BioA: Brandt, August & Ida (Gold –1940)

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----Sources: : Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wis.) 03/06/1940

Brandt, August & Ida (Gold - 2 MAR 1940)

Many relatives and friends of Mr. and Mrs. August Brandt of Withee (Clark Co., Wis.) helped them observe their golden wedding anniversary Sunday, March 3, 1940, with Church services at the German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Withee, and with a reception at the home of their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Niemi, Withee.

During the church services the Rev. E.L. Wendling preached in both the German and English languages.

For the reception, the dining room of the Niemi home was beautifully decorated in gold and white. The two long tables were adorned with gold, white and bronze snapdragons, yellow jonquils and tea roses, gold candles, and large wedding cakes decorated in gold. The cakes were made by Miss Louis Bruchert, Withee, and Mrs. Louise Behrens, Greenwood.

Dinner was served to more than 100 guests, and the honored couple was presented with a purse of money and many beautiful gifts.

In the evening a reception was held for the remaining relatives and friends. Among those from out of town ere Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Meyer, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Ben Bokath, Rib Lake; Mrs. Gerhardt Gosse, Lake Forest, Ill.; Mrs. W.P. Jennings, Chippewa Falls; Howard Harris, Colby; Mrs. W.A. Zelm, Longwood; the Rev. and Mrs. E.G Pfeiffer, Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Meyer, Mr. and Mrs. Irving Sherman, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Behrens, Mr. and Mrs. George Stark, Mr. and Mrs. G.A. Meyer and daughter, Joyce, and Miss Martha Horn, all of Greenwood; Mr. and Mrs. O.P. Barager, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Schwenke, Mr. and Mrs. T.F. Herzberg, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Neibacher, Mr. and Mrs. August Meinhardt, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Bertram, and Miss Ann Mikruit, all of Owen; and T.F. Schiller, Greenwood.

August Carl Frederick Brandt, son of the late August and Louisa Brandt, was born Oct. 29, 1866, in Pinnow, Germany, where he spent most of his childhood, coming to America in December 1884. Here he worked at various jobs until the spring of 1890, when he purchased the farm on which he and his wife lived until a few months ago.

Mrs. August Brandt, nee Ida Henrietta Prust, daughter of the late Henry and Minnie Prust, was born in Marienhagen, Germany, Jan. 6, 1870, and came to this country in the fall of 1889. She worked in a hotel in Glenwood City, Wis., where she met and later married Mr. Brandt on March 2, 1890. The Rev. John Kurtz of New Richmond, performed the nuptials.

Mr. and Mrs. Brandt immediately settled on their farm, 1 ½ miles west of Withee, which at that time was dense timberland. The land was cleared and developed into a modern dairy farm. Mr. Brandt was also in the charcoal business for several years at Withee, Spencer, Auburndale and Milladore.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Brandt have been members of the German Lutheran Church of Withee for the past 50 years, and Mr. Brandt at one time held a church office. Mrs. Brandt joined the Ladies Aid Society several years ago.

The Brandts have five children, Joseph Frederick Brandt, Frederick Edward Brandt, and Mrs. Emil (Ida Augusta) Niemi, all residing near Withee; Mrs. Elmer (Martha Emma) Meyer, Chicago; and Mrs. Gilbert (Viola Sophia) Meyer, Greenwood, who wer all here for the services and celebration, and two grandchildren, Joyce Elaine Meyer, Greenwood, and Emil William Niemi Jr., Withee.

Another son, William August Brandt, died March 16, 1906, at the age of 16.



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