School: Abby/Colby H.S. Students to Attend Conference (Oct 1976)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Demig, Nikolay, Writz, Bartnik, Boettcher, Mieritz, Weber, Laird, Warner, Eagleburger, Kissinger, Evans, Novak Fellman, Bainter, Bales

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 29 Sep 1976

Outstanding students from about 60 area high schools have been selected to participate October 5, 1976 in the sixth biennial Laid Youth Leadership Conference at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.

Among those youths are: Dave Demig, Beth Nikolay, Paul Nikolay, Jeanne Writz, all of Abbotsford High School.

Colby High School Students are Susan Bartnik, Brian Boettcher, Craig Mieritz and Steve Weber.

The theme of the conference is “Our Third Century, Where are You Leading Us?” and it will be hosted by Melvin R. Laird, who established the first conference in 1965 while serving as congressman from the Seventh District. A foundation which he established in honor of his late father of Marshfield is the sponsor.

Joining Laird in a series of discussion groups with the students will be: John Warner, former Secretary of the Navy and currently administrator of the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration; Lawrence Eagleburger, assistant to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; either Rowland Evans, Jr., or Robert D. Novak, partners in a syndicated column for newspaper on national politics; David Fellman, professor of political science at UW-Madison; Monica Bainter, professor of physics at UW-Stevens Point; Sara Joan Bales, attorney at Milwaukee.


News: Unity – New Fertilizer Plant to Be Built (1976)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Zillmer

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 29 Sep 1976

Unity has been named as the site to house the new Anhydrous Ammonia Fertilizer Storage Plant being built by Midland Co-op, Incorporated, Minneapolis. Construction is scheduled to begin shortly.

Stephen Zillmer, manager of the Harmony Co-op in Colby, said the plant will be owned and controlled by Midland and will serve nine area cooperatives.

Midland will build the plant on land leased from Harmony Co-op.

Zillmer said Unity was chosen because it is centrally located to the cooperatives it will serve in Spencer, Thorp, Greenwood, Athens, Junction City, Vesper, Wausau and Colby.

It will hire one full time employee when the plant opens this spring. Zillmer said other part-time workers will be added as the need arises.

Midland also plans to put up a seed and chemical warehouse in the same location.


BioA: Schumacher, Mr./Mrs. Peter (60th – 1976)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Schumacher, Ludwig, House, Decker, Weber, Johnson, Zirngibl, Hinke, Lapp, Burggraf, Schultz, Beardsley

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 29 Sep 1976

Schumacher, Mr./Mrs. Peter (60th – Sep 1976)

Over two hundred guests attended the “open house” at Memorial Hall in Dorchester Friday night in observance of the 60th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Schumacher. All of their six children, many of their grandchildren with their families, and two of the original attendants at the wedding were present for the occasion. Nick Schumacher, Dorchester, brother, and Mrs. Louis Ludwig, Stetsonville, sister of the groom, were there. Mrs. Al House, the former Caroline Decker, now in California, was unable to be present, and the other attendants, George Decker, is deceased.

The Schumacher’s six children are: Robert, living on the home farm in the Town of Little Black, and Melvin, Town of Mayville; Mrs. Verna Weber, Colby; Mrs. Gordon (Cecilia) Johnson, Newport, Oregon; Mrs. Leo (Agnes) Zirngibl, Medford; and Mrs. Bryce (Marlene) Hinke, Town of Mayville. They have 21 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.

Peter Schumacher was born August 24, 1894, at Appleton. The former Goldy Lapp was born January 20, 1897, in the Town of Mayville. They were married at St. Louis Catholic Church at Dorchester November 22, 1916. For two years they operated the Hillside Cheese Factory in Mayville, and then began farming in the Town of Little Black, where they resided until a few years ago when their son Robert took over the farm, and they moved to an adjacent farm. Pete still helps with some farm work occasionally, however.

They are both in good health. Pete enjoys fishing, and Mrs. Schumacher raises a garden. They both enjoy playing cards. They are members of the Dorchester Senior Citizens.

