BioA: Flink, Mr./Mrs. Andrew (60th Anniv. - 1938)

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----Sources: Marathon Co. Register (Unity, Marathon County, Wis.) 08/19/1938

Flink, Mr./Mrs. Andrew (60th Anniv. - 15 Aug. 1938)

Monday was the sixtieth anniversary of the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Flink of this village, and though the happiness of the occasion was marred by the fact that on Saturday Mr. Flink had been removed to the Marshfield hospital for treatment, yet from far and near their sons and daughters gathered here to do them honor. Sixty years ago last Monday in far off Sweden, Andrew Flink and Mathilda Johnson plighted their marriage vows and then as the tales of America came to them, Mr. Flink bid his family, his wife, and one son, goodbye and sailed for that land where the poor man who found honor in his labor could hope to own his own land and home. He landed at New York and came west to work on a railroad in Indiana and then hearing of Wisconsin came up to Romeo where he found work with the Van Hoosiers who owned a mill there and by thrift he soon saved enough money to send back to Sweden for his wife and son and a brother who joined him here. It was not long after he purchased the Flink farm one mile south of the village, then covered with a dense growth of timber. He continued to work at Romeo and put in as much time as he could clearing the farm. In those days a day’s work at the mill was from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. without any of the labor saving devices they have in the present day mill. The farm grew and a little later he bought the Flood place just north of his home farm. Some years ago he purchased a residence in the village where he and his wife have passed the summer months and living in Milwaukee during the winter season thereby getting rid of the cold and storms of our winter season. Those of his family who gathered here on Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. William Dallman, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Uecker and son, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Flink and children, Robert and Janet, all of Milwaukee, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Flink and daughters, Jane, Jewell, and Adelia, Mr. and Mrs. John Flink, all of Minneapolis, Mr. and Mrs. August Flink and family of Brighton, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Flink and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Ted Flink, all of the town of Unity, Mr. and Mrs. Loraine Flink and Mr. and Mrs. Sam Stark of this village. The entire party was served at dinner at the get-together meeting at Trinity Lutheran church Sunday. Mr. Flink has reached the ripe old age of 85 years and his wife will be 80 years of age in October. Truly their days have been filled with many blessings and nine of the twelve children born to them gathered to do them homage. Three daughters, Anna, Clara and Lilly died when children of that dread scourge, diphtheria, and within a few days, many years ago.

We of this community who have known this family for these many years, honor them for their sturdy honesty, sobriety and Christianity which has stood out like the light house whose beams of light have lighted the wayfarer to a haven of safety. May they be spared to the community for years to come.



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