BioA: Rossman, Mr./Mrs. Fred (60th - 1939)

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Surnames: Rossman, Kunze, Shumway, Hoidle, Havre, Nelson, Glenn

----Sources: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Thurs., 13 April 1939

Rossman, Mr./Mrs. Fred (60th Anniv. - 15 April 1939)

Sixty years ago, April 15, 1879, Fred A. Rossman, then a boy of 15, walked 32 miles to Marshfield over rough and muddy roads to marry the girl of his dreams, Miss Carrie Kunze, of that city. Mr. Rossman had learned the barber trade and with his tonsorial skill and about $2 in cash the young groom assumed the responsibility of a home, nor did the girl bride doubt his ability to fulfill his promises.

Saturday, April 15, Mr. and Mrs. Rossman will be celebrate the 60th anniversa4ry of their wedding. A dinner will be served at the noon hour for the guests of honor and their children and families, with open house from 2 to 5 that afternoon and from 7 to 9 in the evening.

With the exception of a few years which were spent at Loyal and Ashland, Mr. and Mr. Rossman have spent their entire married life in Neillsville, Wis. Mr. Rossman worked at his trade and during the dull times he did painting and decorating, being expert at both trades. Sixteen years ago he was appointed chief to police by the city council of Neillsville, which position he has since held.

He is a member of Odd Fellow and Moose Lodge.

Mrs. Rossman, quiet and domestic in her tastes, has devoted her time largely to the needs and comforts of her family. She is a gracious neighbor and friend and as long as her health permitted she was never too busy to radiate kindness and charity beyond her own home.

Mr. Rossman was the third child born in his family and his wife likewise was the third child born to her parents; they are the only surviving members of their respective families.

Mr. and Mrs. Rossman are the parents of 12 children, two of whom, Leo and Irving, are deceased. There are 23 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. The children are, namely; Fred A., Jr., Eau Claire; Oscar, Waukesha; Alta, Mrs. William Shumway, Orfordville; Nina, Mrs. Milton Hoidle, Great Falls, Montana; Ernest, Havre, Montana; Katie, Mrs. Melvin Nelson, Orfordville; Birdine, Mrs. Robert Glenn, Chicago; Harry, Waukesha; Donald, Milwaukee, and Floyd, Neillsville, Wis.

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----Sources: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Thurs., 20 April 1939

**With a beautiful bouquet of flowers and $32 in cash.

Members of the family presented include: Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Nelson and daughter and Mr. and Mrs. William Shumway of Ordordville; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rossman, Jr., of Eau Claire; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Rossman, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Howard and Louis Neverman of Waukesha; and Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Rossman of Neillsville, Wis. Mrs. Shumway and Mrs. Nelson arrived here Monday of last week to visit their parents and to make arrangements for observing the anniversary. A family dinner was served at noon, Clarence Shaw furnishing music for the occasion, and the repast was followed by visiting and the reception of friends.

At the conclusion of the happy day, Mr. and Mrs. Rossman received a long distance telephone call from their daughter, Mrs. Milton Hoidle, of Great Falls, Mont., and after congratulating them, she talked for a few minutes with each of her sisters and brothers.

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