BioA: Longenecker, Rev. G. W. (50th-1891)

Contact: Jane Braun

Surnames: Longenecker, Ernst, Stucki, Asp, Unger, Winkler, Wilding, Rosekrans

----Source: Millie Lee Collection

50th Anniversary--Rev. & Mrs. G. W. Longenecker, Aug. 5, 1891

Among the one hundred and fifty guests who greeted the Rev. and Mrs. G. W. Longenecker on their golden wedding anniversary Tuesday, only one of them, Ben S. Longenecker, youngest brother of Mr. Longenecker, of Leonidas, Michigan, was present at the original wedding, which took place at the home of Mrs. Longenecker’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Ernst, of Mendon, Mich., August fifth, 1891. The children, grandchildren and other relatives of the couple gathered at Sunset Point, the home of the Longeneckers Tuesday to help them celebrate the event. In the evening a reception and program were held at the Congregational church where The Rev. Longenecker has served as pastor for 33 years. Present to greet the couple were members of practically every denomination in Neillsville and friends from the entire countryside. Rev. Ben Stucki of the Winnebago Indian Mission School, opened the program with a prayer while Rev. Obed Asp of the Methodist church, pronounced the benediction. Mrs. A. Unger gave a reading, "The Worn Wedding Ring." She also gave two readings which were written by Mrs. Maxine Winkler of Marshfield, a niece of Mrs. A. E. Wilding, entitled "A Tribute," and "To Mr. and Mrs. Longenecker on their Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary." Dr. Sarah Rosekrans sang the lovely solo, "Reverence," the words of which were written by Mr. Longenecker in the fall of 1911, inspired by the beautiful mountain scenery which lay before him, while waiting for a train at a railroad station at Lehi, Utah. The doctor also sang "I Love You," in the Norwegian language. The Rev. Longenecker read three of his poems. One of them, "My Rose," was written as a tribute to the "bride" for the anniversary occasion. After the program, the guest were invited to the dining room where refreshments were served. A table, arranged for the guests o honor, was decorated with a miniature wedding arrangement, yellow tapers and a beautiful four-tier wedding cake..(rest of copy cut-off)



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