BioA: Barker, Mr./Mrs. Seth (50th - 1958) 



Surnames: Barker, Sprengler, Peters, Sprague, Bernitt, Yanke, Malchow, Marlowe, Oehler, Graffunder, Mueller, Zenker, Fritz, Sparhawk, Werner, Genrich, Geimer, Stedler, Gray, Martens, Edward, Taylor, Miller, Hunt, D’Orazio, Bates, Graffunder, Rau, McCarron, Pinter, Bernitt, Mueller, Oehler, Erdmond 

----Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) 06/19/1958 

Barker, Mr./Mrs. Seth (50th Anniv. - 14 June 1958) 

Mr. and Mrs. Seth Barker celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, June 14. Relatives and friends gathered at the V.F.W. hall at Medford at 2:00 o’clock for the reception and supper was served at 4:30 for about 100 guests. 

A large, three tiered wedding cake decorated with yellow roses and a 50 year emblem at the top, centered the honored couple’s table. The Rev. F. H. Sprengler offered a short prayer for the occasion. 

Mrs. Barker and her attendants wore gifted yellow carnation corsages and Mr. Barker and his attendant had yellow gifted carnation boutonnieres. 

At the time they were married on June 10, 1908, Mrs. Fred Peters, Fond du Lac, and Walter Sprague, Stevens Point, were their attendants. Neither one could be present for the celebration, due to ill health. Mrs. Alvina Marlowe, Monroe, and Henry Malchow, of Medford, were the substitute attendants. June 10 also marks the 81st birthday anniversary of Mr. Barker. 

Music was furnished for dancing, in the afternoon and evening by Dennis ?’s orchestra, of Medford. 

Mr. Barker and the former Louise Malchow were married at Dorchester by the Rev. A. Yanke. Mr. Barker was born June 19, 1877 to Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Barker in the town of Holton. He received his education at the Pickard school. 

Mrs. Barker was born Dec. 12, 1887, to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Malchow in the town of Mayville. After their marriage they resided on the home farm in the town of Holton until about 1942. They left the farm and moved to Park Falls, where he was employed by the city for about 12 years. They then sold their home there and moved back to Abbotsford, and are now living in the upstairs apartment at the Frank Bernitt home. 

Both Mr. and Mrs. Barker are members of Christ Lutheran church. The couple have four children who were present for the celebration: Elmo Barker, Spencer; Mrs. Cecil (Alice) Oehler, Abbotsford; Mrs. Gay (Marie) Graffunder, Medford; and Arnold Barker, Mayville. One child died in infancy. They also have 15 grand children who were present at the celebration. The great grand children are: Darold Barker and Jeffrey, Michael and Wesley Mueller. Other relatives and friends present included: 

Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Zenker and Fred Malchow, Park Falls; Mrs. Alvina Marlowe and Ray Fritz, Monroe; Mrs. John Sparhawk, Gaspee Point, Rhode Island; Mrs. Anna Sprague, Stevens Point; Mr. and Mrs. Warren Sprague and family, Minneapolis; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Werner and son, Mrs. Lawrence Genrich, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Geimer, Miss Jean Malchow, all of Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Stedler, Marshfield; Mrs. Robert Gray and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Edward, Chicago; 

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Martens and son, Wausau; Capt, and Mrs. Harold Taylor and family, Colorado; Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Miller and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Bertel Miller, Mrs. Thomas Miller and Clarence Miller, all of Withee; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hunt, and Mr. and Mrs. Guy D’Orazio, Colby; Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Barker and family and Mr. and Mrs. Duane Barker and son, Spencer; Mr. and Mrs. Loren Bates, Columbus, Ohio, Mr. and Mrs. Gay Graffunder and family, 

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Malchow and Henry Malchow, Medford; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rau and Anna, Mr. and Mrs. George Rau and family, Mr. and Mrs. William Malchow, Mrs. Fred Werner, Mr. and Mrs. Pat McCarron and the Rev. and Mrs. F. H. Sprengler, all of Dorchester; Mr. and Mrs. John Pinter, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bernitt, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mueller, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Graffunder, Miss Carol Amacher, Mrs. Anna Mueller and Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Oehler and Don, Abbotsford; and Mrs. Tina Erdmond, Wausau. 



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