The 10:15 a.m. mass at St. Louise Church Sunday was in their honor, and was celebrated by a former pastor, the Rev. Jacob Burggraf of Spencer. The family attended mass in a group, and later all the children and many of the grandchildren gathered at the Schumacher home. The children presented their parents with a large color television set. They also received a money tree and many other gifts.

Guests coming from a distance included Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Johnson and family, Newport, Oregon; Mr. and Mrs. Brian Schultz, South Bend, Indiana; Mr. and Mrs. Peter Beardsley, Boston, Massachusetts; Mr. and Jerry Weber and family, Moline, Illinois; and Sister Celine Schumacher, La Crosses. Others came from throughout Wisconsin.


BioM: Kunze, Dianne M. (11 Sep 1976)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Kunze, Magnuson, Hodnik, Olson, Buss, Klieforth, Suttner, Backus, Berger, Geschke, Velie, Berenz, Luebke

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 29 Sep 1976

Kunze, Dianne M. (11 Sep 1976)

Dianne M. Kunze exchanged vows with Michael L. Magnuson on Saturday, September 11, 1976 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Abbotsford.

Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Kunze, Abbotsford, Mrs. Janice Magnuson, Oshkosh, and Phillip Magnuson, Winneconne.

Father Emil Hodnik read the nuptial rites, and soloist, Robert Olson, Eau Claire, and Mrs. Rhonda Buss, Eau Claire, organist, provided music during the ceremony.

The bride appeared wearing a ply organza and Venice lace gown with long fitted sleeves and high neckline. The profile headpiece was attached to a cathedral length veil trimmed with lace. She carried a bouquet of yellow roses, white carnations and baby’s breath.

Patty Klieforth, Abbotsford, was maid of honor, and bridesmaids were Patty Kunze, Abbotsford, Joan Suttner, La Cross, Cheryl Backus, La Cross, and Kerrie Berger, Wausau. They were attired in green floral mantel piece dresses and each carried a yellow rose and wore assorted flowers in their hair.

Attending the bridegroom as best man was his brother, Dan Magnuson, Oshkosh. Groomsmen were Robert Geschke, Footville, Mike Kunze, Abbotsford, Stan Velie, Oshkosh and Jerry Berenz, Wausau. Jim Luebke, Appleton and Roger Kunze performed ushering duties.

After the ceremony a reception was held at the Sword, followed by a dinner at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church basement. A dance at the Sword was held in the evening.

The couple flew to Niagara Falls for their honeymoon and are now at home at1403 Broad Street, Oshkosh, where he is proprietor of Mike’s Wrecking, and she is his secretary.


BioM: Geiger, Catherine Ann (1976)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Geiger, Meyer, Weber, Novak, Motte, Jensen

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 29 Sep 1976
Geiger, Catherine Ann (4 Sep 1976)

The Sacred Heart Church in Stetsonville was the scene of the marriage of Catherine Ann Gieger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James A. Geiger, Dorchester, to Douglas Gerard Meyer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Meyer, Dorchester.

Father Weber performed the 2 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, September 4, 1976. Soloist, Steve Weber, played guitar and Mrs. Judy Novak furnished the organ music.

For her wedding day the bride chose a white organza gown with a lace bordered hemline and long train. The long veil was trimmed with matching lace, and she carried a cascade bouquet of red roses and white carnations.

Maid of honor was Cindy Motte, Stetsonville, cousin of the bride, and Debbie Geiger, sister of the bride, was the bridesmaid. They wore pastel flowered gowns and carried kissing balls of white carnations and colored daisies and white baby’s breath.

Attending the bridegroom as best man was his cousin, Dale Jensen, Dorchester, and the groomsman was Allen Meyer, Dorchester, also a cousin.

Following the wedding a reception, supper and dance for 300 guests was held at Memorial Hall, Dorchester.

The bridegroom attended Colby High School and is employed at Meyer’s Manufacturing at Dorchester. The couple is residing at Route 1, Dorchester.


