BioA: Rieder, Mr./Mrs. Robert (Golden - 1934)

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Surnames: Rieder, Zeller, Etter, Bleiler, Laffe

----Sources: Humbird Enterprise (Humbird, Clark County, Wis.) Sat., 28 April 1934

Rieder, Mr./Mrs. Robert (Golden - 24 April 1934)

Robert Rieder, of Interlaken, and Miss Emma Zeller, of Boltigen, Bern, were two of the young Swiss people who had joined that migration of folks from the land of the Alps during the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, to find a new home in the promised land, America. They settled with friends and relatives from the homeland, in that renowned colony about New Glarus.

There were many other young people in that group, so many that on one day alone, April 24, 1884, the pastor of the Reformed Church, the Rev. J. G. Etter, was kept busy at his parsonage repeating the marriage ceremony. Mr. Rieder and Miss Zeller were one of the five happy young couples made happier that day when the good minister joined hearts and hands for life’s journey.

Fifty years have slipped away, and Mr. and Mrs. Rieder, happy, healthy, and endowed with a goodly portion of worldly goods, have celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, probably the only couple of the five blessed with that event.

The wedding day in 1884, was celebrated by a community ball, followed by a banquet, and then the newly weds established their new homes. Mr. and Mrs. Rieder lived at New Glarus and vicinity until 1909, when they came to Humbird, and located on a fine farm west of town. In 1923, they surrendered the farm and purchased the home in the village. And at this home Tuesday, the members of the family, children and grandchildren, twenty-four in number, gathered to celebrate. The family, all of whom live in the village and vicinity, are Robert, Jr., Ernest, Herman, Mrs. Edwin Bleiler, and Mrs. Louis Laffe. Two little girls were note spared to grow to womanhood.

Mr. and Mrs. Rieder are happy in the congratulations and best wishes of a host of friends here and elsewhere on their half century of wedded life. May they enjoy many more anniversaries is our wish.



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