Harris family. Little Pauline Pax made a cute little brdesmaid.

The Harris home was prettily decorated with bouquets of yellow chrysanthemums and white and silver bells. Mr. and Mrs. Harris were presented with an assortment of lovely gifts. A lunch, including two three-tier wedding cakes, was served. On Sunday more friends came to extend congratulations to the bride and groom of 25 years ago.

Mr. and Mrs. Will Stone, daughters, Lorraine and Beulah, and Connie Anstey of Hartland, attended the fifth wedding anniversary celebration of Mr. and Mrs. David Kazmerchak in Milwaukee on Saturday evening. Mrs. Kazmerchak is the former Ruby Stone. Waukesha Freeman, December 11, 1940

Mr. and Mrs. William Metzger, Sr. Celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary by entertaining their children and grandchildren at their home on Sunday. Dinner was served at 6 p.m. with about 35 guests present. Waukesha Freeman, December 18, 1940

Charles Jeffery 20th anniversary. Waukesha Freeman, December 18, 1940

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