Bio: Klieforth, Scotty – 5th Birthday Party (Sep 1976)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Klieforth, Fierke, Lindberg, Hoffmann, Anderson, Mitra, Graf

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 29 Sep 1976

The fifth birthday of Scotty Klieforth was observed with a party at the home of his parents Tuesday afternoon. Guests included Laura Fierke, Emily Lindberg, Glynis and Rod Hoffmann, Karl Anderson, Mike Mitra, Sean-Justin, Robbie and Ryan Graf.


Bio: Hawks, Son of Mr./Mrs. Rodney Hawks (Birth - Sep 1976)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Hawks

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 29 Sep 1976

Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Hawks are the parents of a son born to them at St. Joseph’s Hospital at Marshfield on Wednesday.


Bio: Martin, Son of Mr./Mrs. Ron (Birth – Sep 1976)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Martin, Peterson

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 29 Sep 1976

A son was born Friday to Mr. and Mrs. Ron Martin at Stone Lake. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Armin Peterson, Curtiss


Obit Vandehey, Elmer J. (1898 – 1976)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Vandehey, Hodnik, Greaser, Rice, Dalberto, Schelling

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 29 Sep 1976

Vandehey, Elmer J. (19 Aug 1898 – 23 Sep 1976)

Father Emil Hodnik officiated at funeral services for Elmer J. Vandehey, age 78, Abbotsford, on Saturday, September 25, 1976 at 11 a.m. at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Abbotsford. Burial followed in the Abbotsford Cemetery. Kraut-Maurina Funeral Home in Abbotsford was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Vandehey passed away at the Continental Manor Nursing Home in Abbotsford on Thursday, September 23.

He was born August 19, 1898 in Halder and was educated in the Loyal area schools. He married the former Fern Greaser on October 27, 1926, in Abbotsford.

Mr. Vandehey worked as a road patrol for Clark County from 1923 to 1928. He then worked for O and N Lumber Company a short while. He farmed in the Town of Hull from 1930 to 1972, when he moved to Abbotsford.

He is survived by his widow; two brothers, Leonard, Auburndale, and James, Abbotsford; three sisters, Mrs. Hazel Rice, Kingsford, Michigan, Mrs. Don (Margaret) Dalberto, Minneapolis, and Mrs. Noe (Nora) Schelling, Abbotsford.


Bio: Jablonicky, Lance – 4-H Herdsman Award (Sep 1976)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Kops, Jablonicky

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 29 Sep 1976

Mrs. Gerold Kops, on of the dairy leaders in Unity United Neighbors 4-H Club, presents an award for the best herdsman of the club, at the Wausau Fair, to Lance Jablonicky, a freshman at Colby High School.


BioA: Voelker, Mr./Mrs. Oscar (Gold – 1976)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Voelker, Fisher, Ramker, Stecker

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 29 Sep 1976

Voelker, Mr./Mrs. Oscar (Gold – 30 Nov 1976)

Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Voelker were married on November 30, 1926 at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Voelker, Colby.

The former Harriet Fischer was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Fisher, Black River Falls.

Attendants were his brother, Barney, Abbotsford, and Frances Fisher, deceased.

The couple has three children. They are Bonnie (Mars Max Ramker), Virginia (Mrs. Leo Stecker), Stanley, and Bill, Stratford. They have 21 living grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. All were present.

BioA: Steevens, Mr./Mrs. Marvin (Silver – 1976)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Steevens, Tischendorf

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 29 Sep 1976

Steevens, Mr./Mrs. Marvin (Silver – Sep 1976)

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Steevens observed their 25th wedding anniversary Friday night with “open house” at their home with about 200 guests attending. Lunch and refreshments were served throughout the evening.

Marvin Steevens and the former Joyce Tischendorf were married October 13, 1951 at Peace United Church of Christ at Dorchester. They have farmed in the Town of Mayville.

They have three children, Mark, Dorchester, Debbie, a student at NCTI, Wausau, and Kevin, at home. None of their wedding attendants were here to attend the anniversary.





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