BioA: Stevens, Mr./Mrs. Ruel K. (Gold - 1955)
Surnames: Stevens, Bowman, Knickle
----Source: Loyal Tribune (Loyal, Clark Co., Wis.) 09/29/1955
Stevens, Mr./Mrs. Ruel K. (Gold - 27 SEP 1955)
A beautiful September Sunday marked the Golden Wedding celebration of Mr. and Mrs. R. K. Stevens. Observance of the day began with the eleven a.m. worship service in the Methodist Church, which Mr. and Mrs. Stevens and many relatives and friends attended in a group. Appropriate words from the pastor, the Rev. Swanson, expressed his wishes and the wishes of the congregation for the two who had reached an important milestone on their road of life. An anthem by the choir, "My god and I," was dedicated to Mr. and Mrs. Stevens.
Dinner was served to 120 guests in the church dining room. This was followed by open house from 2:30 to 5 p.m. with many friends calling during those hours.
A short program was given, consisting of a solo by Kai Ann Stevens, Milwaukee, and a solo by Mrs. William Schmidtke, Granton. Two accordion solos were played by Donna Lee Stevens of Spencer.
Yellow mums were worn by Mr. and Mrs. Stevens.
Ruel K. Stevens and Mary Estelle (Stella) Bowman were married in Loyal by the Rev. James A. Hill of the Methodist Church on Sept. 27, 1905. They chose Sunday, Sept. 25 as a more convenient day for the observance of their 50th wedding anniversary.
Mr. Stevens, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lon Stevens, was born on a farm Nov. 9, 1883, in the town of Sherman, where he received his education in the Griffith School.
Mrs. Stevens, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Earl Bowman, was also born on a farm in the town of Sherman. Her birth date was May 14, 1882, and she received her education in the former Hall School, now known as the Taft School.
After marriage they continued to live on a farm in the town of Sherman until 1947, when they retired and moved to the city of Loyal. Both Mr. and Mrs. Stevens enjoy health that may be considered good for those who have passed their "three score years and ten."
Their only child is Stanley Stevens of Loyal, route 1; their only grandson is James Stevens of Milwaukee; Kathleen Stevens, at home, is their only granddaughter; and Kai Ann Stevens of Milwaukee is an only great-grandchild.
Their daughter-in-law, Mrs. Stanley Stevens, baked the wedding cake. Much credit is due her for so capably managing the plans of the successful celebration.
Both attendants of the original wedding were present for the anniversary, Mrs. Elmer Knickle and Ollie Stevens of Iola, and Charles Bowman of Peshtigo.
Guests came from California, Colorado, Chicago and Rockford, Ill.; Minneapolis, winona, and Mabel, Minnesota; Sac City, Iowa, Milwaukee Marshfield, Plymouth, Antigo, Wis. Rapids, Sheboygan, Iola, Marinette, Neillsville, Peshtigo, Alma Center, Black River Falls, Granton, Galesville, Unity, Spencer, Greenwood, Gilman, Norwalk, Waukesha and Westboro, with many from Loyal and vicinity.
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